Hi! Congrats on wanting to become veg!
How can I become a vegetarian in a healthy way?
Read up on veg*anism and what to do, what foods to eat, what foods to eat to get your nutrients, etc. Start by eliminating meat and (if you choose) all animal products, and replace them with veg foods and veg nutrients.
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If I automatically quit eating meat, what will happen?
Your body would start to regulate in it's original healthy state.
How can I explain to my parents that I want to become one? (I am 17)
Just say mom, dad, I have great news to tell you! Sit them down and say I plan to take charge of my life! I plan to eat healthy and be healthy, with my new habits I plan to live long and be healthier and cut the risk of many diseases affecting are society today. I plan to be happier and look fresher. I plan to help the environment and make my carbon foot print on this earth smaller. I am going to be helping end world hunger as well as the mass slaughter of billions of animals. Mom, dad I have become vegetarian! If you have questions you can read The China Study, watch Earthlings, go to the websites tryveg.com and goveg.com, and search online. I feel this is the right thing to do for me and my body as well as the earth and animals. I hope you can respect and understand my descion, and maybe join me in this amazing life of veg*anism!
What produce can handle my cravings for meat yet give me the healthy fats and protein found in it?
Seitan and tofu when cooked certain ways as well as Boca, Morningtar, and Amy's products.
What is the difference between a vegetarian and a vegan?
Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Meaning they do not consume any animal products or by products what so ever. (Which include all meats, dairy, eggs, & honey.) They do not wear, sleep on, cover with any animal skin, or products. (Which include fur, leather, pearls, & silk.) They avoid as much cruelty to living things in which have a nervous system and can feel pain and spread emotion as possible, living the cruelty-free lifestyle. They do not support companies which do animal testing. They do not support anything which involves animal cruelty and abuse for *entertainment*. (Which includes the circus, zoo, rodeo, bull riding, hunting, fishing, & dog fighting.) Some are activist and fight to stop cruelty and help animals in their rights.
Vegetarianism is a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacean, and slaughter by-products.
Which is easier?
It really depends on your situation, a vegetarian can be easier since it is more mainstream, but a vegan can be easier since it is healthier and cheaper (as far a food consumption)
What type of foods can you eat (EX can I eat eggs, cheese, milk etc)?
If a vegetarian yes, as well as foods that contain no slaughtered animal or slaughter by/animal products. The main foods are water, fruits, vegetables, nuts (almonds cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, etc), beans (black, pinto, baked, kidney, etc), seeds (flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, etc), soy products (tofu, TVP, tempeh, fortified soy milk, miso, etc.) pulses, whole grains, quinoa, seiten, breads, nutritional yeast, cereals, chickpea, seaweed, lentils, & vegetable, hemp, and flaxseed oils, plant meats, and plant milks. Brands: Amy's, Boca, Moringstar, Gardenburger, Tofurky.
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