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58. 18 years without meat. doin fine.
back in the 1900s i was a serious meat eater. could rarely eat less than 8 oz beef or 1/2 a chicken at a sitting! and loved it. as i started to be aware that the animals i was eating had miserable lives--and even more miserable deaths--it became possible for me to cut back on meat consumption. meat-free days are not only possible, they are enjoyable and healthier. it's now getting closer to 20 years. my late mother used to ask me what i ate if i didn't eat meat. the answer was "everything except meat!" and i am living proof that it is possible to be vegetarian and be overweight.

have to agree with poster about boca burgers. boca crumbles are just like ground beef. sauteed with some garlic powder and chili powder --to taste-- makes perfect tacos, nachos, chili,etc. there are meat substitutes that are quite credible. tofurky slices (smoked turkey, peppered tofurkey) along with yves brand canadian bacon make great sandwiches. tofurkey's italian sausages are great in calzones and on pizza. morningstar farms sausage links are great and have a fraction of the fat in pork sausage. i make killer veggie "meat-lover's " pizza with yves' brand pepperoni, tofurky italian sausage (sauteed until brown and crumbled), yves' canadian bacon (so close to ham) + sauce, green peppers, onions sauce and cheese. can fool even the most-discriminating teen.. NOT a lo-cal diet food, but healthier and is cheered by cows, chickens, and pigs galore!

still have 1-2 fish/seafood meals a week. recent food history analysis shows around 1% of our diet involves animal flesh (not counting organic eggs and some organic whole milk--on cereal or in coffee/tea.)

try one day without meat. not only will you not starve, but it could be fun. and you might even live longer
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  -DU former meat-eaters who've made the transition to vegetarianism: How difficult was it? ..... marmar  Jul-25-09 08:04 AM   #0 
  - I decided it was not worth the hassle and went back to being an omnivore  ProgressiveProfessor   Jul-25-09 08:17 AM   #1 
  - As hard or easy as we make it ourselves. There is no one plan fits all. I am a omnivore. But if you  John Q. Citizen   Jul-25-09 08:19 AM   #2 
  - When I decide to do it, that's how I'll do it. ..... It won't be an overnight transition.  marmar   Jul-25-09 08:21 AM   #3 
  - really easy for me.  Mari333   Jul-25-09 08:31 AM   #4 
  - No shit! Thin skin or hateful of the OP.  Stinky The Clown   Jul-25-09 09:22 AM   #24 
  - I did it when I was 16. I'm 43 now. I don't remember it being too difficult.  mucifer   Jul-25-09 08:34 AM   #5 
  - feed me 4 or 5 beers and, sadly, this vegetarian eats barbecue occasionally  natrat   Jul-25-09 09:09 AM   #20 
     - Friends of mine who are vegetarians but try to eat meat at a BBQ or party......  marmar   Jul-25-09 09:12 AM   #22 
  - I'm not a veg, but I love Boca Burgers. Get a George Foreman grill.  imdjh   Jul-25-09 08:38 AM   #6 
  - I had a Boca Burger once that was quite good.....  marmar   Jul-25-09 09:00 AM   #14 
     - I want to know why soy burgers are so expensive.  imdjh   Jul-25-09 10:55 AM   #48 
  - Easy. And cheap.  the other one   Jul-25-09 08:46 AM   #7 
  - Easy easy easy  MuseRider   Jul-25-09 08:54 AM   #8 
  - Thank you....That's great to hear.  marmar   Jul-25-09 08:56 AM   #11 
  - Spices are the key  XemaSab   Jul-25-09 10:24 AM   #36 
  - i went vegan after vegetarian  Mari333   Jul-25-09 08:55 AM   #9 
  - LOL.....  marmar   Jul-25-09 08:58 AM   #12 
     - no,I just cook a LOT  Mari333   Jul-25-09 09:03 AM   #16 
  - I guess it would depend upon your motivations.  superduperfarleft   Jul-25-09 08:56 AM   #10 
  - "PM me if you have other questions"  marmar   Jul-25-09 08:58 AM   #13 
  - Find some kick ass recipes  rucky   Jul-25-09 09:03 AM   #15 
  - Kewl.....  marmar   Jul-25-09 09:07 AM   #19 
  - I'd suggest "The Vegetarian Epicure"  XemaSab   Jul-25-09 10:26 AM   #38 
     - I was eyeballing that one the other day at Borders.  marmar   Jul-25-09 10:27 AM   #40 
  - Ah, Mollie Katzen! "The Moosewood Cookbook" and "Enchanted Broccoli Forest"  Sal Minella   Jul-25-09 09:42 AM   #28 
  - I have given up meat, soda and candy bars and it was always the same  skipos   Jul-25-09 09:07 AM   #17 
  - this stuff is so good, it really does taste like chicken  natrat   Jul-25-09 09:07 AM   #18 
  - I think your location can have a huge impact. I did it four years  Ilsa   Jul-25-09 09:12 AM   #21 
  - "On a more personal issue, I discovered that any red meat makes my butt burn"  marmar   Jul-25-09 09:13 AM   #23 
     - Sometimes we don't realize the deleterious effects  Ilsa   Jul-25-09 09:28 AM   #26 
  - Unless you're eating locally grown meat where you are well-informed of how the farmers treat the  lindisfarne   Jul-25-09 09:25 AM   #25 
  - I was a vegetarianism for 11 years  DeadEyeDyck   Jul-25-09 09:29 AM   #27 
  - its not hard when you stop to think what's in the meat and why you stopped  ensho   Jul-25-09 09:55 AM   #29 
  - Go and see Food, Inc. for some motivation.  NRaleighLiberal   Jul-25-09 10:02 AM   #30 
  - I saw it....and that was a part of the motivation.  marmar   Jul-25-09 10:46 AM   #45 
  - Why not work veggie meals into your schedule  K8-EEE   Jul-25-09 10:02 AM   # 
  - Why not work veggie meals into your schedule  K8-EEE   Jul-25-09 10:02 AM   #31 
  - Easy peasy. Then went vegan.  Triana   Jul-25-09 10:06 AM   #32 
  - Being a veggie  nod factor   Jul-25-09 10:11 AM   #33 
  - I would suggest a goal of cutting BACK first  XemaSab   Jul-25-09 10:21 AM   #34 
  - tried twice but failed -- gained weight, too.  aikoaiko   Jul-25-09 10:24 AM   #35 
  - I hear that a lot....People start eating lots of pasta and breads, and gain weight.  marmar   Jul-25-09 10:35 AM   #42 
  - Pretty easy, and I've never looked back.  MoonRiver   Jul-25-09 10:24 AM   #37 
  - You can start slowly, adding veggie meals as much as you can but having a treat now and then.  glitch   Jul-25-09 10:26 AM   #39 
  - I was veggie for awhile  Coyote_Bandit   Jul-25-09 10:30 AM   #41 
  - I went "part-time" veg.  Lisa0825   Jul-25-09 10:41 AM   #43 
  - Super easy. I did it when I was about 21.  ContinentalOp   Jul-25-09 10:46 AM   #44 
  - check this out  handmade34   Jul-25-09 10:51 AM   #46 
  - Very, but definitely doable.  Unvanguard   Jul-25-09 10:54 AM   #47 
  - It helps if you're young and fanatical, but it's not required  Warpy   Jul-25-09 10:57 AM   #49 
  - Very easy , meat tastes disgusting later on.  UndertheOcean   Jul-25-09 10:59 AM   #50 
  - There are some good faux meat products out there that might help ease your transition.  beac   Jul-25-09 11:17 AM   #51 
  - VERY easy. I went veggie 20 years ago.  HopeHoops   Jul-25-09 12:01 PM   #52 
  - Forget the idea of bland, boiled vegetables and the like.  Peregrine Took   Jul-25-09 12:26 PM   #53 
  - I did it for six months in college and will do it again (for good).  Heidi   Jul-25-09 12:30 PM   #54 
  - I went pretty close to vegetarian about a decade ago  FirstLight   Jul-25-09 12:31 PM   #55 
  - It doesn't change your blood pH  Warpy   Jul-27-09 10:33 AM   #61 
  - and this  handmade34   Jul-25-09 12:48 PM   #56 
  - If I am what I eat...  MajorChode   Jul-25-09 12:52 PM   #57 
  - we do become what we eat  Wakingupnow   Jul-25-09 01:01 PM   #59 
     - You bring up an excellent point  MajorChode   Jul-25-09 01:14 PM   #60 
  - 18 years without meat. doin fine.  Wakingupnow   Jul-25-09 12:55 PM   #58 
  - Been vegetarian since I was 21  graywarrior   Jul-27-09 10:34 AM   #62 
  - It was easy for me, but that's because of how it happened  unpossibles   Jul-27-09 10:40 AM   #63 
  - No problem at all. Just decided 12 years ago  RebelOne   Jul-27-09 10:40 AM   #64 
  - It was fairly easy for me to give up --  Hell Hath No Fury   Jul-27-09 11:12 AM   #65 

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