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Have You Ever Tried to Be a Vegetarian?

For many food-conscious diners, eating flesh doesn't mesh with their ideological standards, and their values lead them to vegetarianism. For others, going meatless has more to do with health than compassion for animals, a distaste for meat, or a combination of these reasons.

Whether they've adopted vegetarian diets for health reasons or animal rights, several celebrities have made their dietary choices publicly known. Famous vegetarian and vegan ladies like Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Alicia Silverstone, and Alanis Morissette haven't been shy about the fact that they say no to meat. They've been vocal about their personal choices, so tell me, have you ever tried to be a vegetarian?


glowingoasis glowingoasis 7 years
i don't know what i would be "labeled" as, but i only eat chicken and turkey
CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 8 years
i am a sporatic vegetarian. i will stop eating red meat, poultry and fish for a few months to a year or so. but i have always started eating meat again.
Sparrow82 Sparrow82 8 years
No, I've never attempted to go veg, nor will I ever. I changed my diet drastically for health reasons after becoming very, very sick for a number of years. My diet is high on grassfed organic beef, and raw grassfed organic milk. I do eat tons of veggies (organic is my preference) and EV olive oil and EV coconut oil, unrefined sea salt. I have started receiving comments recently from people who have known me for years (during my illness). Apparently they want to know why I look healthy again and not sickly. My cholesterol is now normal my weight is evening out and I have energy. I personally have need of this diet not a vegetarian one and I thank God deeply for leading me to it.
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
I decided to go vegan, almost a year ago, after reading "Skinny Bitch". It was one of the best decisions that I've ever made :)
BalooB BalooB 8 years
I went vegetarian for about a year when I was 18, but really missed meat and my blood tests showed it. I am what would be classed as a flexitarian now, I am very fussy about where my meat comes from. I don't really like pork- never have, I think its because I lived in the middle east until I was about 8 and pork NEVER features in the part that I lived in. I can't really eat meat more than once a day because my stomach just rebels as I was raised not eating large amounts of meat. We tend to eat a lot of lentils and vegetables at home. I do often indulge in things like tempeh (yum) that a vegetarian friend claims I should not be allowed to eat because it is, according to her, a vegetarian's food, but I got hooked on it while living in SE Asia.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Interesting to read all the comments here! I respect all of them. I tried becoming lacto/ovo vegan for health & for the love of animals, but had to return to some meat because of exercising alot & low iron. Now, it's mostly baked fish or turkey. Also, there is an interesting book called "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" that made a lot of sense to me.
nestingdolls nestingdolls 8 years
Im thinking about becoming vegetarian. my boyfriend thinks it's somewhat stupid because of coarse he loves his meats. I don't eat much meat anyways. I dislike sausages, hamburgers..etc. i do have a weakeness for sushi though. =0
potterlove potterlove 8 years
I'm a proud pescetarian! It's not like I haven't tried to be a vegetarian, I have many times, but I really can't let go of seafood! I grew up in a province where it's all bout seafood. So, old habits die hard for me!
weffie weffie 8 years
I "tried" to stop eating meat for a week 15 years ago and have never even been tempted to start again.
melx melx 8 years
i was a vegetarian for 4 years, for moral reasons. but since i met my boyfriend (who loves hamburgers, sushi, and chicken wings) it's been hard to skip meat. oh well, i'm weak :)
mkvamme mkvamme 8 years
I did it after watching a movie with my mom about what they do to the animals. Yikes! Then I took it too far and tried to go vegan for Lent. I'm back to eating meat occasionally, but it is easier for me to go without it sometimes.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
nah, not even considering it. i actually become agravated in a week without meet and it really affects my brain function. if i trick my body into some other protein it doesn't work. and i love the taste and don't feel guilty for the animals. we feed them, we make them breed... and we kill them. without us they would not exist... so no, i thing i'll sleep just fine :)
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I was a veggie for 3 years but I HAD to start eating meat again for health reasons.
elysiamann elysiamann 8 years
i'm going to college next year and want to become a vegetarian, but i don't know how to do it healthily with the dining hall and other collegey!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I rarely eat pork or red meat, it's just not that good for you. I stick to chicken mostly but alas I could never give it up.
glitter-junkie glitter-junkie 8 years
Vegetarian 23 years, vegan for 7.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
I tried some of what was at one time the most delicious pepperoni pizza after eating veggie for a year and it was the strangest tasting thing! The pepperoni was so overpowering and not at all satisfying to me. I thought, if the best pizza ever tastes gross now with meat on it, I think its time to go veg for good :)
zeppelinrules zeppelinrules 8 years
I've been attempting (unsuccessfully) to be a strict pescaterian for the past year, but I've recently decided to allow myself some flexibility. It all started when I randomly watched a couple of those PETA videos showing the treatment of animals raised for food (which made me sick), but now it's also for health reasons. I'd never be able to give up seafood though.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Ooops, I meant: "Ounce for ounce, calorie for calorie, animal sources have considerable more protein than PLANT sources."
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I became sick and unhealthy (supported by medical lab results). I went back to eating lean meat (chicken breast and fish), felt better, and my lab results came back normal. I'm athletic, and my body needs considerable amount of protein for muscle repair and maintenance. Ounce for ounce, calorie for calorie, animal sources have considerable more protein than animal sources. Animal sources are more protein dense. Just read the nutritional info.
almostloli almostloli 8 years
it's so hard.. especially in my case, i often go eat out, a lot of family dinners, and nobody else in my family and my circle of friends is vegetarian but i cut my red meat though i love fish :D
haydee haydee 8 years
It's not difficult because I love vegetables. But I do miss eating chicken and beef and that's why I'm still not pure vegan
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Myst- I am the same way. I actually eat loads of fresh fruit, veggies and beans, but I also love both tofu (which is really actually not processed and very healthy!) and processed soy products. In fact, I often bake and cut up a Morningstar chik'n patty on my salad. They have less calories and fat than the bird, and no ethical concerns. I just don't know why people find it necessary to judge a vegetarian for eating these products, really, you want to go ahead and tell me my soy breakfast sausage (that has 80% less fat than normal sausage) is disgusting and unhealthy? Do you even know what is in the sausage you're eating? It's not like I have myself on a pedestal as a paragon of diet virtue. There is a world of difference between the unhealthy vegetarian stereotype of the teenage girl who drinks diet soda and eats chips all day long, and someone who has a veggie burger from time to time. Sheeesh!
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I've been a vegetarian for 11 years. It's for a variety of reasons--health, moral, environmental. At home, I eat a vegan diet, but I'm flexible when I go out. I wish cheese weren't so delicious.
AMP AMP 8 years
I've been since May, not full on, but I guess it just depends on your definition. I grew up in a family of heavy meat eaters, even our family business was meat. So for me to not eat any red meat, pork, or chicken, I feel like I am a vegetarian. I still eat eggs (only free range w/ no hormones, steriods) and cheese (i can't kick that, i love cheese) and fish. But I don't miss meat at all. I'm doing it for my health b/c I read too much about all the nasty stuff they put in animals and b/c of the terrible way animals are killed. And b/c farming is bad for the environment.
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