Being a vegetarian is an actual problem for me. I don't enjoy it but I can't eat meat cause I haven't eaten it for 20 years and the actual taste in my mouth is nasty. That and spending three hours on the toilet seat isn't something I look forward to. So stop with the bragging and the snobbery and the goddamn comparisons. I'm a vegetarian cause that's what I am and nobody gives a fuck how long you've resisted the urge.
Well it’s nice to hear a different story of vegetarianism. I don’t know, I kind of give a fuck or two about how long people have been vegetarians and “resisted the urge,” and I think at some point you have a right to brag. I think vegetarianism is an awesome thing and that’s why I run this blog. I love to hear people who are proud of themselves. I get where you’re coming from though.
People saying that being a vegetarian is this, it's that, it's blahblahblah is really starting to annoy me. Like, honestly, since when is anything exactly the same as the dictionary, you know? Not saying that the dictionary is wrong or anything, but everyone slips up at sometime, and sometimes people are unaware that they're consuming meat, or meat products. The first time I gave up eating meat, I was young, and didn't know that ceasar dressing had fish in it.
I want to thank you for your blog! The problems had me laughing, but I haven't gone through the perks yet. I went straight for the 'Foods containing gelatin or hidden animal products' and I was shocked. For all of my veggie years I didn't realize a few of those things had animal products! I'm definitely going to follow you! You're right, it's not easy being green.
You’re welcome, I’m glad you like it! Thank you for following and I’m glad the blog could help. It certainly isn’t, but it’s awesome and rewarding!
My health has always been up and down. Heart problems, mental problems ect. Last year, I was told that I am anemic. I had to start eating chicken again. I am going to the doctor in a few weeks to get my blood checked again. I'm hoping that I can return to the veggie life style. I have been a veg for 6yrs.
I really hope everything works out! Maybe you and your doctor can talk about some other ways to maintain your iron levels. 6 years is a very long time, it’s sad to be compromised by health. Again, I hope it works out, let me know what happens!
Zoos and circuses torture and imprison animals, people do not interact with them they can't even get close to them. Circuses have nothing to do with the environment or endangerment of animals and animal sanctuaries inform people about the real harm in animal endangerment and environmental impacts, zoos have boards that people might read on occasion beside the CAGES. If you support either than you are kidding yourself so that you can support the torture of every poor animal you see.
Yeah I disagree because I have been involved with the environmental/conservation aspects of a zoo firsthand, and I know for a fact that that aspect goes a lot farther than the signs by the exhibits. I don’t know what goes on behind scenes at the actual animal parts of every zoo however, and I’m sure there are some zoos who mistreat animals. However, there are many that don’t.
It's just my opinion, I will never understand how people can eat meat and say they're vegetarian. I honestly cried myself to sleep after finding out a product I used had gelatin in it, I felt like shit and I felt like the scum of the Earth. I'm not insulting them, I just won't understand their morals, ever. >.>
When you are as morally invested in vegetarianism as you obviously are, it can be hard to see from the point of view of someone on the other end of the spectrum. I guess everyone’s different
Odysseyo, which may be affiliated with Cirque, does use horses. However they follow natural horsemanship principals and are very good to the animals. Having horses as part of a performance is also much, much different than having elephants and tigers.
@ jenni-the-mom: note how the product says Dr. McDougall's vegan miso RAMEN. Miso soup and miso ramen are two completely different things. The latter is noodles while the former is just soup. If anon wants to make vegan miso soup, all they have to do is buy miso paste (and check the ingredients to make sure it doesn't contain bonito. A lot of them do, but some don't) and kombu or shiitake dashi. Kombu and shiitake dashi are the vegetarian-friendly stock as they're made of kelp and mushroom.
I had genuinely never heard of miso anything before the subject came up on here apparently it’s a pretty loaded subject geeze
I don’t know a lot about the characteristics of pet stores, all I know is that I would never buy an animal from stores like Petland that get their puppies from puppy mills. However, I kind of developed that position on pet stores when I was really little and read a lot of books and watched a lot of tv about dogs cause I was obsessed, and I haven’t really given the subject much thought lately. Without sounding too easily manipulated, how should I feel about pet stores?
I'd have to disagree with the previous anon in regards to vegetarians who choose to eat meat a few times a year, in comparison to non smokers who have the occasional cigarette. Being vegetarian and vegan is a life style choice or a way of life. unlike smoking which is a habit. So in my opinion, those two things are rather different.
Yeah, they are very different things which is why this comparison is kind of irrelevant
(2/2) at all. I feel like it's a very accurate comparison that should wake people up to the reality of factory farming. Most people getting upset about those ads are not Jewish (or gay/gypsy/disabled) & are mainly upset that they're being compared to Nazis, a truth which is too uncomfortable for them to face, so they lash out at PETA instead of really looking inward and thinking about changing their habits. Any thoughts?
While I’m not completely sure what I feel about those ads because I haven’t given it much thought, I completely agree with what you said! That seems very true, that most people, meat-eaters at least, who are offended feel that way because the comparison very harshly points out the cruelty of eating meat. Very interesting anon!
Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I put a link on my blog sending to your veggie resources page, because I think it is amazing and helpful for everyone. It sends directly to your page so I am not taking any credit for it at all, but if you don't like that, just let me know and I can take it down!
No I’m totally fine! That page isn’t very well updated though, ha maybe I should take this as a kick in the butt to fix it up a bit. Thanks, though!
To the person who said that L'oreal's shampoo line was vegan: L'Oreal test their products on animals... maybe not the shampoos of that line, but most of their other cosmetic products, which is the reason why I personally avoid this brand :)
This was brought to my attention the other day at work. I've been a ovo lacto vegetarian for 10 months now. I Eat alot of the boca burgers and morning star chicken patties and nuggets. Well I was eating one of the patties at work and someone said to me, " If your a vegetarian because your trying to stay away from meat, why do you eat things that are trying to be like or taste like meat? " My answer was to stay healthy. My question is, why do they make things that taste like meat,?
Because many people still enjoy the taste of meat even if they’re a vegetarian. Unless you are a vegetarian specifically because you dislike the taste of meat, it is completely reasonable for a vegetarian to still want the experience or taste of eating a burger. Besides, I find that most of the veggie burgers I like don’t taste like meat at all. Also veggie burgers aren’t all that healthy so you shouldn’t really be eating them specifically to stay healthy
actually bmi is bullshit. it was created by a MATHEMATICIAN, not a physiologist, for insurance companies to get more money from "obese" people. 1200 is way too low for most people. just calculate your bmr (basal metabolic rate - the amount of calories you burn while in a coma) and stick to that. you may even need to go higher than your bmr depending on your activity, but that's a good starting point.
how exactly do you figure out how many calories you burn while in a coma
well, actually, yes, if you eat meat twice a year that means you're not a vegetarian, but it doesn't make you a carnivore either. See, carnivores ONLY eat meat. I think the word that last anon was looking for was omnivore. :)
@ anon: are you positively SURE that was Cirque du Soleil you went to in Toronto, and not a circus that just shares the same first word? Because they're 100% a animal-free circus, and is even listed among the ASPCA's comprehensive list of animal-free circuses. Cirque du Soleil prides itself on acrobatic tricks. I've watched one of their shows, Kooza, live, and no animals was used for that show. I've seen DVDs for their two other shows--no animals were used there, either.
Regarding miso soup, you can make your own, using soy paste instead. It's rather easy to make. The only trouble is actually finding a store that sells miso paste, but if you live near an Asian supermarket (like Ranch 99), it shouldn't be too hard. From there, just add silken tofu and seaweed. You can make a vegetarian/vegan version of dashi broth by substituting the bonito flakes with dried shiitake mushrooms. There are guides on Google explaining how to make vegetarian/vegan miso soup.
As a vegetarian you can be very unhealthy! Cutting out meat doesn't mean you'll eat healthy. There is actually a bunch of selfeducation to be done. Then, in my opinion, you don't need supplements. I personally add iron juice, cause I've always had a big deficiancy. Even as a meat eater!
im a vegan and i dont take any supplements at all and YES SKEPTICS I AM COMPLETELY healthy. ive been a vegan for a year now and i needed them for the first few months while i was adjusting to not eating tons of cake but for half a year i just didnt buy them. i dont need them I AM STRONG AS RUSSIAN BULL.
I've know multiple vegetarians and animal rights activists who have worked and/or volunteered at zoos because of all of the wildlife preservation and fundraising that they've taken part in. Just sayin'
I'm a vegetarian, when buying new clothes I sometimes look and make sure there are no animal product in them, I don't wear leather. But I don't really pay attention to the things I already own. I also use Burt's bees Chapstick. Am I a bad person because of this.
No stop you’re a FABULOUs person stop doing these guys nobody is perfect. but what’s wrong with burt’s bees chapstick? enlighten me
If you have a well balanced diet you don't need supplements, but a lot of vegetarians do it because they are already aware of their diet I guess. But, there are probably waaaay more non-veg with unbalanced diets that need those supplements a lot more!!
it doesnt really annoy me when my family jokes about me being a vegetarian and how dumb of a lifestyle it is but when we go out to eat they tell me how difficult i am, how much of a nuisance my diet is to them and that i should just go back to meat. I dont force them to become a vegetarian why should they feel they can do this to me. Sorry just wanted to rant to someone. Thanks for listening!
Maybe you should (kindly) tell them this! Tell them that it really bothers you, that you respect their diets and you want them to respect yours. Always open to rants, you’re welcome!
There IS such a thing as vegetarian Caesar dressing! Make sure you have plenty of time to read labels to make sure there's no anchovy paste, and try to direct your attention to the natural food brands, but I'm sure you'll find it. A popular grocery store in the North East US, Stop&Shop, has their own natural line called "Nature's Promise" that is anchovy free! As for restaurants, most, but not all include anchovy paste. Just ask! Good luck to whoever was asking about this!
I'm wondering: What are people's opinions on pets like dogs and cats that need meat in their diets? Is it better to avoid these carnivorous pets, or accept that they'll need to be fed meat? Are there brands of dog and cat food that are more humane than the regular brands? Opinions?
I think it’s generally accepted that you can healthfully feed a pet a vegetarian diet if you do so carefully and with the guidance of a vet, but there may be something morally wrong about forcing your beliefs on a living creature that is naturally carnivorous.
For the cold vegan: I find myself getting cold a lot when my iron is low, and also if I'm getting fewer calories than normal (like when I fasted for Lent). If it's your iron, you'll feel much better overall if you can get your levels up. You may not be getting enough iron itself, and/or you may be lacking other things you need to absorb it, like B12. Vitamin C can help you absorb iron if taken at the same time (my iron pill has C built in), and soy lowers the amount of iron you can absorb.
i was just wondering, as a vegetarian you still eat diary and its totally fine, but do you still support zoos o try to avoind crueltyfree products or stuff like that? cause maybe you have health conerns about going vegan (hm, same here actually), but do you still wear leather jackets? i dont want to sound rude at all, i really enjoy your blog! :)
Personally I support zoos as long as they operate primarily in the effort to benefit and save animals. Most vegetarians do not wear leather or fur or anything of the such, and many vegetarians like myself try to avoid anything that supports/causes cruelty as much as possible!
In response to the person asking about veg/gluten free options at their dining hall. They usually won't have the special option just out there all the time, you need to talk to them about your needs and they will usually prepare a special meal just for your or a small portion of veg/gluten free alternatives. But the main thing is you need to let them know, and it's very unlikely that they will be able to refuse, especially for genuine health issue related to gluten-intolerance.
In regards to the shampoo: Ion does! And they have a lot, a lot of different products to choose from too! They are a bit more then what you would find at a box store, but it is worth it! and before you give shampoo/conditioner a bad review... please wash your hair correctly!
I don't see why vegetarians get butt-hurt when we pescetarians occasionally tell others that we're vegetarians. It doesn't affect them, they're just elitist about it. We know it's not technically correct, but sometimes it's just easier to tell people I'm a vegetarian than trying to explain the differences between pescetarian and vegetarian. Since I mainly eat vegetarian food anyway, I don't see what the problem is most of the time.
It can become elitist sometimes, but I would venture to say that the main reasons that bothers vegetarians is the fact that the more people hear someone say “i’m a vegetarian” while they eat meat, the more skewed the image of vegetarianism becomes and the more confused people become with the idea of vegetarianism, which leads to more “do you have any vegetarian options” “sure, here’s our fish menu” moments at restaurants. The second, possibly less respectable reason is the fact that vegetarians feel that pescetarians who call themselves vegetarians get all the reward with less effort, which of course leads back to the vegetarianism is not about bragging rights issue. I mean there is something problematic about a person calling themselves a vegetarian while eating meat, and that is why vegetarians get butt hurt.
I know that you were probably sarcastically congratulating me, but like think about this: i don't care. ahah. I learned what i needed to from debate camp and liike, i'm a pretty awesome dbater man. forreal. i reallly really like your blog just make ustre that you encourage b12 supplements becaue when people area lll "i have to stop[ being vegan because of shit" its probably the b12 supplement man
I wasn’t being sarcastic! Haha I debate high school public forum and I wish someone had done something to make camp more entertaining! Very true guys, b12 supplements can help a lot! Listen to the man
I’M SORRY GUYS I FORGOT TO CORRECT THE PERSON hahaha gosh every time oreos come up you guys flip your shit don’t let them take away your oreos uh-uhh qurrrl (I literally just got 10 different asks that say this same thing worded differently y’all are hilarious)
nutrients, and some of that has to come from animals. When I became a vegetarian, it was because I disagree with the treatment of the animals ie. living conditions, hormones, etc. Not because I think it is WRONG to eat animals. If I went out myself and hunted say, a rabbit, that had lived naturally, free of abuse, hormones, antibiotics, whatever, I would be perfectly fine eating it. Now since I haven't eaten meat in 3 years it would probably be really hard to do that, but for the sake of the
In response to the anon you just posted, I don't think that all vegetarians necessarily think it's WRONG to eat animals. Me, being a vegetarian for 3 years now have gotten to the point where when I even see a piece of meat I cringe a little, but that's not how I started. When I first decided to change my lifestyle to a vegetarian diet, it wasn't because I thought it was WRONG to eat animals. I truly believe that as humans we biologically are omnivores, we need a certain amount of protein and