Can you give up meat?

Philippines
April 30, 2008 9:02pm CST
More than a week ago I've started attending this yoga class where they give out free cds from PETA. The cd is a documentary training on why we should not eat meat and become a Vegetarian. I was very much affected with what I've seen that I became a vegetarian overnight! I never thought it was possible, but I haven't been eating meat (not even tempted) for 12 days now. It was sooo easy to convert and my taste buds has opened itself into a whole new meatless world...
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
1 May 08
I go on and off being vegetarian. NO matter how well balance mt vegetarian diet is and no matter how many iron pills I take I eventually give in and have a steak. After that steak I fwell 100 times better.
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@best_jr73 (259)
• Philippines
1 May 08
I guess that would really be great. Actually I don't eat any vegetables at all. I rarely eat those stuffs. I don't even have an exercise program on my own but eventually... I am really trying these out.. They said that I could earn money if I respond to some discussions and I choose your topic because it is cool.. How many words do I really need for my response so that I will get credited?? I really apologize because I am just a beginner on these kind of things. I am hoping that I would have some earnings from these site so that I could make use of our internet here at home instead of playing computer games... So an idea came into my mind about earning some money online. I did my best but I guess my best wasn't good enough because after 1month. I still got nothing for myself.. I have been patiently waiting for something. Something that would help me on my allowance... thanks a lot.. God bless yah!!
• Philippines
2 May 08
Haha you're reply was long enough, trust me! =)
@katemeow (847)
• Singapore
14 Jun 08
wow, this is great! although i do not eat pork and beef, i find it hard to be a vegetarian because i absolutely love eating fish and other seafoods. i wish i can be a vegetarian for both health and humane reasons. god bless you!
• United States
1 May 08
OK so tell me you never heard the carrots screaming when being ripped from the ground. And the queen of hearts might have been yelling "off with their heads" about the cabbages and cauliflowers.
• Philippines
1 May 08
I never thought of it that way. I know that animals feel fear and pain and other emotions like humans, but plants? Is there anything left to eat at all?
• United States
1 May 08
AIR, WATER, DIRT Mmmmmm tasty choices!
• Canada
5 May 08
It happened in almost the same way for me, quenniemae! although i wasnt at yoga, i was watching a music video for i think it was Rise Against, and it showed the cruel things we do to the world and the creatures in it. I had been struggling with wanting to be a vegetarian for years, and never being able to last very long without meat. But when i saw this music video i instantly decided that enough was enough and that was 2 years ago! i love veggie food! A great food to try is Schneiders Chick N' burgers. They are INCREDIBLE!! Taste just like real chicken burgers i kid you not. Really, they make being vegetarian a little easier, cause they taste so darn good!
• Philippines
6 May 08
Thanks for sharing this.. ever since I became a vegetarian my tastebuds opened to a whole new world! It was only like a couple of weeks but I do hope to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life.. =)
• Southend-On-Sea, England
1 May 08
Though I'm a carnivore at the moment, I've been Veggie off and on at various phases in my life. I find it's a lot easier to do if you find a few good vegetarian cookbooks and create proper vegetarian meals, rather than just leave meat out of your diet. If you are eating enough of the right things on a Veggie diet, I'm sure you will begin to feel a lot fitter/healthier. The hardest thing for me on a Veggie diet is finding good sandwich fillings, as I hate things like pickles/horseradish/mustard/mayo etc. Good luck and I hope you continue to feel great!
• Philippines
6 May 08
Thank you, and I do hope to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life. =)
@property (453)
• United States
1 May 08
I have been a vegetarian since 1991, I tried earlier but was discouraged because I was young. I have found many health benefits from this lifestyle that I didn't expect. For instance, a diet high in soy foods decreases the amount of annoying discomforts attributed to being a woman. I don't get menstral cramps (not ever) and my cycle is short and light. I get sick very infrequently, and get better much faster than the average person. Two of my three children also choose to be vegetarians. My youngest child, who is not yet two, enjoys meat substitutes like Morningstar Farms burgers although she still eats meat occasionally. In this day and age with even major fast food chains offering vegetarian options it is easy to switch to a meat free diet. For me it came easy, I never crave meat. I also do not persicute those who choose to eat meat. Diet is a very personal thing and as long as you eat healthy there is no wrong answer.
• Philippines
6 May 08
I totally agree. Thank you for sharing these. =)
• Philippines
1 May 08
hello quennie, congratulations on your on going meatless meals... ehehehe its hard turning into a vegetarian over night. although im all for saving animals and etc im carnivorous myself and although i eat my vegetables also im not sure if i can really really commit to being a pure vegetarian. but that is 1 experience that im willing to try sooner or later. hehehe.. im intrigued by whats on the free cds since you mentioned it also. lol im ive always wanted to do yoga too but certain things are preventing me to do it. like looking for a yoga place in my area. lol. and i had a friend who lives in another place saying yogists do eat vegetables only. why is that?
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hi, please email me at quennie@quennie.net and I'll send you a copy of the documentary. Thanks!
@mikeysmom (2091)
• United States
1 May 08
i am curious to know what it was you saw that prompted you to give up meat so quickly. can you share please? also i need my protein and i like meat so it is hard for me to give up. i am curious to know if you have lost any weight by giving up meat too. let us know.
• Philippines
6 May 08
you may send your email to me at quennie@quennie.net. I'll give you a copy of the documentary. Thanks!
@ozzeth (942)
• Philippines
1 May 08
Well, thats good for you..Healthy foods is more good to our body. So better you should start to practice yourself on that habbit! It's for your health. But i guess you can eat meat sometimes or with limit under the balance diet table...Coz, as i know meat also have nutrients. Just don't eat too much of the limits.
• Philippines
1 May 08
Yeah meat is not that bad really. I've always thought that I couldn't live without eat. Maybe what really made me change my mind was the realization that animals we're being abused in preparation to satisfy my tastebuds. I agree with you that it is good as long as you don't overeat.. they said that white meat is a lot better than read meat too.
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@qdietz (244)
• United States
1 May 08
Well thats good :). I personally am a carnivore and love my meat. Just watch out and make sure to get protein and such to replace for the lost meat that your body needs and expects! Do you still eat fish?
• Philippines
1 May 08
Yes I unfortunately I do. I'm trying to give it up though. I've been eating soy beans in replacement for meat. It wasn't so bad either.
• Philippines
5 Jul 08
how in the world am i going to do that? can't survive without meat, although i really pity animals, i don't know i happen to have a good appetite. i eat veggies too most of the time, i just can't have it all alone.
• India
20 Jun 08
Thee are only two basic ways incrementally or cold tofurky. I chose the incremental route. First try not to eat it everyday, then every other day, once a week, only on special occasions etc. Also make sure you are educated on the reasons why. If you are convicted in your beliefs almost nothing can stop you, but yourself of course. Make sure you are educated on the how tos then you will not lkose heart by having a poor diet. Finally make sure you are connected into a vegetarian community as they can give you information and moral support.
@fatima07 (169)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
I can't leave without eating meat because I am not vegetarian and I usually eat cook meat, but not most of the time because I also eat vegetable but If you will ask me to live without meat no I can't.
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
Well, I would want to give up meat that is why I want to know how to cook some vegetarian recipes. There are some vegetarian meat that tastes like real meat. Maybe somebody in this community could share something on how to make meat substitute, or the vege meat. It is not easy to give up meat if you use to eat them most often. I takes time but if you have that substitute, you will neve crave for real meat specially if you know how this affect your health.
@YOULANLIU (312)
• China
16 Jun 08
To me,this is a difficult choice.I know that eating too much meat can be bad for my health but I always can not control my appetite.I don't want to be a vegetarian because appropriate amount of meat is essential for our health and also the taste of meal is really better than vegetables.But I will advise you to eat less pork,beef or mutton while choose more meat of fish and poultry,these can be better.
@laglen (19779)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Good for you. Myself, if God didn't want me to eat meat, he wouldn't make it taste so good!
@biggerb (2028)
• India
15 Jun 08
I am a total non vegetarian.I like my meats and I love my fish.Maybe if i had to, I may give up the meat part of it.I dont think I can survive without fish.very good for if you were able to convert so easily.I have heard the health benefits of vegetarianism.But that's not for me anyway.Let me just enjoy it when I can eat it.
@Abby123 (261)
15 Jun 08
No problem,meat is no big deal to me at all.Im more a veg eater anyway so it would be no hardship to swap the meat portion for more veg.
@katemeow (847)
• Singapore
14 Jun 08
wow, this is great! although i do not eat beef and pork (for almost 13 years now) i find it hard to convert to vegetarianism. i absolutely love fish and others seafoods. although i do wish that i could be a vegetarian one day for both health and humane reasons.
@kayin04 (132)
• Philippines
4 Jun 08
I don't think I would become a vegetarian. I love meat products so much, and fish too! I very rarely eat vegetables. Just meat, and more meat.