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My names Omar, I'm 17, and I just became a vegetarian (dec. 17). I decided to become a vegetarian after an assignment I had for an eastern religion course. The assignment was to be a vegetarian for a week and do a formal paper on the veg. diet. I forgot about the assignment until the day before it was due, so I never did the diet. I did, however, do the paper which required a large amount of research into vegetarianism. The more I thought about it, the more appealing vegetarianism looked.<br><br><br><br>
I guess the reason I became a vegetarian was a mixture of ethical reasons and health reasons (high cholesterol...genetic). I can't say I have any regrets, although my family was shocked when I told them. We are big meat eaters, and cooking in my family is more than food; it's very important to my mom (who I guess associates it with family togetherness and to a certain degree, love). So anyway, they were accepting although I don't tell most of my relatives because it becomes a complicated hassle.<br><br><br><br>
I ended up finding the boards by doing a search for vegetarian alternatives for hamburgers. I looked around the boards and decided to join.
 

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Hi, welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sunny.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sunny:"><br><br>
give the teen forum a lookin. I'm 17 too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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welcome! do you think it's easier or harder to go veg* in eastern culture?<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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My names Omar, I'm 17, and I just became a vegetarian (dec. 17). I decided to become a vegetarian after an assignment I had for an eastern religion course. The assignment was to be a vegetarian for a week and do a formal paper on the veg. diet. I forgot about the assignment until the day before it was due, so I never did the diet. I did, however, do the paper which required a large amount of research into vegetarianism. The more I thought about it, the more appealing vegetarianism looked.<br><br><br><br>
I guess the reason I became a vegetarian was a mixture of ethical reasons and health reasons (high cholesterol...genetic). I can't say I have any regrets, although my family was shocked when I told them. We are big meat eaters, and cooking in my family is more than food; it's very important to my mom (who I guess associates it with family togetherness and to a certain degree, love). So anyway, they were accepting although I don't tell most of my relatives because it becomes a complicated hassle.<br><br><br><br>
I ended up finding the boards by doing a search for vegetarian alternatives for hamburgers. I looked around the boards and decided to join.</div>
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welcome! do you think it's easier or harder to go veg* in eastern culture?</div>
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Well, the eastern culture isn't one homogeneous group of people. It would really depend on your background; as an American of Indian/Pakistani decent I notice that a lot of Desi (from south Asia) Muslims here associate vegetarianism with Hinduism. That shouldn't be a problem here in the US because the Muslims and the Hindus here get along great, but I could see how that could be a problem back east. If a hindu would become a vegetarian than I don't think that wouldn't be a problem at all; in fact a lot of my Hindu friends are vegetarian. I took a course in eastern religions, and I know that it plays a part in the Jain religion (who only eat vegetables from the ground/root vegetables) and Taoist diet. When I visited a Sikh temple they only served vegetarian food in their langar (kitchen), so anyone could come there to eat.<br><br><br><br>
Even in the Muslim world it is possible to find people who do not eat meat (usually the poor...eating dahl or lentils are considered inferior to meat, which is more expensive). We just had Eid here, which requires all Muslims who earn a decent salary to sacrifice a lamb or cow in the name of god for. I can see this conflicting with my vegetarian lifestyle later on, although you do not have to eat the meat and you can donate it to the poor (which is what my family does). In India the slaughtering of animals is different from the western world because you see the animal being killed right in front of you at an early age. It desensitizes you. I know people who practically gave up meat for health reasons, but I haven't found a Muslim who gave up meat for ethical reasons. Like I said earlier, food plays a very large part in our culture and meat play a large part in the food we make. People are usually understanding though; no one will ridicule you for not eating meat, and I'm sure they will understand the thought process behind your decision. I just don't feel like explaining it to relatives because they were raised upon meat, and they remember me as someone who eats lots of meat. It conflicts more on an individual level ("I can't believe you changed so much since the last time I saw you") then a ideological one.<br><br><br><br>
I hoped that answered your question, I'm not sure what type of response you were looking for.
 

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interesting response, thanks for the insight.<br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I hoped that answered your question, I'm not sure what type of response you were looking for.</div>
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