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post #31 of 51
i was gonna stay away from this thread since I am not a veggie only gal but i see everyone here is able to freely discuss both sides of the issue so I will get in on this action.

I eat meat, I rarely eat pork but i do consume most meat products on occasion.(damn you burger king! damn you yummy yummy cod fish)
I am all for those who are vegetarians and vegans, but i am not for girls who go out on dates and say..oh i'll just have a salad! HA! thats insane. I think it is flat out stupid for those who say they are vegetarians but behind close doors scarf a whopper down! I have known plenty of girls like that lol.

And i know plenty of ladies here who have posted who stick by there dietary choices 100% and wanna high-5 them...its not easy always being a vegetariran or a vegan in certain places or coming from a certan family.People can be soooooo ignorant.
post #32 of 51
Meat is part of a balanced diet for some, and is not for others. Some people get sick if they do not eat meat. I, for one, get sick when I do eat meat.

I realize that it is a personal choice. I just hope nobody thinks that vegetarians are somehow "missing out" or sickly or anything.

Humans, in general, need not eat meat to survive, especially not in urban America in the 21st century. All those things that people sometimes think are only available in meat are readily available in all sorts of food.

I hate when someone finds out I'm a vegetarian and gives me a look of horror, like they expect me to fall over and die of a lack of protein. If anything, most Americans eat too much protein. I'm far healthier and happier not eating meat.

What I really don't get is people who make a big deal out of it either way. There are people who know me pretty well but have no idea I don't eat meat.
post #33 of 51
i would ve cautious in feeding someone anything they dont know ... I have severe food allergies and intolerances and MANY pre made veggie things are likely to make me very ill... I eat meat cause at first that is all I could after I became allergic to most common foods ...
post #34 of 51
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Meat is part of a balanced diet for some, and is not for others. Some people get sick if they do not eat meat. I, for one, get sick when I do eat meat.

I realize that it is a personal choice. I just hope nobody thinks that vegetarians are somehow "missing out" or sickly or anything.

Humans, in general, need not eat meat to survive, especially not in urban America in the 21st century. All those things that people sometimes think are only available in meat are readily available in all sorts of food.

I hate when someone finds out I'm a vegetarian and gives me a look of horror, like they expect me to fall over and die of a lack of protein. If anything, most Americans eat too much protein. I'm far healthier and happier not eating meat.

What I really don't get is people who make a big deal out of it either way. There are people who know me pretty well but have no idea I don't eat meat.
I definitely have to agree with you on most of that. I see absolutely nothing wrong if an adult wants to choose what they will put into their bodies for nourishment. There is certainly nothing wrong with being a vegetarian or a vegan in my opinion. It's definitely not for everyone- but a lot of people really flourish on those types of diets. Me on the other hand - I have a nice little assortment of GI issues that make it impossible to eat a lot of the fruits/veggies i love enough to get much substance out of them- so I have to have meat in my diet. I like a nice rounded off diet though that is balanced- fruits, veggies, lean-skinless meat, and that's about it for now (they're trying to figure out if i'm allergic to yeast- whic is in a ton of stuff unfortunalte and i'm allergic to dairy- so i stick to the alternatives like Lactaid Milk- that stuff has helped me soooooooooo much! / For a while, I was on a celiac diet which is entirely gluetin free (they thought i was allergic to gluetin - now we know i'm not ) ....and I have to hand it off to Vegans/Vegetarians- it's sooooo hard to shop at places like Wild Oats and really try to stick to certain foods. Had it not been for Wild Oats at that point in time, i wouldn't have been able to find anything ediable for me at that point! That place is soo good for people with allergies- they label everything! / So I definitely understand what it's like to have to shop high and low for your food and to be cautious about it. At the moment i'm on a combination of Low Fat, Low Residue, Lactose Free, and Low Yeast diets (the latter two aren't going so super). So it's hard to find foods that work for one condition but not another...you really have to work at it and see what works for you. So I definitely don't see anything wrong with those who like to keep a vegan/vegetarian diet for health reasons / After all- I have to keep a combo of about 4 different diets for my GI problems. I definitely don't think ya'll should be made fun of for your healthy lifestyle choices
post #35 of 51
Veggie for almost a year now!

I saw "Dealing Dogs" and when I got done vomiting I realized how utterly ridiculous it was to be actively involved in anti-animal cruelty and actively campaigning against horse-slaughter when the very same things that had just made vomit were the same things that were being done (and worse!) to farm animals.

We buy only cage-free eggs (I know all debate, but better than nothing)--my b/f eats them, I don't like eggs unless boiled (or I take them from the chickens at work!) and soy milk. I still eat cheese but would like to stop.

I am trying to, but it's difficult. I do love cheese... and it's hard to afford. So many "easy" meals loaded with cheese and soy cheese is spawned from the devil.
post #36 of 51
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Meat is part of a balanced diet for some, and is not for others. Some people get sick if they do not eat meat. I, for one, get sick when I do eat meat.

I realize that it is a personal choice. I just hope nobody thinks that vegetarians are somehow "missing out" or sickly or anything.

Humans, in general, need not eat meat to survive, especially not in urban America in the 21st century. All those things that people sometimes think are only available in meat are readily available in all sorts of food.

I hate when someone finds out I'm a vegetarian and gives me a look of horror, like they expect me to fall over and die of a lack of protein. If anything, most Americans eat too much protein. I'm far healthier and happier not eating meat.

What I really don't get is people who make a big deal out of it either way. There are people who know me pretty well but have no idea I don't eat meat.

and and

I went to a barbeque last summer with people who I thought I could trust serving/cooking my food...when I tasted the burger I could tell it was REAL MEAT and they tried to pass it off as Quorn When the taste touched my tongue I instantly started to heave I knew it was real meat!!
What is it with people?? .....Do they think they can 'convert' people?????


I am a veggie and I have been since I was 16,Though I would have been a lot sooner if my mother hadn't been the hateful control freak that she was and forced it in my mouth
I don't eat anything that has had a mother or anything that has been killed for its flesh or fur.e.g fish,crab,chicken,turkey,cow,sheep,pig...all animals and fish.
I do eat free range eggs.I use soya milk and I don't eat dairy cheese.
post #37 of 51
I am almost vegetarian, for ethical and ecological reasons. I say almost because it is such a lifestyle change, and it does take money (of which I don't have much at the moment). I end up feeling guilty when I eat meat, but when I have the extra money, I do buy veggie meals.
post #38 of 51
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant View Post
I do the same thing with things like wool and leather...I've gotten a couple leather purses and a pair of leather winter boots as gifts...I don't refuse gifts or wearing these things on principle, but I try my best to avoid ever buying anything that uses dead animals or was tested on animals.
Same here. Well, I think everyone likely buy me a gift knows I don't want anything made of leather, but the no-wool principle isn't so easy to understand, since the sheep doesn't actually die from shearing. My winter coat is made of wool, a gift from my mom. I wouldn't buy anything woolly myself though.
post #39 of 51
I have been a vegetarian since June 2006. Twice though I have eaten seafood, I think once was shrimp and once was an appetizer with breaded fish and vegetables. About a month in I totally forgot and bought a greasy nasty beef stick from the gas station, ate half of it and then realized what I was doing

Anyways, I love veggie foods the only meat thing I am DYING to eat is honey mustard chicken wings! I LOVE wings and that is one thing I think about eating every now and then. I have come close to giving in. Honestly I just feel a lot healthier and I think I eat better. Not like I ate a slab of raw red meat before, just chicken and turkey and an occasional burger. But since I quit, I lost a little weight (haven't given up the junk foods!) and I just feel better.

Plus I don't agree with how the animals are treated as they are being prepared to be slaughtered. I don't necessarily disagree with actually eating meat, I just don't think they should be basically tortured in order to be killed and eaten.
post #40 of 51
I'm vegetarian (because of the way meat is produced, cruelty to animals), and preservative-free, and mostly organic except when we can't afford it. Also, I only eat free-range eggs. It's so horrible what they do to poor battery hens. And did you know that in chicken nuggets at fast food, they put not only meat in there but beaks, feet and sawdust? *shudders*
post #41 of 51
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Originally Posted by enkeli-kitten View Post
I'm vegetarian (because of the way meat is produced, cruelty to animals), and preservative-free, and mostly organic except when we can't afford it. Also, I only eat free-range eggs. It's so horrible what they do to poor battery hens. And did you know that in chicken nuggets at fast food, they put not only meat in there but beaks, feet and sawdust? *shudders*
OK You seriously just made I'm not kidding. UH! I better go clean that up. I guess theres a reason I dont eat chicken nuggets.
post #42 of 51
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Originally Posted by 4crazycats View Post
OK You seriously just made I'm not kidding. UH! I better go clean that up. I guess theres a reason I dont eat chicken nuggets.
I know - it's SO disgusting. And I saw a video of how they burn the ends of the baby chicks beaks off so they can't peck, it's awful!!!
post #43 of 51
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Originally Posted by furryferals View Post
and and

I went to a barbeque last summer with people who I thought I could trust serving/cooking my food...when I tasted the burger I could tell it was REAL MEAT and they tried to pass it off as Quorn When the taste touched my tongue I instantly started to heave I knew it was real meat!!
What is it with people?? .....Do they think they can 'convert' people?????
Ok sorry but that is so messed up! How could some one do that to you and consider themselves your friends? It's just wrong.
post #44 of 51
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Originally Posted by Sims2fan View Post
Ok sorry but that is so messed up! How could some one do that to you and consider themselves your friends? It's just wrong.
They weren't my friends,They were friends of a friend,I think they were the kind of people who thought it didn't matter and I would not notice

It also surprises me how many cafes and restaurants try to do the same,,which is why I don't eat out.
post #45 of 51
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Originally Posted by enkeli-kitten View Post
And did you know that in chicken nuggets at fast food, they put not only meat in there but beaks, feet and sawdust? *shudders*

While not much of a fast food eater myself, I honestly doubt that.
post #46 of 51
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Originally Posted by CommonOddity042 View Post
While not much of a fast food eater myself, I honestly doubt that.
Yes it is true...wether they are in there 'by accident' or on purpose is questionable.
There was a story in our papers last year of a full chickens head being found in a chicken nugget at 'one' 'M'ajor infamous fast food outlet.

Wherever there is food that is minced and blended you will get alsorts in there

I used to work for a not as famous pie company and the things that used to go in their pies was...lets put it this way,it wasn't only the filling,There were flies in there too because they used to accumulate around the filling being piped into the base and as the sheet pastry was going ontop of the pies ,the flies got trapped in the pie
post #47 of 51
I was a vegetarian for about 8 years. Not for ethical reasons though. I found it healthier. When I became pregnant with my daughter I had a major case of morning (and night) sickness for 4 months. I was literally starving away because I could not keep anything down. Then I found myself craving meat. So I gave in. My stomach settled down after that and I could finally keep food down.
post #48 of 51
I am vegetarian almost vegan . I have been a veggie girl for 4 years . I have been eating mostly vegan for the past six months. I have eaten a little bit of cheese and lactose free cheese lately. Dairy is a hard thing to completely weed out of your diet.

My cats eat meat. In fact I give them two cans of food a day . This is split between four cats. And they have plenty of dry food to eat. I would never try to make my cats vegetarian. I think that they need meat in their diets more so than humans do. MY mom and I had this conversation like a week ago.

I used to eat eggs. I quit that. I dont eat anything that has a heart. I became veggie when I was 16. I saw the lord of the flies movie after I had been thinking about going veggie. In the lord of the flies movie they eat poor little pigs basically alive. This scared me and made me sad. There hasnt been any meat for me since then.

I do not like peta. I donate to the SPCA on a regular basis.


O yeah. My boyfriends sister works for a place that makes steaks. I always hate to hear them talk about it. They have a bad day when they dont slaughter *** amount of cows. It makes me sad.
post #49 of 51
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I definitely have to agree with you on most of that. I see absolutely nothing wrong if an adult wants to choose what they will put into their bodies for nourishment. There is certainly nothing wrong with being a vegetarian or a vegan in my opinion. It's definitely not for everyone- but a lot of people really flourish on those types of diets. Me on the other hand - I have a nice little assortment of GI issues that make it impossible to eat a lot of the fruits/veggies i love enough to get much substance out of them- so I have to have meat in my diet. I like a nice rounded off diet though that is balanced- fruits, veggies, lean-skinless meat, and that's about it for now (they're trying to figure out if i'm allergic to yeast- whic is in a ton of stuff unfortunalte and i'm allergic to dairy- so i stick to the alternatives like Lactaid Milk- that stuff has helped me soooooooooo much! / For a while, I was on a celiac diet which is entirely gluetin free (they thought i was allergic to gluetin - now we know i'm not ) ....and I have to hand it off to Vegans/Vegetarians- it's sooooo hard to shop at places like Wild Oats and really try to stick to certain foods. Had it not been for Wild Oats at that point in time, i wouldn't have been able to find anything ediable for me at that point! That place is soo good for people with allergies- they label everything! / So I definitely understand what it's like to have to shop high and low for your food and to be cautious about it. At the moment i'm on a combination of Low Fat, Low Residue, Lactose Free, and Low Yeast diets (the latter two aren't going so super). So it's hard to find foods that work for one condition but not another...you really have to work at it and see what works for you. So I definitely don't see anything wrong with those who like to keep a vegan/vegetarian diet for health reasons / After all- I have to keep a combo of about 4 different diets for my GI problems. I definitely don't think ya'll should be made fun of for your healthy lifestyle choices
Sounds like it would be much more difficult for you to find things at the grocery store than us veggies. At least where I live, there are tons of vegetarian products in the regular grocery stores, but I do occasionally go to Wild Oats to stock up on some of the things only they have.
post #50 of 51
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Originally Posted by Snuzy View Post
Sounds like it would be much more difficult for you to find things at the grocery store than us veggies. At least where I live, there are tons of vegetarian products in the regular grocery stores, but I do occasionally go to Wild Oats to stock up on some of the things only they have.
I agree- it is definitely hard,because at the moment- they still haven't finished all of my food allergy tests- so there's still stuff out there that i'm not sure i can have or not. Yesterday, without even thinking, i made 4 cheese alfredo sauce with mascotti pasta. (i've been used to eating a lot of foods like that for 21 years now -i didn't realize how bad the symptoms were till the doctor pointed them out- and now i forget sometimes that i can't have certain foods) I made that alfredo sauce the other day completly forgetting i was lactose intolerant and wound up sick all day. So it's definitely hard....especially when there's four different diet types that i'm trying to stick to...i just forget sometimes. I have found some stuff i can eat without getting sick- but it's few and far between - baked chicken is about the only thing that won't make me really sick. Hopefully when I get the rest of my tests back i'll have a little more knowledge as to what i can /can't have. It's kinda hard, especially during the holidays when everyone makes stuff- to know what they put in it and what to avoid. That's why I like to do my own shopping and cooking- so i know exactly what goes in stuff. I'm baking a lot for Christmas this year for that very reason- so i'll be able to eat something
post #51 of 51
I'm turning into a veggie. I still eat meat when specifically offered but I won't go out of my way to eat it. I still love some meats and have grown up eating it but for about three years now it's been a love/hate affair. I don't eat beef, lamb, veal or pork but I will eat chicken, and I'm slowly weaning myself off of milk and drinking more fruit /vegetable juices. I won't eat any fast food, it just makes me sick. I'm warming up to soy/alternative products, and organic produce is relatively easy to find (but more expensive). I can't eat eggs if it's plainly an egg, it has to be in something.

Eventually I'll be veggie before I know it! Mainly it's for my health and for ethical reasons, also because I like veggies a whole lot better than meat. And the fact that there's a wonderful veggie/alternatives restaurant down the road, their cheesecake is sugar free, milk free, and wheat free, but it's to die for! Also, some of my relatives have allergies to wheat and lactose/polysorbates, so I've grown up on some of those foods and have no objection to eating them.
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