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Old 05-19-2005, 09:56 PM   #1
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Thinking of going vegetarian

But I'm not sure if I want becase of nutritional reasons: don't know how I would have to modify my diet to make sure I get the proper balance of nutrition. I personally like the taste of meat. I don't have to have it at every meal, but don't think it's gross to eat.

Anything I should think about as I consider this???

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Old 05-19-2005, 09:59 PM   #2
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If you like the taste if meat and don't think it is gross then why are you considering this change (if you don't mind me asking)?
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Old 05-19-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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If you like the taste of meat why change? Change your eating habits to eat 1-2 vegetarian meals a week or more, if you wish. If you decide to eat vegetarian meals doesn't mean that you have to totally give up meat. What I think you really are thinking about is eating healthier.
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:13 AM   #4
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But I'm not sure if I want becase of nutritional reasons: don't know how I would have to modify my diet to make sure I get the proper balance of nutrition. I personally like the taste of meat. I don't have to have it at every meal, but don't think it's gross to eat.

Anything I should think about as I consider this???
htc, i personally think some protein is good for us..We require well balanced nitrition..Cut your meat size down to say the size of the back of your hand or a deck of cards, meat is needed at every meal, lower the carb intake and have several veggies and a slald at you main meal...One of my favorite lunches is to get a french roll or a whole wheat roll, hollow it partially out and fill it with sprouts, avocado, tomato, onion that I've tossed with some evoo and vinegar and salt and pepper...It's so good :) I don't think I could go strictly vegetarian..But, you do what makes you feel the best... and If I can help in any way let me know.
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Old 05-20-2005, 12:26 AM   #5
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There are different kinds of vegetarians. Some don't like meat. Some become or are vegetarians because of their religious or politcal beliefs. Some for health reasons.


My daughter was vegetarian for 6 months after a visit to Malta. The butchers there hang meat that still looks like an animal. the hams look like pigs and the chickens still have feet. It grossed her out. I spent a fortune on meat substitutes.

We eat meatless once or twice a week. It is not a conscious decision, we just like those foods.

Whatever you decide, read up on it first and try some meatless meals.

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Old 05-20-2005, 01:06 AM   #6
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I don't know what you would call this...political reasons maybe? The more I learn about slaughterhouse practices and other treatment of animals (i.e. lab testing, etc) the more I feel bad about eating meat.

I agree that you need some sort of protein with your meals and this is where I need to do more reading. I just thought I could substitute with stuff like beans and tofu or gluten. (?) I am the primary cook in the house so I have to factor stuff like that in as well.

Thanks for you input guys!
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Old 05-20-2005, 02:44 AM   #7
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Protein isn't really an issue for a vegetarian if you're eating a wide variety of healthy foods. Beans, legumes and soy (seitan / tofu) are the most obvious sources but there are tons of other ways to get protein too; a handful of almonds (almonds have the highest amount of protein per serving, most all other nuts have a decent amount), natural peanut butter, eggs and whole grain cereals are all also great sources.

I didn't wake up one day and decide to be vegetarian, it was more of a gradual change. I cut out red meat years ago because of that heavy feeling it always gave me after eating it. Pretty soon I was cutting out pork. And then poultry. After reading a friend's copy of "Diet for a New America" I knew I'd made the right choice for me.

I think that the more educated you are about where your food comes really, really comes from and the processes involved in getting from an orchard or a farm to your table, the more inclined people would be to making changes in the way they eat. The "big business" method of raising and slaughtering of animals is a sad, sad thing.

I raised a very carnivorous son who used to tease me about missing out on "all of this beefy goodness!" But I also bought "organic" meat for him. =P It was spendy, but I always felt better knowing that at least the animals weren't pumped full of anti-biotics and growth-inducing stuff and fed who knows what. Cooking a cow or chicken or whatever that lived a happy, healthy life was always more appealing to me than the usual meat-counter (or frozen food section) alternative.

I can't say that I'll never eat meat again, because someday I may. But I do know for sure that any meat I would eat would come from animals raised, fed and butchered in a way with which I were 100% comfortable or it wouldn't be something that would land on my table.

Only you know what is right for you. If that means not eating meat, yay! and if it means eating meat, yay! =P It is a big world and there is plenty of room for us all live as we choose.


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Old 05-20-2005, 04:05 AM   #8
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My daughter made the conscious decision to become a vegetarian at aged 13. I was not unsympathetic, but insisted that she keep eating fish and occasionally chicken. All the meat we eat is organic - I've been buying only organic meats and vegetables for nigh on 15 years - back when it was quite difficult to find regular and good supplies! Strictly speaking, she was a non-meat eater, rather than a vegetarian...

She now very, very occasionally eats lamb, but still doesn't like beef or pork. :D
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Old 05-20-2005, 01:13 PM   #10
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The more I think about it, the more I am inclined to agree with doing the gradual thing. Thanks for all the input!
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