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[Aug. 13th, 2005|08:50 pm]
Vegetarians,Vegans,and Omnivores
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hi i'm new, so i'l introduce myself. i won't state my real name, but if you need to put a name to the person call me emmy. i'm 15 and in boarding school in australia.
i'm not vegan or vegetarian, although i want to be. i went vegetarian for a month or two but my family are absolute carnivores, everything they cook has to have some kind of meat in it. i think i'll commit to being vegetarian and actually sit down and tell them that i am.
one man actually asked me why i was vegetarian and said it was the stupidest thing to do. i don't like a lot of vegetables, only a few so my mom thinks it'll be unhealthy for me to become vegetarian. but when i leave the house and live by myself i'll give veganism a go. i don't want the whole lecture of the healthiness of going vegan.
which brings me to a few things i'm really confused about. some vegetarians eat fish, but isn't that a meat? and some people think that being vegetarian or vegan is really unhealthy.
i hope i can get all the answers to my questions here. thanks!
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From: co0kiepuss
2005-08-14 08:16 am (UTC)
Vegetarians do NOT eat fish. . I know there is a chance that this comment might offend some people in the community, but it's true. Meat from a fish is still meat! Fish are animals! Jeez! If you eat fish, you are NOT a vegetarian.

P.S.

If you aren't into many vegetables, then I suggest you not try being a vegan just yet. To me at least, vegetarianism/veganism is a lifestyle change, and just throwing yourself into something as hardcore as veganism seems kinda iffy. I've known people who have done it, and they all ended up either turning back to meat-eating, or choosing to be vegetarian instead. I'd suggest trying to either wean yourself off meat gradually (i.e. first week give up red meat, second week give up red meat/pork, third week give up red meat/pork/poultry, etc.) until you feel comfortable enough to become a full-fledged vegetarian. If you feel comfortable with that after a couple months, then I'd try veganism (if you are still interested in it).

Trying to be a veggie in a family of meat-eaters is really hard (I've been there too), but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't still enjoy meals together... try substituting a boca burger for a hamburger, tofu dog for a hot dog, etc. and you'll see you can still have family meals together. As for not liking vegetables; I'd just keep trying them until I found some I liked. There's almost an unlimited number of them, you're BOUND to like some.

As for being "unhealthy"... vegans/vegetarians live longer, and suffer less disease than meat-eaters. It's proven. People that say that it's "unhealthy" don't really know what they are talking about and can go to hell as far as I'm concerned (the statistics speak for themselves, people!). Maybe these people are just trying to justify their unhealthy eating habits, or resent a little non-conformity... (who knows?) but they DON'T know what they are talking about. I've had to hear the same crap from people countless times; but seriously, it isn't true.

Anyway, I'm sorry for the ridiculously long comment, but I hope its been of some help to you. Kudos to wanting to try being a veggie and I hope it all works out!
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[User Picture]From: ann_maz
2005-08-14 03:54 pm (UTC)
long comments are good it has lots of info in it. I've found a lot of veggies that i like now, but the problem is that its not very common in the boarding house (i'm in boarding school). thanks so much for the advice!
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[User Picture]From: tangledivy
2005-08-15 09:36 am (UTC)

That can be a problem

My daughter, who is vegan, was lucky because at her college [an environmental studies college to boot], their were many vegetarians/vegans so the dining hall tried to have many options. Maybe their are more of you than you realized at the school and you could approach the food service people with requests.

Good luck!!
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From: crowsamurderof
2005-08-17 04:49 pm (UTC)
i go to a boarding school as well. i have a refrigerator though, and a microwave available.
your school should offer/you should propose that they have a vegetarian meal plan.

i am a pescatarian. this means, yes, i do eat fish.
i don't eat fish at every meal, just a few times a week at the most.

good luck with everything. you should try cooking your own portion of a meal, or cook something vegetarian for your whole family.
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[User Picture]From: ragexveganxrage
2005-08-17 06:21 pm (UTC)
After my family got over the initial phase of thinking that my veganism would ruin family dinners, they began to start experimenting with food and every once in a while, we will all eat vegan. But mostly, I found that my parents enjoy it when i cook along side of them. If there are enough burners of the stove to have tofu cooking next to meat, then it makes it an easy way to bond with the family! They can't complain about that...!
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