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I just started to post on this board, and have not totally changed over to being a vegetarian. But I thought I would post my reason why I am considering it, and my situation.<br><br><br><br>
For me, health issues are number one. Reading What Color is your Diet really influenced me. Basically the author says that it is better to eat more colorful plates, than drab ones. Because the colors in fruits and vegetables are related to the health benefits. Although the diet change in that book is not vegetarian, it is very heavy with fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Since eating that way, I have lost 40 pound.<br><br><br><br>
The second reason is personal finances. It is cheaper to feed a family of four on a vegetarian diet. When I stopped planning our meals around the "Meat Dish", We started to have more money in our pockets. It is cheaper to buy the tubs of tofu, cans of beans (when I have time I do buy the dried ones), and grains. Then it is to buy the same amount of protein with meat. And now that the cost of beef will be going up again; the mainstay of many people on tight budgets, hamburger, will start to become too expensive. I already hear people gripping about it in the stores.<br><br><br><br>
The last reason: I grew up on a family farm. So butchering animals to me is not a horrible thing. BUT that's when our family had raised the meat ourselves and knew what had happened during the process. Finding out how the factory farms treat their animals and knowing, from working in a turkey factory, how little care is given to handling the meat. So I am finding it hard to buy meat packaged in the grocery store. I do have other friends, who won't go vegetarian, but will raise their own livestock, because they do not trust the meat in the stores.<br><br><br><br>
I am the main cook in the family. I have a husband and two teenage sons. Luckily my family is willing to eat the vegetarian meals. My boys love tofu! But they still crave their meat, so right now we have certain days that are meat days. I have notice they want less.<br><br><br><br>
That's it for now.
 

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That was a very nice introduction. Welcome to VB!
 

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hi. mind if i ask - i read from what you say that family farms are o.k., vs. factory farms. what's your relationship to animals raised for meat? do you have to disassociate yourself from the killing, or do you take it into account?<br><br><br><br>
i ask because i struggled with this myself - a personal decision of mine was not to eat meat unless i was willing to slaughter the animal myself. this isn't something i've wanted or needed to do, so i do without.<br><br><br><br>
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