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A couple of things happened at the same time. I was needing to lose a few pounds and unwilling to do a "low-carb" diet. I have done Adkins in the past to shed a few but, I hated it. About the time I was contemplating what changes I would make this young lady was on the news. She was protesting for animal rights, etc.. She said something that seemed pretty profound. She was discussing the enormous resources needed to produce one pound of beef. I don't remember the exact number but, it was getting up pretty close to 3000 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. Maybe 2700 or 2900 or something like that. In my brain I was thinking about all the rain forest that had been decimated for fast food burgers, and the general waste of life and resources, etc..<br><br>
Well, that was about three months ago. In that time I have consumed two burgers. Basically I did that because I was starving and that was all there was. But, for me that's huge. I haven't had any beef at all in six weeks or so. I have had some grilled chicken a few times. As time moves forward I have gone pretty much all vegetarian. I have sort of accidentally discovered how great vegetarian dishes taste, how great I feel, and how the weight slowly falls off. I have avoided eating very much cheese. My doctor told me that the only problem that he knew of when going vegetarian was that people tended to eat too much cheese. My favorite dishes are Mexican vegetarian fajitas, Thai vegetarian street noodles, the Subway veggie delite, McDonalds fruit and maple oatmeal with a cup of coffee, and I make a mean veggie stir fry. I do find salads pretty boring now. If being a vegetarian meant eating lots of salads I couldn't do it. But, I like stir frying or grilling vegetables way better than any meat. Oh, and veggie stews and soups. Yummy.<br><br>
About the hamburgers, I have learned to plan ahead a little better so as not to put myself in that position. Plus, the grease on a burger seems kinda gross to me right now. The last one I had was at the concession stand at the coliseum. I didn't enjoy it. The taste of the grease on the burger, and the meat in general, was kinda nasty tasting to me.<br><br>
Anyway, I would really love and appreciate some suggestions on how to go totally vegetarian in the real world. I retired recently from a public safety job and have gone back to work in construction. I have to walk several miles on a slow day. I get hungry. So far, I have found that a quick and easy lunch is Subway's veggie delite. But, I know that one day I'll get tired of that. And, fast food is the typical fare for construction. You gotta grab something and keep moving. Most fast food places are not vegetarian friendly. I know that Burger King has a veggie burger. I'm not crazy about it. It taste like cardboard. You can get veggies at BoJangles and I suppose the same is true at Kentucky Fried even though I haven't tried KFC. The last few times I went there it was pretty bad. I have tossed in the towel on them.<br><br>
For a pack your own every once in a while a can of Chunky vegetable soup is pretty great.<br><br>
I have discovered the local farmer's market. Man, that place is a treat.
 

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Hey Falcon, welcome! You'll find lots of good info and advice on the boards. Good for you! It is harder to find veg-friendly places, but it can be done. Do you have a Whole Foods near you? They have an awesome salad bar with multiple veg choices. Try tofu or tempeh in your stir-fry; lots of protein and much more filling. I agree about the cheese; I've been vegetarian for over 30 years! I'd really like to go totally vegan, I eat way too much cheese. I haven't found a decent "soy" or substitute cheese though. The best veggie burger I eat is Morning Star's tomato-basil burgers. They're great! Also, any sub shop you go to you can get a good sub or pita sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mustard. I like those; who needs the cold cuts?!! Good luck and keep on trying new things!
 

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Yea, my wife has been mostly vegetarian for the 30 years that I have known her. Now that I don't eat meat she doesn't either. We didn't plan it that way. It just sort of took on a life all on it's own. What I am finding is that I have lost my taste for meat. The redder the more I don't like it. A greasy burger makes me feel sick. Plus, funny part is, after every meal I eat I think "Wow, that meal had very little impact on the planet and resources." I mean, most everything I eat now comes from a garden or a tree. I do eat a little cheese but, only when they add it at a restaurant. I don't buy it at the grocery store. Heck, most of that is made from oil now so, it's non-animal too I guess.<br><br>
As I type this I'm craving some hummus..damn.
 

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Yea, my wife has been mostly vegetarian for the 30 years that I have known her. Now that I don't eat meat she doesn't either. We didn't plan it that way. It just sort of took on a life all on it's own. What I am finding is that I have lost my taste for meat. The redder the more I don't like it. A greasy burger makes me feel sick. Plus, funny part is, after every meal I eat I think "Wow, that meal had very little impact on the planet and resources." I mean, most everything I eat now comes from a garden or a tree. I do eat a little cheese but, only when they add it at a restaurant. I don't buy it at the grocery store. Heck, most of that is made from oil now so, it's non-animal too I guess.<br><br>
As I type this I'm craving some hummus..damn.</div>
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Hummus, yum....................welcome to veggieboards!<br><br>
Hummus is great on a sandwich, especially with salad. There are lots of quick sandwich fillings you can make too, using ready cooked beans and a few other ingredients.<br><br>
Just be patient with yourself....it's a steep learning curve. If you want recipes, I can recommend <a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a>, or <a href="http://www.findingvegan.com" target="_blank">www.findingvegan.com</a>.<br><br>
You can also buy lots of veggie burgers and sausages in supermarkets, so try different ones until you find ones you like.<br><br>
People on here are great, and very helpful, so do ask if you need any advice about food, or vegetarian living.
 

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Thanks folks. I really appreciate it. Today's fare was McDonalds super tasty oatmeal with fruit and maple and for lunch I'm craving a Subway veggie. I haven't had one all week.
 

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Welcome! I just had to reply to your comment that one day you'll get tired of Subway's veggie delight. I have been eating those for many years and have yet to get tired of them!
 

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Yea, I have eaten a bunch of those things over the years. It's tasty, crunchy, veggie, tangy, yummy..<br><br>
Today for lunch I went to subway and they were just packed. So, I drove over to BoJangles and had pintos, slaw, mac-n-pretend cheese and green beans. It was delicious.<br><br>
I really hate fast food, as a general rule. But, when you go vegetarian it really helps in that area. There's very little you can eat at those joints. I have a buddy. He and his wife are vegetarians. They went through a Burger King spell. They would order a whopper with no meat. They loved those things. I have yet to try one. I have another buddy that goes to the grocery store for lunch. He just goes in, buys some fresh fruit and calls it lunch. I would get bored with that.
 
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