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Vegetarians Unite!

During the holiday season, we vegetarians often have to deal with a series of questions, most containing the never before heard query “How can you survive Christmas dinner w/o meat??”. Well for their information, I survived just fine, and my non-vegetarian guest was more than satisfied. (You’ll be seeing my holiday entry complete with photos, recipes, and more in the next day or two–there’s a lot of foodage to put together!). What I’m getting at is, what’s with the negativity and false assumptions? Lauren, my co-author of the blog, has lately been inundated with questions regarding how she consumes adequate protein, nutrients, vitamins, the whole nine yards. After awhile, even for someone as strong-willed and secure as herself, it becomes overwhelming! And being human, we may even for a second think “What if they’re right???”

What we vegetarians, and all people for that matter need to be is more educated on food values and nutrition as a whole. Maybe if we took a moment to compare and contrast the nutritional content of beef hamburger with say, a lentil burger or a meal comprised of tofu and veggies, we’d realize the number of benefits a card carrying vegetarian has!

I want to get more into this issue later in a future entry, wherein I will display nutritional content of various food items, some meat, and some meat-free, to further substantiate our vegetarian cause.

In the meantime, check out this nifty site and get the facts on basically any food:

About govegetarianista86

After transitioning to a meatless diet two years ago, Lauren and I had no choice but to learn lots of great vegetarian recipes---and fast---after all, we always loved great food. The reason for our decision to omit meat and most dairy products from our lives was quite simple. A vegetarian diet is healthier, kinder, and ironically much cheaper than one with meat. We created this website to show that being a vegetarian is one of the easiest and most rewarding lifestyles to partake in, and hope that both vegetarians and aspiring vegetarians alike will visit Go-Vegetarianista habitually. :) About the authors: Nadya Rousseau is an actor/writer/producer residing in Beverly Hills, CA. She moved to Los Angeles almost five years ago at the age of nineteen to pursue her career and to escape the boredom of her small town. As maintaining a svelte figure is often pivotal in the entertainment industry, she finds she has no trouble staying slim and healthy as a vegetarian. In addition to loving good food and helping others, she enjoys engaging in sarcastic banter--keep an eye out for her frequent sardonic jokes--you'll surely be amused!! Lauren Rheims, is a native of Pomona, CA, and now resides in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a fashion and nature photographer, and of course loves shooting pictures of super yummy food! Lauren at first was apprehensive about becoming vegetarian, being of Creole descent, enjoying delicious seafood and meat, was more or less second nature. However after she discovered just how easy it was to enjoy the same delectable meals sans meat, she was thrilled! Lauren is excited to show everyone the simplicity and allure of vegetarian fare--and just how fun it can be!

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  1. I recently became a vegetarian and find I have more energy and spirit than ever before. Those that question the value of being a vegetarian have never experienced the benefits, i.e. they live in their own “Private Idaho” and base their anti-vegetarian beliefs on the established “normal science”, which is always flawed, (see Kuhn, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”: According to Kuhn, normal science possesses a built in mechanism that ensures its continuation. Normal science does this by its practitioners relaxing the restrictions that bound the research and engineering whenever the paradigm from which it derives ceases to function effectively.

    • Thank you so much for your input Larry! I have read excerpts from “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, and I agree with many of Kuhn’s beliefs. I’d love to hear about how you transitioned from eating meat to omitting it completely from your diet, and if you have a staple recipe that has helped you in your transition.

      • I was finding that eating meat, dairy, eggs or poultry was making me less physically fit and energetic. After eating the old diet I was feeling stuffed. In the past when I had eaten a pescetarian diet I felt very healthy. Reading your website and talking to my wife Lisa was the trigger. At this point I infrequently have some fish but no longer eat any meat, dairy, eggs or poultry. The occasional fish in my diet is an interim solution until I can understand how to remove it too. I don’t crave the fish (or any of the former meat, diary, eggs or poultry for that matter) but its a source of protein that I can understand until I figure out how to do without it.

        I have never felt healthier since I switched and I am happy I read your blog and transitioned.

  2. So glad to hear that you feel more vibrant as a vegetarian! Eventually you will be able to phase the fish out of your diet as well–of course–make sure you supplement your D3 and B12. I’ve noticed many non-dairy milks supplement w/D2 which takes longer to convert to D3, as you may already know. The good thing is, you can produce 10,000 IU of D3 by being out in the sun for just fifteen minutes! Feel free to let me know if there are any types of foods/recipes you’d like to see on the blog and I will try to accommodate. Happy New Year!


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