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    How about all the vegetarians, vegans, and those working towards this eating lifestyle sharing the whys.

    Why are you a or becoming a vegetarian?

    How long?

    To what level (vegan, raw, eggs-y/n, honey-y/n ect)

    What some of your struggles and victories are.

    Maybe this way the meat eaters can better understand being a veggie, and we can also encourage one another.

  • #2
    My wife and myself, are working towards becoming mainly raw vegetarian.

    It is mainly because of health issues ourselves.
    My wife is much over weight, diabetic, with high blood pressure.
    I suffer from eczema and acid reflux (my dad died from this - burned a hole in his throat so stomach acid would aspirate into his lungs)

    We don't want to go the drug (pharmakeia) route.
    We both feel ALOT better when we eat raw.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Eaglenester View Post
      My wife and myself, are working towards becoming mainly raw vegetarian.

      It is mainly because of health issues ourselves.
      My wife is much over weight, diabetic, with high blood pressure.
      I suffer from eczema and acid reflux (my dad died from this - burned a hole in his throat so stomach acid would aspirate into his lungs)

      We don't want to go the drug (pharmakeia) route.
      We both feel ALOT better when we eat raw.
      The only advice I have is this - DO NOT WATCH "SUPER SIZE ME"!!! That movie is supposed to turn you away from fast food, but I started craving that stuff like crazy.

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      • #4
        I quit eating McDonald's for a few months after I watched Super Size Me.


        I need to go on a diet or something, but it's kind of hard to do after I quit smoking, so I'm just going to have to deal with this little bit of weight gain I'm going to suffer from.
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        • #5
          Ummm...where to begin.

          I grew up in the "country." I had meat at nearly every meal. I had never even known a vegetarian, and folks that did thought they were odd.

          When I was a teenager I had a tough time eating meat. The thought of eating an animal's flesh bothered me. It just started to seem "gross." At first I stopped eating cube steak because of the texture, next no more roast...I could see large veins. Next, the dark vein streaks in chicken caused me to give it up...and little by little I couldn't stomach the thought of any meat that wasn't processed to an unrecognizable substance...except for fish.

          I was eating a hotdog when pregnant with my son, 17 years ago, and thought of what it must be made of...and there went the processed meats.

          I ate fish until my son was 5. We were in a restaurant, I was eating flounder when my son mentioned that fact that "fish have families too" and that was the end of any meat eating!

          I still eat eggs and dairy products. I LOVE cheese!

          I find eating out really difficult. As a vegetarian, my choices are soooo limited. I get sick to death of folks suggesting I'd like this or that restaurant because "they have a good salad." If vegetarians ate salad only we die out very soon!!! Plus, who wants to spend a ton on a salad we can make at home?

          I want pasta, breakfast foods, great vegetable dishes, wonderful breads, etc. But, most places cater to the meat and potatoes crowd...and not us "weirdos!"

          I am 5'2" and usually stay at around 100lbs....although I have a tremdous sweet-tooth and that alone causes me to still have to watch my weight!

          But, I feel like a million bucks and I will turn 40 this year. I have more energy than a 3rd grader.

          After all these years I still remember the taste of all meats...most especially pork...I miss the taste, and wish I could have that flavor with out the meat.

          I have a husband that is a hunter...and he and my son are meat-eaters and I cook meat almost everynight.

          I usually have to make two meals, one with and one without meat.

          Being a vegetarian is tough, and still considered "odd" where I live. Most folks still think I could just give it up if I just wanted to. I have heard of those that have. But, the thought of eating meat now repulses me to the point that I know that even if I managed to swallow it, it wouldn't stay down.

          It is not a lifestyle for just anyone. But, I truly feel that it is a great choice healthwise...and I rarely have digestive issues. I feel like I could live forever!

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          • #6
            After all these years I still remember the taste of all meats...most especially pork...I miss the taste, and wish I could have that flavor with out the meat.

            I have a husband that is a hunter...and he and my son are meat-eaters and I cook meat almost everynight.

            I usually have to make two meals, one with and one without meat.
            Did you see the thread I posted last night? http://bibleforums.org/showthread.php?t=125392

            They really do make some good mock meats... including sausage. Granted that stuff is considered vegan junk food but it's at least a alternative to eating the real thing.
            Thus says YHWH, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.
            -Jeremiah 6:16

            Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. - Matthew 11:29

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            • #7
              I stopped eating meat for about a year..just veggies and pasta and eggs I was eating..well tofu as well..I didn't mind it.
              Problem is my husband is a butcher/meat cutter and was always bringing home meat. He got kind of frustrated by me not eating it. I grew up with my father being a butcher as well. I really could care less about red meat and could do without it for the rest of my life. The only thing I craved when I was eating my veggies? hot dogs! To this day, I could eat a hot dog every day. I don't know why.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Eaglenester View Post
                How about all the vegetarians, vegans, and those working towards this eating lifestyle sharing the whys.

                Why are you a or becoming a vegetarian?
                I became vegan for health reasons at first, then as I learned more about the ethical and environmental aspects it became just as much of a reason for me to stick with it.

                How long?
                Close to 5 years now.

                To what level (vegan, raw, eggs-y/n, honey-y/n ect)
                Vegan... mostly raw... not 100%.

                What some of your struggles and victories are.
                I really haven't struggled too much since I live in a city that is very veggie friendly so I have many choices when eating out. My victories have been healing from some health problems(extreme pms cramps, IBS, joint pain) and more energy.

                Maybe this way the meat eaters can better understand being a veggie, and we can also encourage one another.
                Good idea.
                Thus says YHWH, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.
                -Jeremiah 6:16

                Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. - Matthew 11:29

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by karenoka27 View Post
                  I stopped eating meat for about a year..just veggies and pasta and eggs I was eating..well tofu as well..I didn't mind it.
                  Problem is my husband is a butcher/meat cutter and was always bringing home meat. He got kind of frustrated by me not eating it. I grew up with my father being a butcher as well. I really could care less about red meat and could do without it for the rest of my life. The only thing I craved when I was eating my veggies? hot dogs! To this day, I could eat a hot dog every day. I don't know why.
                  Did you ever try Tofu Pups?

                  Thus says YHWH, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.
                  -Jeremiah 6:16

                  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. - Matthew 11:29

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                  • #10
                    My husband has athritis in his hips and we have had to change our diet. I've actually really appreciated the change for health reasons. If he eats to much beef he tends to feel 'clogged' up and pork makes us both sick. Lamb is probably the only red meat we eat now.. so we really aren't prober vegetarians

                    I can't stomach the thought of McDonalds anymore and most fast food resturants leave me feeling disgusting.. so we don't eat much take away unless we know someone who has worked in the kicthen and can vouch that they use fresh foods and are hygienic

                    I tried Tofu once and even writing this is giving me the urge to run to the toilet and spew.. I stay clear away from the stuff (I tried it when I first fell pregnant, so maybe that's why I can't handle the stuff!)

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                    • #11
                      Morning Star has a burger called Grillers that, to me, came close to tasting like a true grilled hamburger (meat-eaters would disagree), but enough time had gone by that I felt like it was close enough.

                      What I especially liked was the fact that I could actually enjoy a cookout with folks when I grilled one of these. Unfortunately...they did seem too much like the real thing. In no time I found myself unable to stomach them either. Obviously I am a vegetarian thru-and-thru!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Eaglenester View Post
                        How about all the vegetarians, vegans, and those working towards this eating lifestyle sharing the whys.

                        Why are you a or becoming a vegetarian?
                        It is a long story that boils down to that my grandparents butchered a cow I loved and fed part of him to me without an explanation until after I ate the burger. It was entirely personal and was strictly limited to no flesh, until I began learning about how bad the factory farms are and so I just gave up eggs and dairy as well. I still ate eggs for awhile that were given to me by family friends who had chickens for pets, but after one no longer had chickens and the other drifted off that stopped and I will not eat eggs at all regardless of where they come from because I have lost the taste for them and gotten into the habit of using other things for binders in recipes.

                        How long?
                        Vegetarian since I was fifteen(I'm almost 25 now), and vegan since my ex-husband and I divorced.

                        To what level (vegan, raw, eggs-y/n, honey-y/n ect)
                        No flesh, eggs, dairy, honey, leather, wool, fur, silk, animal tested cosmetics or household cleaners, and medication is a last resort.

                        What some of your struggles and victories are.
                        My biggest struggle was trying to become and stay a vegan during my first marriage because my then husband was very controlling and abusive and demanding I not be vegan was another way to upset me. After we divorced due to his adultery I was able to start taking steps and the gifted eggs were the last things I let go of.

                        Over the years I also had to deal with lack of support from extended family and from boyfriends(before my first marriage) who made fun of me or tried to get me to eat meat.

                        Maybe this way the meat eaters can better understand being a veggie, and we can also encourage one another.
                        What a nice idea.
                        The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
                        --Isaiah 9:2

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by h2jo View Post
                          My husband has athritis in his hips and we have had to change our diet. I've actually really appreciated the change for health reasons. If he eats to much beef he tends to feel 'clogged' up and pork makes us both sick. Lamb is probably the only red meat we eat now.. so we really aren't prober vegetarians

                          I can't stomach the thought of McDonalds anymore and most fast food resturants leave me feeling disgusting.. so we don't eat much take away unless we know someone who has worked in the kicthen and can vouch that they use fresh foods and are hygienic

                          I tried Tofu once and even writing this is giving me the urge to run to the toilet and spew.. I stay clear away from the stuff (I tried it when I first fell pregnant, so maybe that's why I can't handle the stuff!)
                          Eating meat causes uric acid to build up in your system, which affects the joints in a bad way.
                          So weening off the meat should help his arthritis.

                          Most people that don't like tofu is because of the texture thing.
                          My wife doesn't like it but I do (fresh is different than packaged).
                          I make tofucream - soft silken tofu in a food processor with fresh strawberries and bannas (little bit of honey) and freeze.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by diffangle View Post
                            Did you ever try Tofu Pups?


                            I have, but been awhile.
                            We are trying to stay away from processed foods, even if it is vegan.

                            We are making some earth boxes this weekend so we can start our own containerized garden, and have fresh veggies year round (inside with grow lights come the long winter)
                            We can't have a real garden - up @ 8500 ft, in the woods, with all kinds of 4 legged wildlife (elk, rabbit, squirrel, turkey ect) and we just had snow Wed.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Saved! View Post
                              Morning Star has a burger called Grillers that, to me, came close to tasting like a true grilled hamburger (meat-eaters would disagree), but enough time had gone by that I felt like it was close enough.

                              What I especially liked was the fact that I could actually enjoy a cookout with folks when I grilled one of these. Unfortunately...they did seem too much like the real thing. In no time I found myself unable to stomach them either. Obviously I am a vegetarian thru-and-thru!
                              When I was a truck driver, I use to by the different types of veggie-burgers (the pre-cooked ones) and have them cold on bagels with sprouts and other veggies instead of eating at truck stops.

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