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« Reply #40 on: November 29, 2006 01:05:05 PM »


i don't care who eats meat, as long as they understand everything involved, and make educated purchases (or better yet go get it themselves)  and this open attitude has made life more comfortable when dealing with people who come from different mentalities.

I don't care who eats meat either, as long as they understand that I won't eat it. I even offer to cook meat for my friends, but most of them say "it's OK, I'll eat veg this week" if I'm visiting.

That's how I am as well. At Thanksgiving my meat eating family made a lot of "alterations" to the food, or took some out before adding animal products for me which I really appreciated. Anyway someone was asking me about why I was vegan and what I ate, the typical questions, lol, and someone commented on how I wasn't all rah rah go vegan and all that stuff, so I told them you respect my choice why shouldn't I respect yours?

I really like when people don't give me weird looks when I tell them I am vegan or seem genuinely interested, when they eat meat I don't go tirading against it. It would be nice to get the same respect back. Smiley
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« Reply #41 on: November 29, 2006 02:19:00 PM »

Interestingly, my mother, sister and I are all vegetarians whilst my father and brother are not.  My mother has been a vegetarian for many years (well, a pesco-vegetarian, which, with much love to fish eaters, is not a vegetarian, but in the last few years she has stopped eating fish), and we were brought up with minimal meat as kids (the extended family did not approve of kids not eating meat).  Anyway, my sister and I both decided at different times when teenagers to become vegetarians of our own accord.  My stepfather (and my actual dad, too) and my brother are all meat eaters, which I find interesting.  It's sad, us women are all in perfect health and my brother is quite obese.  I'm not saying it's because of meat eating, but I do think that the fact that we've thought about what we're eating, nutrition etc as a result of vegetarianism is very helpful.

Why am I vegetarian?  I've never quite understood the strange distinction between cute\useful animals and those that exist only to be eaten.  Even as a kid I had a very strong sense of what was fair or not and eventually the eating animals thing just couldn't be ignored anymore.  It just wasn't right.

I've been vegan on a few occasions, and agree very strongly with veganism.  I'm not a vegan at the moment, for the silly reason of convenience (I just moved to Norway...aka Meat Land.  Vegetarianism is enough of a challenge) but at home I eat primarily vegan food.

Slightly off topic...but does anyone in Norway know where on earth I can get nutritional yeast?  It's impossible to find here!  I bought beer yeast by mistake.  Urk.  (It's a long shot, but I thought I'd ask!)

Sorry about the rant!  This is a great topic, I'm really enjoying reading everyone's reasons.
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« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2006 08:42:26 PM »

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« Reply #43 on: November 30, 2006 04:48:43 AM »

Meat is gross.

Animals shouldn't die. They rock more than people, because as a species we kind of suck.
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« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2006 05:30:26 AM »

As a child I was always curious. Why do we eat meat? Isn't that dead animal? Why drink milk from a cow? We don't drink cat milk or horse milk.

In 1998 I went vegetarian for health reasons. College eating was doing a number on my cholesterol and I was sick of fried, greasy stuff. I woul dhave liked to go vegan but I didn't have enough knowledge nor support (access to foods, cookbooks, websites, etc.)

In 2004 when my kid was born, I tried to make the move toward vegan and where I am right now -- mostly vegan. While it can still be hard at times (dining out, parties) it's been worthwhile and what started for health has now become enmeshed with my spirituality.

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« Reply #45 on: November 30, 2006 06:12:37 AM »

Veganmom, that is so interesting how you mentioned that choosing to be vegetarian/vegan has meshed with your spirituality. Ive noticed that whenever I re-evaluate my diet (eg: did I really eat that whole bag of doritos?!?!) and make concious decisions to simplify my diet by adding more fresh fruits and veggies I also notice that I simplify my life and I in turn become very in touch with my self and spirit. Has anyone else noticed anything similar to this?
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« Reply #46 on: November 30, 2006 12:05:17 PM »

Slightly off topic...but does anyone in Norway know where on earth I can get nutritional yeast?  It's impossible to find here!  I bought beer yeast by mistake.  Urk.  (It's a long shot, but I thought I'd ask!)
I haven't found it anywhere in Finland either. There are couple of shops that probably sell it, but I'm not going to travel 200km to get some yeast. I haven't tried beer yeast flakes, but I'll probably will, some recipes tell to use them.
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« Reply #47 on: November 30, 2006 02:03:40 PM »


i don't care who eats meat, as long as they understand everything involved, and make educated purchases (or better yet go get it themselves)  and this open attitude has made life more comfortable when dealing with people who come from different mentalities.

I don't care who eats meat either, as long as they understand that I won't eat it. I even offer to cook meat for my friends, but most of them say "it's OK, I'll eat veg this week" if I'm visiting.

That's how I am as well. At Thanksgiving my meat eating family made a lot of "alterations" to the food, or took some out before adding animal products for me which I really appreciated. Anyway someone was asking me about why I was vegan and what I ate, the typical questions, lol, and someone commented on how I wasn't all rah rah go vegan and all that stuff, so I told them you respect my choice why shouldn't I respect yours?

I really like when people don't give me weird looks when I tell them I am vegan or seem genuinely interested, when they eat meat I don't go tirading against it. It would be nice to get the same respect back. Smiley

*nods* Although, it is kind of fun to tease my friend with "ewww, go wash your hands you just touched meat", but we just joke around about it. 

For thanksgiving my aunt made me some stuffing without turkeybroth or being in the turkey, and then my 14 yr old cousin decided to prank me ad switched it....and i got so sick that night.  ugh.
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« Reply #48 on: December 01, 2006 09:50:52 AM »


*nods* Although, it is kind of fun to tease my friend with "ewww, go wash your hands you just touched meat", but we just joke around about it. 

For thanksgiving my aunt made me some stuffing without turkeybroth or being in the turkey, and then my 14 yr old cousin decided to prank me ad switched it....and i got so sick that night.  ugh.

That's so mean! I would be fuming! I hope you beat him/her up?  Wink Haha.  We have a joke like that around here are well. No one can touch my food with a fork/knife/spoon that has been near meat... or put any of my food  on a plate with meat... Or I say "No meat juice" Haha. Like last night some put a meatball (at the restaurant we went to they serve you half pound meatballs Shocked) on the big plate of spaghetti (It was a family style restaurant) and my mom was like, "No you can't comingle, there is meat juice" It was funny.
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« Reply #49 on: December 01, 2006 10:47:57 AM »

wow, it's great reading everyone's stories! i've been trying to go veg since the 8th grade (i'm a soph in HS now) when a friend referred me to the PETA site to do research about animal cruelty. while i really can't stand meat (And never have, i was the only kid i know who would get extra veggies in school, lol) my mom doesn't seem to grasp that it's not just some phase (because i must admit i can be flaky at times). She has been making more of an effort lately, buying boca/ morningstar products (which magically showed up at our local grocery after a few friends and i complained- YAY!) but she says that it gets too expensive if i'm not going to stick with it. i know i won't be able to completely go veg until i leave home, but i cut out red meat (and fast food) about a month ago and i never have really eaten eggs or poultry, since made close friends with a chicken on my great- grandparents' farm when i was little.
I've been planning on the complete phasing out of meat from my diet, and i recently found that i may be lactose intolerant (it runs in my family), so i'm trying to cut out dairy as well. i don't think i'll ever go completely vegan, for simple lack of self control, but i hope to be able to go vegetarian (and stick to it!) in the next year or so. I guess my reasons are the animal cruelty issue, which quite sickens me, and the fact that i don't like meat, and the fact that i've always had weight problems and it seems the best way to regulate my diet.
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