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Vegetarian/vegan Anonymous 43649

Is anyone else here vegetarian or vegan?

If so, why? For how long, and how hard have you found it? And what are your favourite foods?

I went vegetarian just over a year ago, partly because I care about animals and partly because I find most meat disgusting. It was actually quite easy for me because of the country I live in and the fact I didn't eat much meat anyway. I thought about veganism and it would be way harder for me, but I at least try to reduce my milk consumption.

I absolutely love tofu, and also meat substitutes which are made out of plant proteins or mycoprotein are great, tastier than actual meat in a lot of cases. I also drink almond and oat milks now and they're amazing :)

Anonymous 43650

I'm a fruitarian. Used to be a vegetarian but I was eating raw only so veggies aren't that fun. i kept eating less veggies and more fruits, eventually i quit all. Wasn't that hard. Fav foods: banana, avocado, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, red apple.

Anonymous 43652

I’ve been trying to reduce my meat consumption a lot this year. I go for the vegan options at work and recently found out I’m lactose intolerant so I’ve been avoiding dairy.
But damn, I fuckin love eggs too much to give them up.

Anonymous 43653

I’ve been vegetarian since May 2016. I always hated eating meat, the texture is gross and it makes me feel ill and honestly I don’t think it belings in my body. Plant based proteins like tofu and beans taste really good to me. There are also other reasons like treatment of animals and the enviroment. The thing that caused me to finally give up meat was when I was upset about some story I had read about poaching. This story upset me so much that I started to reflect a lot about the general treatment of animals around the world and suddenly felt repulsed by meat, so I switched to vegetarian overnight. I do feel a a bit hypocritical since animals are still harmed for dairy and eggs, and one day I will transition to veganism.

Anonymous 43655

>>43653
I feel bad about eating eggs and dairy too, but it's easy to avoid meat compared to avoiding any product which has milk or eggs. Also, vegan alternatives to products are often harder to find and more expensive. For example chocolate isn't something I'd be able to fully give up, and vegan chocolate is really good, but so expensive.

I'll still buy vegan when I can though, since the more we support vegan products the easier it'll become for people to eat vegan.

Anonymous 43665

I've been fully veggie officially since the end of 2015, I cut out pork at the end of 2014 and then beef in mid 2015, then finally chicken and fish near the end of that year. Wouldn't ever go back to eating it, my body just feels so much cleaner without it. It always interests me how people always ask me 'well don't you miss meat?', absolutely not. If anything the idea of eating it grosses me out now, i see a rack of ribs or a whole chicken in the shop and I'm like 'ew, that's a hacked off part of an animal'. Literally disgusting.

Anonymous 43666

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>>43650
>kiwi fruit
>fruit
anon…

Anonymous 53216

Cut out meat since early 2017 when I went on a WFPB diet to lose weight, but these days the ethical reasons take more precedence. Surprisingly I don't miss meat at all and sometimes I forget that most people's diets contain it. Not a dig at OP but it does feel good to not spend exorbitant amounts of money on meat substitutes.

I do feel slightly guilty that chocolate & rarely being able to swap out diary products in fast foods & takeouts are preventing me from adopting a fully vegan diet.

>>43650
How long have you been doing this and how do you currently feel?

Anonymous 53294

>>53220
My energy levels improved but I think that might be associated with weight loss

53299

Vegan of 5 years. For the animals, the planet, and my health. Didn't try to be healthy until like half way through. Overall my taste for plants has expanded.. like I used to dislike many vegetables but now I can't think of one I don't like.

Anonymous 53334

i went carnivore once for 4 months and lost alot of bodyfat. i was very slim and people asked if i worked out even but i didn't toucht a weight during that time.
good times. now with my studies i'm too stressed and i eat as much meat as possible because carbs make me extremely depressed. i just ate a pizza the past two days and look where the fuck i am posting again haha

Anonymous 53336

I've been vegan for 3ish years. My favorite food is tofu, marinated in (bulgogi-style marinade? idk, this lemon/soy sauce mixture thing my mom makes), cooked with roasted onions.

it's not really that hard if you don't have too strong of a relationship with food. ive always seen food as something you rely on for sustenance and not necessarily something that brings desire ( i know for some people, food brings emotional comfort).

Anonymous 53343

I have been considering going vegetarian for quite a while now, but honestly I like meat too much to give it up. I also really like cooking and eating and feel like cutting meat out of my diet would make findging good meals to make much harder but they also would not be as tasty. But I also feel really bad for the animals and it makes me feel guilty that I cannot cut it out :/

Anonymous 53350

I'm vegan only because I'm lazy as fuck and slightly prefer the taste of greens over cooked meat. I don't care if anyone else eats meat, people from either side of the argument that have superiority complexes over their choices are lame.

Anonymous 53425

>>53343
I feel the same way, I have a lot of respect vegans for making their own contribution to reduce the overall amount of suffering in this world but I've been very carnivorous/drawn to meat since I was little and eating is one of the very few pleasures I have in life, so it'd extremely hard to give it up. This may be related to my autism but the texture and 'feel' of food is a major factor in whether I'm able to enjoy eating something or not and most greens and vegetable-based meals are absolutely unbearable to me in that aspect. Like 'I get gag reflex if I so much as smell it' tier. I don't know what I'd be eating in place of meat.

53427

>>53425
Well anon, maybe slowly check out vegan meat stuff in the frozen isle. Like boca chicken patties are great, as well as any "meat" by gardein.

Anonymous 53439

>>53427
The availability of such products is very limited where I live but the gardein stuff looks good, thanks for the suggestion. I'll see if there's some equivalent of this that I can order in my country.

Anonymous 53441

I tried vegan for a month from eating low carb.

I cooked all my meals. I rotated around oatmeal, berries, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, brown rice, chickpeas, kale, arugula, and spinach. I switched from whey isolate to pea + rice protein powder. I found it /really/ difficult to find vegan omega-3 DHA/EPA sources that had a comparable dose and bioavailability to eating fatty fish.

I gained a bunch of fat, my acne flared up on my face and all over my body, and my adhd symptoms worsened. Slightly better performance in the gym I guess ¯\(ツ)/¯

So it didn't work out for me personally, and I ended up switching back to eating low carb high fat (mostly eggs, fatty fish, chicken, broccoli, leafy greens, whey isolate). I'd like to retry it when it becomes practical and affordable to do a low carb vegan diet.

Anonymous 53486

>thread for veg*ans
>filled with meat eaters talking about how much they love eating meat
Every time

Anonymous 53564

I've been vegan for just over 8 years. Originally it was for environmental reasons but now it's animal liberation and humanitarian reasons too.

Honestly it's been so long that it's just habit at this point, and I've totally adapted to it. The idea of eating animal products really makes me feel unwell.

Anonymous 53589

I've been vegetarian since April this year. Going into it I thought I would miss meat and that this would be an overwhelming lifestyle change, but I really don't and it really hasn't been. I rarely think about not eating meat when I go to make a meal. This post is probably the most I have ever thought about it because now it seems so self-explanatory to me.

What makes it easy for me is that I have unlearned this narrative we're fed that the meat on our plate is not worth considering, that it's like any other food and that it hasn't come from a living being. All of this.. I suppose meat eaters are either unaware of its falseness or choose to ignore its falseness. Of course, anyone over the age of 5 is aware that beef comes from cows and that bacon comes from pigs, but what I mean by 'unaware' is that they don't see the animal's life as they eat. They don't make see that their food was once an animal that had the capacity to love and care much like we do, which of course it once most beautifully was. The most they will think as they eat, if anything, is something like: 'mgdmmkmfmmndmg…chicken..mmm :)'.

I should hope that any compassionate person would be more open to vegetarianism/veganism once they start habitually re-evaluating their thoughts at the sight of meat or when eating it.

Anonymous 53590

>>53564
>>53589
Same here. Biggest surprise was how quickly I got used to it and how little I missed meat.

Anonymous 53792

I've started slowly cutting out animal products recently. Red meat has always grossed me out so it's not too hard for me to avoid it. I used to drink a lot of cow milk growing up but I've found that I enjoy oat milk way more :-)

Anonymous 121468

I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now. I don't miss meat at all, and the thought of eating it makes me want to vomit.
Come to think of it, I'm almost a vegan, since I don't really eat animal products at all, but I haven't done the full transition yet. But eggs, milk, butter, etc, are disgusting to me, but it's hard to avoid products that have it, and the alternatives are very expensive. But I'll definitely go full vegan eventually.

Anonymous 121492

>>43649
I've been a vegetarian for 16 years. I try to do the least amount of harm I can on earth, so not killing animals falls into that. I also don't eat any milk products or eggs that have come from factory farms. I get them at a local farmer's market, and I've seen how the animals live. It costs quite a bit more, so I eat vegan a lot of the time.

Since it's winter, I've been making a lot of soup lately. It's just so easy to chuck some mirepoix into a pot and then throw in whatever veggies I have in the house. A pro tip is that if you want to make a fake chicken noodle type soup, bake your tofu first! It gives it a closer texture and holds up better in the soup.

Anonymous 121584

I'm not vegan or vegetarian but I don't consume animal products for 2 days each week I do it for health reasons and for the environment

Anonymous 121586

I don't call myself a vegetarian but when I cook at my house I more or less cook only vegetarian/vegan foods. I eat eggs, though, and occasionally use chicken broth for certain recipes but that's about it.

There are certain dishes that I won't accept a vegetarian option, however. Pho must have beef. Ramen must have pork. Burgers are better with the real deal.

Anonymous 121628

I've been vegan 6 years and I want to eat meat again, but infrequently. I think a small amount of meat would benefit my health but I just can't bring myself to do it, I feel too guilty

Anonymous 121638

>>121628
What health issues are you facing that you think meat would help with? Maybe there are alternatives you could look into?

Anonymous 121655

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I've been vegetarian for three years now, for ethical reasons. I avoid dairy products the best I can and only buy eggs from the local farmer's market.

Basically, capitalism and industrialization is based on efficiency, meaning that livestock animals are reduced to their end products and thus there is systematic, legal animal abuse occurring in our farms. People make fun of Indians for their cows, but the West's obsession with dogs and cats is unmatched, particularly relative to their disregard for almost every other species. I don't even mind capitalism, but it's not hard to see footage of grossly, artificially obese chickens packed in crates stacked twenty feet high, and figure that there's something wrong. That even the most savage of our ancestors would be horrified, and that future civilizations would likely look back at our ignorance with shame.

However, over the years I've developed a wariness for 'veganism' as a movement. I don't think it's working. Not only is it poorly defined, but a lot of the time it focuses on dividing more than uniting the masses against a common cause. I worry that one of the biggest reasons people won't acknowledge the animal abuse of modern animal agriculture is because they think they'd have to go vegan to do so. Furthermore, as developing countries industrialize, they consume more meat, so every year meat consumption continues to increase globally anyways. I could go on forever too about the whole utilitarianism aspect and how Peter Singer's whole philosophy is bullshit, and about how insane and counter-productive the activism is, etc.

Being really distressed and angry about meat all the time doesn't really do much though, as I found out, so I just numbed myself to it. But recently I got a job waitressing, and the amount of meat that is not only served, but also thrown out - it really drilled in how futile my individual choices are. It's all very sad, the whole situation, but what's there to do? I don't know anymore. I think I'm going to start eating seafood again. It's easier on my conscience - I used to like fishing a lot, and I sometimes ate scallops and mussels while I was vegetarian anyhow.

Tbh, I have some hope for cultured meats, but it still has a long way to go in terms of being accepted by the wider public.

Anonymous 121686

>>43649
ive been a vegetarian since high school (im 20 now) and when i was younger i thought i was helping change the world or something like that. now i just like being different than the others and being asked thing like "why", "since when", "not even fish"

Anonymous 121708

>>121638
Not the original poster, but I am slightly interested in diet stuff. One of the reasons why I'm a bit hesitant to go vegan or vegetarian is due to protein bioavailability and amino acid concentrations. I've been looking around, and it's very difficult to meet daily protein and amino acid requirements on a vegan diet. It's much easier on a vegetarian diet, but it can still be easy to miss them if you're not paying attention.

I'm not shitting on plant proteins–I think they are pretty great. However, you HAVE to make sure that you are mixing multiple vegetables/nuts/grains/etc with different amino acid profiles to correctly take advantage of protein complementation. And even then, you have to consume more calories to meet your protein requirements than if you just had a small plate of fish or chicken along side plenty of veggies. Vegetarians won't really have as big of a problem, as eggs and milk can really help meet a lot of these requirements.

It is entirely possible to do a completely healthy vegan diet, but it's a lot more effort than I'd be willing to put in.

I could see myself maybe becoming vegetarian, but then again, I run into the problem of me being lazy.

Anonymous 121885

>>121708
I cook with a lot of beans, tofu, and tempeh, so I'm never too worried about proteins or amino acids. I do also eat eggs, so I'm sure that helps, too. It definitely takes some adjustment, and non-veggie meals can't just be replaced 1:1 or anything.

I don't shit on anyone for their dietary choices, so if vegetarianism/veganism isn't for you, I understand. My biggest gripe is a lot of people tout the "unhealthy" argument while most meat eaters are feeding themselves with nuggies and boxed mac and cheese half of the time, hah.

Anonymous 121935

Veg miners, how important is it for your partner to be vegetarian/vegan?

I personally don't think I can handle having a meal with someone every single day if they'd always eat meat in front of me.

Anonymous 121956

I get veganism on an ethical level but I can't say for sure if it's relatively more healthy than a high protein diet that comes from grass fed animals on small local farms or wild game. I agree most who shit on veganism are McDonald's chumps who don't even attempt to make meals for themselves or source their foods. Personally I tried veganism for a year and felt it wasn't right for me. After reading a few different books, particularly Nourishing Diets by Sally Fallon and Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith and trying to base my diet on something more ethical but also nourishing and giving my body what it needs. I usually can't afford good quality meat anyways so I supplement with good eggs that are cheaper in comparison, but it's hard to cut back on carbs which is what I'd like to do. Are there ways to to have a mostly vegetarian diet that's lower in carbs and higher in protein that isn't just eggs on eggs?

Anonymous 121964

>>121956
Cottage cheese, lentils, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens are your best friends for protein on a veggie diet that aren't super high in carbs. Beans can be worked in, too.

Anonymous 155896

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Who here makes their own plant milk? I'm not vegan, but my cholesterol is bad and cow water is rich in saturated fat. I've attempted to make soy milk but it is a lot of work and honestly it feels more like I'm making okara and happen to get soy milk, in less than two days it was solidifying (was it turning into tofu?). Oat milk seems much easier but feels weird because I mostly use milk with oat recipes. Considering yam milk because seems easier, some people also use yam to make petit suisse.

Anonymous 156062

>>156038
I find coconut milk to be too rich and almost savory to replace cow milk on most things.

Anonymous 156160

>>156062
It’s good for anything you need a high fat content for like infusions

Anonymous 156234

>>155896
Are you able to use rice milk? It doesn't have any cholesterol and it is easy to make. The only issue for me is that it has a lot of calories, but it's similar in calories to cow milk so if you aren't focused on calories it should be fine. It is basically the consistency of other plant milks and rice is cheap.

Anonymous 156285

>>156220
Well, that post is two years old so it'll be hard to tell.
>>156234
I could but I don't think it's ideal because the main carb in my diet it's rice, I eat rice in almost every meal

Anonymous 158482

>>43649
I'm vegan - used to be vegetarian for a decade. In the end I realized vegetarianism was probably pointless since all I was doing was replacing chicken/turkey/cow/pig deaths with the deaths of baby cows and chicks, so what really was the point? I vacillated with grass fed milk which we all know is just cope and then bit the bullet and went vegan. It was surprisingly not that hard. I really wish I did it sooner.

You can do it OP! If you have particular trouble with one food (e.g. cheese) try cutting out everything else deliberately and then see where you're at.

Anonymous 158496

>>43650
omg are you that one nona who was shilling this in that other thread and said she doesn't care about protein? actually super based. protein-tards are usually the dumbest kind of people (think joe-rogan fanboys), so I think you're on to something

Anonymous 158636

>>155896
I love oat milk! It is delightful! I love oats!!
I'm not vegetarian/vegan but I also like nutritional yeast, it is very tasty and convienent. I live alone and actual parm cheese goes bad too fast, but I can just keep some nooch and have sprinkley cheese like substance anytime.
Do any of you have other recs for stuff thats good/easy to incorporate for meat eaters? I really like enhanced shelf life, meal recs are good too. Any of you ever try eating savory oats?

Anonymous 158704

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I absolutely love the taste and texture of meat, but I heard on the radio even in my small ass coutry 10 million animals are slaughtered per YEAR. And people eat a fuckton of imported meat too. That's so many killed innocent animals, it makes me want to throw up. I still eat dairy, eggs and fish, but I should probably start cutting those off too. I just love cheese so much… But those contribute to the suffering of animals just like meat does.

Anonymous 161313

>>158704
>But those contribute to the suffering of animals just like meat does.

Yep, this is why I went from vegetarian to vegan. No reason you can't cut out eggs and fish just because you like cheese. Try one food at a time and see how it goes - that's what worked for me.

Anonymous 161362

>>161313
agree with this. and i think if more people stopped shitting on flexies and cheat days we'd see a lot of people more willing to try gradually cutting dairy and eggs out too. it's already hard enough getting people off of meat. being more accepting of people maybe possibly cheating or being flexitarians or nearly vegan or mostly vegan would and could do a lot of good

Anonymous 161418

i work for large coffee company in the us and last week there was a heavy cream shortage. it wasn't even just in our company, it affected a lot of food service. those days where we didn't have any heavy cream, all i could think to myself is how many more cows they are going to artificially inseminate and milk and steal babies from. it made me sick to my stomach to think about the fact that my store goes through 99 gallons of 2% milk a day, in addition to all the other types we sell. i almost cant bear to stay in this company because of how much damage is done on a global scale, just for coffee! however, i love the coffee industry and i make a good paycheck right now so i can't fully uphold my morals yet…



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