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Sun Sep 23, 2012, 03:41 PM

21. Our three daughters are all life-long vegetarians and the youngest is almost 18.

 

The oldest tasted meat and ate some fish (we knocked that out about '92). The middle one licked a few pieces but never ate any. The youngest is a meat virgin (in more than one way) and I don't expect any of them to regress. Our basic rule was "if they're old enough to know what they're eating the it is their choice". My eldest's first experience (3, maybe 4) with that was when my mom was nuking some turkey for my step-dad. She asked what it was and I said, "Turkey, do you know what that is?" She responded, "It walks." We let her try it. She had a bite or two but that was it. She's 21 now and still a solid vegetarian.

We eat eggs and dairy. My wife works with someone who has a shitload of chickens and more eggs than she knows what to do with. We give her herbs and produce and she gives us eggs. I try to buy Rutter's milk because it is all from local small farms. We grow a shitload of our own food. My wife just made hot sauce from our own peppers, onions, carrots, and store-bought vinegar.

I respect vegans, unlike those who don't understand anti-meat eaters, but I like eggs, cheese, and milk. John Robbins is vegan despite growing up with a swimming pool shaped like an ice cream cone. He turned down the family fortune. But I'm not willing to cross that line. I'm vegetarian, but what's called "ovo-lacto". On a side note, my wife is 49 and a slender fox (3rd degree black belt) and all three of my daughters are slender muscular fighting machines (2nd degree black belts). The "how do you get enough protein?" line requires me to suppress laughter. You pretty much CAN'T get too little protein - magnesium and potassium are more of a problem. So is iron if you're female.

I present my wife and daughters as evidence that a vegetarian diet is not only healthy, but profoundly beneficial.

I'm going to stop the rant here because otherwise I'll get into meat slaughter factory issues. That could take up twenty pages of scrolling.

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