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I live in a small farming community. There are only a couple of good restaurants. Seems if I don't feel like cooking my choices in the restaurant are a greek or ceasar salad, or a gree or vegi pizza. *sigh*<br><br><br><br>
My hubby and son still eat meat, so I'm basically cooking 2 meals each night. For the most part, this is OK. If we have tacos, I have beans on mine instead. I put tofu in place of meat sometimes for other things. I made lasagna the other night, and made 2...one for me and one for them.<br><br><br><br>
I think a fantastic idea would be a cookbook for the "blended" family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
It's been 6 weeks now, and for the most part I feel really good about my decision. Had a bit too much bread lately with the pizza thing, but then that's just cause I've been a lazy when it comes to cooking supper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Does anyone else live in a "blended" family or in a beef community?
 

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Well I don't know anyone else (besides people from this board) who are vegetarians.<br><br>
My entire family eats meat. My mom thinks I'm being ridiculous by not eating meat. (Is anyone willing to adopt me??)<br><br>
At dinner tonight my little sister said "Oh look, I'm eating vegetables...grains...meat..."<br><br>
And I innocently said "One of those isn't necessary..."<br><br>
And my mom rolled her eyes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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I'm doing it for health reasons. The animal part is a fringe benefit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I don't comment to anyone about whether or not they should. My aunt is "o" blood type, and has to eat meat. I've met others who are the same. One lady at the workshop I went to recently was told by her intuitive nutritionist to eat meat as being vegetarian was not revitalizing her life force. (No other way to say it.)<br><br><br><br>
No one's been negative about me doing it. My family just checks in to make sure I'm eating the things that give me sufficient protein.<br><br><br><br>
I kinda wish we were somewhere where there were a few more vegetarians so I'd have a bit more of a variety at the restaurants. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> And a few more choices in the grocery store.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>velmag</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
My aunt is "o" blood type, and has to eat meat.</div>
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No one has to eat meat, no matter what their blood type. The whole blood type diet thing has is a total myth (I'm type O, BTW).<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, my family is mixed. I cook vegetarian every night and when we go to resaurants, they can order whatever they want. It works out pretty well.
 

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Can't your husband and son eat beans and tofu? It would definitely be healthier for them. Just because someone's an omnivore doesn't mean they have to eat meat every meal. My father and stepmother are omnivores but their diet is very heavy in beans and tofu.<br><br><br><br>
I hate to say it too, but caesar salad usually has anchovies in the dressing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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No one has to eat meat, no matter what their blood type. The whole blood type diet thing has is a total myth (I'm type O, BTW).<br></div>
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A myth AND a sham. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Yeah what they said, why don't other species eat special diets because of blood type?.<br><br>
Do you see a certain antelope picking up an omni diet because of their blood type?.
 

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Can't your husband and son eat beans and tofu?</div>
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Or cook? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I'm trying to think of something supportive to add, but it seems crazy to me that you would have to cook two meals a night when your husband and son could eat what you eat. And, if you're doing it to eat more healthfully, why wouldn't you want the same for them? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Amazon.com sells groceries.
 

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Oh BTW, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook by Nava Atlas is good and so is Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison.
 

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My mother, father, and I are all type O blood, and we are all long-term veggies. I don't understand that person's reasoning at all.
 

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The theory that blood type determines what you eat has never been proven and I don't believe there's much good science to support it.<br><br><br><br>
It's almost as bad as "When my body craves something it means I need to eat it." If that's true, then my body is telling me I need to subsist solely on cupcakes and cookies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> (I never said I didn't like it, I just said it was rubbish)
 

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Ugh I didn't want to start my own thread, so I thought I would add to the whole "being vegi in beef country is challenging" idea.<br><br><br><br>
When I was grocery shopping with my mom the other week, I picked out yummy vegetable spaghetti sauce for when we make pasta. Chunks of peppers, onions, etc.<br><br>
My mom made spaghetti tonight, and I was excited that, for once, we would be having the yummy veggie sauce instead of meat sauce.<br><br>
So what does she add to the sauce?<br><br>
Meatballs.<br><br><br><br>
Grrrr...<br><br>
I was like "Why are you ruining perfectly good spaghetti sauce?"<br><br>
And she's like "Stop it. You can pick out the meatballs."<br><br>
How about not adding them at all?! There's a concept!!<br><br>
Oh wait I forgot...meat is necessary to my survival.
 

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My Aunt is an alternative healer using biofeedback technology. I'm assuming her opinion has been based upon her observations with her practice. I'm not about to question her or say her opinion is a myth. She's likely observed how these things affect her body and has come to a reasonable conclusion based upon that.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I'm not about to throw my whole family in an uproar because of a choice I've made. I like to cook. I'm not going to suddenly come into my family after 7 years and say "sorry...I'm not eating meat...so you'll have to cook for the two of you."<br><br><br><br>
They don't like tofu, so I'm not going to force it down their throat either.<br><br><br><br>
They eat a vegetarian meal with me about once a week.<br><br><br><br>
My hubby's been considerate of my choice, even though it makes it a bit tougher to go out for supper....restaurant choice-wise.<br><br><br><br>
I still think it would be a good idea to make a cookbook for the blended family. I don't think it's necessarily right to force my whole family to eat like I do simply because I'm the cook of the house. (And I like being the cook of the house by the way.)
 

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I'm also in a blended family. My husband and daughter are omni and I eat the same side dishes they do and add my own protein. This could be any kind of bean or lentil side dish (which they usually will have, too) or a veggie meat substitute of some sort. Because I'm not very good at cooking meat, often times I have my husband cook his own. That way I don't have to listen to him complain about it not tasting ok. Then, at least twice a week, they both eat vegetarian with me.<br><br><br><br>
There is nothing wrong with you saying that you don't want to cook meat or cook two separate meals. It's a lot of work to cook just one meal, let alone two. I like to cook, too, but you're not going to see me spend that much time and effort doing it--I have more than enough other things to do.<br><br><br><br>
You might want to try tofu again with them. If what they've had for tofu is similar to what you would find in an Asian restaurant, I can't blame them--sometimes some Asian restaurants just serve it pretty plain and soft. It's much better tasting if it's been frozen and thawed, the water pressed out, and then marinated. From there, you can bread it and fry it, bake it, or stirfry it and come out with a much tastier product.<br><br><br><br>
Going out to eat is another story. It can be difficult even living near a large city like I do. I'm lucky that I have some vegetarian, vegan, and omni restaurants with plenty of vegetarian options, but sometimes the people I'm out with don't want to go to those sorts of places. If you can plan ahead and call the restaurants you're eating out at to find out how and if they'll accomodate you, it will be easier. Sometimes they can be pretty creative and come up with things that aren't on their menu. Sometimes an item on their menu can be made without the meat or the meat can be substituted for something else. If you just show up to the restaurant (without calling ahead), don't be afraid to ask your server or the manager questions.
 

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"It's almost as bad as "When my body craves something it means I need to eat it." If that's true, then my body is telling me I need to subsist solely on cupcakes and cookies"<br><br><br><br>
What a coincidence, my body tells me almost the same thing:<br><br>
That I should subsist on chocolate and fresh fruits.
 

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What about the French Fries!~?<br><br><br><br>
I went to this <a href="http://www.smokeybones.com/" target="_blank">big bloody steakhouse</a> for my mom's birthday this past weekend, and they had the goodest French Fries you has ever hads. And they had a veggieburger, which I was much surprise about.
 

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<div class="quote-block">What a coincidence, my body tells me almost the same thing:<br><br>
That I should subsist on chocolate and fresh fruits.</div>
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Me too. Or better, dark chocolate with dried fruits (blueberries and raspberries) inside of it.
 
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