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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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Angie Hoffmann: vegetarian Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:53pm
Hi, devoted friends of animals

I am already a vegetarian.  I cannot understand how those Naked Apes are slaughtering intelligent animals for consumption.  Will they ever wake up?

Angie
Lilyán De La Vega: Where to start Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:36pm
Hi everibody!
I am taking the callenge, and meat is not something that worries me at all. I can eat it, but I can go without it and not miss it. The real challenge was reading that it also included dairies and eggs...  My usual food is lots of vegetables, all kind of cheeses, yoghurts, eggs, and nuts. If I only eat vegetables and pasta I will gain weight, right?

I already made the one week pledge, but to be honest I think I won't be able to quit dairies from one day to another. Any suggestion?
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Charlotte Gardner: I haven't eaten meat for five years! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:36pm
For the animals, wild and domesticated, for every living organism has the right to remain living, until natural causes (non-human related) do us part.
Lara: Proud Vegan! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:34pm
I think this is a wonderful idea and hope that many people take the pledge. I've been a veggie for 25 years now and then made the decision to become vegan 3 years ago. I adore animals and this has been the best decision I have ever made. My husband started eating my meals and loves them, he's lost weight and feels so much healthier!
Vivienne: Go Vegan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:13pm
I've been vegan for 3 or 4 years now and I find the meals even better than vegetarian.  By not having cheese or eggs, it means more vege flavours and more diverse ingredients.
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Greta Jourdane: Never liked meat as a kid Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:09pm
As a kid I never ever tolerated meat, it was given to me on a plate and Id just push it around the plate with my fork, now I realise it was probably because sub consciously I knew it wasn't right to be eating it. I am a vegetarian and love to go to vegan resturaunts, the meals are a;lways great, food is wonderful and so tasty I don't go now where Im having to sit and watch pple digging into meat, it saddens me too much and I feel like ripping into them about it. pple keep telling me I need to eat meat I look pale bla bla!!  you can imagine what I tell them. This world needs so much work done on its pple . Im actually pleasantly amazed at so many pple here like myself. Bless the animals  they will always have sympathy in my heart no matter what, I respect and honour their existence more than pple. :)
Clare Mann: Bob Geldof inspired me! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 5:13pm
In 1979 I read Bob Geldof's book 'Is that It?' His graphic details of working in an abbatoir in Ireland meant I stopped eating meat from that day.  A little meat over the next three years but then no more.   Fish has recently left my diet and I wish I had stopped eating it years ago.

The work that Animals Australia does is fabulous - like Bob's explanation, they highlight to us the reality of eating meat.  I now feel I can live alongside all animals with respect and the side effects of clear skin, great digestion, vitality and energy at 49 is a great side effect!  Keep up the good work.
Andrea Hudson: for all your suffering, for this i am sorry Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 5:11pm
My pledge is made to you, to the animals, i will honour my pledge everyday and that's, forever. You cannot speak, only suffer in silence, when i look into your eyes, all i see is sadness and pain.
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nadene: sounds cool... Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:55pm
You know, when I tell people I'm vegetarian, I often get the response "I love my meat" or "I'm a proud carnivore" and the thoughts always go through my head - how can you love to eat something that's made of the same thing you are???  And what pride is there in not even giving a second thought to how that meal got to your plate???

One of my biggest dislikes is seeing someone complain about the "toughness" or "dryness" of the animal they just ate and leaving half of it on their plate.... I feel devastated for the animal, that even in it's death, it still wasn't appreciated.

Sounds cool to eat meat - but there's nothing cool about killing.
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Stephanie Fraissl: Vegetarian for 9 months Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 2:11pm
I thought it would be a hard transition but it really is not. All I have to do is think about where the food came from and there's no way I could eat it. When I still ate meat I made a practice of thinking about the animal I was about to eat and to try to understand what its suffering might have been like, so then when I ate it I prevented myself from denying the truth about where it came from.  Eventually, I just couldn't do it anymore, and I'll never go back. Its not a choice anymore, but my obligation to these creatures.
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Andrea: Vegan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 1:54pm
I'm vegan from 4 months! Been vegetarian for 4 years. and I am proud of be a vegan! =)
Michael Masley: Also Proud Veagan Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:56pm
Have been vegan for 23 years after I realized one day, when I was 16, the interconnectedness of all life.
Sonja Nielsen: Proud Vegan :) Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 12:52pm
I am already Vegan. I made that choice because I didn't wish to support the intense suffering that goes on in the meat industry one more day
Fabienne Amnesty For Animals: A Vegan for all my life! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 11:11am
I've been a vegan for all my life. It's simple, it's healthy and it harms no one. Animals are my greatest compassion and I my biggest goal is to achieve more respect and dignity for those beautiful creatures which inhabit the world with us! Animals have feelings to, exactly the same as humans have. So when you ever witness cruelty, abuse or murder to an animal, please ask yourself: how would I feel....? For animals feel the same...
jan Garen: Vegetarian Week Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 11:08am
Good luck with the challenge. My vegetarian week has lasted for over 40 years and I certainly do not miss eating meat.
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estelle: going veg is easy Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 9:24am
I used to think it was impossible to actually live without eating meat and here I am, 5 years on, still very much alive and feeling better for it.

Being vegetarian isn't like giving up an addiction like smoking or chocolate.  What I see, when I look at meat, is a dead animal that's suffered, had no respect in life or death and it feels something like looking at a human leg on offer to chow down on.   The thought of having that animal in my stomach actually makes me sick to think about now.  It's actually quite a filthy concept to me.  You'd be disgusted if you knew the filth that's being served up in our butchers and supermarkets.  

I read a book called "quantam wellness" and the vegetarian section inspired me to investigate further, but it wasn't until I read "The pig that sang to the Moon" that my heart went out to animals and the sacrifice that they make for us.  It changed my life.  It wasn't hard from that moment on.  It would actually be harder now for me to eat a mouth full of it.  You'd have to knock me out first!

I believe that given the choice, animals want to live.  Who am I to take that from them?   It's an unnecessary cruelty that I can do without.  I want no part of it.  

I have more pride in myself being a vegetarian than I ever did as a meat-eater.  That's a fact.  And I'm still alive..... and I'm still strong!  I can't stand the smell or texture of animals flesh anymore - it's funny how it's turned out that way...
Neale Blackwood: Its easier than you think Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 9:05am
I went Vegan 5 years ago after wanting to for about 5 years. I thought it would be harder but its pretty easy with a bit of research to make sure you get all your nutrients. I take B12 tablets which is the ONLY nutrient you can't get as a vegan.

The argument that sold me was from a Hindu. He said why do you let your tongue make ethical decisions for you? Because it tastes good you allow animals to suffer and be killed for your enjoyment. That struck home to me.
 
I don't see a reason to eat animals or animal products. Its easy to get every nutrient you need (except B12) from a plant based diet. You used to get B12 from plants (you don't need much) but the agricultural methods have reduced it to zero.

Eating out is a PAIN though!
jade: vegi girl Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:56am
I gave up meat for ethical reasons almost 10 years ago. At first I missed the taste of meat so much i swore id one day use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge in 9months of carnavoring! I now have a 2.5yo vegi daughter, and didnt touch meat when i was preggers-just the thought of it now makes me ill, i dont miss it at all any more! Even my meat lover friends think im the best cook, and i never have a problem getting my little one to eat her vegis (its all she knows!) We recently visited a childrens farm and the animals were sooo cute. These days with GMO, mad cows, hormones, pestasides, etc etc etc vegi is also a choice for health. I hope lots of people try it, love it, stay with it, GOOD LUCK!!
Lulu: It's great to be a vegetarian!! yes it feels good too!! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:51am
Yes!! going vegetarian is the best thing I have ever done in my life and knowing that more and more people are going vege (or even just giving it a go) is such a good thing to hear. I love to cook vegetarian food for my friends and family since I became an official vegetarian at 10.
I'd like to assure everyone who finds cooking veg food a headache that you simply don't need to stress! It's really FUN, HEALTHY AND SIMPLE!
It's worth giving it a go!  for yourself, for the animals, for the planet. ^_^
Christine: vegan here Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:46am
if I can do it, you can too!
Kara: Kara Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:44am
I want vegetarian 4 years ago and it was really easy. To all you want to be veges it is hard to start with especially when nobody you know is vege but it is worth it and after a while you don't even notice it's that easy.
Toni: feel great, help animals and the environment Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 8:41am
Being a vegetarian is a fantastic practical way to stand up against animal cruelty as well as help the environment. I feel great about being a vegetarian and living my principles.
Amanda: Best thing I ever did... Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 7:57am
I went vegan over 27 years ago and it was THE BEST thing I ever did.  It's easy and I feel great and best of all I don't have to be supporting the torture and slaughter of animals in order to live a happy healthy life.
So give it a go!  Together we can make a real difference and help create a kinder, green, healthier world.
Animal Lover: Where? Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:07am
Hi, I'm really keen to give this a go. I've thought about doing it for years.
But I've got a quick question. Where can I get vegetarian groceries in Adelaide?
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Marg: Old-timer Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:02am
I went vegetarian about 30 years ago. It's become so much easier in the last 10 or 20 years. This challenge is such a great. Together we can make a difference!!!!
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Tootlez: 2nd attempt Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 6:00am
I was vegetarian for 6mths last year but just did'nt stick with it. Thanks for reminding me why it's so important. This time I'm going to stick with it!
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Thomas: Great Recipes! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:58am
Just checked out the recipe page. They look so YUMMY! Gotta try that mushroom stroganoff. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work :)
pink_faerie: new Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:56am
i've neva tryed to go vegetarian but I love animals and wanna do it. my mum says i can try
I can't wait!
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Janet: Go veggie! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:54am
Yay for Veg Week! I'm gonna bake vegan cupcakes for all my friends to celebrate!
Luke: Veg for life! Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:48am
I'm already vegetarian. I will throw a veg fast food party this weekend to show my friends you can be vegetarian and a fast food junkie. I love a big juicy veg burger, bring em on!
Mike: The pledge is made Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:40am
Awesome idea. Consider it done! The pledge is made. For the animals!
Lisa Dye: I'm going to try Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 5:05am
I've taken the pledge and will go veg for the week. I'm exited about trying some of these recipes. I want to become a vegetarian and this is a great way to give it a try. Thanks so much for these ideas!
Jane Mason: I haven't eaten meat for 12 years Tuesday, 28 September 2010 at 4:07am
and I was vegan for almost a year before I even realised! That's how easy it is! :D
Love the idea of getting people to take a pledge, well done!
Carol of Bardon, QLD: I was a little nervous at first, but... Saturday, 25 September 2010 at 1:25am
Going veg was much easier than I had first imagined. My family and I enjoy knowing we are helping to save the planet at each meal.
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