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10/6/13 8:17 P

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I tried vegetarian for 7 months. I didn't worry too much about sauces when I was out. I didn't want to be paranoid. However it didn't work out for me. I ended up gaining weight. I do enjoy meat and dairy. I just don't eat meat very often, it's not a tendency of mine. I have switched to light Silk Original soy milk for my cereal and take some with me to Bingo for my coffee. I'll drink skim milk for an evening snack sometimes if I need some extra protein, though.

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JRRING Posts: 1,291
10/5/13 8:50 A

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I like to cook vegetarian because it allows so much more creativity. Last night was cauliflower and broccoli gratin and was delicious.

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9/30/13 1:57 P

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I wish I could...just don't have the discipline.....yet

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8/24/13 9:39 A

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Hi everyone I just joined your group today. I too rarely eat meat, however, I do make it for my husband. I don't miss meat at all. I'm working on cheese now. I'm finding this much more difficult. Thanks

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2/1/13 5:50 P

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I do not think I could ever become a Full-time vegetarian or vegan by the true definition. Unless you stay home and cook every meal for yourself you really do not know 100% what is in the food you eat. We go out do dinner once or twice a week so I am realistic about the foods that come out on the plate. How do we really know???

"Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go. The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you."
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2/26/12 8:46 A

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What a great thread! I have been a flexitarian for several years now and rarely eat red meat. I occasionally use a piece of bacon or an ounce of ham for flavor in soup, but beyond that I do not buy or cook meat at home. Sometimes out of courtesy when I am sharing a meal with others I have a little meat, but I avoid it when I can.

I recently did a 5-Day Challenge where I ate only oatmeal, beans and rice (with some seasonings). I felt GREAT after this and am considering going all-out vegetarian. Because I am sensitive to soy, protein is a problem. I supplement with cheese, which I rely on too much. I find the longer I go without meat as a staple in my diet, the less I want it. I was rummaging in the freezer yesterday and saw some 1-oz chunks of ham and just thought "eeew".


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2/19/12 6:29 P

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I think I could become a vegetarian fairly easily. I only eat chicken, turkey, and very, very, rarely, fish. I stopped eating pork when I was 10 (after watching Babe), and beef bothers my stomach (occasionally I will eat a burger). When I prepare my own food, I rarely use meat-- usually, even then, it's deli turkey for a sandwich because it's easy and convenient. When I eat out it is easy to avoid meat at most places. My boyfriend is understanding, and we very rarely use meat when we cook. The hardest part is avoiding meat when eating with my family or my boyfriend's family. Both are meat eaters and usually offer me the option of chicken, and out politeness and not wanting them to prepare yet another dish, I eat it. I don't enjoy the taste or texture of meat, and I feel a lot better and more energized when I don't eat meat.

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2/14/12 9:12 P

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I'm very much like TRISHP1961. I can no longer eat dairy or wheat. If left to my own devices, I would probably be vegan. My family, however, still likes meat. They are happy to eat what I cook, but cannot think beyond having meat when planning dinners - if DH cooks, there is always a meat dish.
I have not had beef in ten years. It's mainly poultry, lean pork or fish.



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2/13/12 12:22 A

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Yes, I was full-on vegan for over a year. I lost 30 pounds, my cystic acne went away, my blood sugar/A1C was perfect and my cholesterol was great--all within three months!

Now I'm pesco-vegetarian with occasional lapses on Thanksgiving, Christmas and when politeness dictates. I never gained any weight back and at my last check-up my A1C and cholesterol levels were still good. I'm trying to get back to eating more vegan-like, as I've come to rely too much on Greek yoghurt and cheese--I'd rather do without dairy altogether.

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9/28/11 11:05 P

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I don't eat dairy or wheat. I would love to eat only vegetarian, but I am not there yet. My family is not ready to adopt that lifestyle and cooking two meals is too much. I have a freezer full of vegan dishes and try to reheat them when the family is having a bad meal. For the most part, I am successful. But still a meatball will jump into my sweet potato chili, etc. I do think that is better than eating the meatballs with cavatelli the family is having. My husband is open to trying the vegetarian at dinner as long as he can eat Wendy's for lunch...So when the kids leave for college in a few years, I'd like to adopt a home eating style of only vegan...But I do think I'll wait until the teenagers are gone.


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9/27/11 4:08 P

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Nutritionally speaking I think I could easily be vegetarian. Not vegan though. I get growly without my milk and eggs. Flexitarian is just a better fit for my family. My dd is a serious meat eater. My son is more like me, loves the veggies...hubby is eating whatever I feed him(though he has stated he isn't interested in cutting meat of his diet, just cutting back is fine)...

I choose vegetarian meals whenever possible. emoticon emoticon

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9/27/11 3:18 P

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Just throwing this out there... When I was a vegetarian (pescatarian), my uncle looked down at my shoes and asked if they were leather. Hm.... I think that's wonderful if people want to take the high road on animal kindness issues,but it goes farther than just *eating* the meat.

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9/27/11 3:03 P

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I was raised a vegetarian, and only started adding poultry into my diet about ten years ago. I have gone long stretches, even over a year, since then where I eat completely vegetarian. But since I started working out and doing strength training, I was having a hard time getting enough protein in my diet so I added chicken back in a couple times a week. I am allergic to fish, so that's not an option for me. I still prefer to eat mostly vegetarian when I can. But, I have always eaten eggs. I guess that is a point of contention for some vegetarians. How can you say you won't eat meat, but you will eat a baby chicken? I guess my answer to that is just eat non-fertilized eggs and then it isn't a baby chicken yet, it's just the egg. I don't know. I am definitely a vegetarian for health reasons more than moral reasons. But when I do eat meat, I make sure I only eat humanely raised, torture-free, hormone-free, anti-biotic free, etc.

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9/27/11 10:57 A

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I have been a part time vegetarian for years. My main setback is cooking for the family. My husband loves meat. I never have been a fan of red meat but do like occasional chicken, turkery or fish. I try my hardest to eat meat a few days out of the week. Went vegan for 2months last year and felt my best. It was hard but i had never felt better.

Yes, i am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

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9/25/11 1:28 A

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Its just more difficult getting enough protein into a day. I've had chicken 3 times over the last 5 months (organic chicken only) and I have fish a 3-4 days a week. I also supplement with protein shakes. I figure this is a good way for me to eat right now, and either I will naturally progress to vegetarianism or not. Time will tell.


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9/23/11 8:52 A

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I have never been a vegetarian, but have always loved fruits and vegetables. Right now I am only eating a couple of servings of meat a week usually fish, but ever once in a while my wife talks me into some baked chicken. Last night my son the Chef made sushi and I made fresh guacamole. Talk about mixing your cuisine.

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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9/22/11 4:17 P

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I was a fish-eating vegetarian for 2 years and also had a hard time getting enough protein and iron, so I started eating meat again, basically all meat. Now I just don't eat red meat. I do like the idea of vegetarianism, but there are a lot of meat dishes that I like - chicken, fish... I think, this whole thing has been about becoming educated about what the body needs vs. what we crave or are accustomed to. Yes, I could find ways to be sure I'm getting enough protein and iron without meat, but... well, that's not my goal :)

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9/22/11 12:12 A

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Yeah, I don't think I could ever cut out fish and eggs. :)

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9/22/11 12:11 A

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Nothing - I was a full vegan for 9 months. It really wasn't all that difficult to find stuff to eat (even eating out). My body didn't do well with the dietary changes though, I gained weight and just didn't feel strong. Since reintroducing organic chicken, fish, egg whites I've lost 11 pounds and just feel better all around. I think everyone has to do what is right for themselves and their body.



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9/22/11 12:00 A

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I am a part time vegetarian. My boyfriend is a vegetarian (he does eat fish) and I have considered it many times. To be honest the main reason I eat meat is the convenience. I cooked a chicken breast tonight for the first time in months. I do not eat any red meat. What is holding you back from being a full fledged vegetarian??

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