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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:

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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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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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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Louise Cuming: Vegan for 27 years Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 2:06am
Hi animal lovers,

I've been vegan for 27 years as I simply do not believe in eating animals or any of their by-products, products tested on animals etc., etc.

I am of the thought that we are all animals....and who are we to play God with any living creature on this earth and how dare we make them suffer just because we can.

Interestingly, I NEVER get sick!  I would encourage anyone to join the veggie challenge and you might just find a better lifestyle.

Nick Westwood, SA: Great Quote Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 1:46am
"Now at last I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore." - Franz Kafka (Novelist)

What a great quote! That's exactly how I felt when I went vegan. It's given me a whole new sense of peace with the world and with animals.
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Taryn: Can't Wait Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 1:43am
I've been toying with the idea of going veg for years. Thanks for giving me the prompt I needed to finally do it!

I love animals and can't bear the thought that when I sit down to a meal I'm contributing to their suffering.
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matt: vegan Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 9:59pm
vegetarianism is WAY cruel-ie battery hens and the killing of excess calves in the dairy industry( read animal cruelty!)and the rape and separation of mothers and calves and the veal industry profits from dairy! every1 should be vegan! its easy and the only sustainable diet!
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elly: The person I want to be Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 9:28pm
I've always thought if myself as someone who cares about animals, but up until a year ago, that isn't how I was living. It wasn't that I was deliberately being cruel, it's just that I hadn't really thought about the amount of suffering that went into my chicken wings, my hamburger, my lamb shanks or my pork chops. One night, I was out with some friends and when I came home I was too keyed up to sleep, so I read a book that I'd been meaning to get to for quite some time. The book was Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, and I'd recommend it to just about anyone. In it, he makes a very powerful and convincing argument which basically boils down to: 1) we don't need meat to survive, 2) eating meat is economically wasteful, environmentally detrimental, and less healthy than a balanced vegiterian diet and, 3) the practices and procedures we use to get meat (i.e. factory farming) are incredibly cruel and constitute a huge amount of suffering. Singer makes the point that the fact that animals are not on the same level as us intellectually is irrelevant because they are still able to suffer and that in itself reason enough for any moral and compassionate being to abstain from inflicting that suffering. Singer believes that the only reasons people have for eating meat are tradition and because they like the taste. He asks the question 'do these reasons justify the amount of pain and suffering caused to the animals?' and his answer, and mine, was a resounding 'No'.
This is why I no longer eat meat; I simply feel that if I want to continue to see myself as a moral, compassionate and ethical person, I can no longer be a part of such a cruel, pointless and barbaric cycle, just because I enjoy the taste of lamb and just because my mother always used to cook it for me.
Natalie Stevenson: AT LAST NO ONE HAS TO DIE TO FEED ME Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 6:06pm
I have always been a lover of all animals however for most of my life included meat in my diet.  What changed for me was seeing the documentary Death on a Factory Farm.  I have not eaten meat since the night I saw it and I will never again.  Food tastes better knowing nothing, with a conscience and the ability to love and communicate, died to make it.
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Jodie: 18 Months Strong Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 11:57am
Hi there. Just wanted to say I had a bit of a giggle when I received your email asking me to go veg for a week, as I am pleased to say I have been a strict vegetarian for 18 months now. I decided it was the right thing for myself and for my animal friends. I haven't touched meat or fish in that time, and I also choose vegan options as often as possible, with the hope of being fully vegan in the future. Thanks, and keep up the good work! :)
carolyn: choose cruelty free Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:29am
It is heart warming to read the messages posted here.  Well done to everyone who cares enough to spread the word to others and avoid meat & animal products themselves.  There are many products such as hair & skin care which contain ingredients that are still tested on animals, but there are also many companies which do not include animal ingredients or those tested on animals.  Hopefully people are reading labels and doing their research.  Go to for more information
Ingrid: For mother earth Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:03am
Going veg is one of the most compassionate, caring and sensible things you can do for our earth, yourself and the animals.
I have been a vegetarian for about 6 months, and I would never go back.
Please, if you care, go veg.
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Sarah: thanks :) Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 9:36pm
Sometimes there is a lot of pressure from family and friend that eat meat and they often try to argue that your not making a difference, so thanks for reminding me of the  impact it can make and that there are other people out there that feel the same. i have been vegetarian for 3 years and am slowing switching all my milk cheese and yogurt to soy and rice options, i feel much healthier, look better and eat much healthier than all my friends and family (not eating mcdonalds and other junk food). thanks to everyone for the extra boost of encouragement. becoming a vegie is the best thing i could have done for myself and animals :)
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Giulia Togliatto: ONLY ASK 2 QUESTION. HAS IT BEEN TESTED ON ANIMALS. HAS IT GOT ANIMAL INGREDIENTS. Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 8:30pm
Back in the eighties a actor named Lynda Stoner ( cop shop) made waves about what was going on with the baby seals, being killed. Well they just put me off eating meat. Almost thirty years later I am still alive and kicking and in very good health. Yet alot of people actually think they need to eat meat. See what good advertising can do. Sea food is out also. And the big one I stopped after 33 years. Smoking! I did not realise that they also used to use and put  the poor Beagle Dogs ( Smoking Animals) thru hell and they were made to smoke for experiments reasons. Even though they stopped doing this in the late ninties,( cant believe it was still going on in the ninties ) reading the stories of what those animals had to go through,and how they would cry, not to metion the pictures of them with their faces put in a cone of some sort with all wires attached and naturally a cigarette where its forced to inhale,cigarette after cigarette, was a shocker and I will never smoke again, as those images will forever haunt me and what they went thru. I stopped eating meat , but I was still a part of animals crueltry, and not aware of it. Now I check every thing, to make sure what I do in life dosent come at a animals expence.

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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.
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!!
Josh Davis: Vege for life! Thursday, 2 October 2014 at 8:47am
I've been vegetarian for over 6 years now, since I was 16. I used to eat takeaway chinese, hamburgers, fish & chips, big steaks and ribs at restaurants, you name it. It was what all my family did, and eventually I got sick of eating what my parent's told me to eat! I was overweight and unfit. Combined with regular exercise, in 6 months after going vegetarian I lost about 20kg, and have remained around 65kg since. Probably the best decision I have made so far in my life. I have not looked back and love it! I love cooking, and never have a problem cooking delicious vegetarian and mostly organic (if I can source it all) meals at home.
Chuan: Being vegetarian is the best decision ever made! Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at 7:32am
My partner and I turned vegetarian a year ago and we felt healthier and happier. It's a great feeling to know that we can save 100 animals each year. We will continue to be vegetarian. Plus, I haven't have a cold this year....
Cin: Easy peazy veggie %uD83D%uDC95 Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at 10:30pm
I have been a vegetarian for over 2 years now and it's the best decision I have ever made! Animals are the most innocent things on this planet and deserve the most love and respect!
Faye: Easy to be vegan Saturday, 10 May 2014 at 2:31am
I became vegetarian when I was 8 which is over 40 years ago. I became vegan about 8 years ago once I learnt that the dairy and egg industries are just as cruel as the meat industry, even worse in some ways.

It really is very easy to eat cruelty free, delicious, healthy, fresh food.
Travy: Meat-free, Happy and Healthy Saturday, 10 May 2014 at 3:21pm
I've slowly been migrating towards a totally #meatfree diet over the years and am now totally #meatfree. And I'm Healthy and Happy.
Sarah Avery: Saving animals Friday, 9 May 2014 at 5:36am
I read that I could save 100 animals a year if I went meat-free so I've saved about 250 so far, it's a great feeling. All I see now when I look at meat is an animal in a factory farm in pain. I would love some time with those people with electric prods who abuse animals - I could teach them a thing or two about why you don't use them on anything living! I encourage anyone who really loves animals to just try not eating meat, there are so many fabulous alternatives now. My personal favourite is mushroom burgers, they are scrumptious!
Taryn Scanlon: Thank you Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 1:38am
Thank you Animals Australia!! Although it is heart wrenching, heart breaking, tear swelling, and all the other extremely intense emotions one can feel when viewing the truth, I thank you for allowing me to see the truth and allowing me to move forward to make changes in my personal life and helping me tell others about the sad truths that lie in factory farms around Australia.
I can not explain my gratitude for the wonderful things you do.
Margaret Johnson: MY LOVE OF ANIMALS SAVED MY LIFE Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 10:46pm
I am 65 living in Australia but originally from the UK.  I became a vegetarian in my early twenties because I could not tolerate factory farming.  My love of animals has probably saved my life.  I have only recently found out I have genetic mutation called hemochromatosis this is a condition where the body cannot get rid of excess iron and if not diagnosed can lead to death.  Being a vegetarian keeps my iron levels normal. One in nine people are carriers of this mutation.
Aileen: Educate children Thursday, 8 May 2014 at 7:28pm
If I had just known when I was a child about the cruelty inflicted on animals produced for human consumption, I would have refused to eat meat.  If we could just teach young children that an animal had to suffer so they can eat meat, then more children would grow up to be non meat eaters. I stopped eating meat after Animals Australia told the truth about cattle being slaughtered in Indonesia. This latest horror of the young pigs, would certainly have an impact on do we get the truth to children without causing them nightmares? Where do we stand legally as educators if we try to tell children the truth about this industry?
Brad Cole: Gradually becoming vegetarian Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 9:38am
I stopped eating pork in February 2013. Then I stopped eating chicken and lamb and finally beef on 20 April 2013. I had a spiritual change and it felt right to stop.
Since then I have cut right down on dairy milk. Switched to only buying rice milk. I still drink several cow's milk lattes each day. I tried soy but it didn't stick. I also eat free range organic hen's eggs. I am still eating fish a couple of times each week. My consumption of animal-based food has gradually decreased since I stopped eating mammals. Feels right. I'm happy with the change.
Lee: Pigs cruelty Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 6:24am
It breaks my hear to read that story and I can't watch the video.  I'm just wondering if u want to stop this method of slaughtering to be changed then is there a more suitable method that can be put forward.  It's one thing to criticize but change will not happen without a more viable and hopefully cruelty free method.  The reality is we can't stop people from eating meat, it will continue.  Let's find a better way to ensure that these animals that are destined to be slaughtered are killed by a more humne method.  I will be on the petition for that one and happy to petition my Local, State and Federal MP.  I also think it would be good when u send out the requests to petition our MP's that a draft letter option could be included.  I am happy to say that I do at least receive an email response from my Local MP.  Happy to support all efforts by AA, you are all awesome and making the world a better place for our animal friends.  Keep up the good work :)
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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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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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.
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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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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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.

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!
Marcus Rheade-Edwards: Thoughts Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 9:53pm
I have NOT eaten meat for about 16 years now, and dont eat eggs either, the only thing i do have the is animal derived is milk (bad i know, but i dont have very much)

And also think if people out there are not willing to become vegetarian (and i understand its not everyones cup of tea), I strongly feel that EVERYONE should drasticly reduce the amount of meat or meat products they consume, to perhaps once or twice per week, as I feel this would have a massive knock on effect, for the welfare of all animals farmed in the meat industry.

But I am a vegetarian pround, and always will be, theres no going back for me, its just green and forward.
Erica Discombe: Why I went veg Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:49am
When I started hearing about the way animals were "culled" for human pleasure i became disgusted. Then one day i was eating a steak and it just didn't taste right, it made me sick to the stomach. No meat ever tasted the same again.
I love being vegetarian. Sometimes its hard to get a decent meal when your out and about but its worth it. I feel so healthy and happy now. Before I was really fat and lazy, I couldn't be better.
Tara Bolton: No meat Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 6:33am
It is great that people are getting beind this cause...................well done and encourage more to save even more animals on our planet
Sham, QLD: Feeling Great Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 10:35pm
I grew up with two vegetarians in my house, my Mum and my big sister. I didn't ever give it a second thought why they were, all I knew is I liked meat just as much as I liked my Mum's vegetarian dishes. Since being vegetarian, everyone thinks I am one because my Mother brought me up as one. This is the furthest from the truth possible. When I was about 12, I went off meat. Mum would try and convince me to eat it because she was worried about my iron levels. The older I got, the more conscious I became of the state of the planet. This led to me researching where food came from, and from there I watched 'Earthlings'. I encourage everyone, vego or not, to watch this amazing film. Now after much research and even activism I have a firm basis for my beliefs. Eating meat it outdated and wrong. If me, at 17, knows this, then adults should certainly make it a priority to educate themselves!
Janet Adams: More creative recipes needed Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 8:17pm
I quit eating meat 40 years ago when I was advised to do so by a medical specialist (arthritis specialist). The really great thing about this was that it made me more picky about what I ate and cooked so I ate more healthily.  Although many of the posted recipes here are great and  similar to my everyday ones I would like to experience once again the type of vegetarian  food once served to me on a Singaporean airlines flight. (I understood their food was prepared by an award winning Singaporean chef). If there is someone out there who can supply recipes for gourmet Asian vegetarian food I, and I'm sure many others I know,  would gladly give up the eggs and cheese that still form part of my diet.
Elizabeth: GOOOOOOOO GREENS! Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 7:55pm
Its good to see all of you have made a pledge. This conveys the message that being a vegetarian isn't as hard as first thought. I have been meat free for a year and a half, and I do not consider going back to my old meat eating habit any time soon!!
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. ^_^
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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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!
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