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dragonfly75
01-04-2006, 04:34 PM
So, anyone here a Vegetarian? I'm not one myself, although I figured it might be a good new years resolution. I think that eating meat, being at the top of the food chain blah blah blah is just fine, except that we're not treating animals in slaughterhouses humanely.

Anywaaaaays.....If your a vegetarian, what caused you to become one?

U Just Got PUNKD
01-04-2006, 04:36 PM
when I grow up I might be a vegitarian..
it's not that I'm like into the animal rights it just I dont care for meat..

Sparx
01-04-2006, 04:39 PM
I was, for almost a year. I've never eaten much meat at all, so I took it to the next step. I am a huge animal lover, but thats not why I did it. I honestly can't tell you why. It was just an idea and I went through with it. I even convinced several people to become vegetarians.

I've never eaten a hamburger, and I've never wanted to. I'm not currently one.

I think it is just like any other eating choice. People look down on them, and sterotype them, but it is just another way to eat.

nightmareb4xmas
01-04-2006, 04:48 PM
im a vegetarian because meat is digusting and unhealthy.

Cinderella94
01-04-2006, 04:50 PM
I am currently not a vegetarian, but I know quite a few people who are and I don't see anything wrong with it at all.

dragonfly75
01-04-2006, 05:00 PM
To those who are vegetarians- how did you make the transition?

Lesleyluvdisney
01-04-2006, 05:12 PM
Hi dragonfly!!

Saw your post while I was looking at new posts.

Im 34 now, and have been a vegetarian since I was 15, for the same reasons you have. Its just a way of life now. Couldn't go back to eating meat now.

If its what your heart truly feels do it.

good luck

MuNkY
01-04-2006, 05:41 PM
I was, for almost a year. I've never eaten much meat at all, so I took it to the next step. I am a huge animal lover, but thats not why I did it. I honestly can't tell you why. It was just an idea and I went through with it. I even convinced several people to become vegetarians.

I've never eaten a hamburger, and I've never wanted to. I'm not currently one.

I think it is just like any other eating choice. People look down on them, and sterotype them, but it is just another way to eat.
Those things are more other stuff than beef. I believe a patty from McDonalds is 15% sawdust.

And I'm personally not a vegitarian. I like animals and all, but when I'm hungry, I'd rather have some sort of meat.

!!PonyBoy!!
01-04-2006, 06:01 PM
I was for a while and I am seriously thinking of becoming one again.
At first it was hard but it got easier.

MuNkY
01-04-2006, 06:15 PM
I was for a while and I am seriously thinking of becoming one again.
At first it was hard but it got easier.
I can see being a vegitarian quite easy actually. They have quite a few possiblities. Plus its "legal" to eat fish, which would help me stay sane.

PrincessJana
01-04-2006, 06:29 PM
I am 16 and have been a vegetarian (lacto-ovo) since I was about 11. Once I figured out what meat exactly was (around age 5) I only ate chicken nuggets and tacos...but then I completely cut out all meat/chicken/fish when i was 10-11. I became one because I don't really like meat in the first place, so it was really easy to just cut out chicken and tacos. :p I also have had high cholesterol my whole life and meat has tons of it and isnt good for me. The way animals are treated is an issue too, but I'm not one of thoes crazed animal rights supporters or anything. :rotfl:
Good luck if you decide to become one! :goodvibes

Maleficent909TL
01-04-2006, 06:36 PM
I tried it once, but I couldn't do without a steak or hamburger. But I think all of the people who are vegetarians are to be admired; I couldn't do it. Willpower - I lack a lot of it.

Sparx
01-04-2006, 08:01 PM
Those things are more other stuff than beef. I believe a patty from McDonalds is 15% sawdust.

And I'm personally not a vegitarian. I like animals and all, but when I'm hungry, I'd rather have some sort of meat.
I think everything from mcdonalds is 15% sawdust. ;)

ann-e-mator
01-04-2006, 08:08 PM
I'm not a vegetarian because quite frankly I love meat too much... Esp. steak. But I don't mind people who are vegetarians I respect them as long as they don't throw red paint on my fur coat. (Not that I have one but you know what I mean.) Although I must say... I WILL NOT eat fast food meat. NO WAY! I don't think it's meat...

U Just Got PUNKD
01-05-2006, 06:33 AM
im a vegetarian because meat is digusting and unhealthy.
My words exactly!
It's hard for me to be a vegiterian right now because my family eats well.. a lot a lot of meat (my dad hunts and my brother hunts too) so it's kinda hard for me... right now at lease

2HOT2touch
01-05-2006, 08:16 AM
OK, first of all, I would never beable to live with out meat!! and second they don't treat the animals unhumanly. They are bread to be eaten and when they kill the animals they inject them with something.

pearlieq
01-05-2006, 09:48 AM
I think that eating meat, being at the top of the food chain blah blah blah is just fine, except that we're not treating animals in slaughterhouses humanely.


That's exactly how I felt and exactly why I became a vegetarian. I'm OK, in theory, with people eating meat. We're part of the food chain/circle of life/hakuna matata whatever. The way factory farming treats animals, though, is just unconscionable. I can barely stand to think about it, let alone buy their products and support it. A lot of people don't know, or don't want to know what actually happens in a factory farm, and choose to believe something like the person who posted before me. It can get a litle frustrating to deal with.

Being a vegetarian is not that difficult these days. I won't lie and say that I don't miss meat, but I proud to be living what I believe. I've tried so many different things I never would have before I went veg and I now have lots of new favorites. 9 times out of 10 whatever I'm eating looks a lot better than anyone around me!

It wasn't so much of a transition as just a decision. I just stopped eating meat. It took a while for me to really find all of my alternatives, but it really isn't that different. Breakfast is pretty much the same--just skip the bacon/sausage/ham or whatever. Lunch is not that hard. You can have PB&J, or cheese and crackers, yogurt, or a veggie burger. They also have lots of frozen meals you can eat. If you have a Trader Joe's near you--check it out. They have tons of stuff. But even at the regular grocery store you can get mac & cheese, meatless lasagna, cheese ravioli, etc. Dinner can take a little more creativity, but it's not hard. You can have all kinds of pastas, bean & cheese burritos/tacos/fajitas, cheese pizza, etc.

You will run into all sorts of people who won't support your decision. If I had a dollar for every person who gave me a puzzed look and said "But I couldnt' live without meat", I would be very rich. I think living well is the best way to "prove them wrong" so to speak. Eventually they get used to it and shut up.

It can be healthier, though that's not a guarantee. If you live on grilled cheese and fries, it's really doing you no good, but if you commit to trying new things and paying attention to what you're eating it's great for your health!

Good luck with whatever you decide!

Babyjustrun
01-05-2006, 11:19 AM
i'm not a vegetarian for simple reasons, as i don't eat many veggies or fruit. there's just not a wide enough variety of food for me. i'm really picky with what i eat.
i'll eat chicken, turkey, hot dogs (occasionally), steak and rarely pork. i have never eaten a hamburger at mc donalds for my great dislike for them. they are tasteless and disgusting. and then the look of it. uck. i only eat them once and a while, and i can never finish them. i go long times though without eating meat, because i can't have chicken or steak every night of the week. as for chicken fingers, i can't eat them, the breading or the spices in it give me awful headaches. and i only eat mcdonalds nuggets. and trust me, i barely eat at rotten ronnies (mc donalds).

DramaQueen
01-05-2006, 11:43 AM
I tried being a vegetarian when I was 13. (currently 16) I lasted about a year. It was really tough though, because my mom still cooked meet for the rest of my family and it was really tempting.

I was mostly a vegetarian because I thought it was 'cool' (yeah, I'll admit that now :p ) I mean I do care about animals a whole ton, but that wasn't my main reason. I also wanted to lose weight. I found out that wasn't really the way to go for losing weight. I eventually gave in to the temptation of meat. (I'm quite a hamburger fiend! :rolleyes1 )

But honestly, best of luck to you! And hopefully you'll have more will power than I did!! :goodvibes :sunny:

dragonfly75
01-05-2006, 04:24 PM
Well, I think I'm going to go for it, I already don't ever eat meat for breakfast or lunch, so its just dinner, and on top of that I don't eat pork = P

So, if anyone wants to try it with me.....;-)

Sparx
01-05-2006, 06:46 PM
Well, I think I'm going to go for it, I already don't ever eat meat for breakfast or lunch, so its just dinner, and on top of that I don't eat pork = P

So, if anyone wants to try it with me.....;-)
Good luck and keep us updated.

Lesleyluvdisney
01-05-2006, 07:18 PM
go for it dragonfly, your body and your concience will feel so much better!!

I've been doin it for 19 years - never could do the "food with a face"

les
x

MuNkY
01-05-2006, 07:32 PM
Just want to say one more thing.

For those of you that go on constant diets, take diet pills, eat vegitarian, or whatever in hopes that you will lose weight. I just want to inform you that most of those diets are completely ridiculous. The only way your are going to lose weight, period, is to burn more calories than you take in. There is no "dieting secret". You could be on Atkins or the L.A. Beach diet or whatever, and still gain weight. If your not burning more calories than you take in, then you are not going to lose weight.

So basically, the best diet is to watch your calories, and make sure you are getting enough exercise. Thats it.

As for why I'm not a vegitarian, well, I try to eat as balanced a diet I can, and I just feel that a diet without an entire food group isn't balanced for me.

The Dark Dancer
01-05-2006, 07:36 PM
Just want to say one more thing.

For those of you that go on constant diets, take diet pills, eat vegitarian, or whatever in hopes that you will lose weight. I just want to inform you that most of those diets are completely ridiculous. The only way your are going to lose weight, period, is to burn more calories than you take in. There is no "dieting secret". You could be on Atkins or the L.A. Beach diet or whatever, and still gain weight. If your not burning more calories than you take in, then you are not going to lose weight.

So basically, the best diet is to watch your calories, and make sure you are getting enough exercise. That's it.

As for why I'm not a vegetarian, well, I try to eat as balanced a diet I can, and I just feel that a diet without an entire food group isn't balanced for me.
I'm not a vegetarian

I agree...those diets are ridiculous. The best way to lose weight is exercise and a balanced amount of food. :)

MuNkY
01-05-2006, 07:36 PM
Also not to mention most of those diet pills are un-healthy.

Sparx
01-05-2006, 07:47 PM
Also not to mention most of those diet pills are un-healthy.
did you know that those do part of what meth does to you? How it makes weight fall off of you. (you will gain it back, and really fast, and it is no way healty) but they act alot like meth in how the interact with your body.

The Dark Dancer
01-05-2006, 07:47 PM
Also not to mention most of those diet pills are un-healthy.


::yes::

PrincessTink
01-05-2006, 08:10 PM
Ever since I had to do a debate in school, this year on Tacobell vs Wendys.. being for tacobell... I got really frightened about not knowning what happened to the chickens before being killed and processed. ha ew memories.. gross.
It's just that I found a lot of stuff about wendys that no one really wants to know.. it's gross and I told my whole class and I swear by the end of my opening statement.. people wanted to barf.
But no I'm not a vegertain, mainly because my mom doesn't know what to cook for me if not chicken or anything else like that. hmm. At least she agrees with me:)

ann-e-mator
01-05-2006, 09:17 PM
I agree with Munky

Daisymae26
01-05-2006, 10:26 PM
I agree with Munky. There can be some things in diet pills that speed up your heart rate which can potentially be dangerous.

:)

Princess Ash
01-05-2006, 10:32 PM
Animal lovers, this is not to offend you, and I'm sorry if anyone takes this the wrong way...please don't.

Look, I'm gonna be frank...SOMEONE is going to kill the animals and SOMEONE is going to eat them. I <333 meat and it tastes good, so why not have that SOMEONE be me? If you are a vegetarian and truly believe in what you are doing, then good for you, I applaud your willpower and ideals. For me...I don't have a vegitarian's point of view...so I just don't do that.

Furthermore, I don't really care if fast food is whatever % sawdust...it tastes great to me and I like it and I will continue to eat it.

Third and finally, meat is NOT unhealthy and bad for you...c'moon. Do you seriously believe that? You NEED the protein and vitamins it provides...and if not through meat, then through something else. Yes, if you deep fry everything, that's bad for you. But don't go around saying "meat is bad for you" cuz it's not.

End rant.

ann-e-mator
01-06-2006, 06:23 AM
I totally agree with you.... except on the fast food part.... I don't trust that food... ever since SuperSize Me

dragonfly75
01-06-2006, 07:08 PM
thanks for your support everyone! As of now, red meat and pork are out of my diet :)

MuNkY
01-06-2006, 07:11 PM
I totally agree with you.... except on the fast food part.... I don't trust that food... ever since SuperSize Me
I swore off McDonalds when I saw him throw up after trying to eat that supersized meal.

I think I was eating a Big Mac a week later.

PrincessJana
01-06-2006, 07:23 PM
Animal lovers, this is not to offend you, and I'm sorry if anyone takes this the wrong way...please don't.

Look, I'm gonna be frank...SOMEONE is going to kill the animals and SOMEONE is going to eat them. I <333 meat and it tastes good, so why not have that SOMEONE be me? If you are a vegetarian and truly believe in what you are doing, then good for you, I applaud your willpower and ideals. For me...I don't have a vegitarian's point of view...so I just don't do that.

Furthermore, I don't really care if fast food is whatever % sawdust...it tastes great to me and I like it and I will continue to eat it.

Third and finally, meat is NOT unhealthy and bad for you...c'moon. Do you seriously believe that? You NEED the protein and vitamins it provides...and if not through meat, then through something else. Yes, if you deep fry everything, that's bad for you. But don't go around saying "meat is bad for you" cuz it's not.

End rant.

I don't want to start a big debate, but I'm going to give my opinion as a vegetarian. First, sure, someone will keep killing animals because someone (like you and millions of others) will eat it. However, since all vegetarians no longer buy meat, less animals are being killed. If for example, everyone in the world became vegetarian...would companies still produce meat? Of course not - because there is no more demand for it. That will most likely never happen, but with me and all the other vegetarians, less animals are being killed.
I don't have an opinion on the fast food thing since I've never really eaten mean from there...so onto the third thing.
Sure, meat is not bad for you. If it was, most of the population would be extremely unhealthy. However, it is not needed for a healthy diet. Also, meat causes many illnesses like mad cow, sickness from raw/uncooked meat, and now bird flu. I can't think of any vegetarian food that is associated with things like that.

I'm not trying to "convert" anyone...this is just my opinion and I respect yours also. :)

MuNkY
01-06-2006, 07:42 PM
I like Venicen. (sp). It's great tasting, and it helps keep the deer population out of control.

Random I know.

coby421
01-06-2006, 09:07 PM
I like Venicen. (sp). It's great tasting, and it helps keep the deer population out of control.

Random I know.


Now that's just said, Bambi should not be eaten.

I've been a vegetarian for about 10 years I never really liked meat so I just kinda stopped eating it. I love animals but that's not why I did it. I have quite a few friends that are vegetarians too and they have reasons such as animal lovers, don't like meat, to it just being easier (dont ask me, thats just what he says but he is kinda crazy). I haven't had fast food of any form in years, "Fast Food Nation" helped influence that, its a really good book similar to the expose style of "Super Size Me" and is soon to be a movie. And yes people are always going to eat meat but it's good to know you're not helping put those animals in the under regulated slaughterhouses.

Sparx
01-06-2006, 09:12 PM
I like Venicen. (sp). It's great tasting, and it helps keep the deer population out of control.

Random I know.
Venison is very good. (things taste better when they are fresh from the woods, and not from a store) rabbit is also pretty good if you like the game-y taste.

And about population controle, Hunting is NEEDED. and most (wish I could say all, but sadly there are poachers) use almost all of the animal. they mount the rack can tan the hide. Did you know a deer is the only creature that has the chemicals in its brain to tan its own hide? It is. Deer (and most other animals) will NOT stop breeding when tehy run out of living space or food. They will continue to breed and starve. Hunters take down the population by killing only certain animals at a certain time of the year. which lets the deer breed in an enviornment that will sustain them.