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Quaker Vegetarians

"Thou shalt not kill" does not apply to murder of one's own kind only, but to all living beings; and this Commandment was inscribed in the human breast long before it was proclaimed from Sinai. Leo Tolstoy

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Woven together?

Started by Ray Lovegrove. Last reply by Melinda Grube 6th month 5, 2015. 10 Replies

I realized, just the other day, that my commitment to being a vegetarian, becoming a Christian, and my Quaker convincement all took place over an eighteen month period following my 14th birthday. As…Continue

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Vegetarians and ecology

Started by Phil Lane. Last reply by Pen Wilcock 5th month 9, 2014. 8 Replies

I've heard a little about the benefits to the environment of being a vegetarian, but I wonder if anyone has any facts, or any recommended reading. Thanks!

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Comment by Ray Lovegrove on 11th mo. 3, 2013 at 3:39am
Comment by Chris Beauchamp on 12th mo. 25, 2012 at 9:23am

I'm Vegan for 30 years. .  and Raw Vegan Foodist (meaning I won't eat anything even cooked) for 8 years now.  I reversed serious illness many years ago by becoming vegan. .  and am sturdy and quite strong - - never NEVER sick.    Its an amazing and conscious, life affirming lifestyle; I highly recommend. 

Comment by Betsy Packard on 4th mo. 26, 2012 at 3:35pm

Tuesday evening our local food co-op (now 40 years old) sponsored a free movie at the downtown library:  Forks over Knives.  I became an ovo-lacto veg in 1/1/1976, and back around 2004-2005, I made it for 18 mos. "going vegan."   I've  gradually been drifting back toward veganism. 

After the film, 3 local people spoke and were available for questions.  One was a man who was scheduled for bypass surgery 8 yrs. ago, cancelled the surgery and made the move from ovo-lacto to vegan, and cured his heart blockage!   Another was a homeopathic physician.  The third was a F/friend who recently completed a MS in Nutrition, doing her thesis on veganism.  She and her family are all healthy vegans, though they too began this journey as ovo-lacto veggies. 

I highly rrecommend the documentary film Forks Over Knives.  The research is so solid.  Now I just have to deal with my cheese addiction.  (Sorry, the rice and soy substitutes just ain't it, so I'd rather do without!  <G>)  

 

Comment by Alison Irving on 2nd mo. 18, 2012 at 1:28am

Hi Mackenzie,

I know what you mean about the smell of red meat. Lactose is also a problem for me. As for MacDonald's, we don't often go there, although they are popular in Australia. I love their gherkins! Fortunately, there is a lovely chip shop near by, run by a Chinese couple who cook in vegetable oil. We only have chips once a month or so, but it's good to know that they are OK. 

I'm glad to hear that you've persevered through pescatarianism to vegetarianism. Gives hope that this will extend beyond the 'honeymoon' period! Thanks

Comment by Mackenzie on 2nd mo. 18, 2012 at 1:01am

Alison:
I started out as a pescatarian (fish & veg) years ago before switching to ovo-lacto veg (and then having my intestines decide that lacto was not terribly welcome...I go through phases of having the little Lactaid pills work or not work).  

I remember I worked in a supermarket when I first became pescatarian, and suddenly the smell of red meat was sickening for me. Handling a customer's ham to scan it required holding my breath. 

My semi-related change when I dropped meat was that I stopped eating fries too. McDonalds supposedly cooks their fries in beef broth before frying, so that was a factor.

Comment by Alison Irving on 2nd mo. 18, 2012 at 12:50am

Three months ago, I developed a niggle about eating meat. I'm not sure where the niggle came from, apart from a sudden dislike of eating meat and a need to reduce cholesterol, but a few weeks later one of my daughters decided to become vegetarian. The other daughter dislikes meat and my husband used to be vegetarian and copes well with either diet. Under the circumstances, changing diet seemed natural and right.

Having said that, I still eat fish occasionally at present, either when out with friends and not wishing to eat the single vegetarian offering in the restaurant, or for dietary reasons. Consequently, I'm not sure that I qualify for this group, but I'd like to join and learn more. 

We've been what I understand from Wikipedia to be flexi-vegetarians since November and it's going well. There have been some surprising side effects: I've switched to whole grain and brown everything rather than white grains; there is less desire to snack between meals; and I've lost weight. Another side effect is an increasing distaste for red meat, the meat aisle in the supermarket etc.

I do anticipate that from time to time I may need encouragement to continue on this path, so I'd like to join the group if you'll have me.

Best wishes,

Alison

Comment by Suzanne Cody on 9th mo. 23, 2011 at 9:00am

I felt called to put down meat products about 20 years ago, when other friends in my circle were bringing to light all the issues surrounding consumption and it's effects on the body.

I don't usually talk about it.  I wouldn't want it to hover over other people and influence their feelings towards me - or their choices.  It has a better effect when it is discovered prior to dinner plans, or while out at lunch, etc.  I don't use it as a 'defining badge' which I think people find refreshing.

My family has told me that they enjoy our  largely veg diet.  Still, I did not like the idea of giving them no choice in the matter so, I did try to offer it weekly at dinner for a while.  After many attempts - the family says, no thanks I'll get it outside of the home!

 

This could be my lack of ability to cook it correctly, since I would not taste test, nor do I have any real experience in cooking meats.

Now that we have access to very freshly harvested meats via a co/op type delivery service, I have purchased chicken, bacon, breakfast sausages, from the Farmers.  Those things that require minimal prep (bacon and sausage) are handled by my husband & daughter. 

We've decided that handling chicken parts just grosses me out too much and they don't appreciate eating something that I created while wearing a grimace.

For years, I felt guilty about not supporting farmer economy and even went so far as to become a dues paying member of the PA Farm Bureau to try and offset what I thought my financial contribution to the system would have been. 

I strive towards life balance whenever possible. 

 

Comment by Pam on 12th mo. 29, 2010 at 7:25pm
Paula - it's an important part of my spirituality too, though I feel like things are changing in that regard in some ways (I have just realized that it's not possible to be as "pure" and "perfect" as I had hoped).

Joshua - that's great! I have been vegetarian for a really long time, but have ceased periodically "going vegan" which I"m really hoping to get back to (I don't know if I could ever actually be vegan for good - the longest I've lasted was a few months, but I'd love to get to a point where I am vegan all day about half of my days
Comment by Josh Nichols on 12th mo. 29, 2010 at 7:21pm

I've been a lacto-vegetarian since the 1st of January 2010, but every now and then I go vegan. I think the main 3  reasons why I became a vegetarian was because: 1. I really love animals, 2. I care about the environment and the planet, and 3. I realised that eating meat was interfering with my spirituality.

Comment by Paula Puddephatt on 10th mo. 9, 2010 at 9:31am
I'm glad to discover this group. For me, being vegetarian is very much part of my spirituality. I'm not vegan, but respect those who are. I've been veggie since I was 26 (am now nearly 37).
 

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