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Having just read Fast Food Nation and having just seen the website of a guy who found a lost bunny and says he'll eat it if he doesn't get a million Euros by the end of October, I've just been stricken with the urge to give vegetarianism a whirl. What do you guys think?

Should I try vegetarianism for a month?

Yes! Save the cows! They won't try to take over the world if not kept in check!
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No! Screw the bunnies and eat your hamburger!
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As of... some time this week (I don't remember the exact date) I've been a vegetarian for 9 years. So... a month won't hurt you.

I stopped eating meat after reading that book early this year, and I find I don't miss meat. I still eat fish and other seafood. I also said I'll eat free-range meat or wild game, though I haven't yet. I'll admit, I'm hoping my dad gets a deer this year so I can have some venison steak.

what are your thoughts on eggs? I know they're chicken ova, but they're unfertilized, so they'd never actually be viable chickens...

I eat them, but I try to buy free-range. I'm operating under "it's OK to eat meat/animal product if the animal was 1) treated well while it was alive, 2) not shot up with hormones or other crap, and 3) not fed other animal product."

I just went out and made my first (small) grocery purchase with these things in mind, but I'm also thinking that Kosher food might be a way to go, as the animals have to be slaughtered in a very humane way...

Ah, yes, the grocery purchase was a cheese pizza and a quart of soy vanilla chai for protein. :)

Total Raisin Bran is a fantastic source of iron, btw. It was recommended to me by a friend who's a dietician because I have persistent problems with anemia, even before giving up meat. She says a bowl of that a day is just as good as a serving of meat a day.

My partner, Kellie sigmaration read Fast Food Nation and ended up going vegetarian ... and has kept to it for at least a year now.

Personally, I've only gone so far as to give up red meat and pork & seafood (most of the time). But, mine has been gradually over the past several months.

Even if you don't do it for a month - just try it for a week. And if you need/want ideas on what to cook or eat, veggieslackers is a good place to start. :)

For a month?
I tried that once.
I did OK for 2 weeks, then during the 3rd week I forgot about it and ordered chicken tacos.

Brice was a vegetarian for 4 years but gave it up when he craved a bacon cheeseburger.

Personally, I don't think you would last.

An excellent taco filling instead of the beef (otherwise top as normal):

1 can of Old El Paso light refried beans
1 can of Dinty mexican rice
1 packet of Taco seasoning (your favourite brand)
1 package of sliced mushrooms
pinch of onion powder
pinch of cumin

Sautee the mushrooms with some cumin and onion powder to taste. Add the rest of the stuff and 1-2 cups of water. Bring it gradually to a boil, stirring, over high heat. Lower heat slightly and wait until the rice absorbs the water and you get the texture you want.

My own recipe, and it's simpler than it sounds even. It takes less time than browning and preparing beef filling, usually.

You can skip the onion powder and cumin if you haven't got them handy, btw. I'm just really into cumin and onion powder. I usually do the sauteeing in some canola oil. *shrug*

I'm vegetarian, but I don't think that that means other people need to be. However, I think that trying new experiences is a good thing. :)

One thing that helped a lot for me was going to vegweb.com and trying lots of new and neat recipes. It can be dull if you eat the same food you always did minus half the stuff, and the substitutes aren't always good, plus they get tiring fast. However, there are so many cool recipes that were always intended to be vegetarian in the first place and are delicious. My cooking and eating repertoire has actually *expanded* a lot since I became vegetarian.

I read Fast Food Nation awhile ago- i seriously considered becoming vegetarian, but i never stuck with it... now i'm reconsidering since i recently watched a video of the way animals are treated before/during/after slaughter at a slaughterhouse... eeeh.
Soy chai... very good. now i want to go out and buy some of that... or go to Starbucks. anyone join me?

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