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Old 06-22-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Sometimes becoming a vegetarian is a process not an event. In fact, I have noticed that many people myself included, begin excluding certain meat or flsh foods from our diet before we decide that we've had ENOUGH!

The first food I stopped eating was veal. This was about ten years before I stopped eating meat altogether. I heard about how the calves were kept and that was it for me.

Then lamb. I felt sorry for them and I had a soft spot for them since I was a child. When I stopped eating veal, lamb went next.

Around the same time or a bit later, I learned what was in hot dogs. It wasn't the nitrate thing, it was what they are made of. It made me sick and grossed me out.

I never ate lobster because my parents loved lobster and it disturbed me that they were boiled alive.
I had no idea that most chickens meat the same fate.

SO...were there any flesh foods you stopped eating first before becoming a vegetarian?
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Interesting topic.

I stopped eating tongue and organ meats as soon as I moved out from my parent's home. Liver, which my mom thought was healthy because of the iron content, I never liked. All organ meats were disgusting to me, and I never cooked or ate any after being out on my own.

Hot dogs, bacon, lunch meats I stopped eating because they were so unhealthy years before I became vegetarian.

Veal, I never ate at all because I learned at an early age about the cruelty involved. It took several more years for me to discover that all farming involved cruelty.

Never ate lamb, because I had pet lambs that I raised on a bottle.

Never ate rabbit, because I had pet rabbits.

I never ate lobster anywhere after I learned how they were boiled alive.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:46 AM
 
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My father was the kind of person who'd eat ANYthing, so it wasn't uncommon for dinner to include calves brain, tongue, steak tartare, etc., along with more "normal" foods like lamb, beef, liver, and chicken.

After moving away from home, I don't think I ate any meat other than beef and chicken, and occasionally fish. I quit eating hotdogs, sausages, and lunch meat simply because of the "ick" factor. (I think I'd heard a George Carlin routine about how hotdogs were allowed to have a certain percentage of rat droppings. True or not, I wasn't taking a chance ..... )

I've never eaten lobster. The whole boiling alive thing just makes me sad.

But when I made the decision to go veg, I did it (sorry) "cold turkey." I decided one day that I wasn't going to eat meat ever again -- and I didn't. No withdrawal pangs and no regrets.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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My father was the kind of person who'd eat ANYthing, so it wasn't uncommon for dinner to include calves brain, tongue, steak tartare, etc., along with more "normal" foods like lamb, beef, liver, and chicken.

After moving away from home, I don't think I ate any meat other than beef and chicken, and occasionally fish. I quit eating hotdogs, sausages, and lunch meat simply because of the "ick" factor. (I think I'd heard a George Carlin routine about how hotdogs were allowed to have a certain percentage of rat droppings. True or not, I wasn't taking a chance ..... )

I've never eaten lobster. The whole boiling alive thing just makes me sad.

But when I made the decision to go veg, I did it (sorry) "cold turkey." I decided one day that I wasn't going to eat meat ever again -- and I didn't. No withdrawal pangs and no regrets.

My parents, both of them were people who would eat just about anything. So I understand this, and the ick factor of which you speak.

They LOVED steak tartare, RAW gound beef with seasoning and capers, they loved liver and brains. Snails, octopus, pigs feet - they ate it all.

There was always a disgusting jar of gelatinous pig's feet in the refrigerator.

They also liked 'sweet breads" which I think is the pancreas of some animal.
In writing this, I think of the meat crazed circa 1950s parents in the indy movie "Parents", where a boy discovers that his bar- b -que loving parents are cannibals.

When my mom bought a chicken she would eat the innards that were stuffed inside - like the tiny heart and liver. UGGH!
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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My parents, both of them were people who would eat just about anything. So I understand this, and the ick factor of which you speak.

They LOVED steak tartare, RAW gound beef with seasoning and capers, they loved liver and brains. Snails, octopus, pigs feet - they ate it all.

There was always a disgusting jar of gelatinous pig's feet in the refrigerator.

They also liked 'sweet breads" which I think is the pancreas of some animal.
In writing this, I think of the meat crazed circa 1950s parents in the indy movie "Parents", where a boy discovers that his bar- b -que loving parents are cannibals.

When my mom bought a chicken she would eat the innards that were stuffed inside - like the tiny heart and liver. UGGH!

I hadn't thought about sweet breads for years!

When I was little and heard about "Sweet breads" for the first time I thought it was some kind of special donut or sweet roll! Then I found out what it really was......YUCK!
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Warren, OH
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I could never eat veal. That was even before I became a vegetarian.

When I was in Hawaii for the first time I wasn't a vegetarian and I went to a Luau. A whole pig over a fire reall brings home what you are actually eating. I couldn't eat it.

That was the beginning.

I never ate things like shell fish or an other really unusual foods. My first wife was a pretty bad eater. She ate things like tripe, which is stomach. Also, mussels.

I really never had much experience with these "foods" because I am Jewish and they weren't in our home.

Never had an interest in eating shellfish.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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I was never a heavy meat eater to begin with but I used to eat hamburger meat and chicken before I went semi-vegan about 3 years ago. I don't know how the hell people can eat the guts of an animal. That's nasty!
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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I was never a heavy meat eater to begin with but I used to eat hamburger meat and chicken before I went semi-vegan about 3 years ago. I don't know how the hell people can eat the guts of an animal. That's nasty!
Isn't it though? And some people eat BRAINS..............
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Never ate crabs or lobster. Never.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:06 PM
 
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Red face I don't know what's wrong with me...

All of a sudden over the past 6 months I have been unable to even consider choking down anything that was ever 'alive' and 'kickin', I can't even consider my beloved shrimp anylonger... I just can't do it. I actually caught myself rearranging my fridge w/shelves for 'that sort of stuff' and 'my stuff'... far-be-it for me to worry about whatever anyone else in my home wants to eat... gotta tell ya, though, I am definately hungry...
Koale
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