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Hey all!<br>
Let me start by saying at this very moment, I am not a vegetarian.<br>
However, I have wanted to try it growing up and wasn't successful. Though my mom has always loved pasta and vegetables my dad has always been a meat guy. In high school I tried and tried to get them to try more vegetarian foods or more fish or anything! I only experienced a small victory when I flat out would NOT eat beef or pork and so my mom at least started using turkey and chicken as substitutes. I felt a lot better just cutting beef and pork out and sticking with leaner meats. But now that I have been out of high school for a while, and though I admittedly love chicken, I want to make a more serious commitment.<br>
I want to transition. And I decided to join this forum because I KNOW I'll need help along the way to make this change. I don't want to just not eat meat and then not have a balanced diet because I don't know how to fill the gaps.<br>
Plus, when I told my boyfriend I wanted to try vegetarianism I got "not eating meat is dumb" as a reply.<br>
I'm thinking I'll have him watch "Earthlings."<br><br>
So a question I have for you all, is how long have you been vegetarians, why did you make the decision to be one, and what is your favorite dish?<br><br>
c:<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Kenya
 

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Hello and welcome!<br><br>
For a good starting point, make sure you check out the Introduction to Vegetarianism section of the forums and don't be shy about asking questions.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
To answer your questions: I went vegetarian a little over two years ago and made a slow but steady transition to veganism. I made this decision based on my reaction to the cruelty that these animals have to suffer. I didn't want to be a part of that anymore. As I went I noticed other benefits- I lost some extra weight, I eat healthier meals, and I enjoy cooking a lot more (I used to hate it). These were all just icing on the cake for me and even though there may be difficult moments, it's been well worth the change.<br><br>
Call me simple...but for my favorite dish I'll have to say either veggie pizza or plain old spaghetti. :p
 

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What I think is odd is I could probably continue to eat meat if the way these animals were raised and slaughtered wasn't so horrid. Like the way the Native Americans did it, was so honorable, to have such high respect for the animals they did hunt. But the only way to do that would be to raise and kill ones own livestock, and there's no way I could ever do that. I don't even kill spiders unless it's after me and in a moment of panic I step on it, I usually catch and release them. And I know the conditions of food raised animals will likely never change, so, here I am giving it a try.<br>
Pizza is a biggg weakness for me, I love it. How do you like your pizza? I need lots and lots of new recipes c;<br>
I am also looking forward to some of the same benefits, like learning new ways to cook and hopefully learning to like it more. I do not any weight I need to lose but I am looking forward to other health benefits. As of now, I have issues focusing, I feel tired a lot, I have a lot of pain and though it's mostly associated with a bad back I wonder if diet will help, headaches all the time, and a LOT of intestinal issues. For years I've woken up in the mornings with an upset stomach, and most "breakfast" foods I can't handle as my first meal. Milk, eggs, any meats, fruit, and a few other things kill my stomach in the morning. I have acid reflex disease and wonder if I will see changes with that as I cut meat out and change my diet in general. I am just all around excited to see what changes will occur as I embark on this journey.
 

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Welcome!<br>
It's great that you're trying to make the transition! I know it can be really hard at first, but it really is worth it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
To answer your questions, I've been a vegetarian for 2 years coming this November, I made the decision to be one after we watched animal slaughter videos in my animal science class, and stuck with it as I found out more about the horrible conditions for the animals and the environmental and world-hunger related benefits of the vegetarian diet. Also, by this point, meat just grosses me out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
My favorite veggie dish, I would say, is a pizza-type thing that I make. I take a flatbread, spread salsa on it, and then top it with chopped onions and chopped frozen spinach. Sometimes I add some cheese too. Then I bake it in the oven until it's crispy (like 10 minutes) and it's really yummy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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For large pizzas I make the dough/crust. There are a lot of simple recipes for this or you can find premade dough/crust that happens to be vegan. For personal pizzas I take the lazy route and use pitas. I top mine with hummus, mushrooms, chopped spinach, olives, garlic, onions, bell pepper, banana peppers, tomato, (sometimes) pineapple, and then top all that with sauce and bake it.
 

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So a question I have for you all, is how long have you been vegetarians, why did you make the decision to be one, and what is your favorite dish?</div>
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Welcome!<br><br>
I've been vegan for 4.5 years. I had tried going vegetarian a few times in my 20s, but I never stuck with it for more than a few days. I didn't take the time to educate myself about how to go about it. I thought I had to eat nothing but beans, salad or tofu. I remember sitting down to dinner once with a big block of cold tofu and a fork because I thought that's what vegetarians were supposed to do. Then I gave up.<br><br>
What made it stick this time is that I was motivated to improve my health. I wasn't even thinking of being a vegetarian, but I started doing research and the common suggestion from multiple, credible sources was to eat a vegetarian diet, and if possible, eliminate animal milk. I did that and my health improved so I decided to make it a permanent lifestyle. I started checking out vegan recipes online, and checking out books from the library so I could build up a collection of favorite recipes.<br><br>
And then I started reading about the treatment of animals, and the massive numbers that are killed each year to satisfy my taste-buds, and that strengthened my resolve.<br><br>
My favorite meal is this, <b>Creamy Tomato Soup</b> from the cookbook <b>Veganomicon</b>, and <b>Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits</b> from <b>Appetite for Reduction</b>:<br><br><a href="http://vegan-cookbooks-illustrated.blogspot.com/2011/07/creamy-tomato-soup-with-sweet-potato.html" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sj8mQpILods/Th97p7yldJI/AAAAAAAAAII/WB266kqAh5c/s640/Creamy-Tomato-Soup-and-Sweet-Potato-Biscuits.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></a>
 

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THOSE. BISCUITS. LOOK. DELICIOUS. Are they as moist and amazing as they look? AHHH haha
 

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Hi kenya!<br><br>
Henderson, huh? Well hello! Do you know about Vegas Veg? Vegas Veg is a group for people in the Vegas valley who are vegan, vegetarian, veg-friendly, or veg-curious. Our main website is <a href="http://www.vegasveg.com/" target="_blank">vegasveg.com</a> and we're on meetup here: <a href="http://www.meetup.com/vegasveg/" target="_blank">meetup.com/vegasveg</a><br><br>
We currently meet once a month for <b>vegan donuts</b>. We also sometimes discuss a book and have a sort of "book club". It's on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10am at Ronald's Donuts (on Spring Mountain west of the 15).<br>
We currently meet once a month for <b>Vegan Drinks</b>. We get vegan tacos at Yayo Taco (across from UNLV) at 7pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.<br>
And we meet here and there for all kinds of other things. This month and next: free <b>philosophy lecture</b> about the ethics of eating meat, vegan <b>leafleting</b> at UNLV, <b>raw vegan potluck</b> on a house boat on Lake Mead, PETA demonstration for <b>Gay Pride</b>, free seminar from Best Friends about <b>helping feral cats</b>, and a screening of <b>Bold Native</b>.<br><br>
For veg eats in/near Henderson, check out:<br><br>
Elixir Organic Cafe<br>
9550 S. Eastern Ave. #180<br>
702-565-2233<br><br>
Atomic 7 Trustworthy Treats<br>
605 Mall Ring Circle #110<br>
702-458-4777<br><br>
Sunrise Coffee<br>
3130 E. Sunset Road Ste. A<br>
702 -433-3304<br><br>
Go Raw Cafe (east)<br>
2381 Windmill Lane<br>
702-450-9007<br><br>
Whole Foods<br>
(eat from the salad bar area)<br>
100 S. Green Valley Pkwy<br>
702-361-8183<br><br>
You can also find some good veg food at Capriotti's (they have veggie meats for the sub sandwiches), almost any Indian or Italian restaurant, Chipotle or Zaba's, Pei Wei, Sweet Tomatoes, and lots of other places. Here are some websites with lists:<br><a href="http://www.lvvegan.com/LasVegasVegan/Welcome.html" target="_blank">http://www.lvvegan.com/LasVegasVegan/Welcome.html</a><br><a href="http://www.vegguide.org/region/280" target="_blank">http://www.vegguide.org/region/280</a><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/nevada/las_vegas/" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/north_americ...ada/las_vegas/</a><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/north_america/usa/nevada/henderson/" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/north_americ...ada/henderson/</a><br><br>
You asked "So a question I have for you all, is how long have you been vegetarians, why did you make the decision to be one, and what is your favorite dish?"<br><br>
I have been vegetarian since I was 6 years old. I am now 35. I am vegan now.<br><br>
I can't exactly remember why I went veg first, but my mom says I just came home and announced that I was no longer eating animals. I said that animals were my friends, not my food. And I told her I didn't care what she did but I was now a vegetarian. She thought that was interesting. And she did a little research and said, "Why not?" and went vegetarian with me. My younger sister didn't really have a choice. She was 4. She went vegetarian with us. (My sister is now 33 and still vegetarian and so is her 12 year old son who has been veg of his own accord since he was 8.)<br><br>
My favorite dishes (because I can't pick just one) are: lentil chili, hoppin johns, black bean burgers, spaghetti or pasta primavera, and curried potato stew. I also really enjoy the vegan 'tuna' salad panini at Red Velvet Cafe.
 

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THOSE. BISCUITS. LOOK. DELICIOUS. Are they as moist and amazing as they look? AHHH haha</div>
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Indeed.
 
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