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post #1 of 27 Old 11-22-2012, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody a Vegetarian or Vegan?

I'm thinking of going Vegan, because whenever I eat meat-I get sick. And I do not like some of the living conditions of the animals. Mostly doing it, for certain purposes-that I'd rather not get into. So has anyone done it?
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-22-2012, 11:05 PM
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I was a vegetarian for a long time, until I went to another country and couldn't avoid chicken. Whatever your reasoning is isnt important, just remember that you made the choice to stop eating meat and that doesn't mean anyone else has to. You will not change anything by changing your diet, you will just feel better about it.

Most people don't know that soy acts much like estrogen in your system. Some women will handle it better than others, but it had me in a pretty constant state of PMS. Emotional, mood swings, irritable... it was ridiculous, and I've been doing A LOT better since I stopped eating soy products. Just something to consider and monitor. As much as I care about "the animals," I care about feeling normal more. I'll never go back to soy, but I will do my best to buy grass-fed.
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 08:06 AM
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If you think going vegan is something you want to try, then by all means go ahead.

It's not a lifestyle for everyone, and as long as you respect others' choices and don't try to lecture them about the 'evils of factory farming', I think you'll find most people are very accomodating.

I'm an unrepentant meat eater, and plan to stay that way. I tend to eat more fruits, veggies and grains than meat, but when I want it, I have it.

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post #4 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 08:31 AM
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Agree with those above. My brother in law eats only fish as a meat, and I have a vegetarian friend. I believe in moderation. I've tried the fake meats and some are okay, but some were definitely an acquired taste. I have a few cows and I know where the male calves are going to end up and that's just something you get used to. Cows are bred to be eaten the same way border collies are born with a lot of energy. A lot of thought goes into getting maximum feed conversion and proper marbling, with low birth weights but high yearling weights. It takes me a few days on an ad for someone to show up with a thousand dollars cash to take a baby home, but I can't sell a well broken trail horse for 300 after month.

Like I told my brother in law, you get one body, and you can fill it however you want. If I respect that for him, and he respects that for me, everyone gets along.
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 10:16 AM
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I was a vegetarian for almost 6 years, the only reason I'm not now is because my parents will send my pony away if I don't eat meat.. so, soon as I turn 18 and move out (1 1/2 more years!) I'm going back to veg.
I absolutely hate eating meat.. I can't stand the thought of eating something that was once alive. s:

Its definatley a change though, something you should do gradual, try going vegetarian and then vegan, your body will need to adapt. First month or so is the hardest, after that its just habit.
Good luck! (:
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 12:53 PM
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I agree its probably better for the planet if more people ate more plants and less meat. Also probably healthier. That being said its also better for the planet and healthier if we all ate alot more insects. They are actually pretty good for you and plentiful..
But they dont have many vegetarian dishes at Hooters, and I really like chicken wings.
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post #7 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 01:23 PM
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I don't agree with how "some" people choose to raise large animals for consumption, so I have chosen to raise my "meat" myself so I know exactly how it was raised and what it ate.

I know plenty of vegetarians and a few vegans. Some use their choice to stay extremely healthy, some use it as an excuse to pig out on non-meat junk food continually. Only thing that every bugged me (ok, it made me REALLY MAD) was the Vegan who was constantly bashing me for eating/feeding others meat while her kids were horrifically overweight. Overweight from eating too many veggies/grains is not healthier than my girls who are a perfect weight according to their Dr and eat meat.
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post #8 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 03:10 PM
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the whole raising for meat didnt work with, I got meat critters all around my place and I dont have the heart to kill any of them. Getting over run with chickens this year. Anybody want some roosters ?
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I'm cold-hearted then......

Actually, about the time I get really tired of trudging out to feed/water/shovel poop, the animals are ready for butcher. Then I forget how much work it was and get suckered into buying more cute lil baby animals.
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post #10 of 27 Old 11-23-2012, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
But they dont have many vegetarian dishes at Hooters, and I really like chicken wings.
Haha. That's one - no, two...actually three - of the better reasons for not being a vegetarian...
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