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Old 07-04-2007, 12:32 AM   #31
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I don't eat red meat. I eat white meat every once in a while. I gave it up for health reasons. I had high cholesterol, not due to being overweight, but heriditary reasons. I had a choice, medication, or try and change your diet. Well, suprisingly the diet change helped.

For the first couple of months I craved hamburgers, but never steaks...

Now I eat fish or chicken every once in awhile in order to get my protien fix.
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Old 07-04-2007, 01:08 AM   #32
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Sometimes feel like wanting to give it a try.... but I love my chicken, fish, beef too much! My diet is about 80% vegetarian though... I eat meat about once or twice a week.
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I'm not a vegetarian, but I could probably take it, since a lot of the food I eat already (Indian usually) is meat-free.

My brother's a vegetarian - not for any moral reason, he just doesn't really like the tastes or textures of meats. Which is fair enough to me.
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I've been a "vegetarian" for years now. It all started in college when my closest friends were vegan. I guess I became vegan without even realizing it since we spent so much time together. But then I decided to make the conscious effort to be "vegetarian."

I use "vegetarian" in quotes because about once a month or so, I do eat fish. I don't like treating animals like crap, but actually my reasoning behind my diet has more to do with people than it does animals. I do not support the meat packing industry. Not one bit. And the idea of eating a bit of the flesh of my cousins isn't all that appealing either. Someone told me about the fishing industry being different than the meat packing industry. I admit, I haven't done much research into that part yet. So if anybody has any info on the fishing industry I'm all ears.

I don't eat much dairy also, because I am a bit intolerant and can only consume so much in one day.

I'll admit, every now and again some meat aromas do attract my nose, but I've not had a "craving" so to speak. The visions I get of the horrific working conditions and social injustices of the meat packing industry are enough to make it disgusting to me.

Now, that being said, I'm no fool. I'm well aware of the injustices going on with fruit and vegetable pickers. However, I got a lot of info from a Farmworkers Rights group about what to support and what not to support. Basically, that means that most of my produce comes from farmers' markets. Which is a really cool thing. I've met a lot of great farmers there, and every now and again they offer me generous discounts!

The only things that make my llifestyle difficult are
1) now I'm living with my parents who aren't vegetarian and could give a shit about workers' rights
2) having to explain to people about my diet. i understand people are just curious, but it gets annoying when i'm either a) teased about something i'm so passionate about or b) told to shut up because they feel guilty that i'm talking about workers' rights while they eat their partially human burgers. i feel like sometimes i have to filter myself, and others aren't always as kind and diplomatic when responding to me.
3) i'm allergic to mugroot: carrots, celery, parsley, etc. yes, i'm a vegetarian allergic to vegetables this can make it a bit difficult to eat out at times, and makes me a royal pain in the ass when invited to dinner.
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Word on the street is that you eat vegetarians!?
Who is this "street" everyone keeps talking about?!
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I grew up as a meat-eater and my family still consists of heavy meat-eaters, but once I moved out I became a vegetarian. This was 14 years ago and I am a vegetarian ever since. Everyone told me I wouldn't make it and my family still considers me to be weird. I found out that most people seem to have a problem with it while I wasn't having a problem. I don't need meat, I don't have a craving for it. I have no problems with cooking or filling my fridge. I usually don't have problems finding something for me in restaurants. I don't mind people eating meat in my presence, but sometimes I cannot stand the smell of certain things like sausages. I am a vegetarian mainly for ethical reasons. Since I hate milk and most related products, I eat a lot of soj products these days, and of course vegetables and fruit. I eat some cheese and butter, though, but not much of that either.
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well ... cannibalism is creepy imo

puh-lease!

I can just see where you meat eaters are going to turn when you run out of animals to kill and eat...

That's right, I'm grain-fed, pretty tasty right?

I've been a vegetarian for 8 years now. I don't crave meat as far as I know...

I have found that when I smell something meaty cooking, the appeal is more about the sauces and seasoning on the meat that makes it smell good vs the meat itself.

The smell of cooking plain ground beef or a unseasoned steak turns my stomach...
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I have found that when I smell something meaty cooking, the appeal is more about the sauces and seasoning on the meat that makes it smell good vs the meat itself.

The smell of cooking plain ground beef or a unseasoned steak turns my stomach...
ah you're right, i think it is the seasoning/sauces that appeal to me. and yes, the smell of plain meat is disgusting
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ah you're right, i think it is the seasoning/sauces that appeal to me. and yes, the smell of plain meat is disgusting


This seems to be a very common theme with many veggies, they feel guilty about finding the smell of barbecue appealing when it has to do more with smothering layer of barbecue sauce than the meat itself.

Another thing I have found, if you see a strawberry or an apple growing in a field or a tree, your first response (usually) should be "mmm, that looks good, I want to eat that."

I don't know about the rest of you but when I look at a chicken or a cow, my first thought is not "I can't wait to eat that."
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i eat me all the time. not a big fan of veggies
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This seems to be a very common theme with many veggies, they feel guilty about finding the smell of barbecue appealing when it has to do more with smothering layer of barbecue sauce than the meat itself.
No, it's the smell of charred meat. I don't like BBQ sauce and never put it on meat, but it still smells amazing. Also, if you use a marinade like satay, it doesn't have a smell the way BBQ sauce does, but the meat still smells delicious as it's burned by the flames.
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No, it's the smell of charred meat. I don't like BBQ sauce and never put it on meat, but it still smells amazing. Also, if you use a marinade like satay, it doesn't have a smell the way BBQ sauce does, but the meat still smells delicious as it's burned by the flames.
So you cook all your meat without any seasoning or sauces?

See I disagree, charred meat smells like death as far as I'm concerned...

When I was a kid I seriously burned myself on the barbecue (I slid across the grill on my arm) and that smell of burning flesh was so similar to chicken it pretty much ruined any idea of eating poultry for me.

I realize this is all a matter of opinion however...
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See I disagree, charred meat smells like death as far as I'm concerned...

When I was a kid I seriously burned myself on the barbecue (I slid across the grill on my arm) and that smell of burning flesh was so similar to chicken it pretty much ruined any idea of eating poultry for me.
omg that is scary! is that what turned you off from meat altogether? or just chicken?
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I was raised a vegetarian and used to be one while I was still living in India about 7 to 8 years back. After coming here to the US, it was hard to stay vegetarian so I started eating meat and enjoying it. I still restrict myself to white meat.. chicken or turkey. Ideally I would like to stay vegetarian but I cannot live on freaking bland salads all the time! Indian vegetarian food is way tastier than American vegetarian food.
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omg that is scary! is that what turned you off from meat altogether? or just chicken?
I'm pretty much terrified of barbeques and anything cooked on them...

It's weird because for the longest time I still didn't really have a problem eating burgers or steak or other forms of chicken (in the oven or soup) it took longer and hooking up with my wife (who is hard core into animal rights) to put the pieces together...

I think that is one of the strange things about we as human beings. I had a problem with eating barbequed chicken but not beef and this seemed fine to me at the time...
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