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How many vegetarians here?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm just curious how many veggie EcoHuddle members we have. Since meatless meals are a great way to lower your footprint, It's an important green point to consider. I'm bad. I was a total vegetarian for about 15 years then about two years ago I started eating organic chicken and turkey plus sometimes fish. My son was raised vegetarian and is way better than me. He will barely touch meat but will eat chicken nuggets sometimes and he really like Morning Star soy hot dogs and grillers. 

I'm thinking of getting my household back to total vegetarian eating though. Right now I'd guess we're at 70% meatless.

Reasons to go meatless (or more meatless)...

For health - vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and some cancers. Less meat can lower your body weight and cholesterol.

Meat farms and meat production amount to an insane amount of resources. Such as growing grains for feed - you need seven tons of grains to produce one ton of beef.

Animal waste produced and cleared land for grazing also takes its toll on the planet, as does packaging and shipping of meat.

So is your household total veggie, partially veggie, or big on meat - and why?
post #2 of 17
In Turkish style cooking vegetables are generally the center point of the meal.

I hear of very few vegetarians here but meat use is overall not as big a deal or requirement as for many in the states. 

I really prefer the 'less meat' style - using meat as an additional taste rather than as the main course.
Edited by Russ - 10/17/09 at 10:55pm
post #3 of 17
I'm part-time veg, I'd say maybe half and half, like this week, I haven't had meat since Wednesday. I don't eat beef, at least not when there is another option, because I have read it has the biggest impact.  I buy organic when I can.  And I don't eat fish.  So pretty much Turkey (replaces the ground beef) and Chicken, and we buy polish sausage a lot which I'm sure is a terrible move.

My fiance refuses to try tofu and loves meat so it would be hard for me to make the full switch, cooking two meals just doesn't sound fun when you already barely have enough time to cook one. But at least he loves Chinese and Italian food, so on the rare occasion when we eat out I can generally order tofu or cheese pasta :) Plus I'm a very picky eater because of some GI issues and heartburn.  No onions or peppers for me!

Time and learning, I'm slowly adding more and more veggies to our diet and reducing the amount of meat I use in the dishes I make. Luckily men don't notice that!
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Russ, I like the idea of meat as the extra rather than main part of a meal - prob more people would be more healthy if they had that mindset.

srj0385 - It's cool that you're making healthy changes slowly. I have a list that I compiled a while back of meatless dishes that work really well for meat eaters. Luckily, they don't seem to notice as much when you add more beans and pasta then take away the meat. Pork is one of the big bads when it comes to meat, so if polish sausage is pork (I never eat pork or sausage, so I'm not sure) then you might want to consider buying that organic when you can. Or less :)
post #5 of 17
I personally have diabetes type 1 and not eating meat would not help me out at all. There is nothing wrong with eating meat and I personally feel that turning veggie is a big mistake.
post #6 of 17
Thanks for the tips Jennifer!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Turning veggie is not right for everyone, but there actually is a lot that's wrong with eating non-organic meat, such as the eco-issues pointed out in the first post, which is just the tip of the iceberg. Eating less protein may be harmful if you have specific health concerns but there are other ways to get protein.

I think going veggie is a choice, and even when I was a full vegeterian I didn't get all cranky with meat eaters, but there are major eco-consequences of eating meat and health consequences (for those eating high fat meats).
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I personally have diabetes type 1 and not eating meat would not help me out at all. There is nothing wrong with eating meat and I personally feel that turning veggie is a big mistake.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
You're welcome :) Good luck!
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Thanks for the tips Jennifer!
post #9 of 17
I think going veggie is a choice, and even when I was a full vegeterian I didn't get all cranky with meat eaters,
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post #10 of 17

I'm vegan for 3.5 years now. 

post #11 of 17

I consider myself "semi-vegetarian." I only eat meat (usually eggs or fish) once a day, at most. 

post #12 of 17

I am pure vegetarian and love that.

post #13 of 17

Since 3 month. It is easier than I thought!

post #14 of 17

I couldn`t say I`m completely a vegetarian, but I am going in that direction. 
Slowly cutting the meat in my diet. Only chicken and fish and even that occasionally. I am hoping I will soon transfer to completely meat free diet. I think fast transition is not so good for the body. But I can already feel some nice effects!!!

My tummy has flatten, and I think you can laugh if you will, but my brain is working faster.

I think Nikola Tesla was not mistaken when he also became vegetarian. Perhaps this is one of the reasons he had such great scientific results. wink.gif

Maybe we could make a list of all well known vegetarians.

post #15 of 17
Hello everyone I just wanted to add I'm in the process of removing meat and cooked foods from my diet. I noticed a few ppl mentioned they get the organic meat when they can? I'm sry folks but there's no such thing :\ it's really sad they way these large corporations play word games. Organic just means the animal wasn't exposed to chemicals ( that we know about). They are still kept in horrid conditions fed the worst possible cocktail of steroids estrogens antibiotics and more. There is an interesting app for iPhone users called buycot based on weeding out un-environmentally friendly companies so you know your supporting the right places.
I look forward to hangin around here more smile.gif
See ya later
post #16 of 17
Hello everyone I just wanted to add I'm in the process of removing meat and cooked foods from my diet. I noticed a few ppl mentioned they get the organic meat when they can? I'm sry folks but there's no such thing :\ it's really sad they way these large corporations play word games. Organic just means the animal wasn't exposed to chemicals ( that we know about). They are still kept in horrid conditions fed the worst possible cocktail of steroids estrogens antibiotics and more. There is an interesting app for iPhone users called buycot based on weeding out un-environmentally friendly companies so you know your supporting the right places.
I look forward to hangin around here more smile.gif
See ya later
post #17 of 17
Hello everyone I just wanted to add I'm in the process of removing meat and cooked foods from my diet. I noticed a few ppl mentioned they get the organic meat when they can? I'm sry folks but there's no such thing :\ it's really sad they way these large corporations play word games. Organic just means the animal wasn't exposed to chemicals ( that we know about). They are still kept in horrid conditions fed the worst possible cocktail of steroids estrogens antibiotics and more. There is an interesting app for iPhone users called buycot based on weeding out un-environmentally friendly companies so you know your supporting the right places.
I look forward to hangin around here more smile.gif
See ya later
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