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Going meatless...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I've been thinking about going vegetarian. I do like pork and chicken a lot. But there are so many reasons, moral, environmental, health-wise to going meatless. I have many friends who are vegetarian and they all say they feel so much better without meat.

If you've gone vegetarian, how did it go for you?

Tonight I had a delicious meatless meal. Black beans with red pepper and onion, baked tortilla chips, mango salsa, avocado and spinach. So fresh and yummy.

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    I am 17 years as a Pescetarian (fish, eggs, dairy- but not other meat). Fish was a hard one for me to give up- because I love sushi. plus I felt I had more hormone free option with fish than with Beef, pork or chicken. It was the easiest decision I have ever made! Every day I hear or learn something new that strengthens my desire to never eat meat again! Just remember to avoid the pit falls of a new vegetarian---french fries are not a vegetable. Don't over do the starch to fill yourself up.

    The great thing about giving up meat is it forces you to me more creative with recipes and favors- I love cooking when I don't have to deal with raw meat and their germs. I am very lucky that my husband and son eat the same diet I do- so I never have to deal with that again.

    Go for- you'll have fun exploring new foods.
    1759 days ago
    I actually went mostly vegetarian for a large part of college as part of my diet, but I found I'm not good at managing protein intake without lean meat to make sure I get the protein.

    I do love some meatless sausage patties in the morning with my eggs though, they're fantastic.
    1760 days ago
    I was a vegetarian for quite a few years. I did it for ethical and moral reasons only. I also was vegan for a while. I didn't really care about the health factor at the time.

    If you do it properly, it is a VERY healthy way to live. The problem I ran into was I got caught up in eating faux meats and other processed garbage and it wasn't healthy for me. There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan junk foods out there, and they are just as unhealthy, if not more so than the non veg ones. I will say, that the Morning Star Farms Buffalo Wings are delish. I still get those and the BBQ Ribblets on occasion.

    I have considered it again, but find that it will no longer work with my lifestyle, at least full time. I have meatless meals and find I still adore vegetarian and vegan food.

    My advice is to rely on whole, unprocessed sources of protein. Stay away from the processed garbage, and you should do just fine.
    1761 days ago
    Good luck with your diet, regardless of your choice!
    1762 days ago
    Thank you for your comments. I really am not missing the meat at this point.
    1762 days ago
    I go meatless several times a year for religious reasons. It's not as hard as you think. It foes take dedication though.
    1762 days ago
    I went vegan. Full on, no processed foods low fat vegan. I had withdrawal for about 2 weeks, but after that the crazy cravings and desire to overeat disappeared. Now, just to be totally clear, I'm NOT vegan. Once every three of four weeks I will have a meal that I really want that is neither vegan nor vegetarian, so consider me 98% meat, dairy and processed free.

    If you want help going vegetarian in a way that will make your body happy, check out the Engine 2 diet or Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD books. Both are excellent.
    1762 days ago
    I went veggie when i was 12 years old.... 13 years later and im still veggie :) i have never regretted it or wanted to go back to eating meat, its going well for me lol emoticon
    1762 days ago
    I am not ready to give up meat yet. I love chicken the most but also meatloaf. Good luck.
    1762 days ago
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