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Akulahawk

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How is it unhealthy?

Not everyone will do it intelligently and meet all their nutritional needs and wont buy supplements which can screw you up all over the place.
There are some vitamins that you can not get from non-animal sources, if you're not supplementing. You'll have to get somewhat creative to get some other nutrients in adequate amounts. The good news is that most of the deficiencies won't show up for a LONG time. You DO have to be careful that you're getting all the amino acids you're going to need. The body really is an amazing thing, but it wasn't blessed with the ability to make all the amino acids it needs.
 

bunkie

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If you do decide to go down that path, this thread is a pretty typical example of the types of responses you'll get if you ever mention it to anyone or even eat in public.

Do you have any specific questions about it?

Phew. Isn't that the truth. You should have seen me asking around for Tofu in Montana. FAIL!
 

minneola24

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Saw this on cnn,

A meat eating person driving a small hybrid contributes a ton more to global warming than a vegetarian driving a gas guzzling SUV.
 

bunkie

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Saw this on cnn,

A meat eating person driving a small hybrid contributes a ton more to global warming than a vegetarian driving a gas guzzling SUV.

Very true considering the impact on the environment of raising animals for slaughter vs. the emissions from your vehicle. I drive a mini-van right now as I have no choice, but as soon as my second child is in her booster, Helllooooo Ford Escape Hybrid. I swear I salivate over that truck every time I see one. :blush:
 

EMTCLM

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I've been a vegetarian for a few years now, and it isn't nearly as hard as most people think, at least for me. I did it because I can't eat something with a face. I really like the Boca_Burger original chikn patties, I put them in the oven and sprinkle some parmesan on them and let them get crispy and melty and its delicious, they're also very good with ketchup. Morning star things are really good too, I get the morning starter things and cut them up (they're like sausage patties, except vegetarian, and they taste awesome) and, again, put some cheese on it and make an omelette with milk, and it fills me up and is super healthy. Apple are also great (as well as all other fruits) and keep you more awake in the morning than coffee ( its scientific, dont dispute me!). You'll find things you really like, such as celery with peanut butter, that will work well with your diet. Good luck!
 

bunkie

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Buffalo-less Tofu Wings

I was inspired by a classmate that brought in a buffalo chicken sub and got to thinking on how I could recreate that flavor.. here it is! Freshly tested today. ^_^

1 package of previously frozen tofu, dethawed and drained
1/2 a bottle of Texas Pete hot sauce
1 stick butter (not margarine, this is vital to the taste)
Canola Oil for frying

Melt the butter and mix in the sauce until blended. Remove from heat.
Cut up your tofu into whatever shape you fancy. I went with a triangle form.
Drop into the very hot oil and fry until golden brown. Remove, drain off on a paper towel, while still hot, toss and coat in sauce.

Enjoy!
 

lightsandsirens5

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Saw this on cnn,

A meat eating person driving a small hybrid contributes a ton more to global warming than a vegetarian driving a gas guzzling SUV.

Never would have guessed.

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Hotel,

I guess I would just support what others are saying. I have had several friends who are vegetarians. Some of them take care of themselves and dont seem to have any ill affects, others almot seem to see it as a liscence to eat tons of non animal product junk and they suffer the consequences.

One thing that I have heard a ton is: Don't go too heavy on the soy. (Soy milk, soy protein, toufu, etc.) Especally if you are a guy. Can't remember the name of whatever it is is that causes problems. I'll look it up and try and get back to you.

Good luck!
 

BossyCow

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Soy as it is generally marketed in the US is not in a form that breaks down well in human digestion. If you want to get protein from soy, you are best eating the fermented soy products like Miso or Tempeh.

I am not a 'true vegetarian' because I do eat seafood. I just dislike the taste of meat. Eating well and in a healthful way can be done regardless of the carnivore/herbivore choice. I know plenty of unhealthy eaters on both sides of that fence. Eating the majority of your calories from veggies, fruits and whole grains and staying away from the over-processed foods full of sugar, fat and chemicals is going to help you live better and stay healthier.

Best lesson I ever learned about diet was its not so much what you eat, as it is how much. Portion control has eluded US society for generations. The minute something is proven in some study to be 'good for you' we pile it into everything. Calcium added orange juice, Lycopene added to our breakfast bars, Soy added to everything! It doesn't matter if I'm eating a sugar filled, high fat muffin the size of texas - if it contains 'whole grain, soy enriched, lycopene added, extra calcium with a dose of omega3 in it then I'm eating healthy!!!
 

texasbred

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I am not a vegetarian, but I don't harass people that are. I actually respect them because IMO it takes a lot of discipline to do it. My cousin has been one for years and she is very healthy, she takes supplements and really pays attention to how and what she eats.

Me personally, I buy very little meat. The meat we buy is usually just ground beef. I live off of the land as much as possible and eat deer, fish, wild pork, duck/geese, turkey, and raise some chickens. I do all the cleaning and eat what I shoot.
However in an effort to eat more veggies this spring we will be planting our own garden for the first time.

Any tips on gardening?
 

ExpatMedic0

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I was a pescetarian ( vegetarian that can eat fish) because of a silly bet. It was only suppose to last a month but I ended up trying it for over 6 months. I found it be a very healthy diet. It forced me to eat healthy and I felt pretty good during it. Lots of omega 3 and lean protein.

Downside included all possibilities of Mercury in certin kinds of fish and I think it may have cost more in the long run.
 

doctorfodder

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I'm vegan.

Its not that I'm minusing the meat and animal products from my meals, I'm replacing them with more veggies and whole grains.

Try looking up Dr. Terry Shintani and a book called "Foods That Cause Weight Loss"

It gives you an idea of what else you can eat instead of thinking you're oinly going to be eating like a rabbit. Hell, I eat like a pig and I have been steadily losing weight since I got on this program. 35lbs since August and I've never felt more energized and healthier than before.
 

seekersofthetruth

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I have been vegan for three years and before that I was vegetarian for three years before that. I weigh 230 pounds. I am very much into vegan strength training, road cycling and running. So I would say that being vegan doesn't mean bring a scrawny twerp.
 
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