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Hello everybody!!! First off, I'd like to say how amazingly awesome it is that this site exists!!!! I don't think I know any other vega'tarians otherwise....<br><br><br><br>
I've been doing some research on reasons for going vegan/vegetarian..... there's sooooo many misconceptions!!! Wow! I am not currently a vegetarian, but Im definitely thinking of becoming one Ive never really been a huge meat eater, and my mom is always worried that I dont get enough protein Theres sooo many things that Ive been ignorant of. (along with the majority of the people I know) There are so many overwhelming reasons to become a vegetarian The process of what they do to the animals is more than enough reason for me to switch but Im also beginning to understand that there are many additional reasons to become vegetarian!! Additionally, there are many delicious, new recipes that are available in order to become veg*, you dont need to necessarily restrict/limit your diet in fact, my diet is definitely more limited and restricted by having meat this was also a surprise for me.<br><br>
So Ive pretty much decided that I want to become a veg*, but before I do I have some more personal/practical questions<br><br><br><br>
To begin with, Im a pretty picky person. I dont like salads but Im excited about trying new/different recipes!! If Im able to cook for myself, this wouldnt be a problem but what about in restaurants!? Fast-food!? What would I do when I visited other people and theyve only cooked meat-stuff for dinner? What about a barbecue!? How do you refuse the food, not starve, not make the family cook an entire separate meal for you, and not be rude all at the same time!?<br><br>
Also, I was wondering if anyone here has ever gone on a foreign-exchange trip I might go next year, and last year my Spanish teacher was explaining how the families got extremely offended if you did not try the entrees (a lot of these being meat!) Is it possible to request to stay with a vegetarian family, and if unable to, any suggestions on how to handle the situation?<br><br>
Finally, the rest of my family is omnivore we always eat dinner together (which my mom makes) that always includes meat if I were to go vegetarian, would I have to make my own meals? I have some very young siblings Do you think that its ok to explain my reasons to them or try to convince them? Vegetarian diets are healthier and better for everyone, but should I wait until theyre older so that they can make the decision more for themselves?<br><br>
Also, what would be a typical lunch to pack for school?<br><br>
How do you survive a weekend/week at a camp/family who is not vegetarian? (and who might not have the nutrients/food needed?)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thank you so much!!!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/protein.html" target="_blank">http://www.pcrm.org/health/veginfo/protein.html</a> ---wow!!! (but then how do you <i>not</i> exceed the protein intake!??!!??!?!!!!?!? .....contrary to common misconceptions..... (including me, formerly....)
 

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I'll try to take your questions one at a time, RunnerGal!<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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To begin with, Im a pretty picky person. I dont like salads but Im excited about trying new/different recipes!! If Im able to cook for myself, this wouldnt be a problem but what about in restaurants!? Fast-food!? What would I do when I visited other people and theyve only cooked meat-stuff for dinner? What about a barbecue!? How do you refuse the food, not starve, not make the family cook an entire separate meal for you, and not be rude all at the same time!?</div>
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Depending on your restaurant, you can have a lot of options as a vegetarian. The people in my office are all going to an Italian place for lunch - there are a few options for me there (mostly pizza and salad). I also generally do OK at Chinese restaurants (I'll often order Broccoli with Garlic Sauce), Mexican restaurants (ask about whether they use lard in their refried beans), and Indian restaurants. I can even get a GardenBurger at a few of the American restaurants in my area. You can have a veggie sub at Subway, and Taco Bell's refried beans are vegetarian - just ask them to substitute the beans for the meat on anything.<br><br><br><br>
When you visit other people, let them know ahead of time that you're a vegetarian and ask if you can bring something - even if you bring store bought hummus and pitas, you'll have something to eat. For barbeques, bring your own veggie burger (and if you want, some aluminum foil so it's not cooked in meat juices). Passing on the meat really isn't all the different than somone who is on Atkins diet not eating the potato salad at your picnic - just choose what you can eat, bring something along to share, and try not to make a big fuss about your food choices. At least, that works for me.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Also, I was wondering if anyone here has ever gone on a foreign-exchange trip I might go next year, and last year my Spanish teacher was explaining how the families got extremely offended if you did not try the entrees (a lot of these being meat!) Is it possible to request to stay with a vegetarian family, and if unable to, any suggestions on how to handle the situation?</div>
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Sorry, I can't help on this one. I would imagine that since there are food allergies around the world, a host family would need to be sensitive to things like that. I'm sure there can be vegetarian foods you can try there, too.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Finally, the rest of my family is omnivore we always eat dinner together (which my mom makes) that always includes meat if I were to go vegetarian, would I have to make my own meals? I have some very young siblings Do you think that its ok to explain my reasons to them or try to convince them? Vegetarian diets are healthier and better for everyone, but should I wait until theyre older so that they can make the decision more for themselves?</div>
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During the transition, ask your mom to just make the meat separately. For example, if you're having spaghetti and meatballs, ask her not to put the meatballs in the sauce - you'll have yours without. You might want to see if you can help with some of the cooking to take some pressure off your mom - you can make your vegetarian dish and eat the sides along with the rest of the family. This might take some negotiation.<br><br><br><br>
As for your younger siblings - how young is very young? If you keep your answers simple, and have a plan with your parents on how to address the issue ("When you're 10, you can decide if you want to be vegetarian like your big sisters..." or something like that) it might help.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Also, what would be a typical lunch to pack for school?<br><br>
How do you survive a weekend/week at a camp/family who is not vegetarian? (and who might not have the nutrients/food needed?)</div>
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Peanut Butter and Jelly is a good option. There are also vegetarian mock meats (soy based) so you can have a bologna sandwich if you want. Hummus with veggies is also good. Add fruit and/or veggies, too. The blog <a href="http://veganluncbox.blogspot.com" target="_blank">http://veganluncbox.blogspot.com</a> has ideas, too - and a cookbook coming out for vegan lunches. For camping, check out this site <a href="http://www.maryjanesfarm.org" target="_blank">http://www.maryjanesfarm.org</a> - she has a lot of camping type foods that you can try.<br><br><br><br>
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Also, I was wondering if anyone here has ever gone on a foreign-exchange trip I might go next year, and last year my Spanish teacher was explaining how the families got extremely offended if you did not try the entrees (a lot of these being meat!) Is it possible to request to stay with a vegetarian family, and if unable to, any suggestions on how to handle the situation?</div>
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My daughter has been on two foreign exchange trips in the last year. The first to Mexico she kept saying "Sans carne" (or something like that - I don't speak Spanish) and that she was vegetarian. They kept looking at her strangely and she never knew for sure that they understood what she wast trying to say or that they always complied. She also did feel that she was aggravating people, especially in the nice restaurants. Her next trip to Chile she took a preprinted card that she did on the computer explaining she was allergic to meat to carry with her. No one once gave her a funny look and she felt that they were much more helpful in providing alternatives. She has also been to France on her own (she had no problem being veggie there) and to Italy where not eating meat often meant she had little to choose from. The airlines will let you carry prepackaged, unopened things in your checked luggage and she ate off of that when she needed to.
 

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Also, I was wondering if anyone here has ever gone on a foreign-exchange trip I might go next year, and last year my Spanish teacher was explaining how the families got extremely offended if you did not try the entrees (a lot of these being meat!) Is it possible to request to stay with a vegetarian family, and if unable to, any suggestions on how to handle the situation?<br></div>
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My friend is a vegetarian, and was planning on going to Argentina, but they couldn't find a host family for her because she's a vegetarian(and has dreadlocks..). So she had to go to Belgium instead, where its notas big of a deal. So you may have to change where you want to go.
 

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My friend is a vegetarian, and was planning on going to Argentina, but they couldn't find a host family for her because she's a vegetarian(and has dreadlocks..). So she had to go to Belgium instead, where its notas big of a deal. So you may have to change where you want to go.</div>
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They don't like dreadlocks in Argentina?
 

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Thanks so much for all your help!!!!<br><br><br><br>
I have a 2-year-old brother, and a 6 and 7-year-old sister...<br><br><br><br>
Thank you again!!!! Those lunches look good.... (although I personally think that she has quite a lot of time to be able to make such cool patterns and such....) Hmmmm......... maybe Halloween can come once a week or so,...?!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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All right.... I told my *family* today that I wanted to go vegetarian.... I asked if I could help her with the grocery shopping the next time she goes... I was planning on taking the first week kind of 'easy', and trying out taking vegetarian lunches to school, trying new recipes, seeing what kinds of find I like, etc. ...... She was pretty open to this idea (but highly doubtful and not necessarily thrilled about the choice....) , but she was concerned about the cost. She also did not want for me to buy a bag of something new, not like it, and then have it go to waste....<br><br><br><br>
Question being.... does anyone have good ideas for a grocery list? There are so many good recipes out there, it's almost overwhelming!!! ---- Should I try to buy things in the smallest amounts as possible in case I don't like them..... If I buy stuff to make 3/6/7 different lunches, would I be able to eat most of the food within a week? What are some good lunch meals to take to school? (made within 15/20 minutes, preferrably....)<br><br><br><br>
Thank you!!!
 

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They don't like dreadlocks in Argentina?</div>
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Apparently not according to the organization that tried to place her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/undecided.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":-/">
 

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Question being.... does anyone have good ideas for a grocery list? There are so many good recipes out there, it's almost overwhelming!!! ---- Should I try to buy things in the smallest amounts as possible in case I don't like them..... If I buy stuff to make 3/6/7 different lunches, would I be able to eat most of the food within a week? What are some good lunch meals to take to school? (made within 15/20 minutes, preferrably....)<br><br><br><br>
Thank you!!!</div>
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I would stick to the basics for the most part and just buy one or two new items to try each grocery trip.<br><br><br><br>
My favorite lunches are leftovers- just make double portions of dinner the night before, or hummus and pita.<br><br><br><br>
There are lot's of things at the grocery store that you can get that your family would probably like too like vegetarian soups, whole wheat pasta, tomato or pesto sauce, peanut butter, hummus, tortillas and salsa, refried beans, veggie lasagne(or the ingrediants to make one), nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies, etc.<br><br><br><br>
The only things the probably won't like are the veggie analogues, which are good to try, but not necessary, like soymilk, veggie mock meats etc.<br><br>
I personally didn't like that stuff at all until I had been a vegetarian for a few months.
 

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Lunches: <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=58754" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...ad.php?t=58754</a><br><br>
I'll post something some other time, but I'm sick today and I'm thinking it's time for me to go to sleep ^^ Good luck with everthing!
 
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