(Closed) Sometimes I think I secretly want to be a vegetarian.

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I eat a 75-80% vegetarian diet and have always said I’d have no problem joining their ranks if the’d give me a free pass the 2-3 times per year a absolutely crave a big juicy rare steak or buttery lobster tail!

Post # 4
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I can’t help but join in…I’m a vegetarian – been veggie for more years than I ate meat – and you’re welcome to join the ranks any time.^^  I started off not eating red meat – i just hit me one day when I was eating shepherd’s pie that the yummy ground beef was actually once a living breathing animal.  Since then, I’ve never had a red meat craving.  I did that for 1 year before I was ready to take all poultry/fish out of my diet.  Lots of people go in stages, and I think there’s an increasing amount of people who avoid meat most of the time but eat it if they are served it/have an enormous occasional craving. 

Post # 5
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My sister recently went vegetarian with vegan leanings, and I think it is kind of sad that there is such judgment that would make you not want to be one for fear that you couldn’t give in to the occasional craving. My sister posted on Facebook something about eating buttered toast and a vegan acquaintance (not friend, mind you) jumped on it asking how she could eat butter and call herself a vegan, etc. So of course my sister had to go on the defensive with an explanation. I think people should eat what they want and not judge others or get on soapboxes about it. Food is not only sustaining but a huge part of culture, and just as you wouldn’t snub someone for their language or religion, I think that it is unfair to do so about their ways of eating (and this is for non-veggies rolling their eyes at veggies AND veggies shooting a look of disdain at a non-veggie’s steak).

And, irony, I will get off my own soapbox now.

okqueenbeee, I don’t think you’re weird. 🙂

Post # 6
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think about that allll the time. I don’t think I could do it though.

Post # 7
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, if you want to eat less meat (even if you occasionally have some) you can do that without putting a label on it or telling the world what you’re doing.

In my own case – I haven’t eaten red meat or poultry in 20 years, but I do eat seafood.  I don’t call myself a “vegetarian” or talk publicly about my reasons, though, so no one gives me a hard time about it.

Post # 8
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m pretty much the same — I eat primarily vegetarian and generally prefer to eat vegetarian, but if I want a burger sometimes, I will have it. I made the mistake of calling myself a vegetarian for work conferences, because I wanted nothing to do with the meat/fish they serve at conference centers, but then later had to explain to my coworkers why I was eating meat that I’d prepared myself. Oh well.

I think if you want to eat mostly veggie, just do it for yourself and no one will think twice if you have a burger now and then.

Post # 9
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

go team veg! i’ve also been a vegetarian for more years than I ate meat – started when I was uncomfortable eating meat and asked myself if I could live without meat, and never looked back (I was 11!)…I would be happy to share some delicious recipes if you’re interested!

p.s. i am a vegetarian but my fiance is (definitely) not one, I cook meat for him all the time, i have no problem with anyone else eating, it’s just not for me!

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was a vegetarian for a few years but I’m such a picky eater that it was too hard to get the nutrients I needed.  I don’t really eat red meat much (except I love burgers).

Post # 11
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

You sound like R! I’ve been a vegetarian since before we started dating, but he ate meat for a long time. He’s a huge animal lover, like I am, so meat eating only worked for him when he didn’t think about what the meat was. He ended up giving up red meat for quite some time, until one day where he realized it wasn’t so hard, and gave up white meat as well. 

By the way, I really believe that people who limit their meat intake, or don’t eat an excessive amount, are making a huge difference in the lives of animals as well. Any little bit counts, whether it’s a day you go without eating meat, or giving up one type of meat, etc. 

Post # 12
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was actually raised vegetarian so I’ve never had red meat or poultry! (My family eats seafood, milk, and eggs — just how I was raised) I think people overestimate how hard it is, especially now-a-days. You’d be surprised how much of your daily diet is already vegetarian. And what isn’t vegetarian can be made vegetarian quite easily. Example: Baked beans — instead of buying the regular baked beans, just pick up the one next to it that says “vegetarian” Smile

I personally find that having seafood in my diet makes things a little easier as far as going out to restaurants and whatnot, but you could probably just ask the servers to take the meat out of whatever you order. Some people judge me and say I’m not actually vegetarian since I eat fish and eggs (technically I’m a pescatarian), but I say that you should eat whatever you want to.

I think the easiest way to go “vegetarian” is to just eat what you want. If you don’t want beef in a meal, don’t put it in there. You don’t have to necessarily make a statement with your eating, just eat what you want to. You don’t need to label yourself “vegetarian” if you don’t want to. That would probably be the easiest first step to take. There are tons of vegetarian websites out there with nutritional information and advice on how to still eat healthy (consider a multivitamin to make up for the nutrition you might not get at first). 

Post # 13
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I know what you mean. It’s not the fact that it’s an animal thing. It’s because I don’t like the taste, and all the hormones and other junk they put in the meat. Honestly, I don’t know if I really do like meat or not.

Theres TVP you can get it at a lot of markets, some will even special order it for you! A really good friend of mine mixes it with meat in most of her food and you can’t tell the difference. Its delicious. TVP stands for textured vegetable protein. She uses half meat, half tvp, try it you might like it!!

Post # 14
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I quit eating meat almost 12 years ago, soon after we had the USDA vet speak about slaughterhouse jobs in vet school.  He was presenting it as a wonderful job option, so it wasn’t like he was trying to convince us there was anything wrong with it, but as he kept talking I kept thinking how wrong it was.  My roomies were veg so I rarely ate it anyway and I realized that I could just stop.  

I didn’t tell anyone for awhile, and I mostly just pick the meat out of things (I am not real concerned about sauces or meat touching my food).  FI is a big hunter but he is fine with my veggie ways and is more willing to try veggie food than most.  

I don’t have a problem with FI’s hunting as I know he is an extremely ethical hunter and I occ. will eat venison or other things he has shot.  It seems backwards, but that animal lived it’s normal life and then was shot and killed (in FI’s case, likely in 1 shot) and that seems okay to me.  I don’t think it is wrong to eat meat; I just think the systemic cruelty of how we raise meat is wrong.  

My brother likes to make fun of vegetarians and will ask me if I am “allowed” to eat whatever.  I laugh at him and point out that it is not a religion and I am allowed to eat whatever I choose to eat!  

Because some associate the word vegetarian with the PETA-type people, I tend to say that I don’t eat meat.  But Fiance and others refer to me as a vegetarian and I do not mind.

Post # 15
494 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Being a vegetarian isn’t actually all that difficult.  I became a vegetarian 5 years ago while in college (which I think is probably the MOST difficult time to convert with all the dining halls and fast food options everywhere).  I just stopped cold turkey!  But it was the best decision I’ve ever made and I only regret not starting sooner.  Not to mention it was healthier for me as I cut out any and all fast food in college afterwards (not many vegetarian options at Wendy’s!).  I started with cutting out all meat, then moved toward cutting out foods made with animal ingrediants (not dairy but like chicken stock in foods that you purchase from the grocery store, or gelatin!).  You’d be surprised how many foods at the grocery store are made with animal ingredients that don’t necessarily have meat in them.

It wouldn’t hurt to try 😉

Post # 16
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mr. KM is a pescatarian, meaning he eats fish and seafood but not red or white meat. His is doctor ordered since meat was making his liver disentegrate, but it’s been really good for both of us! I’ve eaten less meat and more fish- including sushi!

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