(Closed) Vegetarian/vegan bees?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

First off. I hate when people say things like “that tomato has feelings!”. *rolls eyes*

 

I have been vegan for seven years. My fiancee became vegan shortly after meeting me. (Just over two years). I am vegan for ethical reasons and he is vegan partly for ethical reasons but mostly for enviromental reasons.

 

He became vegan immediately after watching the FREE online documentary Earthlings.

http://earthlings.com/

 

I love being vegan, it’s the best choice I can make that limits my support of a corrupt industry. We keep a vegan home and will one day even have vegan babies.

Lots of people have negative opinions on veganism because they either don’t understand it or feel morally conflicted and lash out at vegans for making better choices than they do.

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I really recommend the book “the vegetarian myth” to all vegetarians and especially vegans.

agriculture kills a lot more species than cattle raising.

 

also, i’ve done extensive research on the subject, and I do not think it’s healthy to live without animal proteine, for a number of reasons that the book sums up really well

 

even if you’re 1000% convinced and not willing to change your mind, read the book

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’ve been vegan since I was 12 and I was vegetarian for four years before that (I’m 26) for ethical reasons. Growing up, my dad was vegetarian but my mom ate dead animal (not using the term to be offensive, it is honestly how I refer to dead animal). My brother became vegetarian, and I followed suit.

The story goes, I was about 7 and my mom’s friend had gifted me a fur bunny coat. I didn’t really understand. It was pretty, warm and soft. Well, I wore said coat with my dad to a Hindu temple. On the way to the temple, my dad turned to me and said, “Gee, Stephie, I wonder how many Bugs Bunnies it took to make that coat?” I was absolutely inconsolable once he, then, explained that I was wearing real dead rabbits.  Soon thereafter, he had two vegetarian kids.

Once I understood what I was eating, I didn’t want to eat it anymore.

When I was 12, I read an article about chickens being bred with no beaks or feet because they go crazy in the coups and kill each other. So I researched further and found veganism. It made total sense to me- and zero to my parents. I tried it out for three weeks before telling them to make sure I could do it. I could and I did.

In terms of my husband, I do the cooking and I don’t cook dead animal. He’s more than welcome to eat it when we’re out, and I don’t force anything on him. He loves my cooking and is very satisfied by it. In the beginning, (7 year relationship) it was difficult for us, but now, it’s just how we live. He finds recipes (he has his own account on vegweb.com), and I cook them– we cook together, too.

In fact, after visiting a petting zoo, he stopped eating cows. The next time, he stopped eating pigs. He says chicken and turkey will always be fair game, and if that’s how he remains, that’s fine with me. I don’t pressure him.

To be honest, I don’t justify it to other people anymore. When I was young, I would get so defensive and try to explain everything. Now, it is how I am, and that’s the end of the story. Of course, if anyone has questions, I’m happy to answer, but I won’t debate my choices any longer. I respect the choice to eat dead animal, and I hope others respect my choice not to.

Sorry… that ended up being a novel.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel absolutely the same way. I’ve been vegetarian my entire life, and vegan for 4 years now.

My decision to be vegan/vegetarian was mostly based on morals, though health played into it.

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure run rampant in my family. My grandfather had diabetes. When he transitioned to a vegan diet, he didn’t even need to take meds anymore. NONE! Even as a vegetarian, my father suffered from high blood pressure, to the point where doctors would not operate on him. When he went vegan, he lost about 40 pounds and his blood pressure is now where it should be, and only after about 4 months!

My Fiance recently became vegetarian after we moved in together. I’m a huge advocate for different farm animal sanctuaries, and after spending time with them and learning more about the environmental/health factors involved, he was committed to changing the way he ate (and this was after 5 YEARS of being together, it was not an easy transition for him).

A lot of people are skeptical. You’ll hear it from every direction. Here’s what I say: Do what works for you. If you’re a carnivore, and eating meat keeps you healthy and feeling good, great! If you have moral objections to eating meat, then don’t. Being vegetarian and vegan is often a person’s attempt to do as little harm as possible to the world.

In response to bebero, I respectfully have to reject your realities in favor of my own. The problem with your “extensive research” is that in this day and age, you can find studies to back up ANY CLAIM. Any one at all. That’s why I can site you books that will counter EVERY claim you’ve made in favor of meat eating. It’s freedom of information. We all take what we’re given and determine what’s best for our existence.

Veganism is the best for mine.

Oh, and for heaven’s sake, if I have to hear one more nitwit ask me where I get my protein, I am going to lose it. JEEZ!!!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs. Gremmlin:  Girl, I am so with you on this! It is so frustrating to always be on the defensive about what you choose to eat! I could have written your last paragraph. Justifying my eating habits is exhausting.

So seriously, where do you get your protein? πŸ˜‰

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

@dolly1105:  Your protein comment made me laugh out loud. It’s so true and so annoying!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m a veggie and Fiance is pretty much a meatatarian. If one more person asks me what I eat I’m going to start breaking faces. I loathe when people tell me what I need to be eating. Also, 99% of the people making these comments are certainly NOT in good health!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

Carnivor here with a question for vegan/vegetarian brides?

Other then salads, what could I offer some of my Veggie based guest at my wedding?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@bretonvirgniia:  …lash out at vegans for making better choices than they do.

That holier than thou attitude is why we don’t like vegans! I don’t care what you eat, but when you act superior it makes people bristle…

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Yay for veg bees πŸ™‚

I’ve been a vegan since I was 16. I started for health reasons (I had chronic migranes and missed like half of my classes that year – as soon as I became a vegan they disappeared!), but then I got really involved in environmental and animal rights movements. At this point, I find it disgusting, like you do… but it’s moral reasons that keep me away from non-vegan food. I can’t separate milk from the suffering cow in my mind anymore. I’m studying environmental science, and would feel like a hypocrite if I ate meat.

Ok the lettuce thing is so dumb. a) They don’t have nervous systems – they may respond to music or whatever, but they don’t physically feel suffering. b) Regardless, more plants are killed to feed farm animals than are killed to feed vegans. 

It’s like the argument that the Amazon forest is being deforested to grow soy for vegans. NO. That soy is used to feed cattle and use as an additive in processed foods, most of which are not vegan. My tofu comes from Canada, thank you.

I don’t let my SO bring it into the house. One of the reasons I was happy to move in with him was to not have to see flesh when I opened the fridge. Once my SO had cheese in the fridge, and I started crying because I had just seen Earthlings. I know he eats it with friends and family, and that’s fine, I just don’t want to see it.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m a pescatarian mostly for personal health reasons.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Sapphire-Dreamer:  My menu has stuffed squash in lieu of the animal protein and all the same sides. As a veggie – I HATE when I get a completely different meal. I love sides! The roasted potatoes are the best! I hate when I get something totally different and miss out on all the delicious veggie sides πŸ™

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

@Sapphire-Dreamer:  Fantastic question! Something super easy would be a pasta with vegetables. My favorite wedding foods include a stuffed portobello mushroom with veggies and roasted potatoes as a side and vegetable napoleon served in a phyllo cup with a side of curried rice (we did this for our wedding). If you’re using a caterer, he/she should have some ideas. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@arathella:  you cried because you saw cheese? i mean, fine you have your views, but talk about over dramatizing.

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