To Be Or Not To Be - Meat vs Veggies

?? - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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Carnivore, vegetarian, vegan - what are you?



I had a lady tell me I was poisoning my son because I said I'll be giving him meat.

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Esther - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

we all love meat in my family, I'd like to be a vegetarian as its better for our bodies and the environment. If i had to kill the animal in order to eat it id be vegetarian all the way. It's just so nice an convenient to buy those lovely chicken breasts and beef steaks, i don't even think about the life of the animal. i was a vegetarian from 14-18 then i caved to the deliciousness.



Kylie - I'm the same way. As much of a committed carnivore as I am, I would not eat another bite of meat if I had to kill the animal myself. Highly hypocritical but hey - what can I say - I'm not perfect. I do try to buy organic & free range meats as much as I can and am willing to pay more for it.

Esther - posted on 07/07/2009

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I am 100% carnivore. To me, there is no such thing as a meal without meat. They could take everything else away, but the meat stays (OK, I'll accept fish instead of meat on occassion).

Lindsay - posted on 07/05/2009

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We eat everything. Every night, we have some sort of meat and fresh veggies on the table. We have a neighbor that has a garden and is nice enough to leave things on our back step every couple of days. I usually steam or grill the veggies but I can't help but fry up some fried green tomatoes, squash, and okra! mmm I'm getting hungry!

Jocelyn - posted on 07/05/2009

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well, tofu by itself tastes pretty bland, it takes on the flavor of whatever it is your cooking. i like it in stir frys, or marinated and breaded. i put it in smoothies as well, and you can't even tell it's in there. i did have one pre-made tofu desert thing, and it was aweful lol
i like more of the soy products :) there are some excellent foods out there, "chicken" nuggets that actually taste like chicken nuggets, and my fave veggy burgers comes from "m and m meats" ironically. i have had many that taste like cardboard tho lol

?? - posted on 07/05/2009

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I remember going to a birthday party when I was 12 I think for a girl who's family was vegetarian... they made us tofu burgers for lunch... I wanted to barf and yelled at my mom for letting me go to someone's house that wanted to poison children lol



I agree Kylie lol if I had to kill the animal myself, I wouldn't eat meat... but that doesn't really say much because if I had to grow my own veggies too, I'd starve. I have this knack for killing plants that are under my care... I will do everything by the book, I will try my hardest to grow any plant and it won't grow or it will grow and I'll get my hopes up then wake up and it's dead... lol

Kylie - posted on 07/05/2009

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we all love meat in my family, I'd like to be a vegetarian as its better for our bodies and the environment. If i had to kill the animal in order to eat it id be vegetarian all the way. It's just so nice an convenient to buy those lovely chicken breasts and beef steaks, i don't even think about the life of the animal. i was a vegetarian from 14-18 then i caved to the deliciousness.

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Amie, I've had tofu a few times and it's one of those things that is an acquired taste...that I never got. It's very bland and basically tastes like whatever you season it with or cook it with. That's my experience with it anyhow. I've also had a tofu burger and that was actually pretty tasty but you can definitely tell it isn't meat.

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Quoting Jo Lee:

I love asparagus *drool*



When I was pregnant with Jacob I read somewhere that asparagus is an aphrodesiac.  This explains Jacob's existence because for about a month before I found out I was pregnant, we were eating it like 2-3 times a week.  We were grilling it, roasting it, you name it.  Then, starting when I was about 12-14 weeks along, I tried to eat some and almost gagged lol  That was my only food aversion while I was pregnant and it took me about a year after he was born before I could stomach it. 

Amie - posted on 07/05/2009

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Jocelyn I gotta know because I've never wanted to buy some and end up wasting money if we didn't like it.... what does tofu actually taste like? lol

Jocelyn - posted on 07/04/2009

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if you could classify me, i would be a lacto veggie that doesn't eat gelatin or rennet (so somewhere in between just veggy and vegan, i also don't wear leather, (i have my own skin lol)
my son does eat meat, on occasion, but he mostly eats whatever i am eating :P he likes tofu so no harm there lol
i do try and limit his soy intake (for the estrogen reasons)
my hubby is a full out meat and potatos kinda guy, but over the few years we've been together, he will eat/cook my fake meat and stuff (like ground "beef") which is great for me, because i am a horrible cook haha
i do wish that my hubby wouldn't eat so much meat, but when we can afford it we get our meat slaughter-house free :) and i try and buy free range eggs (although we had a unfortunate incident involving an unhatched chick in one....so it kinda turned my hubby off the whole free range thing)
oh and we live by a slaughter house...and lets just say when you drive by, you have to hold your nose or vomit o_0
i do think that it is healthier to be a vegetarian, but only if you are doing it right; a balanced diet is key, along with vitamin supplements

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Quoting Joy:

I am a proud member of a red meat eating family. I actually CRAVE red meat sometimes and I'm not talking ground beef....I need a good juicy steak at least once a month. We also eat pork, fish, and chicken (lots of friggin chicken...I think I'm growing feathers). We also eat a ton of veggies. I mostly buy fresh and either steam or grill them. With the exception of okra and brussel sprouts, none of us have ever met a veggie we didn't like.


 



I love okra but it's nearly impossible to get where I live!

?? - posted on 07/04/2009

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Both of my sisters are vegetarians. Jade will eat pepperoni on pizza though. Melina I don't think eats any meat at all. I'm not too sure why Jade decided to be vegetarian but Melina she decided she didn't want to eat meat because the one year that my dad was butchering the cows in the back field, she wanted to know what they were doing, so my brother took her out to the truck and lifted her to look over the back of the truck... right in her face was the dead cow, covered in blood, tongue hanging out and it's throat cut I believe........ I forget how old she was (not young though), but that was it, no more meat for Meli.



Amie, I can't stand moose, elk or deer meat. I don't mind deer sausage though, for like, crackers and cheese with some garlic sausage type of snack. I don't like jerky as it is, so those meats I don't care for at all!



And buyin the whole cow/pig or goin in on one is definitely WAY cheaper! And more often than not, a lot healthier as well.

JL - posted on 07/04/2009

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l like to eat and like to cook. Heck I love food and will try anything and don't limit myself too much, which is probably why I have 10 extra pounds from both my pregnancies that I cannot get rid of, but I do try to eat healthy so we do eat a great deal more of organic, fresh, and whole grain. We also try to use omega 3 products for our fat content and we add flax seed to our meals. We eat red meat but mainly we stick to turkey and chicken.

Amie - posted on 07/04/2009

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Jo ~ It's great for us. Plus we find it cheaper in the long run of things to buy it the way we do. Wild meat... well some I don't mind. I love deer roast. =) One of my friends is from a Denea reserve. She brought me moose jerky once. I won't eat hers every again! It tasted like a leathery piece of blood. She likes it though so all the power to her. LOL!

Sharon ~ seafood was one I never touched on. Some I like, some I don't. My kids love it though just like my hubby.

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We eat beef, pork, chicken, seafood here. I have no problem with someone's vegetarian lifestyle, but don't go preaching to me. I also have no problem with a vegetarian friend that comes over. I always ask what I can make and recipes, but she declines. I suppose she must think I might slip in something taboo?

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I am a proud member of a red meat eating family. I actually CRAVE red meat sometimes and I'm not talking ground beef....I need a good juicy steak at least once a month. We also eat pork, fish, and chicken (lots of friggin chicken...I think I'm growing feathers). We also eat a ton of veggies. I mostly buy fresh and either steam or grill them. With the exception of okra and brussel sprouts, none of us have ever met a veggie we didn't like.

Sarah - posted on 07/04/2009

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We're all veggies in my family! (well, the kids have fish sometimes)
My husband is pretty strict on it (he won't eat anything with gelatine in or wear leather etc). I'm a bit more laid back (some sweets with gelatine in are just too yummy to resist!)
I'm a bit of a weird eater tho (long story) so my diets pretty crap!
The kids are happy and healthy on their veggie diet, if they want to choose to eat meat later, then that's fine with me. :)

?? - posted on 07/03/2009

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That's what my parents always did too Amie. I remember having a cow and/or pig in our back yard and then whichever one wasn't in our yard was in a family friends yard. My mom also raised chickens for eggs. And then we always had family friends that had turkeys too so my parents very rarely bought meat from the store. And on top of that my dad is a hunter so there would be deer/elk meat of all varities too.

Amie - posted on 07/03/2009

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Reading through the posts too made me think of another thing. We buy organic when we can, we don't obsess over it though if it's all sold out and gotta buy regular stuff. You know what I mean? Anyways... we just bought our cow for the year. Every spring we buy one from a certified organic farmer, he slaughters, butchers it and packages it all for us! Same with a pig. Sure it's a big cost but we only need to do it once a year. =) Oh and you need a huge deep freezer to do this too. LOL!

Traci - posted on 07/03/2009

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I could go without eating meat so much, but not my man, so it's sort of a necessity. To him, it's not a meal unless there is beef or chicken breasts on his plate! LOL I love me some salmon, too...I'd have a hard time giving that up!



I tried to do the vegan thing once (to lose weight) and it was just too hard. Unless you have some deep moral convictions about eating meat (which I obviously don't-Hey, outta sight, outta mind), it's hard to just "become" a vegetarian. That's why it didn't work for me. For people who can, good for them...just don't try to take my beef away! :)

Amie - posted on 07/03/2009

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I'm an Omnivore! LOL!! I eat it all and love it all, especially Ribs..... mmmmm BBQ. Now I'm hungry! LOL!! I make sure to eat fruits & veggies all the time too. I do it because I like them, their good for me and it's setting a good example for my kids in the process. I've been known to eat left over broccoli for dessert even. =) Oh and beans fresh from the garden! Oh to die for! Jeese... no wonder I'm having trouble losing the last 20 lbs. from my kids. LOL!! I really could go on for quite some time. I love food and love to cook. haha.. I'll stop now and go find a snack. I know we got some cucumbers left that my kids didn't eat. Gonna go snag that before I wake up and it's all gone again. =( I hate that!

Christa - posted on 07/03/2009

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I'm not a big meat person, it's just not my favorite, but I definitely eat it. And I think it's just a personal choice, I think it's silly for anyone to think one way is better then the other. However I do try and eat no hormone/chemical/antibiotic meat. I don't think that's good for you, but again I eat a hamburger every now and again from McDonalds just like everybody else. :-)

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I am veggie, but my husband and son eat meat and fish. I actually like the fact that my son eat oily fish because it might do him some good. I would eat meat if I thought animals were better cared for and humanely killed. Until someone can give me proof of that then I'll stick to veggies. Even then I'd need to be slowly weaned back onto it like a baby so I didn't get sick. lol



I personally think it is a good idea to get kids used to eating non-animal foods before they are introduced to meat and fish, but thats just me.

Megan - posted on 07/03/2009

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I am a meat eater. I love burgers and chickens and piggys and deer, oh my! There are all sorts of things vegans will say to "save the animals"... oh well. However I will NOT eat veal. I live very close to a town that raises veal and I can say it truly is inhumane what those baby cows have to suffer through. I try to eat free range and game meats because I know those animals are better cared for, or are living "naturally" usually. I could be a vegetarian if i had too... but never a vegan! I LOVE LOVE LOVE milk, cheeze, eggs, yogurt, and jell-o! And I will eat them forever and always! lol!

~Jennifer - posted on 07/03/2009

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I could easily be a vegetarin if fish grew on trees......

I could skip the red meat and chicken and never think another thing about it, but my husband is a major carnivore, so if I'm cookin' it, I'm eatin' it. My son refuses to touch meat at this point, so we do have 1 vegetarian in the house (dairy inclusive). My daughter will eat anything that lands on her plate.

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I don't particularly like meat, but it is certainly a part of my diet. I think it actually has a lot of nutritional value that you can't necessarily get from other foods. Moderation is key, though.

Abby - posted on 07/03/2009

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im kinda in between, i dont really like meat. but if someone puts it in front of me i'll eat it. i just dont choose to!

personally if someone is a vegetarian im not sure they shld bring their child up to be one too. only becasue thats such a big decision to make!

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