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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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MILEHIGHKAT 4/30/2013 12:48PM

    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.

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NOLEGIRL87 4/29/2013 10:05PM

  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.

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/28/2013 4:24PM

    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.

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/28/2013 1:37AM

    Good luck with your diet, regardless of your choice!

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DIANITAH 4/27/2013 11:32PM

    Thank you for your comments. I really am not missing the meat at this point.

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KNYAGENYA 4/27/2013 9:37PM

    I go meatless several times a year for religious reasons. It's not as hard as you think. It foes take dedication though.

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JENNSWIMS 4/27/2013 9:36PM

    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.

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ALMIGHTYSWEDE 4/27/2013 9:35PM

    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

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DMEYER4 4/27/2013 9:27PM

  I am not ready to give up meat yet. I love chicken the most but also meatloaf. Good luck.

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