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Hi all! I hope this is not offensive to anyone but I have decided to eat a vegetarian diet for 1 year. I started a month or so ago. I do not have any ethical or moral issues related to eating meat - it's more of a sociological experiment. And already I have found it very interesting. It's really hard to eat out and almost impossible to eat on Canadian Forces Bases. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rifle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":gun:"> I haven't really experienced any real social stigma but that is also something I am looking at. So far it hasn't been that hard and it's actually making me try new and different things. It's also added alot of variety to my diet. Another reason I decided to do this was the fact that I was not eating a balanced diet when I ate meat so I figured becoming a vegetarian would force me to look at and balance my diet. Which is had (to an extent). Anyways, I've looked at some of the recipies here and am looking forward to trying them. I love cooking! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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congratulations on your vegetarianism, and you're enjoying it, whatever the reasons you did it for, its not an easy thing to do, so congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> and welcome to veggieboards!<br><br><br><br>
i'm just wondering, i know you haven't experienced much in the way of stigma (luckily neither have i, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> lol, but i don't get out much, hahaha) but when you tell people you're a vegetarian, and they ask you why, or start a conversation about it, what do you say? that it's a sociological experiment?<br><br><br><br>
i think that maybe your giving them that kind of (non threatening to their sensibilities and feelings on the subject, but definately true) answer, might skew your experience of prejudice more than if you said 'for animal rights' or 'for health reasons', both of which would no doubt start a very different conversation with many people, lol.<br><br><br><br>
anyway, i was just thinking about it, lol- if you are a sociologist, then its a really valid point, if not, i'm just rambling on for no reason, lol!<br><br><br><br>
but anyway, welcome to veggieboards- hope you don't experience any prejudice, and that you enjoy your stay and the yummy reciepes!
 

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Heh, that's kinda cool. Hope it goes well and you're able to try a bunch of cool new foods.<br><br><br><br>
After you're year as a vegetarian, you can go one year as a vegan, then one year as a raw foodist, then one year as a fruitarian, and then one year as a breatharian! (joking)
 

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Hi Elizabeth...<br><br><br><br>
There's so much out there. I hope you enjoy your experiment. Why not let a few of us cook for you on the way? Find a local vegetarian group or some specifically vegetarian restaurants. There's just so much good schtuff to be discovered!<br><br><br><br>
Froggy<br><br><br><br>
PS: I thought experimental vegetarian was one who diced their vegetables into random shapes and did not necessarily contain the dishes to the table... or to one meal.
 

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I think that is great. I started out by "giving it a year" too. I found all sorts of intresting little health benefits: improved cholesterol HDL/LDL ratio / blood sugars. Less anxiety or depression, sleep better. My skin cleared up, and hair seems thicker. I smell better. Loss of weight. Better bathroom situation. I'm now moving toward my second year, and feel great. I hope you do too!
 

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Welcome to VB and good luck with your new diet.
 
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