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posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

One day I woke up and decided I no longer wanted to eat meat (very unlike me!).  I had no expectations about how long it would last—I just went day in and day out without eating meat, fish, eggs or drinking milk.   It slowly became second nature to me.  I never missed meat.  Then, one day eleven years later, I decided I wanted to eat meat.  So I ate a piece of chicken. (After literally NOTHING for 11 years. I never slipped up).  And I still eat meat now…  but I do miss my vegetarian years, i felt healthier.

I definitely wish you lots of luck.  Just put no expectations on yourself or deny yourself of something you want.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am not a vegetarion but good for you for trying something new and something you feel so strongly about. I would slowly wean yourself off of foods so that you don’t do anything unhealthy to yourself.

Being a vegetarian is a diet like any other. When you face temptation, tell yourself why you’re doing this again (or run to the computer and watch a youtube video). And if you stray, dont get too down on yourself. Old habits are hard to break. You can do it – stay strong and good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yay!  That’s an awesome decision.  It not only helps animals but it’s better for the environment and also healthier for you.

I went vegetarian almost two years ago and it was the best choice I ever made.  It’s perfectly fine to start slow and allow yourself to eat fish.  I did the same thing.  Yes, fish are still animals but most aren’t suscepted to as bad of conditions or treatment as other animals that are eaten.

Try faux meat.  Morningstar has a lot of good products, from veggie burgers to fake chicken strips.  Some are great and some aren’t, but you’ll learn along the way which ones you prefer.

Temptation will get less the longer you go without eating meat.  Now the thought of eating meat actually disgusts me.  Actually, my FI was browning ground meat the other night and the smell of it actually made me gag.  My FI isn’t a vegetarian, but we have handled things pretty well in the kitchen.  I cook most of the time so he ends up eating what I have anyway because he’s too lazy to cook for himself!  Invest in some good vegetarian cookbooks.  I like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not a vegetarian, but with any diet if you want to resist temptation you have to replace those temptations with something else.  Go out and get yourself a bunch of vegetarian cook books!  If you’re only focusing on denying yourself chicken, it will be all you think about.  However if you’re instead focusing on the new yummy veggie recipe you’re going to try, you’ll forget all about the chicken.  This will be especially useful if you can find stuff to grill that way you and your FI don’t have to give up an activity you love.  He can cook his meat and you can cook something else just as good along side him.

Good luck!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i’ve been a vegetarian since i was 4–i never liked meat, and so when i figured out that meat was animals i stopped eating it. however, since i’m now a vegetarian mainly out of habit rather than pure political conviction, i do sometimes “cheat,” and i think that’s totally, totally okay. by cheat, i mainly mean i eat soups that are made from chicken broth. and in the past couple years, i’ve tried some fish and seafood (ie, scallops look like tofu to me, and fried calamari looks like onion rings). just last week i tried bacon for the first time out of curiosity.

anyway, my point is, yay vegetarianism!! but, don’t beat yourself up if you want to “cheat”–cutting down on meat in any amount helps the planet and animals as well

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

just read your next post–don’t replace meat with carbs, you still need protein! i don’t eat the fake meat products because i never ate meat, but they make soy based products that are supposed to taste like and have the texture of meat. other vegetarian proteins are nuts (and peanut butter), tofu, dairy products (like yogurt), eggs, and beans.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve been a veggie for almost 15 years now.  I worked at Wendy’s in high school and came home smelling like a burger every night – that was the end for me… never really liked the taste of meat anyways.  I would always cover it with some kind of condiment!

Fat free cottage cheese is my best friend.  High in protein, low in cals!  Add dried fruit and nuts & it’s a dessert!

Best of luck to you!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can find Boca and Morningstar in regular grocery stores.  Prices can vary.  I’ve seen them anywhere from $3.00 to $5.50.  The Target by me actually carries a lot of those brands, and they are the cheapest.  You should also be able to get tofu in a regular grocery store.  Trader Joe’s also has good vegetarian foods and faux meat at great prices.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m not vegetarian (I still eat seafood), but my husband is. He went cold turkey about three years ago, and has never looked back. He loves it, and he used to LOVE all kinds of meat.

As others have said, you just have to be sure you’re getting enough protein everyday. My husband snacks on nuts all the time. He also uses a lot of fake meats for sandwiches and such. We also make veggie burgers a LOT, and our favorites are the Morningstar brand (their garden veggie and black bean are yummy).

Because the only meat I eat is fish, and because I don’t eat it often, I also have to get better about protein, but I’m workin’ on it 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve been veggie for 7 years now, but every now and then I have a bite or two of meat.  At the tasting for our wedding I tried EVERYTHING and it was yummy.  And then I went right back to not eating meat.  It’s ok.  Really. 

I have eaten a lot of fake meat and by far my favorite is Quorn, usually sold at whole foods.  It’s made with mushroom fungus, not soy, and it super tasty. 

As for the fear of carbs  – if you choose healthier carbs, you should  be fine: whole grain pastas, brown rice, quinoa, couscous.  And fill your plate with tons of fruits and veggies.  Grab a Vegetarian Times magazine at the grocery store for idea or some good cookbooks.

I asked my man what he would think if I started eating meat again and he said he would be disappointed – the dinners I cook are usually his healthiest meals of the day! 

Good luck on your new venture.  Be patient and kind with yourself. 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

You can do it! I’ve been vegetarian for about two years and just went vegan (no animal products–meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc.) about three weeks ago. I love it so far and feel lighter and healthier than I ever have.

I agree with the suggestion above that you must focus on what you can have rather than what you can’t. For me, it’s keeping lots of yummy snacks around (pita and hummus, fruits, vegetables) so I don’t end up craving junk.

Some books you might want to check out: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman, Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Lots of good recipes here too: http://www.veganyumyum.com, http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/index.html

I’ve found that I enjoy cooking more and am more creative in the kitchen now. Before, I would just have a big hunk of meat with some veggies as sides. But now, there’s a whole world of fruits, veggies, grains, beans, etc., to try. Tonight I’m making curried lentil soup with whole wheat couscous. Mmmm!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Congrats! It’s a great decision. 🙂 

I became a vegetarian strictly for ethical reasons. I saw one cute little pig and cow too many, and I just couldn’t disassociate them from the food on my plate. 

The health benefits were a really unexpected surprise. Pay close attention to what you’re eating (you really have to learn why you’re putting what in your body, but everyone should do that!) to make sure you are getting the right foods. But if you do that, I bet you will notice a pleasant change in your energy levels. 

Something I tell all my friends who are considering vegetarianism: don’t beat yourself up for slipping up. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing. If more meat eaters made the decision to have a few veggie days a week, our world would be a much better place! 

I will warn you, though, I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 11, and someone told me a pork eggroll was vegetarian a few years ago. I got sick to my stomach because it had been so long! 

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