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How to Become a Vegetarian

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Become a Vegetarian

This article is here to help you eliminate meat from your diet the safe and healthy way!

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    Consider your reasons for becoming vegetarian. These might include moral or ethical reasons regarding the treatment of animals or equal food distribution, religious reasons, health reasons, environmental reasons or a combination of any of these.

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    Set guidelines. Where will you stop? Many vegetarians eat eggs, cheese, etc. NOTE: Generally the least strict form of vegetarianism is being a pesco-vegetarian, excluding all meat from your diet except for fish (be aware that some will consider this not to be vegetarian), while excluding all animal products from your diet is Vegan. Other options to include/exclude from your diet are:
    • Gelatin (Gelatin, including Kosher gelatin, is ground up bones, beaks, horns, hooves, skin, tissue, ect.) (disgusting, right?)
    • Eggs
    • Rennet (produced from the interior of the stomachs of animals and used in the production of many cheeses, often not listed as an ingredient)
    • Dairy (milk and subsequent products)
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    Get some vegetarian cookbooks and find some vegetarian recipes that interest you.
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    Take a look around supermarkets, food stores and health food shops and see the variety of vegetarian food that is available.
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    Eat vegetarian as much as possible without giving up meat entirely. Learn to enjoy vegetarian food.
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    Research your nutritional needs. Read up on vegetarian nutrition and vegetarianism in general. There is plenty of information on the internet and in books.
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    Tell parents or a significant other about your choice. Make sure you have some solid researchto back you up, as some people are very resistant to the idea of vegetarianism because of misunderstandings related to health, evolution or religion. When informing your family of your dietary choice, stay calm and polite, even if they find it difficult to accept.
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    Start to eliminate the types of meat gradually, having "one last meal" with the relevant ingredient and resolving not to eat it again.
    • Red meat, such as beef.
    • Pork, such as bacon and ham, after a week.
    • Chicken after another week.
    • Fish and shell-fish, such as crab and salmon, after another two weeks.
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    Make sure you eat enough food. There is protein in almost all kinds of food, so contrary to conventional belief, it isn't necessary to worry about protein or count grams per day. As long as you eat 1200 calories or more a day, protein should never be an issue. Still, especially if you are trying to gain weight it is important to eat a wide variety of legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet to make sure you get enough calories and healthy fats.
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    Get a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure that you keep high levels of B vitamins, iron and vitamin C. If you are concerned with deficiencies, invest in a good quality multivitamin from a vegetarian company like Rainbow Light.
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    Eat healthily. As with any change in diet, be careful to keep all of your food groups in balance. These are carbohydrates, fats, protein and fiber.
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    Find good meat substitutes. Some taste quite realistic, and can help when you're new to vegetarianism and have meat cravings. Others tend to be less realistic, and are simply an interesting new food to try.
    • Quorn is a company that makes chicken patties, nuggets, and beef products from mycoprotein. It tastes very similar to meat.
    • Morningstar makes bacon, sausages and riblets that do taste very similar to meat. Actually, Their breakfast sausage patties and chicken patties taste so similair to the real thing, that they have been known to fool a carnivore or two.
    • Boca products taste quite similar to meat, especially the "ground beef".
    • Schneiders Au Naturel products are very realistic, as are Veat.
    • Yves make everything from "turkey" slices to "pepperoni".

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  • Try Indian vegetarian foods. India has the largest population of completely vegetarian people in the world, so they know what they're doing. The majority of Indian dishes are not spicy or strong and there are literally hundreds of vegetarian dishes which are a much better alternative to salads.
  • If you can't stand the idea of truly giving up hamburgers, hot dogs, et cetera, loads of stores have lots of alternative choices for your situation. Many consist of fake meat with the alternative being soy. There's so many foods you can make without meat, you can find whole recipe books. Try tofu instead of meat.
  • Even if you don't want to become a full-time vegetarian, do try some of the tastier meat-free dishes, such as dahl.
  • Read "The More With Less Cookbook". Although not all the recipes in there are meat-free, it does give some such recipes, as well as tips for using plant protein.
  • Start going to more Indian, Thai, Chinese, or Japanese restaurants, as they tend to have more selections available for vegetarians. Don't be afraid to try new things!
  • Most restaurants will prepare food without meat when requested.
  • Many familiar foods such as peanut butter are chock-full of protein.
  • Join a vegetarian message board for support (see External Links).
  • If in the early days of going vegetarian you have a lapse and eat meat, don't panic! Just remind yourself why you decided to go vegetarian in the first place and carry on as before.
  • You can still make some family favorites such as lasagna, chili, and spaghetti without the meat or with meat substitutes.
  • Being vegetarian can help you live longer.
  • If you find yourself craving a type of meat, think about the animal it was made from. Imagine it's alive. You will quickly lose your meat appetite in favor of something better.
  • Don't be scared or fooled into thinking that eliminating meat will automatically make you prone to anemia. Do some research! Vegetarians who eat a variety of fruits and vegetables are actually less likely to develop nutritional deficiencies than people who eat junk food (including meat).
  • Stay strong! Many people are against vegetarianism, and you may read or hear things that may tempt you to go back to eating meat.
  • It only takes a couple of weeks of eliminating meat before you will stop having cravings. It might be better if you eliminate all meat from your diet at once, and keep it out for a couple of weeks. Before long, your cravings will be eliminated and you won't want it anymore.
  • If you are experiencing meat withdrawal, and you most likely will, don't eat foods that taste similar. Doing so will only increase the cravings. Instead, eat something you love, even if it's chocolate. You will lose any pounds you gain by eating comfort foods fairly quickly after you are rid of the cravings.
    1. Seek out vegetarian groups. Whether in person or online, this will help you to learn, get support, and meet like-minded people. This is a good way to share recipes.


  • Check labels for food that may not be "suitable for vegetarians" - some processed foods have hidden animal ingredients such as gelatin, animal fats, cochineal and rennet. The main ones to check are vegetarian cheeses, yogurts, soups, desserts and some sweets and biscuits/cookies (particularly red-colored ones, which sometimes contain dye made from beetles called carmine/cochineal).
  • Only eat cheeses that list enzymes as microbial or vegetable-based. Most cheeses are in fact not vegetarian, as they contain animal enzymes derived from killed calf stomach.
  • With a switch to your new diet, you might feel increased awareness about food and animal rights related issues. Try to be compassionate with your friends and family who may not understand your switch, and try to avoid judging them harshly based on their lack of information. It's important to remember that you will set a better example by enjoying delicious vegetarian foods and living healthfully than by preaching to others.
  • Make sure you are not a junk-food vegetarian. While not consuming meat is healthy, eating junk-food all the time is even worse than eating meat.

Friday, December 10, 2010


  • Clothes - 12/9: cleaned out two nice trash bags of purses, clothes, and etc.
    (After Thoughts: Dang... I need to add few items into my wardrobe. Good that I just got a job.)

  • Shoes:
  • Books:
  • Toys & Such:
  • Dishes/Cookware:
  • Furniture:
Gonna have a yard sale -> goodwill trip soon.
Hoping to get some nice cash, so I can entertain the thought of getting a Wii!

Hoping to create more space for a reading corner/yoga, meditation room

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Snacking with a Sugar Glider

"Hey, Boba, I am about to eat my string cheeze. And you can not haz, kthxbye!" says the double chin human.

"Okay. I iz no like cheeze anywayz." says, the overweight sugar glider

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

My Relationship with Food

I am in between due dates, wrapping up today's work and decided to pig out with my bf and Netflix. Feeling cerebral, so, I picked "Food, Inc." to go with our fries, sodas, big mac, and big-n-tasty. Yep! What a "bad" (but good) choice of movie... I really wish to eat less meat (again)... My wish to become a vegetarian is ON - again.

It has been VERY VERY difficult to go 100% vegetarian - and I am not up for that challenge. But, I have been doing pretty all right with cutting down my meat consumption. Meat just tastes... so good... I really need to learn some yummy vegetarian recipes and adapt a good cooking+eating habit. Not easy, coz 1.) I am STILL trying to fight my internet addiction which is realllly effecting my sleep (oh look at me! its 1am! n i m waking at 7am! i m still on BLOGGER!) 2.) lack of sleep makes me... dumb, unmotivated, n unfocused - pretty hard to kick a bad habit w/ this state of mind!

Regardless, my internet addiction/sleep shall be a whole different post.
On the topic of food...

I have noticed my emotional eating pattern. I do eat a lot more when I am stressed/feeling emo.
Luckily I still have a pretty fast metabolism. Though, It has slowed down in these past few days and I know it, because I have been rushing my deadlines/stress levels are high/quality of sleep suffered a little/eating and watering consumption pattern has changed too.

So yea, knowing that I eat my emo's (lol) I shall at least eat organic and keep nothing but organic products in my fridge... and tunnel vision on just organic food - ignoreeee other's "Bad" food. ignooooreeeeeee other's yummyyy heavily processed food!

And, yea, if you haven't already checked out Food, Inc. Give it a try. It is a very great documentary that can really put
the weight on your conscience next time you decide to have a chezeburger.


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Wednesdays-Shoppers Lane

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Friday - Old Town Monrovia

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Special Notice on:

South Lake Avenue Summer Market

Another couple evenings opportunity to get fresh and local from our farmers. Del Mar Blvd @ shoppers lane, behind Walgreens, Wednesdays 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., thru September. Fish, Breads and Cheeses are also on hand at South Lake along with our usual fruits, honey and flowers.

Fruits Galore

It's time for the lucious stonefruits to come into the market. Peaches, Nectarines, and cherries are abundant, and the Pluots are just coming in also. What better way to start the summer!

Our Farmers Market Chef Bree Ann Cassiday will be regularly at the market with samples and recipes with our produce at the market. Our recipes will be paperless on FaceBook, and also information on the Pasadena Slow Food group meetings.

Grass Fed Beef & Chicken Now Here

We've added the Best Ever Beef to our market, with Dey Dey's coming from the Lompoc area with their grass-fed beef for so many different cuts of beef and soon their hormone-free chicken, you'll be thrilled to shop with them every week. They also take credit cards for your purchases.


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