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Old 11-06-2008, 04:25 PM   #1
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Vegetarians at DC?

I know Larry's family is vegetarian. Are there others here? I'm not but I am trying to increase the veggie content in my diet. Everyone has a different reason for going veggie. I'd like to know if yours.


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Old 11-06-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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My reason is that I was surrounded with it as I grew up in India. There are so many vegetarian options that it was not very difficult to find things you liked.

To me vegetarian items was never hidden in my meals it was always out there in it's glory - everything from okra to eggplants to bitter gourd to long beans and not to mention a dozen different pulses that we cook in ten different ways.

I am not a vegetarian but I consume vegetarian food atleast 5 days out of the 7 because its comfort food for me and the bonus is that some of it happens to be good for health :-)

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Old 11-06-2008, 06:23 PM   #3
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I am a pretty strict vegetarian. I don't eat meat and don't cook with eggs or dairy. I'm not too diligent in looking for eggs or dairy when I eat out, though.

As for reasons:

1) Health - I've got naturally high cholesterol and had high blood pressure. I didn't get my triglycerides under control until I gave up cheese. I was a pretty hefty cheese snob too.

2) Environment - Once I had mostly given up meat, this became an easy decision, kind of like recycling when the the garbage man already provides a recycle bin. Meat eating is horrible for the environment. Eating meat contributes more to the global warming, for instance, than driving.

3) Animal welfare - This isn't really a reason, but Its good knowing that my food choices lead to less suffering. This is a big reason that two of my kids went vegetarian.
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:03 PM   #4
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I was a vegetarian for almost 10 years. A true vegetarian who watched that I got enough protein from legumes, tofu, etc. I had no desire to eat meat. Then I got terribly sick. My doctor said I was anemic and I needed meat protein. So I added a small amount of fish and poultry but that wasn't good enough. So I have to have red meat at least once or twice a week but I cook a lot of chicken and fish for my "family". I do make at least one meatless meal a week and most of my lunches are meatless. If there is something meatless or vegetarian on a menu when we are out, I will always order that over a steak or even chicken. I guess at heart I will always prefer the vegetarian lifestyle.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:24 PM   #5
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i eat very little red meat, but do love chicken and fish. don't think i could live without it. i have a friend that does, and she is always sick, but says diet is healthy for her. i would be very interested it how she would feel if she added more protein to her diet. i do know she eats the same thing everyday, and it doesn't strike me as very healthy. she eats the cheapest frozen dinner she can find, budget gourmet no dairy, no eggs
no beans, i think it is no wonder she feels lousy all the time. i would think she would find that very boring, i know i would.
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Old 11-07-2008, 02:37 AM   #6
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I am a fairly lax vegetarian. I eat dairy, eggs and fish. Just no furry critters.

It all started with me because of the awful, heavy "o-my-gawd-I-want-to-nap" feeling that always overcame me after eating a slab of red meat. Pretty soon I realized how much better I felt when I also removed even pork and chicken from my diet. Its probably been about 10 years or so since I made the change.

Once I started to educate myself and become concerned about the foods that I ingested, it was a no-brainer for me to continue. I raised a happy carnivore (who tried to convince me I was missing out on "beefy goodness" haha). I also was / am still fussy about where the meat I do cook for others comes from. No factory-farm tortured ... errr, raised animal meats! I am convinced that animals who lived happy lives and died humanely taste better.

I started buying organic milk and related products when the only place that carried them were local co-ops. It wasn't about being a food snob but was instead all about not putting more unnessary chemicals into our bodies. Common sense tells us that what an animal eats and drinks, we eat as well.

I eat delicious food. I love cooking. I'm not emiciated nor unhealthy in the least little bit. There are tons and tons of non-meat foods out there. And I'm happy with my choice.

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Old 11-09-2008, 05:14 AM   #7
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I'm answering this, even though I'm not a vegetarian. A number of years ago my mom came down with diverticulitis and then a rare form of cancer. meat just didn't agree with her. Plus one of her best friends was a vegan. SO I learned to cook those special meals. If you need some hints, just yell, we're here for you. One of my greatest secrets, whenever I go to Florida to visit the family my mom wants what she calls "Claire's ratatouille." I take all sorts of vegetable (strongly featuring zucchini, eggplant, onions, but pretty much everything goes), brush with olive oil and my favorite garlic seasoning, and put them over charcoal for a few minutes. Chop and voila, a cookout a vegan can love. I toss in a tomato (seeded if you have diverticular friends) or two. This was such a hoot when I was on the road. We'd be sitting in front of our mini weber, and these old farts would come by and want to know what I was cooking that smelled so good. They assumed it was meat. I'd reply "squash and onions?" They wouldn't believe me until I took the lid off and showed them. This makes a great ingredient for beans and other soups/stews that usually use smoked meat (ham bones or ham hocks).
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:28 AM   #8
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My story is, at the age of 7 or 8 i stopped eating things with bones in it ( like steak fried chicken ...) But still ate meatballs, tacos, burgers ( double quarter pounder with cheese or whopper were my 2 favorites, extra pickles of of course). Basically, all the fast food crap, which tasted great. At 17 I went for a physical before going to college, where I found out my cholesterol was 300 + and triglycerides were 450 +. I was told i'd crap out at about 30 of a heart attack if I didnt change my diet. Having always wanted to make the complete conversion to be a veggie, but never did, I took this as my time to make the tansition. Stopped cold turkey ( sorry for the pun). Went back 2 months later for a re check and my cholesterol dropped to about 190 and triglycerides dropped as well.

So basically have been a veggie 20 + years. I do eat cheese, eggs, dairy ....

I do not eat any animals, animal fat ..if i can avoid it , although restaurants and things like that obviously use chicken broth and thins like that.

My overall main reason is the animal thing, I love animals and dont care to eat them. But the health issue is what pushed me over the edge. Im not sorry one bit, because being a veggie has made me a more creative chef. I liked the taste of meat ( at least the fast food crap) and im always trying to be creative to make vegetarian things taste good. I am not a " health nut, sprout eating, tofu munching freak. I like good tasting stuff like everyone else. My wife made the transition a year or two after I did ( just dating at the time) But I think what pushed her over the edge is that she doesnt like to cook, so since i do all the cooking, doesnt have much choice. And my 11 and 13 year old veggies since birth. They never had an interest to try it. If they did, its their choice not mine to make. But in my house , they eat what i cooke. They are healthy. We have seen a dietician , pediatrician... so for all the people about to tell me that they are nutritionally deprived, dont worry, i got that covered

so thats my story
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:33 AM   #9
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We aren't vegetarians, but my husband hasn't eaten any - & I mean ANY - red meat or red-meat products in 36 years. Thus, my cooking consists of poultry, seafood, & vegetarian meals. Have a number of vegetarian cookbooks & really enjoy utilizing them, as well as my large collection of ethnic cookbooks, to make vegetarian dining "dining", rather than the culinary "sentence" that some folks feel it has to be.

As a result, I'm the only member of my family, including a younger brother, who doesn't have a hypertension & cholesterol problem. And I do believe my diet - which does include 1/2 & 1/2 in my morning coffee, lots of cheeses, & cooking moderately with butter (as well as lots of extra-virgin olive oil) - the reason!
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:56 AM   #10
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This is my first post on this site! Although I am not a strict vegetarian, when I cook, I cook vegetarian. I've found that it is more healthy, challenging, and just tastes good. The only meat I eat is from canned soups, sushi, eating out, etc.

I do use dairy, skim milk, hard boiled eggs in my salad, and some cheeses. If I cook with cheese, I try to use tofu cheese. It isn't that great on a cracker, but in a recipe, or melted on top of my veggie burrito's, its quite good. Also love tofu sour cream, I've served this to others without telling, and they all want to know where I got the fantastic sour cream. You should see their faces when I tell them what it is :)

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