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Old 04-24-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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Actually, only about 30 percent of the people in India are vegetarians.

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Consider, however, that nearly all of India are vegtarians and they don't have problems with it at all. The key, just as with any meal, is getting the proteins your body needs to function.

Too many people jump on the vegetarian bandwagon without realizing that it's essential to eat those foods, mostly legumes, that will provide the amino acids and proteins that omnivores would find in nearly any meat. To be a vegetarian requires a little work, not just stuffing your face with any vegetable that suits you.

Cooking methods are equally important. Here in the west we tend to over boil or otherwise overcook our vegetables so they lose their nutrient value. In the east where steaming and stir fry predominate, this is much less of an issue because those cooking methods best preserve the nutrients of the food. For example, carrots when eaten raw don't have much nutritional value because the body can't break down the cellulose that contains the nutrients in the carrots. Properly steaming, stir frying, or even careful boiling of the carrot breaks down the cellulose allowing the body to extract the most nutritive value. It's not just carrots either, many vegetables are like this.

It's a shame that so many people don't know how to prepare nutritive meals, assuming that if it nutritive then it must taste like paste. It annoys me no end that schools teach nutrition in the dullest, most tired, most uninspiring manner when really it can be quite fun.

Yes we should all wear orthopedic shoes but you don't find orthopedic shoe stores on Fifth Avenue. Same with nutrition. Taught with an eye to making great meals and it can be a greal deal of fun.
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Denver
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steak, meatballs, burgers, grilled chicken, roasted chicken, pork chops, turkey, salami, ham, cheese, yogurt, milk, bacon, crab, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, salmon, tuna, sushi, ummm....what else am I missing?

Of course, I eat everything in moderation and actually only consume "meat" a few times a week. But cheese --- every day!!
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Except for....I am!
I can not imagine eating meat, haven't for 20 years and my daughter never has in her 12 yrs.....and our health and bodies thank us.

But to each his own.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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I could be a vegetarian but I have to admit, I do love a great steak on the grill once a week. We marinate in the following: a lot of soy sauce, couple sprinkles of hot sauce, 3 garlic cloves mashed and just laying in it, dijon mustard and a little extra virgin olive oil. Cover meat with saran wrap, let it sit out and marinate at room temp for a couple of hours and then grill it! The best to use is ribeye or those little funky looking steaks that have a little fat in them (not sure of the cut). Anyway, I'd also miss chicken and fish (my fav). I do like a lot of vegetarian dishes though, so it wouldn't be a huge stretch for me. My fiance though, no way - he's a meat man! LOL
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Old 04-29-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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I used to love steak so much. I've been a vegetarian for 2 years now and once you get past the first week or two, you don't even miss it. I don't have any desire for meat what so ever.
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Default I agree

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I used to love steak so much. I've been a vegetarian for 2 years now and once you get past the first week or two, you don't even miss it. I don't have any desire for meat what so ever.
Vegeterianism does make you lose many desires.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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To me a meal is not complete unless it has meat. My mouth does not water for cauliflower.
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Old 05-10-2008, 11:01 AM
 
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a big juicy hamburger off the grill. Lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle & mayo on a kaiser roll. Yummy!

What's your carnivorous craving?
Same for me. I could give up chicken, pork and all beef in a heartbeat, but I LOVE cheeseburgers.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: In a delirium
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Buffalo wings. Yes, probably one of the worst things in the world for you, but the tastiest things on the planet. There is something especially satisfying about ripping really spicy meat off of a bone. Primal, I suppose.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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I've been a vegetarian, I eat like a vegetarian, but I do have this weakness, which I cave to far too frequently, for BBQ pork ribs.
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