Thinking of Going Vegetarian
Old 01-10-2011, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of going on a vegetarian diet for a couple months, a) to flush my system out and b) to see if i can actually do it.

I workout and need my protein, so that's the main issue for me. I like fruits and vegetables so eating a few more here and there won't be a problem.

Are there any vegetarians here who can provide meal tips or favourite recipes?
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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go for it.

My wife hasn't touched meat or fish in 15 years. and for the most part i also don't eat meat at home.

I assume you still plan of having dairy. Anyways, lots of things are good without meat (pasta dishes, bean burrito, asian style dishes, soups) and you can get protein from eggs, beans, tofu, etc.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Twice a year i do something like that, not quite vegetarian. Mostly Vegetable, but a little bit of chicken + Fish and a lot of Fiber. I also eat almonds as a snack between meals along with fruits.

i can't see myself not ever eating meat again or even going without some meat from prolonged period of time. takes a lot of dedication.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i have a buddy that went vegan for half a year and almost went insane. i don't want to get that extreme. i'll still be eating dairy and eggs, as well as fish on occasion. i'm just looking to stay away from red meat mostly.
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can i ask why thought? just curious.
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The idea of 'cleansing' or 'flushing' out your system - detoxing, etc - is a myth. The body's perfectly capable of doing that on its own, without any special sort of dietary change.
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I can't go a day without having meat. I have to have meat at least in one of my meals.
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Old 01-11-2011, 07:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I cut my meat intake drastically, and have thought of going vegetarian completely for reasons having to do with the industrial models of farming. Taking the final step is pretty hard for me. But I probably only eat 10-20 percent of the meat I once did. I would recommend going that route to anybody, if for no other reason than to make more efficient use of our resources in general. And it's healthier, assuming that the meat is replaced by lots of fiber and less fat.

I really like the Cranks series of cookbooks. Cranks is a vegetarian resto in London.
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while i can see the ethical objection to industrial farming, i disagree entirely with the idea that going without meat is healthier. i'd love to see what substantiates this claim, especially with regard to pregnant women and people who don't have access to things like dulse and kelp. i don't necessarily claim that eating meat is healthier (although for the average person without significant nutritional knowledge i think it is true), but i have seen no real evidence to show that being a vegetarian is a healthier choice, objectively speaking.
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can i ask why thought? just curious.
there are some shitty diseases and conditions that run in my family, most notably arthritis and colon cancer. decreasing my saturated fat intake and increasing my polyunsaturates (say by eating more fish) on a regular basis would help me buck that trend. having said that i follow a pretty healthy diet anyways, so if i decide that this is something i'm not interested in keeping up then it's not the biggest issue. if i do like it, then why not? can't hurt.

realistically i'm more interested in mixing it up and trying something new for a little while to see what I think. i'm not at school at the moment, i'm working a co-op job, so i'm looking for something refreshing to kind of keep me occupied until i'm back at school. it will be a challenge, i love red meat, but that's kind of the point.

this isn't an ethical issue.
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thanks for the response. interesting take.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:02 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The idea of 'cleansing' or 'flushing' out your system - detoxing, etc - is a myth. The body's perfectly capable of doing that on its own, without any special sort of dietary change.
Agreed.

I don't think anyone should go vegetarian for health reasons. It becomes very difficult to provide yourself the full spectrum of nutrients that your body requires. Vegetarianism is for people with specific ailments and people with ethical concerns; it is not, as a general rule, a healthier way of eating.
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I workout and need my protein, so that's the main issue for me. I like fruits and vegetables so eating a few more here and there won't be a problem.
tofu, soy milk, lentils, protein shakes... you have lots of options. It's tough that you're going to give white meat up but you should still be fine.
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while i can see the ethical objection to industrial farming, i disagree entirely with the idea that going without meat is healthier. i'd love to see what substantiates this claim, especially with regard to pregnant women and people who don't have access to things like dulse and kelp. i don't necessarily claim that eating meat is healthier (although for the average person without significant nutritional knowledge i think it is true), but i have seen no real evidence to show that being a vegetarian is a healthier choice, objectively speaking.
You misread me there 'trane. I was advocating eating much less red meat as a means of a healthier diet. Like thought, I have a family history that has seen a lot of relatives die off due to eating meat and potatoes and the fatter and juicier the better.

I started to eat much less meat upon meeting my wife, who is a fake vegetarian in that as long as she can manage to not think about particular small bits of overcooked meat as ever having walked the earth, she gets by. It's an odd mental exercise, but it has meant that my diet got mixed up much more, and for the better. Meat stopped being the central focus of each meal, which was very much a drastic change. But it also inspired my creative juices when it comes to cooking. Health-wise, you just don't need the amount that we typically eat. And the introduction of large amounts of industrialized meat has actually brought with it a lot of new health concerns. If we all went back to eating small amounts of expensive meat, the world would be a much better place all-around, and the ethical concerns, for me, would be lessened greatly as well.

My change in diet was further reinforced by cholesterol issues, which I was able to get under control pretty fast thanks to already having the focus to make meat a much smaller part of my diet. Eating much much less red meat, which I absolutely love, and probably will not be able to give up entirely, has been a big win/win for me.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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epic meal time videos getting to you bro?
I love to eat all the shit they make on that. I jizz whenever I see that food + those girls together.

On topic though. I don't think I would be able to became a vegetarian, I eat meat atleast once a day and I just love it. Also if you do end up becoming a full vegetarian I say kudos to you

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more like all this weed has me thinking greeeeeen. jk
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Buddy if you wanna make sweet hot love to the lady trust me you need that meat.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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become a vegetarian ?...sorry, could never do it...i would miss this TOO much

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