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Fitness Minutes: (6,964) Posts: 68 12/14/13 1:07 P
Glad we are all here. Especially at this special time of Christs gift appearing. Tomorrow is our Cantata it will be a blessing to have the strength to stand throughout. Practice tape playing in the background and a pot of whole dried kidney beans simmering with water and a bay leaf. So many wholesome foods can be prepared from simple, readily available ingredients at low cost as well.
Also I really enjoy the spark activity tracker I got recently. Getting close to 10000 steps per day average this past week. What a blessing to share in this community.
Fitness Minutes: (239) Posts: 9 12/12/13 10:09 P
Hi, I have gone Vegan again and it has been about three days now. I got a Vitamix and I have been making green smoothies. I think it really helps with cravings later in the day because you're getting so many vitamins and minerals. I'm excited to come back to Spark People as a Vegan. My goals are to lose weight and eat a diet that is free of cholesterol. I think it is amazing that so many health concerns like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer can be controlled by diet. (Referencing Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Caldwell.) I'm thinking of taking the 21 Day Vegan Challenge.
current weight: 162.8
Posts: 10 12/10/13 7:44 P
Hello I am new to vegetarian/vegan eating. I have only been doing it for two weeks and actually is getting use to the no meat products that are out there. My family even likes them too.
current weight: 327.6
Fitness Minutes: (1,168) Posts: 7 12/10/13 10:56 A
Hi! My name is Amanda and I've been vegan for 9 months! I love my new lifestyle change but also all of the endless options my diet provides with me in terms of yummy new meals to try!
Fitness Minutes: (170) Posts: 8 12/9/13 1:37 P
I'm new to the group but not to be being a vegetarian. It's been almost two years for me, not that long I know, but it is to where its very easy. I haven't wanted meat in a very long time. One thing I do have trouble with is the junk food trap. I love my sweet and I'm having trouble keeping them under control.
Fitness Minutes: (6,964) Posts: 68 12/5/13 11:51 P
Fitness Minutes: (559) Posts: 5 12/5/13 2:24 P
Hello there! I'm Doireann and have been vegetarian (With a few breaks) for nine months now. :)
Posts: 582 12/2/13 11:33 P
I was in this group a while ago, but am recommitting. I went vegan in 2006. I'm not always perfect about it, but make daily conscientious decisions to be as kind to animals as possible. I recently started cooking vegan daily as a stay at home mom and love the flavors and knowing that we are eating a compassionate, mostly healthy (though I hear ya on the Oreos!) diet.
Fitness Minutes: (504) Posts: 3 12/2/13 4:39 P
Hi! My family is soy-free. We aren't really big on eating processed foods at all really. There are some awesome burger recipes out there that you can make with different kinds of beans. No, it doesn't taste like hamburger, but it is delicious and it gives you that "hands-on" thing that is so great about a burger. Best of luck with all of it! And remember, there is a recipe for just about everything out there! :P -Brittany
Fitness Minutes: (504) Posts: 3 12/2/13 4:36 P
Hi! My name is Brittany and I have been a vegetarian (vegan off and on) for 11 years! Everyone thinks as a vegetarian you should be this itty bitty little thing! Well, I am a darned good cook, and even health food can keep your weight up, right!? Plus, come on... Oreos are vegan! ;) Anyway... Just wanted to introduce myself and hopefully find some like-minded friends!
Posts: 40 12/2/13 12:45 P
Hey all, Allie here! I am somebody who rarely eats meat and am considering becoming a vegetarian, not just for the health benefits but for the environmental impacts as well.
current weight: 195.8
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 11/30/13 11:58 A
After continually failing to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, I'm considering vegan. In fact, I've thought about trying the 21-day Vegan challenge. I need something (preferably something simple) that I can really hook on to and make it work for me. When it comes to food choices, my self-discipline is not what it should be. I'm also 57 and spend most of my time behind a desk, so there's that. Anyway, thought it might be good to participate in Sparkpeople.
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 11/26/13 8:05 P
My name is Bri. I am not sure how Vegetarian I am, but I do know that when I am sticking to a healthy vegetarian diet I do feel much better. I will probably occasionally eat some leaner meats, but I want to move more towards the bulk of my diet being veggies/fruits.
Fitness Minutes: (361) Posts: 11 11/22/13 2:56 P
Just wanted to say hi. Trying to be more healthy and lose a few lbs as I've been stuck in a bit of a rut. Great to see so many positive people in one place!
The struggle you are in today is the strength you will have tomorrow
Fitness Minutes: (6,964) Posts: 68 11/12/13 6:57 A
Saying hello here for the first time. Glad there are so many options and supports available here on sparkpeople. Glad to be among you gaining ignition.
Hello! I have been away awhile due to life... birth of my first child and then soon after death of my very close uncle due to cancer. Anyways, I am managing I think due to my knowledge from Sparkpeople and Exercise Science Professor! So I am going vegan again, but this time with much more knowledge... but I have also decided to avoid soy. Is anyone else doing this? It does make finding meat substitutes a lot harder. When I crave a burger I would like to be able to find something. Oh introduction.... I am about to be 30, I am a full time firefighter, and still not back in shape since birth 11 months ago. So I'm tired of being tired and I recently started having frequent headaches. So I have been vegan for a little over a week with only a boo boo of buying a cupcake in the store. I went hungry and it was a comfort food thing... I know better... but managed to still lose 3 lbs in this time. Just saying Hi!!! and looking for help on the soy issue.
"When you want your goal badly enough, feel the intensity of it, let it fuel your waking thoughts and actions, let it influence you in all ways possible and let nothing get in the way of achieving it" -Kimberly Adamson
current weight: 249.6
Fitness Minutes: (212) Posts: 1 11/6/13 8:41 A
Hello, I have finally committed to taking charge of my health. This includes eating as healthy as I can.
Fitness Minutes: (142) Posts: 101 11/3/13 5:53 P
Hello to all. I am new to Spark People and newly returned to veganism. Diagnosed with diabetes ten years ago, pretty much under control but wanting to get my numbers in the non-diabetic range. Not into the faux meats, so counting on beans and legumes for most of the protein. Lots of good recipes out there, the easy ones are my faves!
Total SparkPoints: 3,732
SparkPoints Level 6
Fitness Minutes: (663) Posts: 6 10/30/13 3:55 P
Hello. I am new to Spark People and new to Vegetarianism. I have been thinking about abstaining from meat for a couple years and have decided to give it a go. I am looking forward to beginning this new adventure.
I can, I will!
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (176) Posts: 12 10/30/13 3:48 P
Hi Dot, I am Linda. I too served in the Army from 78 to 84 as a Medic. You are right, weight gain was a huge issue. I am new to the vegetarian diet myself. My daughter is Vegan and trying to get me to go that route. This is not an easy task for me either. My cholesterol and weight went sky high and then I started having a lot of Gastroentestinal issues. I have found that eating Vegetarian has improved my symptoms to the point that they are non existant and I don't have to take the meds. I have a lot of issues getting my carbs and sodium down and keeping my protein high. I hope to achieve those goals and hopefully a few recipes along the way. I do not know about you, but I hope to remember some of the principal training methods from the past that can help me to Stay Strong as they say. Good luck!!
current weight: 225.0
Fitness Minutes: (176) Posts: 12 10/30/13 3:39 P
I don't know if this will help you, but Rachel Ray had Robin Quivers on her show and she showed how to make a vegan cheese sauce and some other items. Her book is hardback and Kindle both. It is called The Vegucation of Robin. Good luck!!
current weight: 225.0
Fitness Minutes: (180) Posts: 12 10/30/13 12:34 A
Hello everyone. I was a vegetarian in my 20's but started eating chicken and fish again in my 30's. I joined the Army and back in the 1980's, there weren't many healthy food choices available during basic training, etc. I used to give away my bacon and hamburgers and filled up on rice and potatoes. Needless to say, I gained a LOT of weight. I continued to eat chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, until my last checkup earlier this year revealed my cholesterol had risen to 219 and my weight was inching past 180. I read "Eat to Live" by Joel Fuhrman and that started me back to vegetarianism. It's been a month and I've lost 6 pounds, but I have to watch my food combinations and carb intake. I'm not eating any dairy or eggs and I don't really miss them even though I was a big cheese and yogurt fan. I joined Spark People on Monday so I hope to hang in there to reach my goals of losing weight and bringing down the cholesterol numbers.
Another day to be grateful!
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,378) Posts: 7 10/29/13 10:03 P
Hi I've been a vegetarian all my life and WAS a vegan briefly. I am a CRAPPY vegetarian --- as in high carb high sugar type. I'm on SP to make a change
Encourage your hopes, not your fears
Pounds lost: 2.2
Fitness Minutes: (9,925) Posts: 3 10/29/13 1:55 A
Hi all! I have been vegetarian for about two years. I enjoy veggies in my morning smoothies, lots of fruits, big salads, seeds, and nuts. My biggest surprise when I became vegetarian was how much i could eat! I have a lot more energy and I enjoy that no animals get hurt for my meals. Like many of you, I have been influenced by the various documentaries.
I am now working towards the vegan lifestyle. Cheese seems to be the hardest one to part with so I am not sure if I will ever be 100% vegan but I will be close!
Fitness Minutes: (176) Posts: 12 10/28/13 2:24 P
Hi to all. I am Linda. I am new to eating Vegetarian / Vegan. I am not totally there though. My husband is a true southern meat and potato kind of guy and does most of the cooking. So now we are preparing two different meals.
My daughter introduced me to eating Vegan when she came home for a visit. I must admit, while I ate Vegan I had no IBS symptoms. That convinced me faster than anything that this is the best way for me. I am hoping to learn more recipes, but I must confess I am not a gourmet cook. I always had the philosophy that "If you can't heat it and eat it, you don't need it!" That sure didn't work out too well for me. I also said I would never work out when I got out of the Army Reserves. I really wish I hadn't had that mind set.
My new Motto is now, "You are never too old or too out of shape to start living healthier."
current weight: 225.0
Fitness Minutes: (20) Posts: 1 10/28/13 12:57 P
Hi, I'm Jorden. I've been Vegan for 10 yea ars come Nov 1, ans vegetarian for 12. I'm happy there's a vegan group on here.
Fitness Minutes: (5,236) Posts: 611 10/24/13 12:41 P
i have been vegetarians since 2000, i was 14yr old at the time. my biggest pet peeve is when people ask me "are u still vegetarian?" my reply is yes are u still eating meat?
My minor setbacks are nothing compared to where i'm going
34 Days until: 1 year of weight lost journey
Fitness Minutes: (257) Posts: 208 10/19/13 12:54 A
Hi, I'm Karen. I've given up meat for about 20 days now. Two things made me try this. One I eat too much lunchmeat, meat in general and I've gained alot of weight from it. Second, I watched some videos on youtube about meat processing and how things are made like chicken nuggets. Awful!!! I've been looking into many vegetarian recipes, cooking them, trying them. Looking for other sources of protein and incorporating them into my diet. Hope to learn some things here and share ideas with you all!
Pounds lost: 16.0
Fitness Minutes: (572) Posts: 20 10/12/13 2:21 A
Hi, my name is Denise and I'm a returning sparker. I followed a vegan diet for lent and beyond earlier this year, but got away from it after a trip to New York. I felt great while eating a plant based diet and now I feel like hell. The weight all came back and I am now pre-diabetic... Yay!
So I am ready to recommit and start getting a handle on my health. I'll be 51 in two weeks and would rather not feel like I'm pushing 60. I look forward to this journey with all of you and hope I am able to contribute.
Failure is only a fact when you give up. Everyone gets knocked down, the question is: Will you get back up?
All the best, Denise
current weight: 239.2
Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 5 10/6/13 7:29 P
Hi Team. I am a second time SP user and decided after long soul searching I need support, accountability and resources if I am going to become the healthy person I wish to be so here I am in SP. I am vegetarian and intrigued by the vegan lifestyle (although I just can't seem to give up my dairy products). I also like to incorporate juicing in my diet. Does anyone make their own juices as a meal? The Gerson therapy/diet makes a lot of sense to me for cleaner/healthier living. Anyway I'm glad to be here and look forward to sharing, supporting, learning, growing. Be happy and peace.
Just when the caterpillar thought it's life was over, it became a butterfly.
current weight: 515.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 10/5/13 3:36 A
I'm vegetarian a little over two years now - and by vegetarian, I mean like 90%. I still eat meat occasionally and need to redouble my efforts for plant based eating. I'm here because, well, I'm starting my first fitness boot camp in a few days and was looking for a meal plan that would help me make the most of it/fill the gaps that I'm sure are in my current diet.
Posts: 585 9/26/13 7:53 P
Hi. My name is Cathy. I am here because I have been vegetarian before for several years, then got away from it. My only concern about diving right in is bed as use I have prediabetes. I think it definitely would be the healthiest option. I hope to get feedback and ideas from as ny of you. Peace.
current weight: 219.0
Posts: 1,241 9/24/13 10:32 A
I am new altogether! I'm taking a "Lifestyle Choices" course for my health (heart). They haven't put a title on me, vegan or vegetarian. That makes life easier! Just ground based plants, no animal products including milk. it is great. I feel way better. I've lost 7 pounds in the past 2.5 week after staying glued to the same weight for 6 months. But even so I'll still have to watch food ---corn and soy. Know your farmer,read the label. ORGANIC SOY only. If you want to know more do the research.
current weight: 145.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,772) Posts: 106 9/23/13 10:39 A
Hello I just found this group, I have several food allergies and I working on being a Vegan I am feeling better already and I am hoping it helps with me losing weight once my system is on a healthy track. Rebecca
Pounds lost: 11.0
Fitness Minutes: (207) Posts: 6 9/21/13 11:46 P
Hi, I just found this community this weekend and really like what I've seen so far. I've been vegetarian for over 10 years, I go vegan for days at a time. I'm vegetarian for many reasons that most understand (health, animals, environment) but also for the discipline it requires. I'm here to regain my focus and get my health so I'm there for my wife and son.
current weight: 258.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,872) Posts: 5 9/17/13 3:17 P
Vegetarian as of June 2012. Looking to drop 10 lbs, to get rid of those stupid lovehandles and dunlap. I have loved being vegetarian every single day. I don't feel like I'm missing out on any foods. And really, for me, the smell is satisfying enough of foods I no longer eat. Became vegetarian for several reasons: I smelled like meat after I ate meat, I felt like I ate a cinder-block after eating meat, I do not support commercial farms, I plan on living to 100 yrs old. My husband's an omni but eats the veg'n meals I make and he loves the faux chicken nuggets. I wish everyone best of luck on the no animal route. I compared lab results from pre and post vegetarian. It was clear being vegetarian had improved my health, hell, it even reduced the tartar on my teeth! It truly is the best for your life, health and the planet. Don't let people's ignorance bring you down. Arm yourself with knowledge so you can rebut their dumbness.
Posts: 14 9/16/13 1:09 P
Hello, I am new to this team, but have been practicing Mark Bittman's VB6 (Vegetarian Before 6) plan for a number of months now. Mark Bittman is the NY Times food critic, and to lose weight and get healthy, he practices a plan in which he eats vegan for breakfast and lunch, then at dinner, eats healthily and omnivorously. I've always preferred vegetables and fruits and gave up eating red meat years ago, so this has been easy for me to maintain. I am looking forward to learning more vegetarian/vegan recipes and strategies for eating in an omnivorous society.
Pounds lost: 11.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,025) Posts: 6 9/12/13 2:33 P
After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross, I decided to juice. I juiced raw veggies and fruit for 18 days, and then went to juicing all meals except a vegan/vegetarian dinner. I have lost weight, but more importantly, I feel better. Even with my daughter's wedding and my father-in-law's funeral a week later, I am still doing well. To be honest, at 5 weeks, this is the longest I have EVER stayed on a healthy lifestyle change. During all this, I have been watching all the documentaries on Netflix concerning health and the environment. The film, " Vegucated" was a real eye opener. Then "Hungry for Change," "Forks over Knives" "Chemerical" and "No Impact Man" all made me rethink how I live my life and what I can do to lessen my negative footprint on this planet. I long to be at a healthy weight and choosing plant based foods just seems the only logical option. I also want to rid my life of all chemicals that can sicken me and my partner and possibly shorten our lives. Most people don’t understand what I am doing and I even receive ridicule from loved ones I assumed would support my efforts. But that will NOT detour me. After watching those documentaries and agreeing with them, if I don’t make a concerted effort to make healthy changes, wouldn’t I be nothing more than a hypocrite? My heart would break if I fail. Everyone else in my life can break my heart and I can heal, but if I break my own heart-I die. That won’t happen. Heavy stuff, but hey….I am heavy:)
Edited by: ETERNALHIPPIE at: 9/12/2013 (14:36)
current weight: 290.2
Fitness Minutes: (829) Posts: 6 9/12/13 10:15 A
Hello Mighty Sparktians!
I am new to this website and so far I find it wonderful! I am almost vegetarian ( I rarely but still have from time to time chicken , fish or turkey ....organic whenever possible) , I have always been very health conscious and try my very best to minimize my impact on the environment . I am very eager to learn about how I can lead a merry vegan life style but being parent of a 3 year old I want introduce these changes slowly so that we can adjust successfully. I want reach out to this community to benefit from your experiences and points of view and offer you my insight on this amazing journey!
Edited by: VAYAN88 at: 9/12/2013 (10:20)
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 9/8/13 10:18 P
I just watched the Rip Esselstyn Ted Talk about being "Plant Strong" and I am really inspired to see if this could work for me and my family. Two concerns that I have are: 1. Any vegans out there have young children? How has it affected them? 2. Any one out there have any luck being gluten free and vegan? Seems pretty intimidating.
On an after thought, I usually pre-make and freeze a lot of the weeks meals. Anyone have any tips?
Fitness Minutes: (1,909) Posts: 114 9/8/13 8:41 P
This is my first attempt at any kind of vegetable diet. Looking forward to learning more :)
current weight: 255.5
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 9/8/13 2:50 P
I started a vegan diet 1 1/2 yrs ago. After one year my cholesterol dropped 30 points. Even though, I have not lost any weight and now I want to tackle the weight problem as well. The Esseltyn plan really seems to work for health reasons. But, for me not weight control. I need some good vegan recipes for dieting and they aren't always easy to find.
Posts: 8 9/8/13 1:22 P
I joined Spark in 2007 after angioplasty (2 stents). Lost weight, reduced fat intake, ate healthier, but it wasn't enough. I just underwent heart bypass surgery (6 grafts). I've been reading Esselstyn, Ornish and Furman and decided to go vegan. Have been following Esselstyn religiously for a month, eating nothing "with a mother or a face" + no oil, nuts, avocado, dairy. My issue is high cholesterol, so I'm hoping vegan + statins will get cholesterol under control. Has anyone with heart disease found a difference on a vegan diet?
Fitness Minutes: (357) Posts: 8 9/8/13 10:36 A
I have been toying with the ideal of becoming a vegetarian for YEARS. Somewhere deep inside I knew this was the path I needed to take in order to get healthy; but social pressures and my own laziness kept me choosing foods that were convenient but not necessarily healthy. Not only was I eating the wrong foods but I was eating it in abundance. Now 100+ Lbs later it's time to get serious. I am definitely in a better place to start again but need all the encouragement I can get. :- )
Pounds lost: 8.6
Fitness Minutes: (25,922) Posts: 1,004 9/8/13 10:01 A
Hi..I'm Terry and at 57 years old...I'm making some changes...I am currently reading Dr. Fuhrmans Eat To Live book...and seeing the problem with eating animal fats and meats...I must admit, I was afraid of vegetrian habits...how much salads can you eat? well...after reading more and I currently got Trader Joe's vegetarian cookbook, I can see the variety and flavor.... Also, my son took me to New Orleans earlier this year...we ate the local flavors for lunch, but, for dinner, we ate ate vegetarian resteraunts..and I have to admit...delicious! So I'm anxious to learn from all of you!
Fall seven times...get up eight.
Be still and know I am God
"I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free... Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It's a daily practice
Pounds lost: 9.4
Fitness Minutes: (92,441) Posts: 18,103 9/4/13 4:22 A
current weight: 129.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 2 9/3/13 11:38 P
Hi! My name is Kristen.
I stopped eating meat in February of this year and haven't looked back since. I enjoy trying new recipes and found that cutting out the meat has made it so we eat at home more which is good for our wallet. I would love to hear tips others have as well as any motivation.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (3,105) Posts: 176 9/2/13 5:39 P
Hello, my name is Margaret.
I am a type 2 diabetic and carbs seem to raise my blood sugar, but low carb can keep me so tired, so I guess which is better, Atkins/Dr. Bernstein's low carb, or Furhman/Ornish/Esselstyn low fat vegan type diet. I find these so opposite food plans, but they both claim to control diabetes. So I am in a quandry.
I prefer diabetic for my morals and I just enjoy diabetic food more, but I do need to control my blood sugars.
The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Let go and let God.
Pounds lost: 4.0
Posts: 29 8/27/13 2:19 P
Welcome back Jules, Yes, there's plenty of support here! :-) ~Pam
Edited by: OPUS56 at: 8/27/2013 (14:20)
current weight: 117.0
Posts: 1,351 8/26/13 10:23 P
My name is Julie but family and friends call me Jules. I just started back with SP after being gone for almost a year. In my late teens I was a vegetarian then and my family and most of my friends were not and I had little support then, that was in the early 80s. I am back on track now.. I live in the heart of "beef" country here in Oklahoma so when I say I'm vegan its not the most popular of phrases. I am glad I can log on there to SP and there are friends who are supportive. Hope to hear more from you all. It's great to be back!
Hello Everyone! My name is Lori and I am a vegan. I finally have found my "happy place". I am sure that I won't get the comment or stares about being a vegan. I can honestly say that I have never felt better since going vegan.
I have been a vegetarian for two years then in February, I went full vegan. Let me tell you, it was the best decision I had ever made. My IBS is undercontrol and my adult onset acne. I believe in letting food heal the body.
I do miss seafood the most. But in time that craving will pass as well. I am so happy to be here.
Pounds lost: 15.0
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 1 8/24/13 6:29 P
HI, everyone or anyone reading this message.. I have always wanted to become more aware of eating well as a vegetarian. I have read numerous information about the health benefits and have decided this is it!! I will incorporate this new eating and lifestyle into my life since taking on fittness at the gym.. I feel so good Physically and Mentally its just an amaZing feeling
Fitness Minutes: (911) Posts: 5 8/24/13 12:06 A
Hi. I've been a vegetarian or vegan off and on for the last 15 years. My downfall, I love a good steak every once in a while. I do not, however, like chicken in any shape or form and I just plain feel better when I'm not eating meat. I love animals, but that is not the main reason for my not eating meat.
Posts: 707 8/21/13 4:12 P
My name is Sandee.......I have been Vegetarian for a long while now......Although I eat mainly fruits and Veggies I do use eggs and milk & cheeses......My biggest problem seems to be getting enough Protein.
Fitness Minutes: (9,347) Posts: 50 8/19/13 8:55 P
Hi, I was a vegetarian many years ago for approximately 6 years--turned 40 and picked up a chicken because of a dream I had of myself eating one! Go figure--I've been eating meat ever since. Well fast forward 16 years--I'm now 56 obese and need to get healthy. I did not abandon my vegetarian lifestyle entirely during these past 16 years--I just added meat to the mix! Seriously, I too became vegetarian because of the cruelty to animals. When I buy meat I do by from local farms. Now I want to get back to a total vegetarian diet. I felt better then--so here I am looking for support and mostly recipes! The one thing about being a vegetarian is preparation--so helpful hints and tasty ideas are always appreciated!
Be the best you can be!
Pounds lost: 10.2
Posts: 19 8/19/13 3:33 P
I am new to spark but I have been a vegetarian for a little while. People choose to be a vegetarian for a bunch of different reasons. It sounds like your biggest reason is compassion for the animals. If you want to go vegetarian there are a lot of videos out there that show the meat making process or others that show how the animals are treated before they even go to slaughter. For a lot of people who are considering the vegetarian lifestyle out of compassion those can be very effective. Be warned they are pretty graphic and emotionally draining. Those images are not something most people can unsee if you decide to go that route.
I think that these days actual farms with animals you can go see are rare. And if you can find one it is not a representation of the farming industry. Most "meat" animals are locked in cages or small indoor areas until they are harvested and it is tough to get inside.
current weight: 312.0
Posts: 440 8/18/13 5:52 P
Hello- I just joined this group in an effort to form a support network that will assist me in going vegetarian. I am by no means there yet, but have begun.
Where am I now- right now, my husband and I are working on cutting out eating mammalians. No pork, lamb, or beef. Weirdly enough, it's because we saw photos of animals that reminded us of our dog- it was the look in the eyes.
Honestly, however, I don't trust the USDA to provide truly organic, hormone free, genetically unaltered food in general.
I find myself slipping every now and again- at the restaurant, I fail to make the connection of that photo to what's on the menu.... any suggestions on how to make the connections. I'm seriously considering finding farm or something where I can touch and see these animals- living in Los Angeles.... any suggestions on this one as well?
Fitness Minutes: (35) Posts: 17 8/12/13 12:47 P
I've done that sometimes in the past. After I posted, I thought maybe I could just eat half of items suggested and half later ... like save the fruit/vegetables for later ... instead of eating a whole meal at one time. I'll have to play around with it a bit. I also have to drink protein shakes throughout the day since my body no longer absorbs protein well from foods. That's another struggle. I'd stopped all but one shake a day and I should be having at least three. So far, I've gotten back to two! Now to try and add the third.
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