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Hi there - I am Tina and I am a brand new vegetarian <insert applause track here>
I live right outside Philadelphia with my roommate, boyfriend, 12 year old cat Anne and crazy 2 year old pit bull Kira Nerys (both animals are shelter rescues, and both are female - my boyfriend said I am trying to outnumber him with girls
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After several months of reading about the health benefits and not being able to wean myself off of meat, I started to do more research on the treatment of animals in the American food industry and went from my chicken dinner the night before to veggie the next day and cutting out all dairy. Eggs I am still eating at home because we buy them from my roommates coworker who has a few chickens at his rural house and sells the extras his family doesn't use so I know the chickens are very well treated and the eggs natural and organic.

This should be an interesting because my boyfriend is a diehard meat and potatoes kind of guy who still eats like a picky 4 year old - no, I take that back, that is an insult to 4 year olds everywhere, he eats LESS variety than most picky children. Of course every meal is meat, potato, broccoli - that's it end of story. So in other words, no trying out my new and exciting veggie entrees on him, just for me.

I am tracking my foods for awhile to make sure I am getting enough nutrients in (calcium, B12, iron, protein, etc.) and I will finally stop being forgetful and start taking my daily vitamin to supplement this. I also found a great natural foods store that I never knew existed about 2 blocks from me with a really nice cashier who has been vegetarian for 14 years and vegan for 6 and gave me her e-mail in case she could answer any questions for me.

I guess that is all in the way of introduction - I am exploring these boards and any vegetarian websites I can find to get more info. Of course any great links or suggestions are more than welcome!! I have a fairly boring desk job so I have plenty of time to surf the web
Don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing! Hope to get some great ideas and meet some great people here.

~Tina
 

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Welcome to VB!


It looks like you're off to a great start on this new adventure of yours called vegetarianism, but I'll still say that if you have any questions at all about anything, don't hesitate to ask.
 

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Welcome, and congratulations! If you ever need support then we are here - it is fortunate that you spoke to the HFS person though! It is always good to have real life contacts.
 

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Welcome to VB, Tina!
Congrats for going vegetarian! We were in similar positions - when I went vegetarian, my boyfriend ate the same way as yours. And months later - he went vegan! So there is hope.
 

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Oh Janie - I wish there was hope however this is a man who will literally start physically gagging if he tries to eat anything that is a combination/unusual texture. He will not even eat pizza of any kind!!! No rice, no pasta, no bread (except Wonder Bread), no beans (unless I sneak them into chili), no sauces on ANYTHING...If I cook eggs he has to be on a different floor of the house because the smell makes him run for the porcelain god!! His mother swears she did not indulge his pickiness as a child but to that I say LIAR!!!!!!!!! He is 31 and I do hold out a little hope for him, but not much
I am just resigned to the fact that I will have to try and hold strong and rub off well on our (future) children.
 
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