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6/21/11 9:33 A

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Hi JODROX,

Sorry for the slow reply. I love Quorn, it is a meat substitute made from fungus. It sounds gross, but tastes great and is firm like meat. I have to buy it at the health food store it hasn't become very popular here in the US yet.

Rob

I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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6/20/11 6:25 A

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I'm a true flexitarian-I love my vege recipies, but I'm not adverse to having chicken or fish every now and then-it's very rare I have red meat.

It's kind of funny actually, because I always bring a packed lunch to work, and it's gotten to a stage where people come to see what I have in my lunch box because I bring food they want to try! I've lent out my VEGAN cookbook so many times, and had so many people buy their own copy I should get commisson. It's defianatly made the whole why don't you eat meat arguement easier at work, because people just get that I can make easy delicious meat (and sometimes dairy free) meals. If they won't do it for their health, they'll do it because it tastes so dam good!

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6/19/11 7:55 P

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Good for you , Worldysmith! That's what it's all about -- your health!

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6/19/11 7:55 P

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Wow, Writer_girl, you've got a lot of converts there. A lot of people change their viewpoint, but a lot of people are die-hard meat-lovers. The latter is more the case where I live, even in my own family.

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6/19/11 1:24 P

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As of today, I have been meat-free for 2 months and its been easier than I thought it would be.

It started with a challenge to stay away from meat for 6 days and I just continued from there. I happen to love beans, legumes, and protein-rich wholegrains, and enjoy fish once or twice a week - so the switch has been relatively easy.

But for gaining some experience in cooking more adventurous vegetarian dishes (I love to cook), I'd say life has become a lot simpler. Goodbye bloating, hello flatter belly! And the best thing of all - I feel great!







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6/19/11 1:27 A

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Okay this is going to get a few chuckles which is alright. lol My brother and sister both live in areas where people have little farms and livestock. I remember the first time I saw a cow, it really scared me. I had never ever seen a live one before so I didn't know if it was going to bite me or not. Yes, you can laugh at that, I still do. lol Anyway, I pet it and everything, I guess it was more like a pet or a dairy cow to the family. Now every time I think about eating meat I think about that cow or the chickens my fiance brothers raises and names. They are living creatures and when I think about how they are treated in factories it makes me ill. They deserve to have a good life too. I don't think it is right to treat life like it is some factory product. I used to eat meat every day in every single meal and even for some snacks and so did my mother and my fiances sister so now that we are all vegetarian it makes me think how much money that industry is losing. Alot of my friends are coming to the veggie side too!! emoticon

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6/17/11 10:34 P

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Good rant, Ratfinkrob - I agree with you. But what's this about fungus grown in a vat???

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6/17/11 9:52 A

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I was raised on a family farm. We grow our own vegetables, and raised chickens, turkey, rabbits, hogs, and cattle. We also hunted and fished, not so much as a sport but for the meat. So from a very young age I have been involved in every stage of the food chain.

As time has gone by the older generation has passed on, the cities have creeped in and all the small farms in my area have gone away. My children have never been exposed to killing your own food and if I even suggested we kill and eat one of the rabbits we raise it would send them screaming from the room.

I decided to become a vegetarian because of the horrible things done in our modern pre-packaged big business food industry. shooting livestock up with hormones and antibiotics. Cruel conditions and feeding them on the remains of other animals. It is a horror story that is in no way healthy.

Now that I have been without red meat for so long even the sight and smell of it makes me lose my appetite. Yes I eat preformed veggie burgers and fungus grown in a vat. While theses foods aren't home grown or completely natural, at least they weren't tortured and feed poison.

OK, that's my rant for the day. Everyone have a great weekend!



Rob

I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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6/16/11 9:54 P

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People have all kinds of reasons for wanting to go vegetarian and being grossed out by meat is a big one on my list. I think a lot of people eat meat without thinking about where it came from. That bothers me. I got to a point where I thought if I couldn't handle, say, killing a chicken and turning it into food, then I shouldn't be eating it... well, I'm not exactly living by that. I maybe could handle killing a chicken... but I certainly could not handle killing a cow or any larger animal.

I admire people who hunt and use the meat. That's how it was done. That's how people survived. But this factory farm methodology nowadays completely turns me off from meat. Small farms don't bother me if they treat the animals decently.

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6/12/11 2:19 P

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Hello there,

I can understand what you are saying. I have been almost two months without meat and I have to admit that sometimes I am tempted to eat it, but then I think about the poor animal. I am at the point that when I have to prepare meat for my partner, the smell makes me nauseous. I'm sure in time I will get over the cravings for meat.


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6/12/11 11:56 A

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I can understand why people are vegetarians. For one, I actually really enjoy non-meat proteins such as beans, lentils, tofu, etc. Second, there are times when I am prepping meat to cook that I will suddenly get grossed out because it dawns on me that I'm handling a piece of dead animal.

I mean, think about it. You wouldn't go outside and pick up a dead animal on the side of the road, but we EAT dead animals.

But then again, I'm a contradiction because I enjoy meat. But there are times when I think too hard about it and get a little grossed out.

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