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8/7/11 11:30 A

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You've already got the answers you need, so I'll just add a few things. I think it's fair to call yourself a semi-vegetarian for now, since you are still eating meat (a friend refers to herself as a part-time vegetarian: she eats vegan when she can, but still eats meat at home to pacify her parents). I myself am a vegetarian who occasionally eats vegan, and also occasionally (when I'm out and it's my only healthy option) eats fish. The point is that while other people may want to label you, you don't need to if you don't want.

Also, you may find as you explore vegetarianism that it will become easier and easier to drop the animal products from your diet. As I'm learning about healthier ways to eat, and what makes my body happy, I've been able to cut more animal products out. And of course the weight loss isn't all bad either!

Good luck!

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8/6/11 1:21 P

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Hi it is good you want to eat veg, it is much healthier, many doctors won't admit it or don't believe it is so. get copies of your blood work and compare it before vegetarian to when you ate no animal foods for a year or so. fro one year to another I went of my cholesterol and high blood pressure meds and lost 50+ pounds over about 2 years. Another thing doctors are not taught anything about nutrition at med school. Also it is not in the best interest of the medical industry for people to keep themselves from getting sick by eating right. So when it comes to nutrition go to a nutrition professional that believes in veg diets


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8/6/11 3:25 A

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Lmao. I hear each of you and have read all of your post and I can say one thing about it all and that is I am not a total vegetarian yet but I guess I will be someday because when I eat meat from animals I end up getting sick just thinking about the animal the meat came from. My doctor has warned me about going vegetarian and I have told him that if I keep getting an upset stomach do to it and throwing up what I ate then I will be going vegetarian because I hate throwing up and that is not letting me get the nutrition out of it or the protein..

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8/5/11 2:07 P

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Hi Tery Iam glad to know I am not the only one that realizes that we live in an imperfect world and sometimes we can live our ideal

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8/5/11 11:49 A

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You've gotten many good answers here, but the simpliest given me when I began was this:

Vegetarian: People who eat mostly vegetables and avoid eating animals of any kind. They are, however, allowed to eat animal by products (eggs, cheese, milk). Some lessen their standards and allow fish for health reasons (Omega 3).

Vegan: People who eat no animals and no animal by products (no eggs, cheese, milk). They get their Omega 3's from plant sources (flax seed, etc.)

I'm a vegan, but like Mike said I realize that we do not live in a perfect world. For instance, recently I visited a resterant where had I not eaten an animal product, I would not have had anything "substantial" to eat. I hated doing it, and in general avoid doing this like a madman...but that day my body needed something substantial and a salad would have not done it. I felt I had no choice and had to bend my standards that meal.

Some folks make veganism into a religion, but I think that's not realistic...we do the best we can, but we live in a real world that does not always support our needs. When the day comes that vegan/vegetarian choices will be at all fast food places and resterants, then we will have no excuses. But as we know, that is not the case yet.

So as Mike said, I aim for being vegan the vast majority of the time, but I realize sometimes the situation will be such that if I don't eat something non-vegan, I won't be eating at all that meal. Luckily, this happen's rarely and I can stay on my vegan eating plan 95 percent of the time. This means I'm doing light years better than I used to do (eating meat 95 percent of the time!!!) This is progress...and something to be proud of.

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8/5/11 9:41 A

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You question has been answered here but many people get the names mixed up so don't feel bad. Strict Vegetarians or Vegans eat nothing from an animal at all no milk, eggs, cheese, chicken, fish or other meat of any kind. They also look very carefully at ingredients in processed food to make sure no animal based products slip into their diet. For example, Frosted Mini Wheats and chex mix are not vegan. Even some non-dairy cheezes are not vegan because they use the stomach of an animal (rennet) in the processing of the cheese. Honey causes controversy because some vegans eat it and some don't.

Vegetarians eat products that come from an animal but does not directly cause their death. Milk, cheese and eggs are on the okay list for them. Some people don't consider chicken "meat" but since you have to kill the chicken to eat it - vegetarians don't eat chicken.

Pescetarians eat fish and other animals from the sea but the meals that do not contain fish are vegan or vegetarian.

Some folks are very strict in what people call themselves. This team is for folks who are trying vegetarianism for the first time and are looking for support and also for folks who have been vegan or vegetarian for a while looking for recipes suggestions or anything that lets us support each other in our journey to a healthier cruelty free life. Anyone is welcome here.
We don't care what you call yourself, if you are trying to lessen the amount of meat in your diet and need support for that, we are here to welcome you.



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8/5/11 8:59 A

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8/5/11 2:31 A

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I am still eating some chicken and fish but working 'towards' vegetarian style. I may not get fully there but I sure have imroved my diet. I am now eating mostly fruits and vegetables, legumes, and rice. Much of the produce I eat raw.

At this point I would say I am doing the Meditarrian diet. That's a good healthy way to live too.

As I learn more I will do more.

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8/5/11 1:44 A

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A vegetarian is by definition a person who does not eat the flesh of animals. That would exclude fish or chicken. As Mike said you can eat what you want but there would be no point in calling yourself a vegetarian if you are not.

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8/5/11 1:23 A

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Hi vegetarians typically eat no meat of any kind or eggs or dairy, nothing from an animal. That is the ideal. but nobody is perfect and you do what yo can, but the less of it you eat the healthier you will be. dairy is real bad for you. hope this helps

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8/5/11 1:16 A

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I want to become a vegetarian and only meat like fish and chicken. Are these 2 kinds of meat part of a vegetarian diet or not. I always eat veggies and love them alot but people say you can't become a vegetarian if you eat fish and chicken. Are they right.

Susan

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