April 11, 2001    





Have you ever investigated the Vegetarian lifestyle?

I have not "investigated" it but I am a vegetarian and have been for 11 years or so. What would be involved in such an investigation? Are you spying on me?

Tina, 31
, MA   USA

Yes. Unfortunately my husband is a meat eater.

Jill, 60

Yes, and to my great surprise, it involved the murderous rampage of nearly all types of plants. Sorry, just kidding, but who investigates vegetarians? They don't eat animals, it isn't like that's a secret or anything. I would be a vegetarian, if I didn't think I would die from malnutrition. Morally, I agree with the principle that animals shouldn't be killed for human consumption, but I don't feel strongly enough about it to risk my health

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

I was a vegetarian for about 3 years in my mid 20s. Today, I eat very little meat and try to find alternative protein sources, but I love a burger or steak too much to give them up. But really, there is no excuse for someone in my circumstances with the range of options for food and an intellectual understanding of the issues to continue to eat meat. These are the issues of daily ethics I suppose.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

Uh, no, but I only have turkey once or twice a year, pork makes me sick, I refuse to eat beef, and fish isn't really my thing. I'd never consider eating deer or rabbit or anything, so that pretty much limits me to chicken.

Karen, 21

No I have not checked out Vegatarian lifestyle as I have problems with my stomach eating alot of veggies. So I eat them but am careful what I eat.

Marci, 56
, OH   USA

I was a vegetarian for a couple of years and last year I went without meat for lent. I myself am healthier when I do not eat meat but I must be honest: meat is my favorite food group and I have a very hard time without it.

Johanna, 18

I've thought about it, but not too seriously. My favorite food in the whole world is chicken, so I couldn't possibly be a vegetarian.

Jennifer, 19

My husband and I were vegetarians for about 5 years. We fell into by accident. We were too broke to afford meat. I experimented with cooking and we prefer vegetarian meals. However, we also decided we enjoy a hunk of bloody red meat once in a while and I never met a kielbasa that I didn't like.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

Uh. . .... I was a Vegan(didn't eat eggs or milk products) for about six(6) months to impress a girl (it worked). . . I worked at a health food restaurant for about two years that served up no red meats(Beef, Pork). . .I've gone shopping with other Vegetarians for non-meat alternatives to common meat products(like Not Dogs for Hot Dogs or Veggie Burgers for Hamburgers). . .I actually enjoyed and bought the fairly pricey versions of Soy Milk that I came across while I was a Vegan. . . But, even with all this, I never felt I was part of some "lifestyle". . .But I guess, by the question's implication, I investigated, as well as engaged in, this way of life. . .

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

My daughter became a vegetarian at age 12, so I learned to cook suitable foods for her. I've never truly been a vegetarian, but in practice, as a matter of taste, I eat very little meat and almost never cook it if I am preparing a meal just for myself.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

Yeah I was a vegan for a year, but I gave up when I didn't notice any real improvments in my health. Actually, my skin started scarring more easily when I didn't eat meat. Though since I went back it still scars. What's a kid to do?

A-Dog, 18

Ive eliminated all animals from my diet, except clams.. I love clams :(

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

For about two years I enjoyed this eating style. It was sort of a thing-to-do back in the 70s. I wasn't religious about it in the sense that I had some dread about eating meats...it was more out of my pure love of veggies and fruits. There's an awful lot to be said for it, including lower grocery bills! But I slowly broadened my dietary range and eventually got away from it. P.S. yes, it did slim me down during that time-frame.

Fisch, 45
, CT    USA

I went veggie once.

I was vegetarian for over a year.

But then Arby's roast beef sandwiches kicked the bucket out from under me.....

Oh well. Arby's is great.

My reasons changed anyway from Moral <aww poor little animal> to spiritual <cows know what they are for> Sounds like an arguement in the making huh?

I'm still not okay with abused cows on the way through their life.

But in my tummy I say yummy!

Charlie, 21


Jonathan, 19
, NC    USA

No, but I think that vegetarians are probably better off than some of us who eat meat. Personally, I can't give up my cheeseburgers! =]

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch

Yeah-it's not so bad I don't think. I could do no red meat easily-I pretty much do already. The Vegan thing, I dunno, cuz I like milk and stuff like that.

Angela, 16
, SC   USA

I tried it once...for about two days. Vegetarianism is very hard to stick to and I admire those that have adopted it. I found myself constantly worrying about whether or not I was getting enough protein, vitamins, minerals, etc. and I found myself craving (sigh) meat.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

No, I've never had any urge to do so. I love meat far too much I'm afraid.

Shanna, 15
Cardiff   ENGLAND

Yes I have, I am a vegetarian! hehe. Working on becoming vegan, but that is a difficult step for me so far...

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

Yes, for about an hour, but then I needed some BACON!!!

Susan, 32


Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Not really. I'm just learning how to love steak.

Firelady, 23
, TX   USA

yes i very much have. i've been a vegetarian for about eight years now. i saw a burger king commercial when i was seven that said something about cows. it connected to me that meat was an animal and i was really eating a dead animal. i haven't eaten meat or even fish since.

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

Yeah, yeah. But I just love red meat. I just plain love it.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario  CANADA

NO. I like meat ever now and then.

Janet, 42
E. Brunswick

I've been a vegetarian for about eight years now, but my parents have always eaten meat. My girlfriend prefers to be vegetarian, but will eat meat if it's served to her in somebody's home or something like that. I've recently had to cut out dairy products because we think that may be what I'm allergic to. I'm learning to be a semi-vegan, but I'm still eating honey and eggs. Carob peppermint non-dairy frozen dessert is actually pretty good - not much worse than mint chocolate chip ice

etoile, 20
, DC   USA

I am vegetarian. So is my husband. I'm vegetarian because I don't want to eat anything with a face. He is vegetarian because he was born in India, and his religion used to be Hindu. He is Christian now, but is keeping his veganism. I feel alot better since I made the change. The world would change to the better if everyone became vegan.

Lisa J., 22

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