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    15 Reasons to be a Vegetarian

    http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/66075/

    1. You'll ward off disease. Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average American diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer. A low-fat vegetarian diet is the single most effective way to stop the progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it entirely. Cardiovascular disease kills 1 million Americans annually and is the leading cause of death in the United States. But the mortality rate for cardiovascular disease is lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, says Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful because vegetarians consume no animal fat and less cholesterol and instead consume more fiber and more antioxidant-rich produce -- another great reason to listen to Mom and eat your veggies!

    2. You'll keep your weight down. The standard American diet -- high in saturated fats and processed foods and low in plant-based foods and complex carbohydrates -- is making us fat and killing us slowly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a division of the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics, 64 percent of adults and 15 percent of children aged 6 to 19 are overweight and are at risk of weight-related ailments including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A study conducted from 1986 to 1992 by Dean Ornish, MD, president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, found that overweight people who followed a low-fat, vegetarian diet lost an average of 24 pounds in the first year and kept off that weight 5 years later. They lost the weight without counting calories or carbs and without measuring portions or feeling hungry.

    And More: http://www.alternet.org/healthwellness/66075/
    "I'm lost. I'm no guide, but I'm by your side." - Pearl Jam

    "It decomposes, mendicant, therefore, truly, one calls this the world." -- Loka Sutta

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    Originally posted by Saorsa
    You can buy vegetable "roast duck" from Asian Food Grocer online for $1.39 a 10 Oz. can and Vegetarian Duck w/ Shiitake for $1.29 per 5.3 Oz. can. I just added a whole can of the vegie duck w shitake to some miso soup and it was dilicious. Shipping is very reasonable.
    "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
    J.B.S.Haldane

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      #3
      + 1

      You can get a 26 Oz. tub of organic miso paste, enough to make a few gallons of miso soup or stock base, for $4.89. Also at the Asian Food Grocer. This makes up into a very tasty, hearty, high protien soup. I just scarfed down most of a quart of miso soup made from this paste and I guarantee it.

      http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/index...OD&ProdID=4329
      "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
      J.B.S.Haldane

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        #4
        um.. it would help the climate?
        Rick Brauer or just call me - Mr B

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          #5
          Originally posted by Rbrauer
          um.. it would help the climate?
          Yes, it would help the climate.

          It would also help the climate of human environmental consiousness; an indication that we were coming to terms in a healthy, mature and responsible way with being the custodians of the resources of the living parts of the Earth.
          "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
          J.B.S.Haldane

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            #6
            veg food good I can only suppose. I like it all.
            Last edited by Rbrauer; 27 Oct 2007, 9:34 PM.
            Rick Brauer or just call me - Mr B

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              #7
              Thanks for the links, Juke. Looks like good stuff I'm learning how to cook Indian cuisine, currently. I love a good kofta dish.
              "I'm lost. I'm no guide, but I'm by your side." - Pearl Jam

              "It decomposes, mendicant, therefore, truly, one calls this the world." -- Loka Sutta

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                #8
                Indian cuisine is the way to go IMO if you're looking for tasty albeit spicy meatless meals. Aloo Gobi is my favorite. Yum.

                http://www.recipesindian.com/indian_...Aloo-Gobi.html

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                  #9
                  Here's more reasons to be a Vegetarian! LOL

                  Fast Food
                  Top 10 Trans Fattiest Foods

                  A Calorie Counter went through a ton of restaurants and came up with the places that serve up the highest doses of trans fats. Here's the top 10 of the 88:

                  10. White Castle French Fries - Sack: 11 grams
                  9. Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket 6-piece: 12 grams
                  8. White Castle Clam Strips - Sack: 12 grams
                  7. Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Potato Wedges: 12 grams
                  6. Jack in the Box Fish & Chips: 12 grams
                  5. White Castle Chicken Rings - 20 rings: 13 grams
                  4. Burger King Hash Browns: 13 grams
                  3. KFC Chicken Pot Pie: 14 grams
                  2. White Castle Fish Nibblers - Sack: 16 grams
                  1. White Castle Homestyle Onion Rings - Sack : 30 grams

                  The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2 grams of trans fat per day.
                  And the truth shall set you free.

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                    #10
                    I can think of one reason NOT to be a vegetarian. TOFU!

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                      #11
                      #16) my G/F cooking some times......if it gets back to her I'll deny the whole thing!!

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                        #12
                        oh Darrel, your a bad bad boy! LOL
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                        Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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                          #13
                          oh to choose:
                          a nice juicey steak



                          or this
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                          Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Robynbird569
                            oh to choose:
                            a nice juicey steak


                            or this
                            Robinbird, sure you can be a little immature and poke unrealistic fun at the realities of the need, both nutritional and environmental, for healthy diet change. I could respond in the same spirit and come back with a full screen of attractive vegie meals but I'll let you have the mantle where this vein is concerned. Nobody can force you to eat responsibly or even to examine your habits for overall responsibility where this everyday area of behavior is concerned - nobody in their right mind would even want to impose any such thinking or behavior on you - but the wealth of information pointing up the urgent advisability of making such changes increases daily.

                            I apologise for the school-masterly tone of my reply here but the thread wants to examine the RL pluses of eating a vegetarian diet and your post varies from that goal. Thanks.
                            Last edited by Juke_spin; 27 Oct 2007, 12:59 PM.
                            "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
                            J.B.S.Haldane

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                              #15
                              ITA. There are dozens of threads in this forum that discuss and contain recipes for meals that contain meat. There's no harm or foul in having one or two devoted to meatless recipes and meals. Both can and should be tolerated.

                              Vegetarian diets need not be limited to tofu or carrots. Although I'm currently not a vegetarian, when I was, most of my meals were pasta, potato and rice based. A person can technically be a vegetarian and subsist on pizza and pepsi. I always found the knee jerk association between vegetarianism and tofu silly and completely unrealistic.

                              Back to topic. If you can afford to eat take out often, Chinese and Thai cuisine are typically vegetarian friendly and yummy. Schezuan (sp) sauce with broccoli and Pad Thai without the meat are delicious.
                              Last edited by antiquity; 27 Oct 2007, 1:48 PM.

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