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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: December 16, 2006 07:29:33 PM
I do want to apologize if I upset anyone, I just felt the need to defend my position. It is a hot button issue, and super easy to get emotional, especially when we all care so much. Like I said, I'm probably in the minority as a vegetarian, since it seems that most of you are vegans, so I did feel like I had to defend my opinion from the start, and for that I'm sorry if I came off as rude or mean.

-Caty
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: December 14, 2006 11:07:47 AM
I realize cows aren't milk machines, but no matter where you buy milk in the US, Dairy cows aren't killed. They are used for milk until they die, and then upon their death they are sent to be turned into low quality meat. Dairy cows are treated wonderfully by organic and non organic farmers alike because healthy cows mean good milk, and healthy calves which create a healthy herd. So to drink milk isn't to sign the cow's death certificate.  Now, chickens are a different story, they are usually killed after their first egg laying period. The farm I buy from doesn't do that. So, I don't need to be vegan to be an ethical eater, and while that isn't the case in most areas of the world, I am lucky to have these options. Also, veganism isn't realistic for me, I'm allergic to most milk and egg substitutes.

-Caty
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Coming out to the family howd YOU do it? *Share your wisdom here!* on: December 13, 2006 11:39:01 PM
As long you aren't militant PETA paint throwing, they should be fine. Respect them and they'll respect you. My parents are ok with it, and when my grandma bugged me, my dad told her to shut it lol. Also, most of my mom's dishes are vegetarian, with meat as a side dish and my dad grills up an amazing veggie burger. It also helps that my uncle is veg, too. My bf's parents were vegetarian, but it became difficult for them to manage their diabetes, so they could care less. I'm lucky to be surrounded by veg friendly people, but here's a secret: my best friend, soul sister, would die without her, hunts and fishes. Our friendship works because of respect...so respect your in laws, let them know ahead of time and bring your own food. OR, if there isn't a lot of them, take them out to dinner, and you can order veg fare.

-Caty
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: December 13, 2006 11:27:46 PM
I'm a vegetarian. I eat eggs (cage free organic) and I love milk. I've been drinking skim milk since I was a little kid and I would die if I couldn't have my milk. I also like supporting the dairy farmers in my area. I come from a farming family, and I know how hard it is to make a living. Besides most of our dairy farmers are Amish and Mennonite, so the milk is organic. I live in Omaha, NE, land of Omaha Steaks, so being a veg is a bit hard. I know that I won't ever go vegan, cows can die if they aren't milked, so I thought it was counter productive to not drink milk, and chickens will always lay unfertilized eggs, so, y'know, they're not being forced into anything. I'm not trying to upset vegans, but I'm just saying that's why I'm a vegetarian and not vegan. I went veg about 2 years ago, and my basic policy is : "if it feels pain, I'm not eating it". I indulge and eat fried clams every once in a while (my dad's from Mass. so I think it's genetic like my love for the Red Sox). I'm also a veg for religious reasons (I'm a Buddhist). Whew, that was a bit long winded, sorry about that.

-Caty
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fat Vegan Belts! on: June 15, 2006 11:18:04 PM
You can always try your hand a macrame or basic braiding. There's a really good site that has instructions and supplies and they are vegan/veggie friendly (trust me, I know how hard it is to find nonleather stuff). Take a look here http://www.macramesuperstore.com/. Also, look for hemp belts, hemp can look very proffesional if done right. If you have a friend who knits, see if they'll make the Boulder belt at http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTboulderbelt.html. I hope I was of some help.

-Caty
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