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Vegetarian. - April 9th 2016, 06:21 AM

I was thinking of turning vegetarian, but am finding it hard to stay away from meat as I'm so used to having it for the past 23 years.

I was wondering what helped you overcome this and what you did.


   
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Re: Vegetarian. - April 9th 2016, 03:59 PM

I watched documentaries and read up on how cruel the animal industry is. Once I made that connection, I couldn't eat meat again. If you can't cut it all out at once, try easing yourself into it. Start with not eating meat a couple times a week and then go from there. If you can afford it, you can buy fake meat products to help you transition.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 9th 2016, 04:47 PM

Try and make what you are craving, but with meat alternatives. A lot of them are really good. Make sure you are researching how to get iron and all of the other nutrients you need, as everyone should.
   
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Re: Vegetarian. - April 9th 2016, 05:05 PM

Honestly, became one by watching a programme I think was called kill it cook it eat it, and it just made me personally feel how wrong it was and I haven't eaten meat since and its been ten years!


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 10th 2016, 05:01 AM

I can't speak for staying away from meat as I've never had meat or fish my whole life. But, you can substitute a lot of dishes that have meat with other alternatives like tofu or there's "meat" products you can use instead. Or as was suggest, ease yourself into it by cutting back the amount of meat you eat.

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Re: Vegetarian. - April 11th 2016, 01:54 AM

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First of all I think it's great you're looking into becoming vegetarian. I made the switch a good few years ago and never looked back, so hopefully I can offer some advice. Some people find it harder than others, but it can also be a really rewarding thing to do.

I stopped eating meat all at once, but for a lot of people it's better to slowly ease off it. Start by replacing one or two meals a week, and work your way up until you're on an entirely meat-free diet. It can also help to tell people around you, like your friends and family, so they can help accommodate and encourage you.

There are plenty of meat free alternatives out there. Quorn has quite a good range of fillets, schnitzels, pies, and things like that, which can be easily substituted for meat in any meal. Vegie Delights does something similar, with burgers, mince, and even a roast. Fry's is a range of vegan products, which, again, you can substitute in for meat. These should all be available at a local supermarket and are really easy to put into a meal.

Start with meals you already make, and just switch the meat out for something else. Once you're used to that you can start experimenting more and making different vegetarian meals, a lot of which can be delicious and interesting (despite the common misconception that non-vegetarian food is somehow "better"). One piece of advice I was given when I became vegetarian was to "eat the rainbow" - the more colourful your food, the better it is. Of course this is just a rule of thumb and shouldn't be taken seriously, but just remember to try to eat a range of things so you get all the good stuff you need to be healthy.

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Re: Vegetarian. - April 11th 2016, 02:35 AM

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There are plenty of meat free alternatives out there. Quorn has quite a good range of fillets, schnitzels, pies, and things like that, which can be easily substituted for meat in any meal. Vegie Delights does something similar, with burgers, mince, and even a roast. Fry's is a range of vegan products, which, again, you can substitute in for meat. These should all be available at a local supermarket and are really easy to put into a meal.
Just wanted to add that if you have Gardein at your local store, I highly recommend trying their products. They're by far the most realistic tasting of all meat alternatives I have tried.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 15th 2016, 12:03 PM

Meat replacements work well. Personally I don't actually like meat but my grandma, who has eaten meat her whole life, tried quorn chicken pieces recently and was really surprised at how similar to chicken it was, and told me she would definitely eat them again.

If you're into cooking you could get some vegetarian recipes either from a book or online and try cooking some more fancy vegetarian meals, it might make you feel less like you're cutting something out and more like you're exploring new things?


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 15th 2016, 07:31 PM

I watched a documentary that effectively put me off meat for life. I also have pets, so I did often find myself thinking about them every time I came into contact with meat before I made the final switch. I didn't find it as challenging because I'd been contemplating it for a while (my parents were just really against it since I was much younger) and I think teemed with what I'd learned from watching the documentary and doing further research, I couldn't stand the thought of ever stomaching meat again.

There are quite a number of imitation meats on the market now. Most supermarkets have a section dedicated to them. A lot of the ones I've tried don't taste exactly like meat, but they provide the bulk and texture to meals to make them feel fuller and more satisfying. I think of all the brands, Quorn comes the closest with getting the taste and texture of their products right. I honestly couldn't tell the difference the first time I had their chicken pieces (it freaked me out a little) so those could help satisfy your meat cravings while you make the switch.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 16th 2016, 01:47 AM

I went vegetarian for nine months when I was 16 and then went back at 18 and haven't gone back to meat. First, find recipes you love that are vegetarian. Then, learn ways to replace it. There are great ways to make chili without meat, tempeh and seitan can be great replacements, and depending on if you go vegan vs. lacto and/or ovo vegetarian, you can continue eating some animal products in moderation. Or not so moderation if you're like me with eggs.. Omnomnom.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 16th 2016, 10:15 AM

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I think of all the brands, Quorn comes the closest with getting the taste and texture of their products right. I honestly couldn't tell the difference the first time I had their chicken pieces (it freaked me out a little) so those could help satisfy your meat cravings while you make the switch.
I'm so glad this wasn't just me! The first time my mother cooked Quorn for me, I ended up demanding to see the packaging because I was convinced she'd gotten mixed up and used real chicken.



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Re: Vegetarian. - April 17th 2016, 05:07 PM

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I was thinking of turning vegetarian, but am finding it hard to stay away from meat as I'm so used to having it for the past 23 years.

I was wondering what helped you overcome this and what you did.
One question I have that no one really asked, whats the reason for going vegetarian?
   
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Re: Vegetarian. - April 17th 2016, 07:43 PM

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  1. Animal agriculture is worse for the environment than driving cars. It's a leading cause of global warming and produces an excess of CO2.
  2. Meat pollutes the air with hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and methane.
  3. All of the crops we feed to animals could end world hunger if we fed it to humans instead. 70% of grains are fed to animals.
  4. Eating meat causes deadly diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
  5. It's not healthy, it's full of cholesterol and saturated fats. Your body also has a very hard time digesting it.
  6. Cutting out meat gives you more energy. Meat also doesn't contain fiber.
  7. Why kill cows but love pets? It's speciesism and makes no sense. Most people could not kill a cow themselves and cook it.
  8. Meat requires a lot of water while we still have lots of people living without clean water.
  9. If we killed humans at the rate we kill animals, we'd be extinct in 17 days.
  10. Animal agriculture has caused a lot of deforestation, about 46-58 thousand square miles of forest are lost each year.
To sum it all up, we are quite literally destroying our planet to satisfy people's taste buds. I could go on and on about all the benefits to go vegetarian and especially vegan.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 17th 2016, 10:18 PM

Hate to sound rude but I was just curious of why she decided to go vegetarian. I fully didn't need a list of reasons to try and convert me to go that route. But you also seem to think that fully eliminated all eating of meat is a bad thing. yes the cruelty and how they are farmed sucks and is bad. But in the end there are still some nutrients that we get from just meat that are not in a vegetarian/vegan diet. Yes eating rice and beans does give you the complete protein needed for your body to live. But fat and cholesterol is still good for you. not in the amounts the average american eats it in isn't though.

Eating meat is the easiest way for your body to get the full amount of amino acids your body needs to get a complete protein. In the end to get the full effect its just as easy, healthy, morally correct, and good for the environment to eat in an omnivorian diet. I.E. eating a healthy mix of meat, fruits, vegetables, ect.

But I support anyone thats vegetarian/vegan, eats meat, or mixes both. I draw the line when someone tells me that my diet habits are bad because i eat meat.
   
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Re: Vegetarian. - April 17th 2016, 11:32 PM

Ethical, environmental, and health reasons are why people choose to go vegetarian which is why I explained them to you.


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Re: Vegetarian. - April 18th 2016, 04:53 AM

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One question I have that no one really asked, whats the reason for going vegetarian?
I love animals and think that the way that some are treated in order for us to eat is awful - their living environment, the way they are treated, etc.


   
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Re: Vegetarian. - April 27th 2016, 12:35 PM

Packing my own lunch for school so I don't get too hungry in a place with options I can't have. I find as long as I have something to eat, I don't feel like I need to cave in. That being said,my vegetarianism is a little untypical. In that I don't eat dairy or eggs, meat, chicken etc (and no wheat ) but I do eat certain fish on occasionally. So hopefully my advice still stands. I find making sure in advance that i will have something to eat really helps. And that extends to going out for picnics or with friends which can come off as odd at first and you may get questions but these days there are more people on the vegetarian continuum that hopefully you'll be respected.
   
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