Flax seeds easily replace eggs in cakes and such. All you do is mix two table or tea spoons of it with water and it becomes the same texture. Flax seeds are also amazing for Omega-3's. I sprinkle it on everything.
Saying you're a vegetarian, but eats /some/ animal products, like gelatin, is like saying "I am bisexual, but I only like women". You're not doing anything wrong, but that 'label' is wrong by definition.
I work at McDicks (unfortunately) and if you are in Canada (or anywhere but here we don't have beef flavouring) meat is separate from the fries 100% BUT fyi the mushrooms are not, they are cooked on the same grill
veggie gravy: just take a vegetable based bouillon cube add appropriate amount of water, then heat to dissolve. on the side make a roux by using equal parts butter and flour. if you want saute some chopped carrots, onions and celery in the butter before adding the flour, stir in the stock & strain, enjoy!!!
there are Christians that go vegan for religious reasons. i am one. in Christianity you are taught that your body is a temple and you need to treat it as such. with that in mind i could think of no better way to honor my body that I was blessed with than to keep it clean and keep my conscious guilt free. although Christianity doesn't say "be vegan", religion was part of my motivation. also, Hindu's can't eat beef, so many just go vegetarian
Wait. I'm a Christian and every Christian I've met(Which is a lot;; considering I have lived in Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and currently California) and have met other Christians all over California and all eat meat regularly every day of the week. Before I was a vegetarian, I did the same... Now I've been a Christian since I was about 5 years old;; and this is the first time I've ever heard that some Christians don't eat meat on Fridays. Where did you hear/find this information? :O
Pretty sure the statement was that some Catholics don’t eat meat on fridays
For the person who asked about being vegetarian for religious reasons, I believe seventh day adventists don't eat red meat or pork and I believe there is a dietary restriction in catholicism too but I'm not sure. I personally am Christian and vegetarian, but people all the time tell me that the Bible says we are supposed to eat meat. (It doesn't, God gave us meat to eat but that is not the express purpose of animals.) If anyone wants more on that theology, just ask on my page.
In response to religions and vegetarianism, Jainism and Buddhism both emphasize non-violence towards all living beings, and an extension of that is a fully vegetarian diet. Jains are especially strict because they're also not allowed to eat any root vegetables like potatoes, onions or carrots. Basically anything that would involve killing the entire plant. Pretty interesting, I think
I think what mimi-yums was saying might have more to do with hunting than factory farming. My family hunts deer, and they eat any deer they kill. Honestly, as a vegan, I'd prefer my family to eat the meat of a deer that lived a "normal" life, and suffered only a short time before its death, than that of a cow that suffered its entire life before being brutally killed. And deer hunting is allowed because it helps control populations.
Regarding the purchase of Skittles because of Mars candy company's animal testing: By that logic, it's not vegetarian to eat anywhere that serves meat at all. Every company you buy from is likely connected to animal death or exploitation somehow, so this seems like splitting hairs to me.
On your point about being able to find something to eat at fast food restaurants, I completely agree. It may have taken me a bit to figure it out but it is so true. And even if that doesn't convince a vegetarian to ditch the fast food, maybe the ingredients will. SO many things at McDonalds that you would think are safe to eat are filled with gelatin! smoothies, shakes, even the french fries contain beef something or other!
Yeah, almost nothing at McDonald’s is vegetarian. I’d venture to say literally nothing is healthy
I don't exactly lead a very strict diet, although I cut meat from it altogether about 10 months ago. all I can say is thanks for running this blog and also thanks for the positive words and so on. you rule :)
Thank you so much! It means a lot, really. You’re awesome!
Do you happen to know, HOW oreos are not vegetarian friendly? It says so on their page without explanation. And when you look up the ingredients, I spot nothing that is not veggie-friendly. Not vegan because of the whey powder, okay - but that's all I can see. Help? :/
From the US ingredients I don’t see anything that is non-vegetarian unless the iron is from an animal source. I only see the thing about it not being suitable in the UK faq, so I guess you’re from the UK? if not I can’t find the US faq or anything.
To the anon who says her doctor says not to go vegan. Doctors are not educated in nutrition. They are usually like us in the way they're brainwashed into thinking we need meat/dairy still. When we don't. I finally found a doctor who is a vegan also, and has taken courses in nutrition.
Why do you keep telling people that vegetarians can't eat gelatin?
Okay- vegetarians can eat whatever they want.
However if someone is leading a strict vegetarian lifestyle by the very definition of vegetarianism they should not eat meat. Vegetarianism, as the Vegetarian Society website defines it, is someone who does not eat “meat[…]or byproducts of slaughter.” They consider gelatin and rennet type things “byproducts of slaughter.” Those products still directly require the animal to die for the making of the product. Gelatin is boiled down cow bones, I don’t know how people don’t see that as non-vegetarian. Essentially, if you claim that vegetarians should eat gelatin, you also state that vegetarians should be able to drink boiled down cows blood. Or animal broth. etc.
So I tell people that vegetarians can’t eat gelatin because gelatin is not a vegetarian product.
I make my own gravy all the time. Most often I make mushroom gravy, so if you don't like mushrooms, then I don't know. Mushroom Gravy 3 tbsp olive oil. 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced. 2 shallots, cut in half and sliced thinly. 3 cloves of garlic, crushed. 3 tbsp flour. 2 c veg broth. (May sub 1/2 c liquid for white wine, or boil 1 c of water and reconstitute dried wild mushrooms - in addition to the fresh, not instead of - and use the soaking liquid in place of 1 c of the broth.)
I think there should be a word for people who don't eat meat or fish but still occasionally eats products with gelatin, like marshmallows. I think it's unfair that we "can't have the title of vegetarian" when we don't eat meat! THAT'S THE ESSENTIAL PART OF BEING A VEGETARIAN.
Don’t get too locked on to the topic of labels, if you don’t eat meat you’re a vegetarian.
i just want you to know that i think you are really great, i have seen so many vegitarian and vegan blogs genuinely hating on non vegans for being "half assed" or telling them they cant love animals if they arent vegan, and the way you treat people with so much respect is such a breath of fresh air, im a vegitarian and your blog has really helped me out too, so thankyou, you're lovely :3
No, being a vegetarian does not automatically make you skinny. However, I am A LOT healthier than I was when I ate meat. Being a vegetarian does make you healthier, if you eat well. I don’t weigh myself, personally it’s just a really negative experience for me because I’ve struggled with my weight since I was a kid, but I know that I feel a lot better, I like the way I look more, and I feel more comfortable in my clothes and stuff. I don’t eat perfectly all the time, though, so I do work out. There is a big difference between skinny and healthy.
About the whole making your child vegetarian- I would have to diasagree, it may seem abusive to you. But i know that if i hadn't been eating horman filled meat all my life; My immune system, my thyroid , and my hormones wouldn't be so fucked up right now. There have been multiple studies about how high children with immune and hormone problems (among others) have been since we have started eating the meat we now do. To me, feeding them these hormones is much more "abusive" as you would say.
i have been a vegetarian for 3.5 years now, and earlier this week I was responsible for killing 2 mice in my office at work. i feel ridiculously responsible, and i feel like that almost negates the last 3.5years of me being vegetarian. i feel horrible about it. :(
I understand that this was submitted 4 months ago, but I really hope you didn’t beat yourself up about this for long. Being a vegetarian for 3.5 years is awesome, you are awesome, and you’ll make up for it in your many years of vegetarianism to come!
Ok, can I have some clarification here? Am I the only vegetarian that's not all against animal killings? I mean, overpopulation of a certain animal is bad, and I'd rather you reduce overpopulation and eat the animal than just let it lay there. I'm vegetarian because I'm healthy this way. Abusing animals in their death is wrong, I agree with that. But freaking out at people is also wrong. You can't force your beliefs on people, that makes all of us look bad....
No, you are not the only vegetarian who doesn’t exactly agree with moral vegetarian beliefs but instead sees the numerous health benefits in becoming a vegetarian.
However I’m not sure you understand the whole “overpopulation” argument. I addressed this in a previous ask, basically the point is that the success of the production of meat doesn’t effect the natural population of a wild species. Because the animals are being bred to die anyway, in completely unnatural conditions, being manipulated in a plethora of disturbing ways, there is nothing natural about the meat industry. So we can’t make the argument that vegetarianism contributes to overpopulation because factory farmed animals aren’t actually a part of a species’ natural population. Besides, thanks to basic supply/demand economics, manufacturers would handle a dip in sales by producing less meat, not by letting animals lay dead in the factories.
Also, I completely understand what you’re saying, and there certainly are some very aggressive vegetarians who forcibly shove their opinions down the throats of meat eaters- and that is certainly wrong, but it is a different kind of wrong from the massive atrocious slaughter and abuse of public health, of environmental health, and of animals for food.
Also, this is not me trying to force my beliefs on you, I know it can seem that way sometimes especially when I get particularly long-winded. Sorry, I have a tendency to ramble.
is it just me or are vegetarians more attractive? I cant think of one veggie I've met who hasnt been atleast moderately good looking. Maybe its because they/we are healthier or something? btw im not trying to sound conceded here haha talking about vegetarians as a whole.
Hahaha I haven’t exactly noticed that, but a more plant based, clean, natural diet can do wonders for a person’s personality, skin, and figure!
Most produce comes from companies that exploit undocumented immigrants and abuse their workers. Just like fast food companies still do awful things to animals. I'm a vegetarian because I don't want to consume animal flesh, but as to where to buy, unless you have a farmer's market readily available or can afford to maintain your own garden and have the time to do so, it's really hard to buy from only what you approve.
wrt your comment about KFC: can we please keep in mind that not all vegetarians have a choice in making their own meals, and that some cannot afford to purchase the ingredients to make healthy meals at home? saying that giving fast food companies money is cruel is not fair to people who have to resort to eating fast food because they don't have access to better foods/better companies that provide food. at least they are still abstaining from eating animals.
I agree that obviously everyone is in different places financially, but if you’re going to buy 3 meals at a fast food chain every day, that’s like at least 12 bucks. You can buy like pounds of vegetables for the same price. Living solely off of fast food, especially as a vegetarian, would probably provide a diet so low in nutrients that it’d be dangerous to sustain that lifestyle. I’m not trying to be rude or insensitive, just realistic.
To the anon that said someone shoved meat in their face: holy shit that is terrible, people suck. People do things like that because they can't deal with the idea that something they've been eating their whole lives might be inhumane. And that's how they express their feelings. They can't handle that you're making a personal, moral choice, so they try to impose their own bullshit on you like that. There was no reason for that dumb bitch to do that shit. Just know she's the dumbass and you win.