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If you happen to be the first among your family or friends to go veg, making the pledge might seem like a solitary experience. But you’re not alone! If you have a question, want to share your story, or have some time tested advice to offer to new vegetarians, please post your message here... Post Message
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Margaret: Long time vegitarium Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 5:01am
I'm 74, & in my very early teens, I could not understand why we would want to eat our fellow travelers on this earth, & of course i am a passionate animal lover. My mother did not agree & when I asked for alternatives, e.g. Eggs, cheese, she would say eat this or go without.  So it did, but my father was a great gardener, before chemicals came about,& I was allowed to run riot, through his veggie garden & eat what I like.  Hence when asked what was my favorite food, I would say vegetables then fruit.  People thought I was odd, & told me so.  I guess I was a rarity in those days.  Their question would be, what do you eat? When told, they looked at me puzzled. I'm glad to say today, I'm not a rarity. We now know lots about nutrition & eating veg is healthy & delicious. So come join me!
Gary Hayward: Meat free Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 4:32am
My life changed when i changed from a christian to a buddhist many years ago.In the christian church animals were said to not have a soul and when i started to question the demonisation of creatures so people could eat them.I found one of the ten commandments''THOUGH SHALL NOT KILL''full stop no finding excuses.In my buddhist walk all creatures are sentient beings with feelings of suffering,pain ,love and depression.
I believe all creatures in the circle of life we can form relationships and friendships with all of them.The billions of animals that suffer each year killed for human consumption,I can not be part of that,i will show compassion and kindness to all beings,i will never eat a creture for my life on this earth i love animals
Maxine: One Year on Thursday, 26 September 2013 at 4:20am
I took the pledge to go Veg for a week this time last year and never went back to eating meat, I had always hated the fact that I was eating animals but didn't think I could go vegetarian but it has opened a whole new world of tastes and textures.  Yes I have to be more organised so that I have balanced meals but it is well worth the effort.
aju: be vegee Friday, 13 September 2013 at 1:10am
I agree to the fact that animals are one of the gracious creature of the god and hence  they are not for human consumption. They  deserve our love, protection, care and respectwe are not mented to harm them.Being vegetarian and vegan are the only ethical ways to help them.thanks for making me aware of these..
Ella Moffatt: Krill? Friday, 12 October 2012 at 2:57am
My Mum wants me to take krill tablets because she is worried about my health. I have been a vegetarian for about 3 years and I've refused to take fish oil. What could I take besides fish oil or krill?
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Mridula Chopra: All Animals Deserve Our Love And Respect. Friday, 12 October 2012 at 8:46pm
Animals are not for human consumption. Our beautiful animals deserve our love, protection, care and respect...and to be able to live out the natural term of their lives in safety and without fear or harm.
Being vegetarian and vegan are the only ethical ways to live one's life. I sincerely wish the entire world had the moral conscience to follow in the footsteps of those who have such wonderful moral principles.
Thanks so much Animals Australia for the truly amazing, highly admirable and humane work that you do.
Vegan V: Vegan week Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 12:32am
How about ditching Vegetarian for Vegan?  
In this day and age - and the produce and products and information around to go Vegan safely and healthfully there is no excuse.
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Heidi: Go vegan for the animals! Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 8:37pm
It is so exciting to see all the people here who care about animals and want to make a real difference by not eating them anymore! We all agree that it is wrong to hurt and kill animals unnecessarily, and now we know that it is NOT necessary to eat any animal products - including dairy and eggs. Just have a look at the animals Australia pages on dairy and eggs, you will never want to eat them again! Now that you know, start going vegan - go "cold tofu" or go gradually, but keep eliminating animal suffering from your life!
L.: Vegan in the land of meat also Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 5:38pm
I have been a vegetarian for 8 years and vegan for a year.   I don't miss it.  

I am healthier than I was when I ate meat.  Only one cold in 8 years, and sinus infections that I used to have are gone!

It also breaks my heart to see the cattle trucks and the turkey trucks.
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Erin: Vegan restaurants in Brissy Saturday, 17 March 2012 at 11:32pm
Hi I noticed you didn't have Loving Hut or Green Vegetarian restaurants on your list for Brisbane. Both great places to go for vegan meals. In particular Loving Hut's lasagne; just thinking about it makes my mouth water. :) Vegan for life.
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Melody: Perth veg restaurants Saturday, 17 March 2012 at 11:30pm
I'm surprised there's no mention of Utopia here-It's a wonderful (fully vegetarian, partially vegan) restaurant that's really close to Perth city. It's also pretty cheap! AND they sell bubble tea, heres more info: http://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/restaurants/WA-Perth-Central-utopia.aspx

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Angie: Trying hard in the land of meat Saturday, 31 December 2011 at 3:48pm
I live in rural Minnesota USA but I am going to go veg for 7 days weather my family likes it or not :) one question, I am nursing my baby can I still go veg? I will not go vegan right away but is it safe for her? She is 8 months and eating some solids but no formula.
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Ella Moffatt: Donation Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 4:20am
I am setting up a stall at the garage sale my family is having and all the money earnt will go to animals australia^_^
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Kate: Thank YOU! Friday, 7 October 2011 at 3:48am
This has been an eye-opening week for me - in the past I had made resolutions to cut back on the meat for a certain number of days a week and that number would steadily decrease as time went by - until I forgot about it.
But this week - I took the pledge - I stuck with it - I used your tips and some recipes (cocnout & lentil dahl - hello!), I bought Fry's mock meats (I actually prefer their fake chicken stuff to the real thing! Not sure if that's cause now I know where chicken comes from) and went to Las Vegan and Loving Hut and loved it..
I think I may just be ready to be vegetarian! :)
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vicki: vegetarianism Friday, 7 October 2011 at 11:16am
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years, just the thought of putting animal flesh in my mouth makes me nauseous. There are thousands of beautiful vege recipes out there ,no need to kill animals who look to us for protection,and are treated so inhumanely. Good luck to everyone taking the pledge
Mischelle: not easy :( Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 6:55am
I started the vegetarian for a week challenge great, but on day 4 I cracked and ate a couple lamb sausages.  Day 3 I felt quite weak and a little sick, like I was coming down with a virus? Maybe I can try to to this gradually and introduce more vegetarian meals into my family's menu.
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Mark: Article on arguments against vegetarianism Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 2:36pm
I recently wrote an article refuting what I consider to be the most challenging arguments against vegetarianism. It has had positive initial feedback, so I'd like to disseminate it further. It can be read here: http://mb27.blogspot.com/2011/09/reflecting-upon-arguments-against.html

If you read it and agree with the content, I'd appreciate it if you could pass it on, especially to any meat eaters you know, or people considering vegetarianism.

Many thanks
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Anna: 'NO MORE SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS' Wednesday, 5 October 2011 at 11:51pm
Yesterday i was driving behind a cattle truck,(going off to the slaughter house). The cattle were screaming out(cows are very smart)they knew where they where going, i got this feeling that i've should have stoped the truck,but iwas powerless.I was in tears and have promissed that no animal will ever SUFFER or DIE for my own gratification.  Peace & Love  ( )
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elizabeth brien: happy heart !!!! Tuesday, 4 October 2011 at 12:39am
never have been happy about eating meat, in my heart I knew that a beautiful animal had sufferd to feed me!
Annalise Elizabeth: Try it Monday, 3 October 2011 at 4:56am
I have been a vegetarian for nearly a year now and it has been one of the best decisions i have ever made , this  challenge will give people a taste of what life as a vegetarian is like.
Gayle Taylor: keep it up you'll feel so much better Monday, 3 October 2011 at 4:31am
i have never liked eating meat and I am so glad to become a vegetarian.
I feel heaps better just got to learn the right foods to help with loss of certain vitamins but that not been to hard.

For eating more silver beet and spinach add apple to sweeten it.
Jacinta Martini Martini: Falafel vegetarian deliciouse Monday, 3 October 2011 at 2:59am
Serves 4)
1 brown onion, chop
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2x 4oog cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup plain flour
1 egg white
1 tablespoon olive oil
tabouli, yoghurt and lavash bread, to serve
METHOD
Place onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, chickpeas, parsley, flour,egg white, salt & pepper in a food processor.  Process until almost smooth. Using floured hands, shape mixture into four 2cm-thick patties.  Place on a plat. Cover & refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat.  Cook patties for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until cooked through.
Serve with tabour, yoghurt  hummus., cucumber spread, and bread
Kim Baird: simple is best Monday, 3 October 2011 at 1:11am
I've been a vegetarian for 16 years, including a period of vegansim while I was pregant with my third child. Much of that time was spent in a small rural town, with not much access to some of the highly specialised, processed vego offerings. I have always managed to eat very well on simple foods of lentils, nuts, eggs and tofu etc. It's best to look at foods for their own value rather than through the narrow lens of 'meat substitute'. If you need quick options like tins of lentils that is good back up, but if you soak legumes during the day or overnight they cook in little time! Enjoy the week and hope you go on beyond it :)
Kathy: Wild-blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes Monday, 3 October 2011 at 5:55pm
In a large bowl combine 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal, 2/3 cup Pamelas baking mix,1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 mashed ripe banana, 1 egg replacer ( like crushed chia seeds mixed with water), 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, (stir in more milk if the batter is too thick to stir, add 1 tsp. of aluminum free baking powder if not using Pamelas baking mix). Serve topped with blueberries and pure maple syrup.
Bren: Good Luck Everyone!!! Monday, 3 October 2011 at 11:48am
...and congrats in advance :)
Danielle: Try something new - go Veg! Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 10:08am
I have been a vegetarian  for about 3-4 years now and the longer I am a vego the easier it becomes. It's amazing the level of ignorance that still exists out there - some people still think we must just eat salad. For vegos out there that do miss meat - a brand called Quorn is pretty good - in fact one of their products (Soy based) tastes a little too much like chicken for my tastes, but a lot of their meat alternatives are great to try if you are not a fan of tofu.
I have copped a lot of flack from family and friends in the past because of my vegetarianism and passion for animal welfare. It gets down to pure ignorance - Ive had many conversations where people have stopped me and said "Stop, I can't handle hearing any more of that". Good on you Animals Australia for forcing people to stop being ignorant!
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Jacinta Martini Martini: Dead easy recopy but nobody got killed Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 12:42am
One large saucepan, put quarter cup of milk
Chop one onion put in pan on low heat, while cooking
Grate quarter or as much as U like of large slab of cheese
Put all into saucepan with a stir  (no worry it all cooks perfect simple as U R going)
Now open a tin of spaghetti in tomato sauce, put in stir, (how easy is this)
Open tin of mixed veg ( while someone els makes the toast!!) put in, this one pan stir.
Now dish it out delicious easy  feeds 4 kids & 4 adults.  (If U want to share it!!) .
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Rosalba Formato: Vegetarian Recipe - Pesto Lasagne ^__^ Sunday, 2 October 2011 at 4:05pm
I'm so happy to have taken the pledge and I'd like to share with you a great vegetarian recipe that I hope you will appreciate!


Pesto Lasagne "Rosalba Recipe" (with Besciamella Sauce!)

Ingredients:

Pesto
A cup of fresh basil (about 30 leaves)
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano
2 tablespoons grated Tuscan or Sardinian pecorino — Romano is too sharp; if need be increase the Parmigiano
1/2 cup excellent olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (optional)
Salt to taste

Besciamella
5 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 medium saucepans
Wire whisk

A pound (500 g) of lasagne, either fresh or dried, and more grated Parmigiano


Preparation:

1) At first prepare the Besciamella Sauce.
Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in 4 tablespoons of flour and cook for about 7 minutes until the mixture is smooth and a light golden brown.
Heat 3 cups of milk in another medium saucepan until just below boiling.
Pour the hot milk immediately into the butter and flour mixture a cup at a time, constantly whisking with a wire whisk.
Bring the mixture to a boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat.
Stir in 2 tablespoons of salt, and a half teaspoon each of black pepper and nutmeg.
Set apart to cool.

2) Preheat oven to 190 C and set pasta water to boil.

3) Prepare the pesto.
Mince, in a food processor, the basil, garlic, cheeses, and a pinch of salt; you should aim for a uniform paste, rather than a liquid. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add the oil in a slow stream, stirring so as to amalgamate it.

4) Mix the pesto and the besciamella sauce to get a lovely green, soft, aromatic sauce!

5) If the lasagne are fresh, cut the sheets into four inch squares if need be. Salt the boiling pasta water, add a spoonful of oil to it so the sheets won't stick, and add the pasta. Cook it till it's al dente, and then remove the sheets with a slotted spoon and set them to drain on a clean cloth.

6) Melt a dab of butter in a lasagne tray, then lay down a layer of pasta and a thin layer of he mix pesto/besciamella sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese, and lay down another layer of pasta.

7) Continue alternating pasta and pesto till all is used up, heat through in the oven (abt 30min.), and serve.


Buon Appetito!  ^__^

Rosalba
Sharon Rabusin: vego/vegan Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 9:25am
Since the 4 Corners story went to air, the vego/vegan popluation in Australia must have tripled at least. I am proud to be one of the converted - well almost. And it is thanks mainly to Animals Australia for opening so many eyes.
After watching Gary Yurofsky's "The best speech you will ever hear" (available on YouTube), i began my journey towards vegan overnight.
Sometimes it is a bit of a struggle (especially with a 4 year old who wont eat vegies!!!), but with all the recipe ideas on this site, it should be a bit easier.
Its all worth it in the end.

So a big thank you to everyone at Animals Australia for all the hardwork.
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Ella Moffatt: Shaping Food Like Animals Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 8:27am
I know it's not much of a big deal, but why do people shape lollies and stuff like animals? This is probably a really pointless question but it just doesn't seem right...
Even my vegetarian friend thought it was silly to think it's a problem to shape food like animals, but hey, it's my opinion.
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Ella Moffatt: Big Problem Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 8:09am
Seeming I'm only 11 I have a lot of trouble speaking up 4 animals, people aren't going to listen 2 a kid. If anyone has any advice on how I might be able 2 easily speak up 4 animals it would be a great help. I have already made a T-shirt that says animals r my friends i don't eat my friends.

Also, my little brother doesn't care about the welfare of animals at all and claims animals have no feelings so it doesn't matter if u lock them away in little cages or beat them with sticks despite everything I've told him about how animals r treated, any help on that one?
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Ruth Weston: Thanks to you all Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 3:19am
It was really heartening to read all of your comments.  I still eat some chicken and fish but am going to take up the vegetarian challenge.  Hopefully we will continue - no reason why not eh?  

Even seeing meat being advertised now makes me feel terrible thinking of those poor animals that give up their lives especially the ones for live export.  Jusy how can we continue to do this?

Did you see Michael Kirby's article on the AA website - he says "better late than never" to become vegetarian.

Happy vegetarian week everybody............
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Paula Simons: Veg is Great Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 10:51pm
I would like to encourage anyone who is considering becoming a Veg. I have been veg for over 30 years and never really wanted to eat meat but my mum made me. As soon as I left home I become a veg and never looked back. If you find it a little hard to give up those meals you particularly enjoyed, then maybe try being veg for 3 or 4 days a week and eating as you did previously. Eventually I think most will find it quite easy to then give up those meat dishes you enjoyed so much in the past. I am going to challenge myself to go vegan for the next week and I'm sure it will be hard but worth it.
Kathy: Going Veg Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 9:56pm
I have been mostly vegan for 21 years. Watching my Mom suffering from diabetes and eventually dying when I was only 37 opened my eyes to learning the truth about living a healthy lifestyle and preventing disease. I have always loved animals so learning the truth about their treatment in the animal factory farms was a real eye opener. There were times I tried to eat lean humane meats, but it never worked out because when invited to a barbq I would want to eat chicken because I was a chicken eater. For the past 6 years most of the animal products I have eaten has been humane Irish butter and cheese, cage free eggs and wild fish in moderation. I feel for sea creatures as well and hope to eat less seafood in the future. I don't expect the world to go vegetarian, but I do hope eyes are opened and people eat less meat, and demand humane treatment of animals.
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Yvette B: BIG THANKS Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 9:49pm
Thank you Animals Australia for giving us the chance to share our vegetarianism/veganism with others and to inform them of the benefits to both ourselves and all living beings.  BIG HUGS TO YOU!!!!!!!   =)  =)  =)
Martin: Earthlings movie now online Saturday, 1 October 2011 at 10:46am
For everyone that hasn't seen it, please watch the full movie Earthlings:

http://moourl.com/earthlings

The DVD is also available at:  http://www.earthlings.com

and please share these links with as many people as possible.
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Linda Plowman: Matthew Fernie: Why go Veg? Friday, 30 September 2011 at 8:39am
"The trouble with you "Veg" people is you haven't eaten enough beef for healthy brain function so you lack the cognitive skills to come up with a reasonable argument for not eating meat".(comment from Matthew Fernie),

I guess being new to these issues of what animals go through to make a good meal or not, really has nothing to do with attacking another about brain function, does there have to arguments if someone chooses to eat grass fed beef or not eat any animals for what ever reason.

My reason to take the veg pledge is to become more aware of the animals of Industry suffering for profit and the cruel ways they are farmed, my mind is clear about not eating them.

As for Matthew Fernie's info on grass fed beef, i'ts better than grain lot fed beef pumped with hormones, that don't  have the pleasure of grazing, thats unnatural, unkind and unhealthy, as long as there are animals, people will eat them:( and the truth is looked after animals e.g. needs meet with kindness, up to the point of humane slaughter, this meat would be easier to digest, there is no excuse for cruelty to have meat as a food source, I choose not to eat it and I don't feel that farmers that give their livestock the best care untill humane slaughter should be frowned at, thats not to say some farmers need to come out of the dark ages.

Other areas of pain and suffering, after working as a vet nurse, seeing the love of people for their pets and seeking veterinarian care for the sick animals, some of the treatments to heal are so painful, it would break my heart, one brave little dog hit by a car, had it's front leg degloved of all it's skin, every week the dressing had to be changed and redressed, the owner waited out side of the surgery, as it was so painful, that little dog trembled in fear and pain, never made a sound, this went on for weeks, now I see the owner and dog walking in the park, both so happy together, like it never happened.

Makes you wonder sometimes as to how much suffering there is in all areas of life, Ok, I feed the cat's grass fed beef, my husbane eats grass fed beef, and many of my friends do that I have sent e-mails to take the pledge to veg week. Hope they do:)
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Renee Currie: Vege Journey Friday, 30 September 2011 at 3:57am
I have been vegetarian for 6 months. Its the best decision I have ever made. After years of wanting to do it, buying 'free range' and organic meat I decided to make the change for good. The main reason I didn't was the fear of being different and not wanting to inconvinence others!! Mostly my husband, as we had always been into cooking and dining out, tasting all sort of culinary delights.  I am glad to say that he is following me and has taken to pledge to eat meat free for a week. FInally I woke up after seeing some slaughter footage. I then looked into factory farming and all other animal rights issues. I had about 4 months of this...'awakening' and I really believe I am my true self now. That this journey  I am taking into a more compassionate life is who I  really am, I feel a lot more at peace. I had a baby girl a year ago and I am bring her up vegetarian, but to me its much more than that, I'm bringing her up to have compassion, for life and for all other creatures. Its the greatest lesson as a mother I believe I can give her. I am an aspiring vegan, its where I am heading for sure. Thank you to all of you compassionate people taking this challenge. Thank you Animals Australia :)
Hannah Ingles: Veg 4 Life Friday, 30 September 2011 at 7:24pm
i became vegetarian at the start of the year.
it was hard because my friends would say "do you want some bacon,chicken ect." and even harder because my dad is a butcher, which means my family has meat every single night! i dont eat lollies either because they have gelitine in them and some youghurt and cream does aswell so it hard to know what i can and cant eat.
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Ella Moffatt: Don't let anyone make u eat meat if u don't want 2 Thursday, 29 September 2011 at 9:21pm
I became a vegetarian when I was about 9 and I'm nearly 11 now, but lots of adults say that I need 2 eat meat 2 keep healthy but I'm never going 2 eat meat again.

"Animals r my friends, I don't eat my friends"

You say u love animals, but then u go and have them 4 dinner.
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gail canning: Go VEGAN Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at 11:40pm
I have been a vegan for 18 months now - I cut out everything and went "cold turkey" sorry about the pun. It's the best thing I ever did. There are heaps of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks around and the internet has hundreds of great recipes.  You should also try the Linda McCartney range - it's really good. Good luck everyone! It's easier than you think...
Greg: Protein myths Wednesday, 28 September 2011 at 9:24pm
The fear of not getting enough protein has been a major stumbling block for those considering vegetarianism, and this has not been helped by misinformation regarding how much we need. Even many dieticians have been guilty of this.

For the record, protein is made up of amino acids, and we need nine of these to meet our protein needs (phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, lysine, and histidine).

It has been very trendy in recent decades to speak in terms of "complete protein" (for meat and other animal products), and "incomplete protein" (for vegan food sources). I spent many years as a vegetarian worrying about this.

A quick look at the facts disspells this. If you look up the amino acid content of any food, for example by visiting the USDA Nutrient Database at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/ , and enquire on a given food (eg chickpeas), you will find that ALL the essential animo acids are present.

Ideally, you need these amino acids in a certain ratio, but this applies to your amino acid intake OVER THE COURSE OF A DAY, not for a particular food.

I have been a vegetarian (near-vegan) for two decades, I lift heavy weights at the gym, have run half marathons and hardly ever get sick.

Most people in the West have too much protein. You won't get enough protein living on pasta and tomato sauce, but a cup of lentils or beans over the course of a day will put you well on the way to getting your required intake. Pulses will also address iron, folate, fibre and other requirements.
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Jenni Wyrsta: Going Vegan Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 11:17pm
I've always preferred vegies on my plate, but have lived a "traditional" home life eating meat. But after the 4 Corners programme, I went vegetarian, and now I don't eat animals. That's the difference for me. I used to eat meat, now I don't eat animals. The next step is going vegan, and that's my target in this challenge. Even though I'm a new vegetarian, and loving it, I'm already half way to vegan. What a better world it would be if more of the population did the same. Why can't the health dept promote it more?
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Taran-paige Edwards: Every living species deserves respect! Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 8:22pm
To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. %u2026 I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

–Mahatma Gandhi
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Candice: First Time Veg Monday, 26 September 2011 at 8:04am
I have a few friends who are vegetarians and they decided to do so due to the treatment of animals. I have always wanted to do so but didn't think I had it in me so I'm giving it a week and see how I go. But I do have a question. Due to the fact that my veg friends not only don't ear meat of any kind but they also drink soy milk and other replacements for animal by-products but they haven't replaced everything. So I'm not sure exactly what defines a vegetarian exactly because, though I think I may fin it possible to give up meat as I don't eat it much anyway, I'm not sure if I really have the will power to give up all animal by-products. If someone could reply and define exactly what it means to go veg that would be great.
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noreen: Go Veg! Monday, 26 September 2011 at 5:36am
I have been vegetarian for 34 years. I am healthier & younger looking than most women of my age,57. I don't understand how people can see a cow or sheep and say oohh...how cute, then go home and eat their lamb roast??? Don't they get it??? I think as humans we are way too intelligent and educated to keep killing animals for food when we can adequately grow nutritious food that is nice to eat.
I hope EVERYONE gives it a go for 7 days...you may find you feel so good and keep it up.
Samantha Nuon: New vegetarian Monday, 26 September 2011 at 1:33am
After watching all the footage on the Animal Australian website and getting to understand the reality of this cruel business of live export, I lost my appetite when it comes to eating meat, I just stopped eating it. Its very new to me, I never thought about becoming a vegetarian before, I was happy to eat my steak and not bothered to think where it actually came from, I shamefully thought that the animals that were killed did not suffer or feel any pain %u2026%u2026how can I be so blind? I regret that I did not know this or taken the time to learn about this! That I regret. I wish I stopped eating meat earlier, not only have I found it very easy to follow a vegetarian diet, if you are thinking of becoming one , try it you be surprise how easy it is ! I feel healthier and I know that I am doing something personally satisfying to help these innocent animals. It is wonderful humble contented feeling knowing that an animal did not have to die because I wanted a steak or lamb rack. I am not oblivious to the fact that in reality meat will always be eaten, I wouldn't pressure anyone to become a vegetarian; it's a personal choice that I respect, my family still eats meat. I do know that in reality as long as humans eat meat then animals will always be slaughtered%u2026 and no kind of slaughtering is pain free and cruelty free for any animal, but surely we can make it as humane as possible, there is no excuse to put them through the suffering and fear of what I witness on these footages.
Thank you Four Corners, Animal Australia and all those that commented on this site %u2026.for it has opened my eyes, please don't stop what you are doing, you really are the voices for these innocent animals.
Ozzie: veganism Monday, 26 September 2011 at 8:39pm
I am a Vegan and an animal rights advocate, and have been for some time now.  Raising animals for food and other means for human use contributes to world pollution and world hunger.  It also is well known that the consumption of animal protein and dairy products contributes to many preventable diseases.  The marketing world and governments the world over have held sway over us for decades telling us to eat meat and drink milk to maintain our health.  We now know that this is exactly the opposite.  The oldest Vegan in the word lived to be in his nineties - and died naturally of old age, in his own home, and it was he who coined the word Vegan.  He and others like him are proof the being a Vegan is not harmful.   To all animal rights advocates you are my hero's.  To those that are about to join us, your lives will never be the same again, I saw my conversion as a Renaissance to an awakening, that all animals deserve the right to exist as fellow Earthlings.  

I recommend to anyone to watch the DVD 'Earthlings' as both a reminder of what we are fighting for, and an education tool for those who are new to animal rights.
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Grace: Requirements & Recipes Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 12:02am
I've just passed my first week point of becoming a vegetarian for life. Im feeling much happier and healthier already but I need ideas with quick meals and supplements to eat. Any idea or references would be much appreciated.
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brianna: scientific studies on soy Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 6:41pm
Hi guys, it has been plaguing my mind for a while to be come veg. I have tried once or twice before but failed after a few weeks due to my lack of information and understanding on how  to get adequate nutrition. This time I am trying to research recipes and the like. I came across some website's that suggest that soy products have estrogen like properties which can contribute to the formation of cancers such as breast cancer and also cause men (in extreme cases to develop breasts). I was kind of alarmed, being that I used to be a die hard dairy fan and have moved on to soy as a substitute. I consume soy milk, yoghurt, tofu usually in some form at every meal. I also have started my husband on soy which he has taken well too.. I also have learnt tht in nutrition food options with less ingredients are better for you. I.e less ingredients mean more natural / healthy. If this is true soy milk fails badly comparerwd to dairy. I really want to stick to this but I need help. Has anyone read anything similar? I don't like rice or almond milk. Does anyone have info regarding health benefits? Has anyone noticed changes in there body after being on soy for long periods? Any help would be great thanks..
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