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my friend Natalia has agreed to try vegetarianism for a week from tomorrow to next thursday, when she'll re-evaluate whether she wants to eat meat after then or not.<br><br><br><br>
this is great news! anyone else convinced a friend to go veg*n?
 

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sorry your friends aren't so receptive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/surprised.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":surprised"><br><br><br><br>
it was suprisingly easy to get my friend on board. all i said was "have you ever considered going vegetarian?" and she said yes!<br><br><br><br>
it'd be easy for her to go veg if she decided to, as she already has two close friends already gone veg (me and another friend patricia).
 

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I think vegetarianism can be contagious. My husband is almost vegetarian. He was vegetarian for a month and then decided he wanted to eat meat once a week. I guess it's still better than 2 meals a day, every day.
 

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Vegetarianism is definitely contagious. I have found that the longer I am vegetarian, the more of my friends/family jump on the bandwagon! To date, my husband and I (veggie-team!) have convinced: 2 friends, 2 co-workers, one of my clients(wow!), his brother, his brother's girlfriend, my cousin, and his cousin, to go veg! And many of our friends no longer buy conventional eggs/dairy/meat because of what they've learned from us. My sister also now regularly eats vegetarian, often using tempeh, seitan and tofu in her cooking. His brother has now taken milk and rennet out of his diet. :) Its awesome :) Spread the veggie love, people! :)
 

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my friend Natalia has agreed to try vegetarianism for a week from tomorrow to next thursday, when she'll re-evaluate whether she wants to eat meat after then or not.</div>
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There's a lot more to making a successful transition to a veg*n diet than just eliminating meat (and possibly dairy) products. You have to add foods to take the place of what you removed, and you have to know how to find and prepare these foods so you'll enjoy them as much as you did the quivering flesh. This take time, effort, and learning.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not particularly excited about your friend's attitude - believing that you can switch veggie-ism off and on like a lightbulb.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/book2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":book:">
 

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Vegetarianism is definitely contagious. I have found that the longer I am vegetarian, the more of my friends/family jump on the bandwagon! To date, my husband and I (veggie-team!) have convinced: 2 friends, 2 co-workers, one of my clients(wow!), his brother, his brother's girlfriend, my cousin, and his cousin, to go veg! And many of our friends no longer buy conventional eggs/dairy/meat because of what they've learned from us. My sister also now regularly eats vegetarian, often using tempeh, seitan and tofu in her cooking. His brother has now taken milk and rennet out of his diet. :) Its awesome :) Spread the veggie love, people! :)</div>
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Very cool!! Being a new vegetarian, I am hoping that I will eventually rub off on my family and friends. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:">
 

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Nope. I had one guy (open minded, obviously) watch Meet Your Meat, and he went veg after that. I don't think he's overly passionate about it. He just doesn't eat meat anymore. Good enough for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I think its great to lead by example, but be careful not to alienate any friends. Your friends sounded like she'd already been toying with the idea, but others such be careful or friends (that might not feel as passionately) may become angry.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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There's a lot more to making a successful transition to a veg*n diet than just eliminating meat (and possibly dairy) products. You have to add foods to take the place of what you removed, and you have to know how to find and prepare these foods so you'll enjoy them as much as you did the quivering flesh. This take time, effort, and learning.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not particularly excited about your friend's attitude - believing that you can switch veggie-ism off and on like a lightbulb.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/book2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":book:"></div>
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Actually that's just what I did. I said, "Well, I'll try to give up meat for a week and see if I can live without it." Then I said, "I'll try to go all summer." I wasn't telling anyone at this point, because I had no idea if I was going to stick with it. The only new food I added at that point was vegetable soup. After a few weeks (of, I admit, pretty bland food), I decided that I was going to be vegetarian for the rest of my life and I told my family. I haven't looked back since.
 

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good for you! : )<br><br><br><br>
with natalia, she's very much into into fruit and veggies anyway, and could probably go raw-foodist very easily if she ever wanted to in the future.<br><br><br><br>
i think she's sticking with the dairy and eggs at the moment. i not going to ask her to do any more than she's already done.<br><br>
actually i haven't even brought it up with her today, and neither has she. i figure i should let her go at her own pace, seeing as i went vegan quite slowly and she should have the same chance to do so.<br><br>
also, if she slipped up and ate meat, i wouldn't want her to think she needed to apologize to me about it.
 

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I've recently convinced my boyfriend to give it a try(who may possibly even try raw). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><br><br>
The best part is, I actually didn't even have to <i>ask</i>. He said that just listening to me talk was enough to make him give it serious thought & question his own dietary choices. He is as much of an animal lover as I am, so although I am pleasantly surprised that he wants to give it a try, I am really not all <i>that</i> surprised. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br>
Also, I win my Mother over more & more everyday. She's considerably more open-minded than the rest of my family, and rarely eats meat at all anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><br><br><br><br><i>Yay</i> for positive influence over others!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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congrats!<br><br>
I've persuaded two friends to try vegetarianism for a week a while ago, but one of them dropped out after a few days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> The other one went the week, only accidently having gelatine a few times, but didn't stay veggie after that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I helped tip a friend who was already considering vegetarianism "over the edge" though, and she stayed veggie. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Had a friend over for a meal and made my spicy bean and lentil loaf. She has been saying that I will fade away from not eating meat and get all sorts of deficiencies of which I have proved her wrong. She loved the veggie loaf, wanted the recipe and I have convinced her to go veggie at least but probably not vegan. Converting my husband was no problem at all since our grocery bills have dropped by almost half. It is better for his cholesterol problem to not eat meat and he happily uses soya milk for his cereal. I am certain now that I am lactose intolerant because when I used to use milk on my cereal I would feel like I was choking and now that I have stopped having dairy I am fine. I learned my lesson from that cheese that I had last week that made me sick.
 

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thats awesome congrats<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:"><br><br><br><br>
my fiance is a meat eater...but hes the cook in the relationship...i try but am not that good at it hehe...and when he cooks for us he cooks veggie...he used to make some meat on the side for himself but hasnt lately...so hes eating veggie meals at least a few times a week..and thats a good thing.
 
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