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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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Dec. 6th, 2004 @ 08:07 pm (no subject)
I don't know where to start, but I guess you could say.. I'm asking for help.

First off, my name's Deidra, and I'm 15. I really want to become a vegetarian, I guess you could say... letting go ALL meats, & eggs. I don't know what you want to call that (vegetarian, or whatever), or if your supposed to give up dairy products, but I refuse to give up my cheese ♥! Also, I want to know.. can this cause any kind of eating disorder, or for you to gain weight, lose weight.. etc.

I'm probably for sure going to give up my meats & eggs, but not my cheese.. I don't know if you call that a vegetarian or not. I just want to know the facts, and stuff before I start.

Please help all you can....

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Nov. 25th, 2004 @ 09:44 am The question I am so tired of... "But what are you going to do about protien?"
Current Mood: crankycranky
How do others handle prying questions from friends, family, co-workers, about a vegetarian diet? I hate having conversations when people want to know basically 'what the hell are you going to do without meat?'. One of my co-workers said to me "but what are you going to do for protien". I told her that the body doesn't need as much protien as the meat industry wants people to beleive and that it really wasn't a problem and then told her I really just didn't want to talk about it.

I was a vegetarian in the past for about 5 years. I have had this conversation already (about 8 billion times). It is boring. Is there a nicer way to handle this? How do others handle these kind of conversations?
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Nov. 19th, 2004 @ 10:52 am thanksgiving
Current Mood: contentcontent
anyone have any favorite thanksgiving dishes? anyone making tofurkey? i've never made it, and i'm not sure if i'm going to try. we'll see. :)

i'm planning on definitely having sweet potatoes, though. and mashed potatoes, and green beans. mmmm

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Nov. 9th, 2004 @ 07:36 pm Favorite vegetarian cookbooks
Current Mood: curiouscurious
My favorite vegetarian cookbook is a book by Jack Bishop (who is an editor at Cook's Illustrated) called "A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen". The book is divided up into the four seasons and the recipes take advantage of the vegetable that are currently in season. In the summer you the recipes for tasty salads with things like arugula, corn, tomatoes, avacado, etc. In the fall the recipes start using more winter items like butternut squash, root vegetables, and beans. I haven't gotten to winter and spring yet, but you get the idea.

The recipes are not simple or quick, but if you are willing to put in the time to make a nice meal, then this cook book is great.

I also really like Didi Emmons' book, Vegetarian Planet.

What are your favorite cookbooks?
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Nov. 9th, 2004 @ 11:53 am hello!
Current Mood: hungryhungry
i just stumbled upon this community today. i see it's brand new! hello all! :)

i'm currently vegetarian. i've been an off-and-on veggie my whole life, practically. mostly because i never liked meat much to begin with.

my difficulties right now are:

1. giving up seafood... it's been the only meat i didn't give up before last week.

2. my boyfriend is non-vegetarian. so i feel bad having to buy seperate food and make seperate meals for each of us. last night, we just made our own dinners. i'd like to be able to make things together. i would love suggestions on how to cook for two: one veggie, one non. maybe recipes were we can cook the same thing in two dishes, one with meat and one without?

3. convenience. i hate cooking. well i hate it less than i used to. but it's definitely not easy for me. i have no natural talent at cooking. i have to work hard and concentrate to be able to make anything. so i'm also looking for quick meal ideas, and things to bring for lunch, and stuff.

i really want to stick with being vegetarian this time. but stuff like this makes it hard to stay with it.

help! ;)

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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 08:12 pm New here...
Hey everyone. I've been meat-free since July of 2001 and went vegan two years after that. I've been pretty successful with it. Never fell off the meat-free wagon, but there were times I was tempted! Fortunately I overcame those temptations and didn't let it them get to me.

Since you're welcoming seasoned veggies into the discussion as a basis of getting help on staying meat-free, here I am! I hope I can help people here. Now, I'll say this. I'm not too fond of the veggie police people who criticize everyone that makes the smallest "failures", and I'm sure you can't stand those people, either! And that's why this group was made, in my eyes. Because you don't feel right with "pure" veggies because they criticize you. I personally can't stand those type of people. I think they hurt the movement and make people look at us as if we're even more crazy than what they think we are for not eating meat to begin with. So in that way, I feel like a good person to help! I won't yell at anyone if they go back to eating meat. We all work through different stages. Sure, I might've been able to do it overnight, and with veganism slowing decreasing items, but I know for some people it will be tough. I'll support everyone, no matter what stage they're at!
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Nov. 8th, 2004 @ 09:12 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Current Music: Woodstock - CSN
I'm exactly the same : ) I'd love to talk and help each other, too. Whoever joins the community. Great idea!
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Nov. 7th, 2004 @ 04:19 pm New Community - Why I created it...
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
I created this community because I have been an off and on again vegetarian for years. Lately I have been struggling to become vegetarian again because I don't believe it is ok to eat animals. I don't really feel comfortable in the vegetarian communities because I can't call myself a vegetarian at the moment. I also don't feel I have anyone I can share my experiences with or have discussions about how hard it is to become vegetarian and stay that way. My friends all think I am a little wacky and indecisive because it is an issue I struggle with.

Hopefully, this will become a place where people who are trying to become vegetarian can find support, and share experiences, recipes, and ideas.
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