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Are there any people here that will admit to not being diligent vegetarians..Sure you don't eat meat knowingly or use chkn broth to cook..But if you are eating somewhere do you jsut not ask..DO you not find out what the possible animal sources are of ingredients?<br><br>
I am not trying to cause trouble..This is the type of veg I was when I first started...If you are this type of veg are you wanting to change or is ignorance bliss?<br><br>
SOmetimes it does feel good to not know...KWIM?
 

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I've only been veg a month. I'm diligent about what I KNOW for sure about but if I'm not 100% sure sometimes I'll just buy it anyway and check when I get home. If it's not okay I know for next time (it's easier to buy it than to have to replan a meal at the shop on the spot!!) Also while I'm working toward vegan and I don't drink milk I'm not yet checking for it in every single thing I buy but I do check sometimes if I have the time to. But I will check eventually, it's still early days for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I did that twice, not ask what something was made with...then had a case of the guilts afterwards, so my answer would have to be no. I am very diligent to the point where some people think I'm extreme, I'm sure. I'm kind of torn because I don't want to give vegetarianism/veganism a bad name and make it look like it's impossible, but at the same time I don't want to feel uncomfortable about what I'm eating. I think it's a personal choice. Do the best YOU can do. I think it's a bit easier for a vegetarian than it is for a vegan. You have a lot more options.
 

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I'm in the same situation as wildtigercubs. I'm new at this, so half the time, I honestly don't know what to look for in the ingredients, so I buy things and find out after the fact.<br><br><br><br>
I think the key in restaurants is to make a point of being extremely polite about it and apologizing in advance for being so picky. Also, tip well and visit the same restaurants regularly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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I sometimes, on the RARE occassion, don't want to know what is in my food if it is suspected to not be 100% absolutely vegetarian.<br><br>
It is just a matter of NOT WANTING TO BE DISAPPOINTED. You want to avoid fright and a freak-ou is all!! But this is only at times when I am not sure about the food. Most of the times I will order and make like 10,000 alterations ("Could you leave out the chicken stips on that salad... could you leave out the prawns... is that soup made with chicken stock?... does that have any kind of animal fat in it? What kind of oil do you use?", etc.)
 

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I used to do that in myt first few mos. of being vegetarian...not because I wasn't diligent, sometimes just to be polite. For instance, I didn't want my mom to feel bad cause the rice she made me was probably poisoned with an animal flesh by product. So I just wouldn't look at the ingredients. But now if I realize something's got meat in it I won't eat it. The idea gets more and more repulsive as time goes on and you're more removed from the practice.
 

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ive definitely been diligent since the start. I read books and realized how many animal products were in so many things i had no idea would ever be. My only choice is too look at EVVVVERYTHING!! and i like it that way
 

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There are some things I'm not diligent about when I'm out - like whether the cheese and sour cream at a Mexican restaurant are vegetarian. I DO ask about the beans, but I don't get into the rennet and gelatin issues. On principle, I avoid all soups when I eat out, and all things which are most likely to have bits of meat (ewww) or broth in them. It's too hard to explain to waitstaff that yes, it is important to me that my salad not have bacon on it. Or that it really does make a difference what kind of broth they use.<br><br><br><br>
I do ask about whether they use lard or vegetable shortening in pie crusts, too. The server at one restaurant was surprised to learn that Crisco is vegetable shortening.
 

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I'm diligent now, but sometimes I get forgetful. My husband is mostly vegan, so everything in our apartment with the exception of honey and veg cheese (that has casein in it) is vegan. So when I'm at my parent's or something, I'll forget to check that they're still getting vegan bread or something like that. And then I'll remember after. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"> It's not very often that I eat food that didn't come from my kitchen, or that I didn't buy at the grocery store.
 

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I started out that way and it's definitely not a bad start. As I gained more knowledge and figured out what to ask, I became more diligent. Vegetarianism is a journey. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I would rather just avoid a suspect food when at a party than go thru the hassle of asking besides, I always bring a dish that I can eat. When going out I stick to things that are pretty easy to identify, when I shop I read all lables.<br><br><br><br>
But, if I am in a situation where there is really no choice then I would eat a suspect food and deal with it.
 

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I plan to become less diligent in the future in some ways, more so in other ways. I avoid hydrogenated oils which have nothing to do with being veg*n.<br><br><br><br>
I'd rather not get hung up on trace ingrediants and try to focus on the big picture of things.
 

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If I know something has animal in it, I won't buy it/eat it. In restaurants, I allow myself one question (is there lard in the beans?), that way I don't torture the server and I don't give veg a bad name. Next time I go to the same place, I'll ask a different question, if necessary.<br><br><br><br>
One time, I asked my one question at a Chinese restaurant - is the soup made with chicken stock? The waiter figured out I was vegetarian just from that one question, and told me not to eat the egg rolls. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
I think veg*nism is a learning process, not a place. For example, I started reading the ingredients on breath mints and gum when I learned they might have gelatin. As I learn, I do better.
 

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I am the same way SummerSnows, If I know animal substance is in it, I will not buy it or eat it. I am very picky when I eat out. I try to get steam veggies and rice or a nice salad. I love it if I would be able to fix the salad if they have a salad bar. I try not to go out to eat at some of the restaurants that I used to go to cause some of them are not vegetarian friendly. Yes, all of them have salads but I don't want a salad all the time. I am the only one that is a vegetarian in my family. So when we have get togethers I always offer to bring vegetables. They understand me but they are used to fixing vegetables with animal products. they have gotten used to my vegetables now and surprise with the flavor they have without the animal products in them.
 

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I try to stick with what is most likely vegan with a minimum of questions. I never ask about veggie burgers, etc. because usually they'll have egg or something in it, I avoid rice, soups, etc. as well, but I don't ask if there is dairy/egg in a bread that is most likely vegan, or if things are fried in the same fryer. If I'm at home I'm much more strict but I feel like in a restaurant I need to be setting a good example and let some things go.<br><br><br><br>
I really like the one question rule, I think that is something I've been doing without realizing it. I usually order what can be made with the least number of changes/questions.
 

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actually I am just the opposite...i ask about everything and want to know whats in everything I have always been that way...some people esp restaurant employees get annoyed but I feel If I am not going to give my all or best effort to what i want to do why bother..but thats just me.
 

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I have actually always been incredibly attentive to what I'm consuming. I was like that even before I discovered all of my allergy problems ... but I'm even more diligent now that there is so much I have to avoid just to stay healthy.
 

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Eh, when I'm eating out, I ask the basic questions about chicken broth and lard, but there's no way I'm going to get into the stuff that's even more minor than that. It's too much hassle.<br><br><br><br>
Let you in on a secret. Two years ago at VeBoCon, four out of the five of us were not vegans, but we'd decided to eat vegan food as a default. The vegan declined the bun on the veggie burger at Johnny Rocket's because the staff didn't have an ingredient list, but the rest of us had them. And we had ranch dressing on the table to dip the french fries in. Then, later at a Mexican restaurant, the staff sprinkled cheese on the refried beans. Again, I'm pretty sure the vegan was the only one to send it back.
 
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