If anyone is interested in helping me run this blog more efficiently and consistently, read below.
The first step is admitting I have a problem. Obviously, I can’t manage school and life right now and maintain this blog as well as I’d like to. I need help- mostly just someone to filter submissions and answer questions. Anyone? Please?
Submit an “application” answering the following:
1. What is your experience with picture editing/ graphic creating software (ie. GIMP, photoshop)?
2. How long have you been a vegetarian/vegan/etc?
3. Why are you a vegetarian/vegan/etc.? Tell me about your “history.”
4. How frequently and consistently will you be able to post/answer questions? How busy are you, (ie. are you in school, do you work full time)
5. Tell me about yourself! (ie. I love glee, I play golf, and I love reading. My favorite authors are John green, Jane Austen, and Kurt Vonnegut. I like cats.)
I still classify myself as vegetarian even though I eat chicken 2-3 times a month when I'm pregnant or breastfeeding … it's a way of life that I've followed for 11 years. I could care less what other vegetarians thought about my label, but I know that the way that I eat is healthiest for my body and growing baby.
About the Skittles questions while ago, Skittles used to contain gelatin but not anymore. When I became vegan roughly a year and a half ago, they had gelatin but since then have changed their recipe.(:
'Vegetarian' isn't a label. It's a definition, the definition being "A person who does not eat meat". Therefore you cannot eat fish or chicken and call yourself vegetarian, because that would be lying. To use another example- I'm a British person. If I were to refer to myself as Australian, despite admitting that I was born and raised in Britain to British parents, I would be lying. By definition, it can simply not be true.
Cold-weather tomatoes are injected with a cold-water fish's gene to make them able to survive weather that regular tomatoes couldn't survive in. So if you aren't ok with eating fish genes watch out for tomatoes not in their regular season.
Thoughts on dating a carnivore/finding other vegetarians?
Though it’d be awesome to date a vegetarian, it’s definitely not a determining factor in a boyfriend at this point. As far as marriage goes, that’d be super convenient and awesome, but in the end I just want someone who respects and accepts my vegetarianism.
Vegetarian is just a label. A lot of times people who are pescatarian or who eat gelatin just call themselves vegetarian because that's what people understand. I don't see why a person can't call himself/herself a vegetarian if he/she isn't full vegetarian. The world isn't going to end just because a label isn't 100% true!
You are right in that labels aren’t all that important. Anyone making any type of change as far as eating less meat for the better is excellent, so I don’t care what they call themselves, personally. The problem, as many of my followers have pointed out, is when people who eat fish or chicken call themselves vegetarian so frequently that people start assuming that all vegetarians eat fish or chicken. For example, the only vegetarians I knew growing up ate fish almost every day. They were the only actual vegetarians I knew, the word vegetarian only existed for me because of that one family, so I gathered in my young inferring mind that there are probably more people like them out there, and that they all follow this same diet. I would get into actual arguments with people saying that vegetarians could eat fish.
The problem is that most people don’t know that many vegetarians, so if the one or two they know call themselves vegetarians and still eat meat, people are going to get confused, obscured visions of vegetarians as a whole.
I digress, the point is that no- it’s not that important if someone still eats gelatin and calls themselves a vegetarian, but it becomes increasingly problematic if people eat meat and call themselves vegetarians.
I will probably sound dumb but if you're vegetarian then why can't you use some hand cleansing gel and some facial cleansers? You don't eat those. Again, I know I sound stupid but I'm just wondering.
Well it’s still an animal being killed for your direct usage, and though it’s basically like how most vegetarians would be against smearing chicken on their face just as much as eating it, some don’t refrain from using products externally that have animal in them, for example in soap or wearing leather, etc.
To the person who is trying to give up chicken: If you can't give it up completely, you could also look into buying organic chicken, or chicken from a nearby small farm. If you looked into it enough, you could make sure that the chickens you were purchasing had been treated humanely.
I have a friend who calls herself a social vegetarian. She eats meat at parties, at other peoples houses, and at lunch, so "nobody thinks I'm annoying!" and has to cook extra stuff for her. I'm sorry but that's the lamest thing ever.... i'm a vegan btw, and apparently I must be super annoying and rude....
Oh please, I’ve heard some crazy things, but that’s over the top. Don’t get me wrong, it is excellent that she reduces her intake of meat at all! But if she cared at all about the cause or whatever reason she stopped eating meat-or tried to- then she would be less concerned with the social aspect of it. Don’t let her get to you, you aren’t annoying or rude, you are a dedicated vegan. For lack of a better phrase: you go girl, and let her do her own thing.
I've been a vegetarian for a month now. I've caught a cold and I feel like my body is craving some meat (i don't know why). Now I feel guilty, I really really don't want to eat it. I need some support.
Your body is probably just lacking in some specific nutrients found in meat, so just make sure you’re eating enough healthy stuff, especially because you are sick! Eat some foods heavy in protein, iron, etc. If that’s not the case, just stay strong, a lot of the time you are craving the experience that goes with the mat (ie. the family time at a party, not the barbecue; sharing milkshakes with your friends, not eating burgers) so just take a step back and look at what you’re really craving. You may also just be bored with your normal diet, if so spice it up! And since you’re sick, check out Amy’s brand canned soups.
I’m actually a pretty nice person, if I do say so myself. If I have been rude it’s been on accident. I don’t believe in being mean to people over the internet.
Also, if it’s been recently I may have actually been rude, so sorry. But guys seriously the week I’ve had. I’m going to be really really really stressed until 9AM on friday, and after that I’m probably going to be really really really depressed. Also I’m PMSing. So I should probably just stay off the internet.
Pretty much the only regular store bought ramen you can get that is veg is Nissin brand Top Ramen Oriental flavor. Other than that, you're going to have to buy the fancier, more expensive stuff, or do what several people have suggested and buy just noodles. So, again, between the common Maruchan and Nissin brands, ONLY the Nissin Oriental doesn't contain meat products.
The reason why I personally am a veg*n is because eating animals is bad for the environment and bad for human welfare (the whole, if we use this land for animals we won't have land to make food for people.) By eating foods that are 99.98% animal product free, I believe that is enough. Personal purity isn't my biggest concern. I think it depends on you, personally, if you want to eat gelatin or refined sugar or whatever.
Most of these debates in the veggie community make me sick. This is why I don't have much to do with it. Yeah I've been veggie for almost 3 years, and I have a lot of veggie friends, but I hate the "meat debate" with my non-veggie friends and I hate the "gelatin/what-have-you debate" with my veggie friends. When I go to a restaurant I say "I don't eat meat, that includes chicken and fish, and I don't do chicken or beef broth. What do you have?" that's it. I don't drive myself insane.
Yeah I get that, I don’t like *debates* unless I’m at a debate competition, but I do enjoy having civil conversations with meat eaters and vegetarians alike about the things I think are important.
i lovee this blog so much oh my gosh!!! okay and i have a question. Can you make a list of things vegetarians can eat? i know that will take forever but i mean like candies/snacks/fast food/ and stuff like that. I would really appreciate it
Thank you! Do you mean like a list of recipes or like “burger king veggie burgers, subway veggie sub, etc.”
Argh, sorry for the typo. But anyway, I just mean that it's hypocritical not to eat meat but then eat the likes of gelatin. The whole point of being a vegetarian is that you don't eat anything that comes from a dead animal. I know a lot of people who are basically just vegetarian whenever it suits them - although they won't directly consume meat, they'll still pig out on haribo or oreos [which aren't veggie here in the UK] whenever it suits them.
No problem, and I understand what you’re saying, definitely.
My mother brought to my attention that some restaurants that sell tomato basil soup use chicken stock as an ingredient. I have not been able to research which restaurants do with any success but just issuing a warning to others.
The majority of soups contain animal broth. ALWAYS ASK
Hello! I love your blog. I was just wondering why Mcdonald’s french fries are included in foods to avoid. I called the company once and they said that they are not fried in meat oils or anything of the sort, just vegetable oil. Is there a cross contamination concern?
They are seasoned with beef flavoring depending where you live.
Curiosity - why do you place so much more importance on religious things than your vegetarianism, in a life-or-death situation - it would do more actual harm to eat the meat (though, yes, I would too in that situation, so no hate here).
Actually I don’t really think that’d do more harm. I’ve obviously never been in that situation, but I’d guess that even if there was some stomach problems, digesting something is good even if that something is hard to digest. I’m not sure, though.
About your first question- everyone has different priorities. I could get into a lengthy explanation, but I wont
Bees are vital to the production of fruit. Without it, trees would not be able to pollinate enough to make fruit for humans to eat. Due to the recent bee plague, ALL WILD BEES ARE DEAD. Without commercial beekeepers, there would be no bees in America. That is why I support honey from my local beekeeper.
Smoking bees is really bad for them, and the practices used are generally harmful. The honey is not for people, and bees,who are currently fighting issues with the environment, should not be caged and forced to create honey.
Honey is made by bees to feed theirselves. In industrialized beekeeping, humans take every last bit of the honey & supply bees with nothing besides corn syrup to sustain themselves through the winter, which is bad for them & very frowned upon by traditional beekeepers. Also, if the beekeepers are displeased with honey production, they behead the colony's queen in front of her children & replace her with a new one. Doing so is not only traumatic for the hive, but dangerous for the new queen.
Why would a vegetarian have beef jerky on them anyways? We might have fruit leather on us however.... but beef jerky? Even most omnivores know better than to eat that crap!
Seriously- if I have to eat meat to save my life can it not be that? Like you might as well be like “hey good luck on not dying take this bag of fried pork cracklins” …are cracklins a southern thing? My family can throw down on some cracklins… *shudders*
You know how our (vegetarian) community is super serious about the whole, we respect other peoples beliefs, other people should respect ours deal? Well yeah, I respect that that’s what you believe. And no, I am not going to start a religious debate on here- in the interest of the comfort of my followers, (and the existence of my followers…y’all flee when things get serious haha)