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        11-05-2009, 09:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Any vegetarians or vegans?

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if there were any other vegetarians or vegans on here? I have been an off-and-on vegetarian from the age of 4. But 2 years ago (my sophomore year in high school) I took a Vet Science class. And after learning more about these animals and being forced to do a project on animal processing, I decided to become a full-time vegetarian. Recently, I heard about a book called "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. I was curious so I went onto the website and they have a forum! They had some great information on the site and I am thinking about cutting the dairy, fish, and other animal products out of my diet (chicken broth/gravy, juices, etc.). So I was wondering if anyone else had experience with finding protein outside meats and animal products.

    I wouldn't be able to become a full-blown vegan because a) I need more protein and b) I use leather on my horse.

    Any experiences would be helpful for a fledgling veggie like me!
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        11-05-2009, 09:50 PM
    I've been a vegetarian since about age 8. To start off with, I just didn't like the taste of lamb, and pork. I used to eat beef, but after watching way toooooo many animal/vet shows I just gave up on meat altogether.
    Sometimes I miss beef sausages, and chicken but I just find other tasty things to eat.
    Its really important to have variety in your diet as a vegetarian. I found that if I just stuck with plain salad, I'd miss chicken more, so mix it up!
    And just because you're a vego, doesn't mean pig pig pig out on the junk food.
    Nuts I find are a great source of protein, and they are also a great snack, and provide a slow release of energy unlike sugar coated junk foods. Pasta is a great vegetarian food too! Its filling and delicious and if you make it yourself, you can stuff it with whatever you want.
    And I hate to say this, but anything green is good! Spinach, walnut and mango salad is a really good summer lunch. I'll have to find the recipe and post it.
    Fresh is also best. So fruits, veges, nuts, legumes are all your friends.
    Good luck with being a vegetarian, its hard sometimes but you just gotta get through it.
        11-05-2009, 09:58 PM
    Green Broke
    My problem is, I LOVE junk food. And for the past two years I have felt like I could eat more because I wasn't eating meat. So, I need to change. I lost about 25 lbs over the summer and I would like to maintain it through the winter.

    I love broccoli, spinach, and most salads so that won't be an issue. I just hate tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, or any sort of pepper. Which is hard NOT to find in a veggie dinner plate.

    Thanks for the advice. I just need some more motivation. I had a craving for a McDonald's cheeseburger the other day... and it sort of worried me. But then to make myself feel better, I watched "Supersize Me" and then I REALLY didn't want McDonalds! Haha. As long as I get past the meat cravings occasionally, I'm fine.
        11-05-2009, 10:03 PM
    I have to say Thai vegetarian food is delicious. But my suggestion for you is to make it yourself. Sometimes when you order Thai, and you say 'I want it very mild', you'll get it very hot!
    Plus if you make it yourself, you can leave out the chilli etc.
    And don't be afraid to try some new vegetarian food, sometimes they are really good.
    Oh and vegetarian 'Pad Thai Noodles' are the best. They're not spicy.
        11-05-2009, 10:56 PM
    Green Broke
    I follow an almost vegan diet, I eat things with honey in them but I don't consume any dairy, eggs or any meat or fish. I try not to purchase new leather, but occasionally I do, and I do use leather riding boots and bridle.

    I've been vegetarian since birth, and just over 2 years ago I became vegan. Its surprisingly easy. I miss cheese mostly, because no substitutes are good enough and there so many nice things with cheese in it. Still I don't find it that hard. The only nutrient that you cannot consume easily is B12, but many soy milks are fortified with it. As for things like protein, calcium and iron its just ensuring that you include sources in your diet.

    Tips: Basically every restaurant will cater to a vegan/vege even if their isn't an option on their menu. If you are polite or call up prior to dinner they generally will make a dish specially for you.

    Buy online - there are heaps of good online stores with biscuits, sweets and lots of things that you wouldn't normally be able to eat.

    Cook in bulk and freeze things so you can make things quicker on days where other people are making a quick meat meal.

    Tofu and tempeh are huge sources of protein for vegans, half a cup of protein has about 10 grams. I believe chickpeas in things like homuus and falafel (I think its made of chickpeas) are high in protein. Also lentils are huge for protein as well. One cup has 17-18 grams of protein. Nuts and beans are high in protein. Its pretty easy to eat enough protein if you just look over your day an add a few things. If you have a sandwich for lunch you could add a lentil patty, or a thick slice of marinated tofu. Have peanut butter on your toast, or have baked beans for a mid afternoon snack.

    Most supermarkets have sort of "alternative" food isles. You can find things like vegetable stock to use instead of chicken broth in cooking. If you live near a decent sized town or city you can probably find a "whole foods store" or "health food store" which will have even more options.

    You'd be surprised how many meals can be converted to vegetarian. It might not be exactly the same but you get used to it. TVP (texured vegetable protein) is a great alternative for meat in spaghetti, or general italian dishes. It can also be used in spring roles and foods like that. Mushroom and tofu both absorb tastes from around them, and can be used instead of meat in curry etc. Also nutloafs are pretty cool.

    Good luck!

    If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me, I like helping people who are trying to transition to a more "animal friendly" lifestyle.
        11-06-2009, 01:02 PM
    I'm vegan too - but I do eat honey and use leather. Saskia gave you some really good information! Do you cook a lot? If so, I have some awesome meat substitute recipes that you might be interested in. Things like "ribs", meatballs, gluten (can be used as steaks, and are absolutely delicious!) If you are interested I could pm you some recipes.
        11-06-2009, 01:14 PM
    Originally Posted by Equus_girl    
    I'm vegan too - but I do eat honey and use leather.
    Not either vegan or vegetarian but I have several friends that are Vegan and I thought being vegan meant you use nothing that is an animal product or uses animal products in its processing. Like white sugar is a no-no because of its processing.

    Am I confused? They always told me that Vegan meant nothing animal at all. If you do anything with animal products you are a vegetarian.
        11-06-2009, 01:31 PM
    Well, it can be confusing. The right term is vegetarian but so many people that eat eggs and dairy call themselves vegetarian I usually call myself vegan. But I do use honey, leather, sugar and all those kind of things.
        11-06-2009, 02:10 PM
    Do any of you have any cookbooks/websites that you like for recipes? Not a vegetarian/vegan by a long shot, but trying to get a greater variety of food into my life. Curious to try some vegetarian/vegan recipes.
        02-10-2010, 05:30 PM
    Sorry to revive an old thread, but just throwing it in there.

    I'm a pesco-vegetarian. I basically have to comproise with my all meat or eat some fish. I plan on becoming a vegan (as much as possible anyway) when I move out of home.
    I think there is a lot, way too much in fact, ignorance surrounding the meat industry. It would be lovely if all farms had pastures and fields and the farmers loved the animals, but hell, 99% of farms are factory farms. It's just this misconception that "Humans NEED meat" and "animals were made to be eaten". I mean, do people really buy that? I'm perfectly healthy, I know vegans who are also healthy. The whole protein and iron debate is just silly...I have normal iron levels, and eat a lot of protein high foods.
    I hate getting into arguemnts like these, because I always end up so frustrated, but I guess, people just don't think that much into it...and presume the animal has had a good life.
    I know there are good, actual free range farms who respect the animals, but there's not enough to convince me.

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