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Robert Sanders: Vegemite Sunday, 25 September 2011 at 5:58pm
Doesn't vegemite contain animal products ?
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April: Long Term Vegetarian, new Vegan Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:25pm
Been Vegetarian for 28 years, run three times a week, all blood tests come back with great levels in all areas and I am very rarely sick! Going Vegetarian is the best thing I have ever done, and now adding no dairy in, I am feeling even better! My constant blowing of my nose has disappeared and I am discovering great new recipes and food. At first things are a little challenging to change, but the change is well worth it, especially knowing you are helping not only animals, but the planet too!
Mick E Boy. Perth.: :)) Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:23pm
Beautiful thanks :))
Mick E Boy. Perth.: Universal awareness Saturday, 24 September 2011 at 7:18pm
Mankind cannot continue to behave without compassion for ourselves, each
other and all the life forms we share this sacred planet with.
We grow animals like wheat and have no regard for the quality of their lives, for most of  us there is no conscious link between our mouths and the food that goes In to nourish us.
To create an awareness of the awesome gift a few grains of rice is to you from nature, brings you back to the spiritual essence of humanity, we are here to make a difference.
I am honored to be part of this community, I applaud you all for giving all creatures a voice and justifying your vegan and vegetarian beliefs on a daily basis to others.
Never underestimate the power of your actions and beliefs. x to you all - Mick
Kengie: Newbie Friday, 23 September 2011 at 9:19am
hi, well i have nvr been vegetarian b4 and i was wondering, is it healthy to be vegetarian your whole life?
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Deanne Aguirre: Which meat to go? Friday, 23 September 2011 at 12:52am
Hey guys! I'm really excited about going veg for a week, but I'm just wondering if this includes white meat- fish and chicken?

Thanks!!! XD
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jess: no meat for me Friday, 23 September 2011 at 10:37am
i have Been a vegetarian for 21 months n am proud to have stuck to it knowing its a healthier option n i dnt think ill ever go bak to eating meat no matter the peer pressure, i like being different n killing animals is a deff no noi
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Janelle Tuero: Vege Thursday, 22 September 2011 at 1:59am
I myself have been vegetarian since I was about 11 years old Now 53 I feel that  I have made a  choice that is to me morally and ethically right as NO animal should have to die just to feed humans. I have never understood why we as humans feel we are superior to other species. If our world as we know it were to end tomorrow we all know who would survive and it woldnot be the humans.
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Poornima Vyas: Eating a meal that feels like food without any guilt of torturing! Thursday, 22 September 2011 at 11:46am
Becoming a Vegan is easy. I could not eat anything but meat as my food. When I looked at all the evidences Lyn White brought to us, I could have choked to death with the torture that the animals have to go through just to fill our plate for that one meal.

Meat tastes like rubber. Vegetables taste so different and feels so good inside because it is food and not a life that I have eaten. What if somebody ate me, like a tiger wanting to feast on me. Would I like it. No I would want to escape to survive so that I can die a natural death.

I can not stop or make the government understand the cruelty and immoral way of making that little money for so many lives sacrifice. I decided to eat veg and save all those many animals I would have eaten in the process of my living.

Every life has it's purpose. May be God created them for us to get butter, cheese, milk and love from them. We don't want to rear animals for slaughter or business.

Vegetables have a sweet flavour in taste and if you try eating it a few days, our habits and pallets change and start adjusting to the new taste. Vegetables do not carry all the diseases that animal might have. It is good for digestion and skin.

Just try hard and find new ways of cooking vegies to make it taste more delicious than meat.
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Victoria Wright: Intellectual vegatarian Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 8:53am
Have eaten very little meat since seeing the abatiors on four corners but struggle to know what to cook. Thank you for the advise about Quorn will buy some tomorrow. Work long hours and need some quick fix food that is healthy. Hate the idea of eating other animals and know that the vegetarian diet is far superior just have to take the plunge.
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Jessica Alvino: Being vegeterian as easy as 1,2,3! Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 8:07am
I have been a 'proper' vegetarian for 10 years now (by 'proper' i mean i eat NO animal flesh) and it is so simple and easy to prepare meals. Being a vegetarian you will really be helping animals in so many ways...this change is worth it and should be a life change, not just a week change! Also please read the book 'Animal Liberation' by Peter Singer, it really highlights Vegetarianism as a lifestyle.
Keith Jackson: Vegan Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 6:51am
Never tried it but our family will be giving it ago from the 1st - 7th
Maddi: Sturggling Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 6:24am
I have not eaten red meat or chicken (still eat safood) for about 8 months now after always feeling sick seeing the trucks with all the animals crammed in but I am constantly feeling tired and I struggle to stay awake past 7pm when I used to stay up till about 11pm! I went and got a blood test and my levels were extremely low and even after trying to eat alot of bok choy and spinach I still feel lethargic! I don't get how everyone feels so healthy and awesome what am I doing wrong :(?
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Rene Ellul: Have trouble finding love? Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 5:11am
Ok so I love animals and have been a strict vegetarian for nearly 20 years, I'm a guy that's 29yrs old nearly 30 started being vego when 10yrs old.  Last few years I've even stopped most animal products like milk and eggs  - Once I eventually stop eating things made with them or traces of them I'll be Vegan!.
But I have to say I find it hard to find a partner than is also a Veg*n.
I seriously wont date a meat eater - how could I kiss someone with them having just eaten meat? I guess I'll be single for life the way things are going... Anyone else have the same sort of trouble? Or would you still date a meat eater? Interested to hear others views on this.
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yvette: Cattle export turned me off meat Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 2:31am
I was a cattle farmer till I saw what was happening to our cattle once overseas,
This I might add happens on our own shores as I have witnessed it at Auctions around this wide brown land of ours.
Sad but true
I stopped eating RED meat as my protest to this cruelty and have never looked back.
I might still eat Fish and chicken, But it's a start, Maybe not eating any meat for a week might be the trick?
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Marilyn Wickee: Great Idea Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 1:42am
Often meat eaters just don't know what they should be eating if they don't prepare meat - great idea to get people started.
Penelope Muir: vego for thirty years Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 1:18am
I have been a vegetarian for thirty years and at fifty six I am very healthy and fit. I have  avaried and intertesting diet and most of all I can sleep without worrying about the suffering I would cause to animals, I highly recommend vegetarianism to everybody who cares about the results of their choices on other animals.
Natasha Chow: Roadkill Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at 10:45pm
I cry everytime I see a helpless animal laying dead on the road, yet I can go to the supermarket, buy and then eat  meat...I'm so detached from what I'm actually eating, it's scary. Time for me to stop being in denial!...and learn a whole new style of cooking.
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stacey: Healthier by the day ! Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at 12:11pm
I have been a vegetarian for about 6mths now & have never looked back once & regreted my choice to give up meat, i feel so much better for it, physically & consciously. I have just given up all dairy to become totally vegan, it has only been a week & already  i feel the difference in my body. Eating a diet of mainly *living foods* gives me so much energy, my skin glows & i feel alive.
Not only do i lower my carbon footprint by being vegan, i use earth friendly products, on myself / family & all household products.
My partner is American, bought up in beef country , he is now also vegetarian, and still cannot believe how great he feels after giving up meat.!
Hayley :): Try Quorn!!! Monday, 7 March 2011 at 2:21am
Seriously everyone should try's a brand of vegetarian chicken imitation products that make it  so easy to be vego!!! They can easily replace all normally meat portions of your dishes....spag bol, stirfies, lasagne, sausage rolls, nuggets, schnitzels and more can all be made with Quorn products. and don't worry...they aren't soy!!! They taste and feel just like Chicken too!!!

Quorn made it so much easier for my family to asking me going vegetarian
(I am a 15 year old, non red meat eater for 1.5 years, and a complete vego for nearly 2 months)

You can do it!!!!
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Sandy: Veg then Vegan! Saturday, 13 November 2010 at 7:51am
YES go Veg, then Go VEGAN yay!!!
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Mariel: Pescarian Monday, 18 October 2010 at 9:06pm
I've started being a pescarian (I eat seafood as well) since the beginning of this month, as I didn't think I could go full vegan all at once. I must admit there were times I found it hard, but now I've gotten used to it and don't even crave for meat at all. I've only pledged for a month not to eat meat, but I think I'll go without it permanently. I'm just curious though, how did you guys make the transition to full vegan without feeling deprived?
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Cami: Need Protein choices that aren't carbs n can't have Sunday, 10 October 2010 at 11:30pm
Hi Guys - I've wanted to do this for some time, but I have a few is that I'm diabetic and need protein choices that aren't carbs and two, I am not allowed soy. I love it, but can't have it. Any help out there for me??? My FB is Cami Nagel (Knight) or email me at OR...if you have a good book on the subject I would love to have the title so I can purchase it and learn how to eat healthier with good protein choices...I also eat clean as well, so they can't be like 'pretend' food.  Thanks sooooo much!
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Natasha: Matthew Sunday, 10 October 2010 at 9:41pm
I'm a massive believer in Choice. I'm Pro choice in every aspect of life, even when it comes to eating meat. I'm a vego, and I'm happy I am.  I don't believe eating meat is the right thing to do. My question to Matthew is why come on a website where the beliefs of the people who visit is clear, and argue wth the life choices everyone has made? Do you really think by coming on here and posting your comments is going to change anyone's mind? What's the point? We have every right to be veg if we choose, what's it to you? You want to eat meat? Then go ahead, we think it's wrong, but we aren't going to seek you out on your outlet, where you connect and talk about your life choices and abuse you for the choices you make! Of course if you come on a website like this and start arguing facts with people who think differently to you, you'll be abused. You'll make a lot of people angry and waste your time unnecessarily. Get a life, and let people live theirs the way they want to! It has no affect on you what so ever what I, or anyone else eats. You might sit there and call us ignorant, we might call you ignorant, arrogant, and INTOLERANT right back.
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Mark: Delusions... Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 6:22pm
Many people on this page seem to miss the whole point.....itis all about COMPLETELY changing your attitude to FOOD.
Meaning that one needs to enquire about,and know about, how our food is produced.
So many commenting on this page say that they ate meat because they did not know....but when they turn veg, they still "do not KNOW". Enquire, find out the truth behind everything that you put in your mouth....
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Joanne Anand: Consider this..... Friday, 8 October 2010 at 10:46pm
People out there, PLEASE..try a product I have found, you can buy it in Coles and's called 'Quorn' and you can get everything that mimics meat....mince to make spag bol, stir fry strips, 'chicken' nuggets, shnitzels, everything! and...I am not kidding, they are spot on to the real thing. My husbands fave dish is spag bol, I watched him polish it off, complimenting me all the way, with absolutely no idea he wasn't eating meat. It's the best product I have seen that is smack bang on the's amazing. With stuff like that and everything else, there is absolutely NO NEED for animals to be going through the horror they go through on a daily basis.....I am a realist and I know people are going to continue to eat meat, but we need to change the slaughtering process somehow. No intelligent, sentient being deserves to go through the process of KNOWING it's going to die, hearing others being murdered, fighting to get out and not being able to...and then being killed in such a horrible way....factory farming practices need to be examined and changed for the better and we need to cut down our meat consumption!!!!! I have not  missed meat one bit and still get to eat all my favourite meat eating husband loves the alternatives I have found that he actually requests them now. Please let's step up the fight for the animals and please.....ignore these people from the meat industry who come on here.....when greedy people are scared of missing out on big bucks, they will do anything they can to bring everyone down. For the sake of the animals and for our health, cut down your meat consumption or consider becomng makes you feel so good...and you're saving the lives of many highly intelligent, gentle creatures who's very lives depend on us being compassionate.
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Hayley: Matthew Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 8:39am

I am not sure what the point is arguing about the pro's of eating meat when there aren't any.  Perhaps if you based your argument on some actual valid facts, you might find that people will be less frustrated with your narrow minded and ill-informed statements. It's actually not healthier to eat meat and it is argued that humans are not designed to eat meat. True carnivores, have razor sharp teeth, huge sharp claws and are super-fast runners, you can't run that fast, your teeth are flat, and nails not that useful for ripping into a piece of meat.  Carnivores intestines are only about 6 feet long, ours are over three times this and it takes 3 days for a piece of meat to pass through your body and its about 98 degrees inside you, hmm meat sitting in 98 degrees for three days, sounds real healthy!  Most people who have cut meat out of their diet notice better digestive function, improved cholesterol levels, better skin, hair and overall better energy levels.

These points below are all facts, and can be backed up with research and data if you would like me to pass it on to you.

1. Meat DOES contribute to global warming and climate change and it wastes significant amounts of water
2. Factory faming creates toxic waste
3. animals eat a lot of food far more than vegetables (funny that!)
4. The meat industry relies heavily on oil
5. Cows are destroying the planet - meat production uses significant amounts of fuel and water and it put huge pressure on the land itself
6. Producing beef is contributing to the destruction of many of the world's rainforests
7. Biodiversity is significantly impacted by meat production
8. Meat production is cruel (perhaps you should go and get informed, visit a slaughterhouse and see if you would then be prepared to eat the meat after you watch and animals suffer and be killed).
9. Milk is nasty for your body, it's a total myth that we need to drink it and it does not prevent osteoporosis
10. Eating meat and dairy food has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and milk is linked to many allergies and also asthma

And finally Matthew, you have to take a moment and remind yourself that killing a living thing is a BIG deal. Killing something and then disposing of it like it's worth nothing is a big deal and should not be something we all just do without giving it a second thought.  Perhaps you feel the need to convince yourself that you need meat to justify your own ignorance and lack of awareness.  I would ask you that before you make comments and statements in protest of the decisions that many people have made on the basis of great consideration of what is right and researched where what they eat comes from, take a moment and reflect on why you feel so strongly about eating meat.
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Paula Albertini.: Ms Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 4:33am
I have been a veg for 5 days i love it ill never eat meat again,what im finding hard is dairy as i would like to be a vegan,bought rice milk and soy milk does taste different though,sorbe icecreams are great..ill just see how i go wth becoming a vegan but i do knw ill never eat meat again..
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Dani: Change Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:51am
The Stages of change in Humanity are like this;


Every major change in the world was been disruptive and hard.

It wasnt that long ago that black people were thought of as slaves!
Dont give up- your changing the planet and it will take a little time :)

Your the pioneers!
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Danielle: Day Breakers Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:31am
The Veg for a week think came up on my facebook. And automatically I realised it was time for me to become an official Vegetarian.

"Men will one day look at the murder of animals, as they do the murder of men"; Leonardo Da VInci.

If you watch the movie called 'Day Breakers' -the world has turned to Vampirism for immortal life and feed off the remaining humans who were determined to stay human and not feed off blood.  They have huge factory farms of humans that they drain for blood. The human supply is dwindling and they are trying to make a substitute. Its an awesome movie and shows humans in it as the second class species that we treat animals as.
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KP: Matthew Fernie Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:20am
A few of you may have noticed the repetitive, aggressive comments posted by Matthew Fernie on this website. Intrigued by his die-hard committment to the consumption of eating beef, I began to wonder whether perhaps he was somehow involved in the beef industry.

With the wonders of google - sure enough - I found this link....

I think it's fairly safe to say that you are not an unbiased party on this issue and you have been revealed to be a small and desperate little man with too much time on his hands.

YOU are a direct part of this cruelty that all the caring people on this website are trying to do something about.
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Norma McRae: My 86 year old mum Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 10:34pm
My mum at 86 years was happy to take the pledge with me this week and we have been doing well, no tiredness just a bit more bathroom activity!!!!

Actually feel very good and intend to keep 3 days a week as vegetarian in the future. Thank goodness we love the vegetables.
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Blue Taylor: Chickpea curry Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 7:10am
I have been a vegetarian for several years now and it's great to see everyone else getting on board, even if it is just for a week!

If you are feeling tired, don't worry, you're not doing anything wrong! It's just your body getting used to the change, I felt like that in my first week but it passes and soon you will feel healthier than you ever had! Make sure you eat lots of beans, and chickpeas, and, if you are still eating them - free-range eggs. These will give you energy!

I just made the chickpea curry for dinner and it was amazing and very simple! I only used half the onion though and added 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder and a dash of chilli flakes. It would be great with fresh natural yoghurt (if veg not vegan), pappadams, and fresh coriander.

Angela Bentley: Being Veggi for a week Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 1:39am
Well my daughter and I took the pledge and became veggie's on the 1st October.  Been very tired, what am I doing wrong?  We have not missed meat at all and I love the feeling that I am not contributing to animal cruelty.  I think I could become a veggi full time quite easily.
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Matthew Fernie: Why go Veg? Monday, 4 October 2010 at 8:15am
I reject your arguments for "Going Veg." 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. I will now disprove all of the reasons for "Going Veg" as outlined on the home page of this site.

1. For your health

Eating grass fed beef (the main kind Australia produces) is extremely beneficial to your health. It is an excellent source of protein, zinc, B12, selenium, phosphorous, niacin, B6, Iron and riboflavin. These are all essential nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.

Grass fed beef also has high levels of Omega-3s (about the same as salmon).

People who have ample amounts of omega-3s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack.[3] Omega-3s are essential for your brain as well. People with a diet rich in omega-3s are less likely to suffer from depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder (hyperactivity), or Alzheimer's disease.

Another benefit of omega-3s is that they may reduce your risk of cancer. In animal studies, these essential fats have slowed the growth of a wide array of cancers and also kept them from spreading. Although the human research is in its infancy, researchers have shown that omega-3s can slow or even reverse the extreme weight loss that accompanies advanced cancer and also hasten recovery from surgery.

Eating grass fed beef does not cause cancer and is in fact very beneficial for your body.

2. For the planet

Nearly all Australian cattle are grass fed. It has been proven that cattle properties that run grass fed cattle are almost carbon neutral. More greenhouse gases would be produced if the cattle weren't there to eat the grass and it was otherwise burnt through a natural event (bushfire, lightning strike)

2. A On water use

More water is used to produce a kilo of "veg" than to produce a kilo of grass fed beef.

3. For the animals

Australian Grass fed cattle live their entire lives out in large paddocks with ample food, water and space. There is usually around 100 cows in a 1000 acre paddock. Hardly cramped.

3.A Dehorning

Australian graziers are moving away from horned cattle as fast as they can. Every year polled (hornless) bulls fetch more and more money at auction because the trait is so desirable. Australian graziers don't want to have to dehorn their cattle, and put undue stress on their calves but it must be done to prevent the horrific injuries that the cattle can sustain on each other when they are older.

3.B Transport

All cattle are given adequate space when trucked.

3. C Stressed when Slaughtered

Extra care is given to cattle before slaughter to make sure there is no bruising and that they are not stressed before being killed. If a bullock is stressed before being killed hormones are released changing the Ph, colour and tenderness of the meat. This means the meat is worth less money than a beast that was killed while it was calm. It is in the best interest of the beef industry not to slaughter stressed cattle.

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Renee: Healthier and thinner Monday, 4 October 2010 at 4:17am
I have been vego on and off in my life but have completely stopped for 10 months now and my cholesterol is down and ive lost heaps of weight and generally feel good. Plus im helping animals i now see it as "i wouldnt eat my dog so why eat a cow or pig) we all breath and feel
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Monica Tsang: trying to be vegetarian Monday, 4 October 2010 at 3:09am
Since i go through , I have stopped eating Pork.
I love to take on the challenge of to be vegetarian. I do this purely for farm animals. There is nothing worse off, instead i find my shopping is much easier and simplier as i don't need to go to meat section.
I have to improve my technique in cooking vegetarian food, while i found that simply eating fresh vegie is enjoying, as just put washable vegies together and served in a minute. (don't have to cook) LOL.. :D
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Jessica Armstrong: Earthlings Sunday, 3 October 2010 at 6:16am
If you haven't already, watch Earthlings. I won't ask you to turn vegetarian or vegan or even cut down on your meat, just watch Earthlings. Inform yourself. If you feel the same way about meat afterwards, then fine. But wilful ignorance is the absolute worst.
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Ceri Fitzpatrick: Why Veg? Sunday, 3 October 2010 at 2:36am
I often get asked "Why are you vegan?" The answer's fairly simple. When I look a meat dish, all I can see is a brutally murdered animal.

I became vegetarian when I was 13, after I stayed with some farming friends for a holiday. Boy, was that a wake up call! There I was, feeding the adorable lambs, watching the hens raise their fluufy chicks and assisting my friends in the raising of a joey that they (who were wild life carers) had in. It wasn't hard to realise that it isn't right that we murder these animals, or their babies, when we don't have to. After further research into farming methods, I was ashamed to discover how much is wasted on raising the animals to eat them, how much of the environment is destroyed, and how much pollution is caused by all of the transportation of cattle to sale yard to abbatoir to shop. At that stage I was still eating renet-free cheese and eggs.

I then read a number of books on the way animals are treated in various industries. I also talked to a number of farmers, and completed some study into nutrition. I could not, in any conscience, continue to support the milk or egg industries - it is a known fact out here in the rural areas that "Free-range" is not half so free-range as city dwellers are led to believe. I am now vegan, except for the eggs of our free-range hens. The only reasons I eat these are that I know that the chicken eat an appropriate diet (no ground up chickens or pigs in their food) and are kept humanely, and that I am (sadly) required to have them for health reasons.

Given that all of hte information that I have collected over time is freely available to any seeker of knowledge, and only the determinedly ignorant could deny it, all I can say to people who don't understand is:
"Why not?"
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judith turner: GO VEGAN Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 10:54pm
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Penny Russell: Vegetarian Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 10:19am
Hi.  I am now 51 years of age.  I have been an animal lover and vegetarian for many years and don't regret anything.  I felt morally at ease and better in health from the moment I decided.

What really upsets me now is when others  ignorantly eat animal product in front of me.  I find that really hard to handle.  I have got that way now that I wish I could somehow stop everyone from eating meat and put every slaughterhouse out of business.  Also, I am trying hard to convince those close to me to give up eating meat and become veg.(Slow process).

And, yes, I also cop a bit of crap but rest assured, I couldn't care less.  I am a vegtarian and am very set in my ways -vegan is my next stop.

Penny Russell
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Grace: Vegan! Friday, 1 October 2010 at 8:55am
I'm 17 and have been Vegetarian for over 2 years. Seriously the best decision i have ever made! I am currently Vegan and loving it! I don't even feel the need to eat chocolate or ice-cream or any of that stuff because i know what a healthy and humane way of life I'm living. I would encourage all to try Veganism! Just think about all the lives you're saving and the good you're doing for your body and the planet :) I get a lot of crap from people but i have come to realize that it's because they feel threatened because when i start to talk about why i don't eat animal products they realize that i have a point and immediately start defending themselves because they know deep down that i have a point and eating animals is wrong. Stick with what you believe and NEVER let anyone intimidate you by making you think that just because you're Veg or Vegan you're weird or "you won't get enough protein!"
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Merrill Kuhnemann: Found New Product Friday, 1 October 2010 at 2:18am
Hi Everyone, I found new product Made in Australia.  375ml can of Nestle Carnation Soy creamy cooking Milk.  Is Cholesterol Free, Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Ideal for both sweet and savoury dishes and has creamy taste and texture.  This cooking milk is specifically designed for cooking creamy meals such as pasta, quiche and sweet desserts and is suitable for vegetarians.  Have fun trying it.
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Elaine McLean: ms Friday, 1 October 2010 at 1:00am
worried that everyone's haemoglobin will go down from not eating meat.  Haven't we evolved to eat meat?  Isn't that why we have canines?
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Kerrie Rogers: First timer.....It's a long one :) Friday, 1 October 2010 at 11:05pm
I'm always up for a challenge and this is one i couldn't pass. I've been wanting to become vegetarian for such a long time, but wanting and doing are two completely different things. But now it is my time to turn a wanting into a doing! I have decided that eventually i would like to have a vegan diet. It is only day 3 for me cutting meat out of my diet and tbh it's not that difficult. The hardest thing for me to cut out is cheese. I am a slave to the stuff! But it is a sacrifice that i am willing to take. I'm just busy researching about what foods are better in terms of protein etc......and recipes. My family are meat eaters, but i will be slowly incorporating what i eat into their diets. If it tastes good they'll eat it.
I know that this is a much better way to eat. Not just as an ethical viewpoint, but for health. I look at my two furkids and it makes me not want to eat meat. When my grandfather was 40 he had a heart attack and told that he had a year to live. So he binged on alcohol, cigarettes, meat, dairy etc....a year later he was still alive. He then went cold turkey and began a vegan lifestyle. He was a vegan for his next 43 yrs. He attributed that becoming vegan was what gave him an extra 43 yrs to his life. Even his doctors agreed. The only medication he was on was for high cholesterol and that was only because his body produced too much. He died at 84.
Considering he had severe heart disease and told that he would be dead at 41 i think he did quite well!
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Meg And Liam: Some advice for newbies!! Friday, 1 October 2010 at 8:14pm
Im Meg and Im Liam's mum. He's 8 and just made the terrible realisation whats last nights roast chook was. So here we are, pledging to be veg. I was veg as a teenager but was told by my doc when I fell pregnant for the health of the baby I had to eat meat again, being 18 and somewhat terrified I did what I was told. That baby, my daughter is 14 now and doesn't want to be veg, I will discuss this with her later. Anyhow,, bit worried about meeting protein, iron and B12 requirments for my boy and myself. So any advice, websites, books, any dieticians/nutritionist in the crowd that can help me out would be great. You gotta start somewhere so please no judgments on being late bloomers. Cheers Meg and Liam ;)
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Giovanna Budel: Paix avec le monde Friday, 1 October 2010 at 2:06pm
Je suis vegetarienne depuis 5 ans et quasi vegan.  Je n'ai plus de problème au niveau de la colonne, les examens sanguins sont excellents, aucune carence!!
Le matin je me lève heuresue de savoir que pour mon alimentation  ne sauront plus assassinés des animaux.  Je suis en paix avec la nature.
La sensation de paix  avec tout ce qui vit sur la planète est une sensation merveilleuse, j'ai découvert le "bonheur".
Je ne sais comment j'ai fait pour m'alimenter de cadavres pendant cinquante ans.
Vanessa: Animal lover Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 8:00am
I have been a vegetarian for around 6 years now and I am so damn proud to be! I only wished I'd become one sooner, but I too, was ignorant and uneducated. Not now though, and I will starve before I ever eat any living creature again! I absolutely love animals, always have. Would never and could never hurt them. My heart aches "every minute of every day" knowing what they suffer and endure "every minute of every day". It sickens me to even think about the reality of an animals life and what its' fate is or what may happen. And the ignorance, arrogance and unremorse of human kind...I'm ashamed to be one. I really hope that one day, all the suffering, cruelty, and deaths will stop for all animals. They are beautiful creatures and deserve to live without misery.
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Lois: Hand In hand Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 4:02am
I previously posted a message regarding being a vegetarian but wanted to add what I believe goes hand in hand with vegetarianism, and that is testing of cosmetics, etc. on animals.  I just want to scream every time I see these ads on TV for cosmetics, perfumes, hair shampoos, deodorants, etc. sprooked by the models and movie stars when I know they have been tested on animals.  It makes me wonder why these people advertise the products, no doubt it is for the money and well as putting their faces out there, but do they not care that the majority of the brands are tested on animals or are they just plain ignorant.  Something you may not know about the Body Shop  which does not test their products on animals, is that the founder of the Body Shop sold out a few years back to L'Oreal of Paris, one company which does test on animals, so if you buy at the Body Shop you are lining the pockets of a company which does test.

The following is a link to Choose Cruelty Free which lists cruelty free companies, also there are many interesting and sometimes distressing articles about the procedures used in the testing

Visiting the website might just change your mind about the products you may currently be using.  I always carry with me my little CCF book to make sure that any product I buy is free from animal testing, and if I am in doubt I will not buy it.
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Alice: Never felt better Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 3:57am
I've been vegetarian for 6 months now and I've never felt better! I encourage anyone to become a vegetarian to make a huge difference to the world! I feel like I'm helping a good cause.

If anyone is struggling try, I think it's called QUORN products, they are based in the UK but are available in Australia. They have mince, sausage rolls, burgers and more and they are quite nice!

Good luck everyone!
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