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Hi everyone!<br><br><br><br>
I'm so happy to have found this board. I've been lurking and reading and found it very informative! I'm 45 years old....quite possibly the oldest person here! I've been married for 16 years, with 2 cats and a dog. (my kids!) I am an animal lover.<br><br><br><br>
I'm a really new vegetarian ...a little over a month now....and IMO I'm 45 years overdue for the change. I always "knew" that someday I would make the change over to a vegetarian life style, I was just never mentally ready to take the step. It's hard to do when you're entire family (on both sides) are meat eaters. I did go almost two years prior without eating beef or pork.....just poultry and seafood. But one day, it just struck me. The health issues that we face...the <b>inhumane</b> way in which animals are raised and slaughtered <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/furious.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":furious:"> (another big issue with me!), ....something is not right. As of that day, I stopped eating meat. I was ready! THEN I started reading books and doing research, and it confirmed everything I already suspected...and much more.<br><br><br><br>
So I am very happy with my decision and I feel much better! I know my husband will never be vegetarian <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:"> That I know, so I have to deal with feeding him, while at the same time preparing something that I can eat.<br><br>
I wish he would change. It would certainly improve his health. But I think that's something everyone has to decide for themselves. And not eating meat will never cross his mind. But he works 7&7, so it makes it easier. But for the first time in 17 years, I'm cooking for myself while he's at work! LOL<br><br><br><br>
But I'm learning to cook in different ways and discovering new foods that I like and I feel better! So it's all good!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm looking forward to learning more from everyone here!
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Congrats on making the switch to a veg diet! It's really never too late, as long as you're alive! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm certainly tickled to see somebody else close to my age here on VB. I'm turning 47 in exactly one week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"> so you're definitely not the oldest here, and as a matter of fact, there are a few people who are older 'n us here.<br><br><br><br>
As for your husband never going veg, there are others on VB who are in the same situation; they have SO's who will likely never adopt a veg diet. There are discussions all over the board about how they deal with that. (I can't point you to any specific thread, unfortunately, but maybe somebody else can).
 

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Hey hey. I have exactly the same problem with my boyfriend and family. He'd never think of going veg and my family are all farmers for at least three generations back on both sides. My Uncle even has the odd steer killed and put in the freezer.<br><br><br><br>
Welcome to VB.
 

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Good for all you for finally becoming vegetarian! Meat eaters don't realize how much food there is to eat without having to kill. Where do you live? I live in NY and it is so easy to get vegetarian anything,whether groceries or restaurants. My boyfriend is also vegetarian though so I guess it makes my life easy. I know I'll never have to touch meat or watch him eat/cook it.
 

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Thanks for the welcome!!<br><br><br><br>
Amy SF---- Early Happy Birthday!! You know what they say! The 40's is the<br><br>
new 30's! I'm not convinced....yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/"> I'll see 46 in December.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
gas4-----Was is difficult to make the transition to vegetarian with a farming<br><br>
family or did it make the decision easier? I remember when I<br><br>
very young....5 or 6...we'd go to my uncle's house every weekend to<br><br>
get fresh milk. He had a few cows. He had one particular gentle cow<br><br>
(Flossy!) that I'd always visit with. She was very friendly. I'd go<br><br>
into the field and she'd walk up and let me pet her. One weekend when<br><br>
we went to visit, she wasn't there. I ran in to ask where she was and<br><br>
everyone got quiet. They could not tell me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> I'm pretty certain<br><br>
I would never make a very good farmer's wife....unless he dealt strictly<br><br>
with crops. I'd get too attached to the livestock!<br><br><br><br>
conniesju---I live in southern Louisiana.....which really isn't conducive to a<br><br>
vegetarian lifestyle at all!! I've found 2 good organic health food stores<br><br>
here and only heard about one restaurant that has a vegetarian<br><br>
menu....and I live in a rather large city! There may be a few I haven't<br><br>
discovered yet.
 

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Welcome gypsysoul and congrats on your move to vegetarianism. While you may never convince your hubby to go veg, if you learn to cook really good veggie foods, you might be able to transition to a healthier and less meat-intensive diet when he's at home.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>gypsysoul</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
gas4-----Was is difficult to make the transition to vegetarian with a farming<br><br>
family or did it make the decision easier? I remember when I<br><br>
very young....5 or 6...we'd go to my uncle's house every weekend to<br><br>
get fresh milk. He had a few cows. He had one particular gentle cow<br><br>
(Flossy!) that I'd always visit with. She was very friendly. I'd go<br><br>
into the field and she'd walk up and let me pet her. One weekend when<br><br>
we went to visit, she wasn't there. I ran in to ask where she was and<br><br>
everyone got quiet. They could not tell me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"> I'm pretty certain<br><br>
I would never make a very good farmer's wife....unless he dealt strictly<br><br>
with crops. I'd get too attached to the livestock!<br></div>
</div>
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It was the reason I went vegetarian. I just really love cows and I wouldn't have known any cows if we'd lived in town. We started raising bulls who would have been killed at like a week old and selling them at 14months, by which stage they start getting hard to deal with, I was pleased that they were going to live for two or three years instead of a week, but it bothered me that I could potentially eat them one day. They were my friends. So I made sure that it would never happen. I've also convinced my Dad to let me keep two 'freeloaders' who will never be sold. An ex-dairy cow called Nazarith and a huge steer called Joey.
 

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Here's a late welcome coming your way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br><br><br>
See ya around the board! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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