How many guys on here are Vegetarians or Vegan or some variation of...?

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    Mar 28, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    Using Mike's questions, here are my answers:

    What are the health benefits of being a Vegetarian?
    Economical & longer storage life in the fridge. My primary standby food staples are rice & cooked beans. I also drink soy and cow's milk. To supplement, depending on availability, I also have vegetables prepared in soup broth (sorry, the animal kind). This is when I at home, and can control my meals. Outside on the go, I'd grab yogurt, salted peanuts, and (whole wheat bread) when I buy my own lunch or dinner. When invited, I cannot avoid eating pork, chicken, etc. with my guests over business talks.

    Do you feel different?
    Emotionally, it is annoying to answer the locals who inquire why I don't eat grilled pork, etc. like they do. (In Asia, unlike in the US, people don't leave you alone to eat whatever you want). Funnier experience happened when I worked in a fusion restaurant. Normally when the owners weren't around, I'd had my assistants taste the dish and report to me, but one time I had to actually taste a deep fried dish, my taboo food, in front of the expectant owners.

    Physically, I feel a bit tired if my vegetarian food is low fat, but I have been adding to my diet whole milk or peanuts, so that helps.


    Have you more energy? I think I'd have more energy, but it could be from knowing that my food is cleaner than the type eaten by many locals (which goes against what I had learned in college nutrition courses).

    Do you get sick less?
    I rarely get sick (knock on wood),but I cannot attribute that solely to my vegetarian diet.

    Also if you eat something and found out afterwards it had meat, how serious would that be for you?
    If it's a part of my job, I have to do it, or if it bothers me so much, I'd look for a job that doesn't require that behavior. (I don't drink alcohol but as restaurant manager, I had to taste wine samples from vendors, for example).

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    Mar 31, 2014 4:08 AM GMT
    @metta8, thank you for sharing the link to the talk by Matt. He does a good job citing all the "recognized" scientific organizations that give guidelines on nutrition such as the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the American Heart Association.


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    Mar 31, 2014 5:18 AM GMT
    Only on Fridays or Saturdays. ++ whenever random days I go along by accident as Vegie-Day.

    That said I do eat Blood sausages and fried coagulated goat's blood on other days. icon_biggrin.gif #mefavorite...wait should be this icon_twisted.gif

    Well it is true as matter being on those vaggie days does make you feel lighter allround and on occasions a surprise libido spike.
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    Apr 03, 2014 5:28 PM GMT
    Im a strict vegetarian, so no eggs or animal related products either. No reason other than i just dont feel comfortable devouring my patients (im studyng to be a vet). Plus, knowing how meat makes the journey from the field to the fridge makes me hurl. I do take dairy though. Only cause i need to though for health reasons.
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
    I'm vegetarian.

    Not sure I can do vegan, as much as I'd like to give it a shot. My partner's frustrated enough with my predilections.
  • metta

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    Jun 27, 2014 5:47 PM GMT
    Not Eating Meat Can Cut Your Food-Related Carbon Emissions Almost In Half, Study Finds


    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/06/27/3454129/eating-meat-carbon-emissions/
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    Aug 03, 2014 8:13 AM GMT
    My boyfriend is vegan. I'm full veggie, attempting to go vegan. I'm lactose intolerant anyway so its actually pretty easy. I find ever since I changed my diet I sleep better, have more energy, I've learned how to cook a lot of food, I gain muscle a lot easier too. I have a big soft spot for rice so I have a bit of a tire, but overall I'm healthier than ever!
  • metta

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    Aug 10, 2014 6:03 AM GMT
    The NFL's San Francisco 49ers now have a VEGAN hot dog stand... with a long line of football fans waiting to get some!

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    Aug 14, 2014 1:37 AM GMT
    metta8 saidThe NFL's San Francisco 49ers now have a VEGAN hot dog stand... with a long line of football fans waiting to get some!

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    Look at the difference in the shape of the bodies on the two different lines. How funny.

    I'm about 20 years no meat and my brother was always a blood rare meat eater but even he's been slacking off meat so much lately that after years of teasing me about eating fake meat, along with barbequing my fake snausages with his real meat at family dinners, for the very first time our last time together he asked me seriously about how I feel about having not eaten meat for so long.

    It was hard to imagine the sincerity in his voice but it is now starting to be a health concern of his, now on those cholesterol pills. And I was able to tell him that I really like not eating meat. He remembered of course when we were kids how I'd order everything so well done that you couldn't even recognize that it was ever animal. So easier for me to make the change than it might be for him. But, I never thought I'd see the day that my brother would pass on eating meat.

    He's a guy whose motto has always been: if it's lived, I'll eat it.

    Ick.

    I'm just veggie tho, not vegan. Gotsta have my cheeses. Yum.
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    Aug 14, 2014 10:07 AM GMT
    I have a friend who despite being naturally gifted athletically, doesn't like work outs and being a 24 yr old apprentice, he searched for sustainable ways to lose weight and look trim.

    He is a smart young man and researched vegetarianism and took it up with a axing results. He looks really hot, maybe a little skinny but he likes that. Last Saturday, he suggested knocking back part of a beautiful breakfast due to there being cheese in it and announced he was becoming vegan. I suggested that he should consider if that extra step is sustainable when he tries to sustain it and he agreed postpone host idea.,

    Be realistic or In other words do what you feel comfortable but remember if you start to feel your making to many sacrifices for what foods you like, you won't sustain it.


  • lttl_espana

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    Nov 27, 2015 10:17 PM GMT
    Since the recent passing of my husband, I having been doing more vegetarian foods, for my husband was a big meat eater. 70% vegetarian and 30% poultry and seafood.
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    Dec 04, 2015 3:02 PM GMT
    I'm not vegan but can't tolerate whey protein so use a Vegan protein supplements.
    I can't tell if they are less effective but would be interested in knowing more about a vegan body building diet.

    I don't need to eat a lot of meat but don't think i'd be a full time vegan or vegetarian
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    Dec 07, 2015 6:15 AM GMT
    Vegan here
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    Jan 22, 2016 9:16 AM GMT
    Strict vegetarian over here. No meat, no eggs, no seafood, nada. If it has/will have a face i refuse to put it in my mouth!
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    Feb 20, 2017 4:50 AM GMT
    Old thread but it's late and I can't sleep so I'll drop a post.

    I've been a vegetarian since I was a kid, and a tentative vegan since I was 18. And I was a nutrition science geek before I was into lifting.

    I have no issue making progress. I just use vegan protein powder and use cronometer to make sure I'm meeting all my nutritional needs with the variety of plant-based foods I eat. Not hard at all once you learn some basic nutrition science and figure out what your staples are. Whole wheat, brown rice, legumes, nuts, veggies, fruit and plant-based meats are what make up most of my daily meals. Really easy once you learn the macro and micro-nutrient ratio of these foods.

    And there are lots of vegan protein bars and powders, and supplements available. Vega is my favorite protein powder. It's a really reputable and quality brand, and it tastes delicious. Especially the chai one.
  • Reynbowz

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    Jun 19, 2017 11:33 AM GMT
    I went vegetarian in ~2009 and have been vegan for about a year or two. Going vegan especially made a big difference in how I feel!
    Anybody got any good veg-friendly weight loss recipes?
    This one's one of my favs: *click*
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    Jun 28, 2017 7:58 AM GMT
    I decided to give Vegetarian a try once more. The first time, I blamed it on the goodness of cheese, but I discovered that the source of most of my issues -and henceforth adverse skin reactions- were due to me being lactose intolerant. I don't eat pork, just because I cannot get accustomed to the taste. Red meats, unless it's a burger, and even then, I don't often crave it. Chicken, I've eaten most but only breast, as other parts get me generally nauseous.

    Then I saw Cowspiracy and What the Health and started to dig deeper into the processed foods and pretty much animal farming, and well I was traumatized, yet again. Lol. I had seen when I was little how someone killed a chicken and then skin it. And I felt guilty, followed by a wave of nausea and regrets.

    I will miss sushi, but yet again, I don't eat much much fish either. I get nauseous easily with the thought of raw food. Lol
  • spider

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    Jun 30, 2017 4:29 PM GMT
    My partner and I are lactose vegetarian(Will comsume dairy produce as long as animal was not killed in its manufacture...ie cheeses often use renet obtained from calves stomach lining)
    I have been since I was 13. Dairy produce and eggs are nutritionall classied first class protein so infact you can train n put on musscle from dairy produce. In fact gram for gram many dairy product contain more protein than animal flesh.
  • metta

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    Oct 23, 2018 3:15 AM GMT
    Gladiators were 'mostly vegetarian'


    https://youtu.be/aUaNDDuqmCs?t=2005

    https://www.bbc.com/news/education-29723384


    Gladiators Were Vegetarians
    A huge factor in a gladiator’s physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydrates.

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surprise-gladiators-were-vegetarians/
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    Nov 10, 2018 7:16 PM GMT
    Sydneyrugbyjock73 saidI have a friend who despite being naturally gifted athletically, doesn't like work outs and being a 24 yr old apprentice, he searched for sustainable ways to lose weight and look trim.

    He is a smart young man and researched vegetarianism and took it up with a axing results. He looks really hot, maybe a little skinny but he likes that. Last Saturday, he suggested knocking back part of a beautiful breakfast due to there being cheese in it and announced he was becoming vegan. I suggested that he should consider if that extra step is sustainable when he tries to sustain it and he agreed postpone host idea.,

    Be realistic or In other words do what you feel comfortable but remember if you start to feel your making to many sacrifices for what foods you like, you won't sustain it.





    How is giving up the secretions of a different species a "sacrifice?" Would you drink dog milk? Horse milk? What about rat milk? Cow's milk is absolutely just as bizarre and a threat to our health.
  • cocked_and_lo...

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    Nov 17, 2018 3:59 AM GMT
    ^ Quite obsessed with people's consumption of "secretions" from other animals. Yet has no issue with consuming crustaceans which are basically the bottom feeding shit eaters of the ocean floor.
  • metta

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    Dec 10, 2018 3:01 AM GMT
    Plant-strong & healthy living