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This community is a forum to support vegetarian wannabes, new vegetarians, and struggling vegetarians. Obviously, seasoned vegetarians are welcome to join and post as this is a group in need of advice and support from others.
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Jun. 19th, 2006 @ 04:15 am (no subject)
hey, I'm Aviva, 19 years old, and I have wanted to be vegetarian for a looong time. Well... when I was up at college I wasn't strong willed enough. But now I know I can be. I've decided it's time to really do it. And I will.

Only other problem is my mother. She's convinced that you can't be vegetarian and get all the nutrients you need. I've told her I can. I've promised I'll eat healthily etc. She won't buy it. Any thoughts on how to convince her to let me do this?

(For starters I will be giving up red meats. Then if I can keep it up, poultry will go. I haven't decided whether or not I want to cut fish eventually but I have a while before I have to think about that. In the meantime... Boca burgers, veggie casseroles, etc. YUM! I'm happy with my decision.
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Feb. 17th, 2006 @ 02:48 pm new!
hello, everyone. i'm Liisa, from michigan. i'm new to the community and to being vegetarian, and i was wondering if you all could help me! i don't really know where to start. if you guys could give me tips, recipies, anything, that would be excellent.
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Jan. 3rd, 2006 @ 04:01 pm First attempt with tofu
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: Beatles - The long and winding road
My wife and I gave up most meat in August and have used a lot of the fake meats out there. I finally decided to give tofu a try and made the Indonesian Sate recipe from the Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies book. I thought it was pretty good, but my wife took one bite and refused to eat it. She couldn't stand the texture which was about the firmness of jello. Is this normal for firm tofu? I pressed it between paper towels for about 15 minutes prior to cooking but it was still pretty soft.

Any suggestions for a recipe that she might like?
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Dec. 21st, 2005 @ 11:58 pm hellooooo
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Hey. Im new here and Ive recently gone vegetarian. It's been two weeks and a day since my last piece of meat and I'm feeling great. I have had issues with my eating before. I have been anorexic and I feel that becoming vegetarian would be a way for me to control my controlling ways towards foods, if that makes any sense. The only problem is the negative response I seem to be getting from my friends. They really dont seem to understand. I can see there point since I live on a cattle ranch but i wish they would respect and support my decision. I think its better for me and I wish they'd understand.
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Jun. 27th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm Help with a meat-eater?
Current Mood: worriedworried
Here's the problem: My father is obese. He has been a meat-and-potatoes man his entire life. He drinks about 2-3 glasses of milk a day, will eat an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting if you let him, and generally doesn't care about what he puts in his body as long as it tastes good.

He went to the doctor today and was given the final "you need to lose weight" warning. He was also put on glucophage because he's now developed diabetes. He has been all but banned from meat and dairy, which are the two things he mainly lives off.

Whenever I cook my vegetarian food, he gripes about it. He hates tofu, he hates rice noodles, he hates soy, he hates fake chicken, he hates...well, everything. He does like vegetables, so I give him credit there, but getting him to eat anything that isn't bathed in rich sauce and fat is next to impossible.

My question is, what foods can I possibly feed him that he'll tolerate? Anything "odd" is out. No tofu, no soy, no miso, no ethnic foods. He wants good, old-fashioned American staples, done veggie-style. They need to be very easy to make, and the ingredients need to be found in your average American pantry.

Help me out. I'm desperate, and I don't know what to do for him anymore. He's finally willing to work with me — he's actually downstairs reading his new food pyramid info from his doctor right now — but I need to make this as easy as possible for him.
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Feb. 13th, 2005 @ 07:29 am "Becoming Vegetarian" book review
Current Mood: awakeawake
The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet

I have been reading the book "Becoming Vegetarian" (see link above) and it is really great. It is not actually a book about how to become vegetarian, but a book about vegetarian nutrition. It talks about why we need vitamin xyz and how to get enough of it, why vegetarians (should) eat tofu, tempeh, nutritional yeast flakes, etc. It also explores common myths about vegetarianism. It is a bit of a dry read since it is so chock full of nutritional details, but I highly recommend it. It is good for new and seasoned vegetarians.

I feel like I might qualify as a nutritionist after reading this book.
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Jan. 31st, 2005 @ 12:37 pm Ok, check this out...
Current Mood: cravy
So, I was a vegetarian for about 6 years straight. At first it was just an experiment, but I realized pretty quickly that my body was never able to digest meat properly. I felt great. 2 years ago, mostly because I'm lazy, I started eating fish. It doesn't do anything bad to my tummy, and I remember fishing as a kid, so it doesn't seem that cruel to me.

For about two weeks now I've just been craving meat - now, I don't mean a fat steak, because the thought of that is still as gross as ever, but like, salted and seasoned meats like pastrami and salami and that sort of thing. I've thought about just having some, you know a few bites to make me sick and remind me how not worth it it is.

It's sort of driving me mad. I've been making sure I'm getting enough protein (fish, eggs, beans, soy, meat substitutes) and iron (cereals and dark green veggies) so I don't think that's it. I'm also sugar intolerant, so I can't have anything with high fructose corn syrup or sugar in it, but I'm not craving sugar like I usually do. I have lots of dietary restrictions, all told (I'm deathly allergic to shrimp) and it does tend to make eating more of an ordeal than an experience, and I really like food. I cook at home a lot and don't usually feel like I'm missing out on anything because I don't eat red meats and poultry.

So maybe I'm just craving meat because it's so accessible? I really don't know. Any ideas out there?
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Dec. 29th, 2004 @ 02:30 am Cooking techniques, tips, and tricks
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Cooking techniques, tips, and tricks

Link fixed!
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Dec. 27th, 2004 @ 04:31 pm (no subject)

i've been considering becoming a vegetarian for a while now, and i've finally decided to do it. the only problem is...my family doesn't like that. they bomb me with questions about how i'm going to get my protein and i told them that there are other ways...yet they force me to eat this meat. it's terrible because i feel like i'm not supported by my own family. i'm just curious as to how many of you have had this problem, and what have you done about it?
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