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    The number of people becoming vegan around the world has been growing rapidly for several years. In some countries, the percentage of vegans is exploding. With this explosion has come a disproportionate increase in conflict and confusion around the topic. This blog will endeavour to shed some light on this contentious subject, by looking at the various internal and external factors behind why people become vegan - and how this reflects in their attitude and behaviour.

    Thirty years ago, very few people knew what the word vegan meant. Today, the word is so common it is practically a household word. What the word represents has been the basis of many wars of words and clashes of intellects. However, these problems are mainly due to the fact that being vegan can mean very different things to different people.

    To most people, veganism is not just a dietary choice. It is also a complete lifestyle, where they avoid using anything that is made using animal products, such as leather, silk, fur, and products tested on animals. They also avoid anything involving animals, such as zoos, horse racing, and even owning pets. Many of these choices are not hard to understand, but being able to define exactly why people turn vegan can help put the whole topic into perspective.

    There are 10 main reasons why an individual will choose to be vegan:

    1. Health Benefits - to improve overall health or eliminate the impact consuming animal products has on maintaining optimal health

    2. Nutrition - understanding that a plant based diet is much better in terms of nutritional content

    3. Avoidance of dis-ease - the fact that many animal products are laced with toxic chemicals, packed with artificial hormones, and full of harmful micro-organisms

    4. Animal cruelty - preventing, reducing and eliminating the suffering of animals while on farms, during transportation (live export), and in abattoirs, zoos and domestic settings

    5. Honouring the Oneness of Spirit - knowing that all living forms are the One Spirit, or the conscious awareness that all living beings are the Self in another form

    6. Reverence for all Life - a religious reverence for all living creatures, honouring the fact that all living things are sentient beings

    7. Environmental Conservation - the devastating impact of the animal industry is having on all the ecosystems around the world

    8. Health Conditions - veganism is seen to support people who are seeking to cure a dis-ease, prevent allergies, lose weight, reduce the risk of heart ailments etc.

    9. Social reasons - some people may inspired by their family, partner or friends to make the change, or they were born into an environment that supports the vegan diet/lifestyle

    10. Financial reasons - people in some regions of the world may find a plant-based diet more affordable without the expenses of looking after animals, or processing, transporting and storing the products

    Now that you are aware of these factors, you will be able to understand the hearts and minds of all vegans. You will also be able to discern the thoughts and feelings of most non-vegans. For example, when people ask why someone is vegan, they will usually frame their question around one or more of these factors, for example: “Are you vegan for health or spiritual reasons?” Whenever I am asked why I am vegan, I usually answer, “For every reason you could ever imagine.”

    There are many factors that have influenced our individual perceptions, which then determine our Hierarchy of Values. We nearly all grow up to develop the beliefs purported in our culture. Addressing these often deeply ingrained beliefs can be extremely confronting when trying to understand the vegan perspective and approach to life. The biggest issue that most vegans realise is the complete lack of awareness that all living creatures are sentient beings. The inability to perceive this leaves most of humanity void of compassion for the animals. They may come in contact with pets and some wildlife, and feel all warm and fuzzy, but follow this experience with a meal containing animal products.

    In my book The Nature of Life, I explain all the factors that make up an individual’s perspective of reality. The combinations between the Top-down and Bottom-up Perspective of Reality, together with The Conscious and Dualistic Perspective of Reality, lead to an infinite number of diverse theories and philosophies about life. This is why it would be almost impossible to find any two people who share the exact same beliefs about every facet of life. This fact carries over into the vegan community.

    All of our core beliefs are based on our perspective of reality, which determines whether we are acting upon our reasoning, or consciously living our Truth. Reasoning is based on intellectual concepts and understandings, which means we can possibly develop stubborn opinions, or be easily swayed by the others’ opinions. Living consciously means you have a great sense of purpose, which supports a deep feeling of equanimity. Therefore, when vegans have expanded their consciousness to embrace all living creatures, they automatically develop a true and powerful sense of purpose. They can then consciously share this experience with all other vegans.

    Many vegans become activists for animals rights and welfare, and do it in a remarkably eloquent and articulate way. There are many brilliant speakers and presenters who paint a very real and honest picture of the significant issues the world faces due to a non-vegan way of living. The internet is full of outstanding material produced by these warriors of Truth.

    There are, of course, many egoic reasons why an individual will be vegan. These people are often the cause of all the conflict and confusion, because they are not coming from a place of genuine humility and love. There is a relatively small number of fundamentalists who insist on preaching to and badgering non-vegans. They are often just following the trend with a compensatory need to be ‘special’, or driven by a deeper sense of superiority. It is important everyone realises their obnoxious behaviour is equally repulsive to other vegans, as they give everyone else a bad name and taint the overall spirit of the movement.

    There are some even more obnoxious ex-vegans who are full authoritarianism. It is based on their own negative experience while being vegetarian or vegan. Many proclaim they tried to be a vegan but got too sick or didn’t have any energy. They have little to no true understanding of health and proceed to aggressively deny that a vegan or vegetarian diet has any place. The stupid thing is that most practitioners are oblivious to the Truth as well. I will cover all the health aspects of a vegan diet and lifestyle in a future blog, but for now, we will continue revealing why some people struggle with the whole concept.

    One of the biggest issues people face when exploring the vegan approach is the conflicting science supporting both sides. There are diabolically opposed views on nearly every topic within this subject. This can be extremely confusing and upsetting for people wanting to make an informed decision. There are the usual amounts of ignorance and arrogance on both sides of what is often an argument. However, when you consider all the evidence that is free of the biased information and propaganda from the underbelly of society - the medical/ pharmaceutical/ military/ industrial complex - the answers are immediately obvious, self-evident, undeniable, and indisputable. However, it seems very few are genuinely open and willing to get to the true heart of the matter.

    It is essential to remember why most people lack genuine receptivity, and meet anything new with an unhealthy amount of skepticism. Nearly everyone is born into a culture that indoctrinates them with prejudice and bias - not just towards animals, but other races, cultures, and even classes within their own culture. Therefore, the hideous mindset that many have towards animals is very difficult to break, because it is so deeply embedded into their culture. They can’t ever be judged or blamed, because they simply don’t see any need to question this element of their reality.

    This also explains a lot of the ignorance and arrogance within converts. It starts when they forget that they themselves, and all the vegans they know, have probably not always been vegan - and it was perhaps only a relatively short time ago they weren’t. Like most people, they may have never thought of it as being an issue until they were exposed to what triggered their awakening and the change to veganism.

    I trust this blog has provided you with clarity around what being a vegan stands for. This topic is guaranteed to be an ongoing issue within our society. So, it is best that everyone puts aside all their prejudice and bias and look for ways of genuinely coming together as a race. Like I said, the answers are obvious to anyone who truly cares to look for them. But ultimately, we all need to start by embracing just one simple natural lore - Do No Harm.

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    Brian Gerard Schaefer

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    Default Re: 10 REASONS TO BE VEGAN: Why people make the change

    Nice one, Constance!

    Animals really are here with us and not for us.

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    Nice one, Constance!

    Animals really are here with us and not for us.

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    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.

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    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    Yes, plants do understand intention and do need to be honoured. Plants respond accordingly to intention. If a being is full of the vibratory energy of gratitude and is the embodiment of love, a plant will vibrate and sing but if a being is full of judgement and hatred, plants will try to contract their energies as much as possible.


    Many of earths plants want to merge with us so that they can experience and express their nature through us.

    For example, I can be walking along a path minding my own business when I will sense a certain plants energy making itself known to me. Its energies will vibrate in a way that says, "pick me! Oh pick me!"

    I've talked about this a number of times before on Avalon but when we are aligned and in tune with the nature of life, we can become sensitive to all life.

    Wade Davis had a very humbling experience to share regarding his experiences with the Cofan tribe.

    To quote Wade,

    This tribe, the Cofan, has 17 varieties of ayahuasca, all of which they distinguish a great distance in the forest, all of which are referable to our eye as one species. And then you ask them how they establish their taxonomy and they say, "I thought you knew something about plants. I mean, don't you know anything?" And I said, "No." Well, it turns out you take each of the 17 varieties in the night of a full moon, and it sings to you in a different key. Now, that's not going to get you a Ph.D. at Harvard, but it's a lot more interesting than counting stamens.



    At a metaphysical level, we and the creatures of this planet have a very deep symbiotic relationship with plants. Plants have evolved to be with us. We have evolved to be with them. The plants want us to eat them.

    Berries for example, have grown evolutionary wise so that their seeds will be dispersed by certain birds. For example blue birds have eyesight designed to pick out brightly coloured berries.

    I've observed over the years that if young children are offered brightly coloured fruit, they will mostly instinctively be drawn to it and choose it over brown coloured cooked food.

    There are some trees that just love to be pruned. One such tree is the plum tree in my village neighbours garden. My neighbour cuts that tree back viciously each and every year. And incredibly, each and every year, it responds by growing even more vigorously and by offering her (and the rest of us creatures!) a glorious load of delicious plums.

    When we are aligned and in tune with the nature of life, eating a plant can be an ecstatic experience. Plants can show us the what, when, how, why, who, when and where of life.

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    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    With all due respect, mentioning in a pro-vegan thread the classic argument that plants feel pain, when meat and dairy consumption is one of the most significant causes of the destruction of the planet and limitation of human consciousness while a plant-based nutrition would probably solve global starvation and lead to a massive spiritual evolution... is worth some rethinking.

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    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    With all due respect, mentioning in a pro-vegan thread the classic argument that plants feel pain, when meat and dairy consumption is one of the most significant causes of the destruction of the planet and limitation of human consciousness while a plant-based nutrition would probably solve global starvation and lead to a massive spiritual evolution... is worth some rethinking.
    Well, I don't think O Donna was pointing that out as an advocate of meat consumption. She was really remarking that we need to be conscious of ALL life on the planet, our relationship to it, and how we abuse it and/or take it for granted.


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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    Well, I don't think O Donna was pointing that out as an advocate of meat consumption. She was really remarking that we need to be conscious of ALL life on the planet, our relationship to it, and how we abuse it and/or take it for granted.

    I agree with that. I'm sure she meant well. I'm not a vegan activist to argue with people who still eat meat. The time comes for everyone when he feels ready. I am vegan but I could see myself hunting deers with a bow in a post apocalyptic scenario

    The reason I felt that I had to reply is that our egoic mind (mine too of course) is looking to point out flaws even in a absolutely positive post like this, instead of simply supporting. That is something I have to stand up for.

    Realistically speaking, we need at least a few centuries for the world to become plant based so we can start thinking about the impact of veganism on plants and what the next level should be.

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    Quote Posted by ZenBaller (here)
    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    With all due respect, mentioning in a pro-vegan thread the classic argument that plants feel pain, when meat and dairy consumption is one of the most significant causes of the destruction of the planet and limitation of human consciousness while a plant-based nutrition would probably solve global starvation and lead to a massive spiritual evolution... is worth some rethinking.
    Well, I don't think O Donna was pointing that out as an advocate of meat consumption. She was really remarking that we need to be conscious of ALL life on the planet, our relationship to it, and how we abuse it and/or take it for granted.

    Could O'Donna's post and all the ones following it be moved and a new thread started regarding this? Any mods out there who want to tackle this?

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    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    The "plants feel pain tho' " gets pwnd when one considers the quantity of plants required to produce a pound of meat. Those espousing concern for the well-being of our photosynthesising friends (rather than paying lip service in order to continue their cruel habits) would, by their own logic, be plant-based since roughly 10x less plants would die in the process if said folk were vegan.........and that's without getting into fruit, legumes, root vegetables and nuts.

    For those who haven't grown their own spuds, they die off naturally and then you harvest them; the same goes for legumes such as beans and peas, and of course, fruit and nuts just fall off the tree when the time is right so no suffering there either. I could go on......
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    Quote Posted by O Donna (here)
    Not to diminish the OP and good comments but plants should be given their due as well

    Plants are like saying, what am I, chopped liver?

    Do Plants Really Feel Pain? What Does Science Say?

    Pick your consumption, that's life.
    The "plants feel pain tho' " gets pwnd when one considers the quantity of plants required to produce a pound of meat. Those espousing concern for the well-being of our photosynthesising friends (rather than paying lip service in order to continue their cruel habits) would, by their own logic, be plant-based since roughly 10x less plants would die in the process if said folk were vegan.........and that's without getting into fruit, legumes, root vegetables and nuts.

    For those who haven't grown their own spuds, they die off naturally and then you harvest them; the same goes for legumes such as beans and peas, and of course, fruit and nuts just fall off the tree when the time is right so no suffering there either. I could go on......
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    I could argue all of those except 7 and 4 in some instances, and maybe 1 in some instances.

    Hunted meat, or ethically farmed meat (like my cousins ranch where all animals are revered), does not apply to many of those points.

    Meat is nutritious, in fact contains a much broader range of nutrients than any plant.

    You can revere that which you hunt and eat.

    Financial reasons might be opposite in some parts of the world.



    Here's my list for eating vegan ...

    -- Environmental impact -- this is huge people. The rain-forests are being burned for cattle production (often to grow soybeans to feed cattle)
    -- Animal cruelty -- if you buy your meat from a factory farm, you are paying for animal cruelty. Full stop.

    Those two points.



    That said, I live in Canada ... **** doesn't grow here eight months out of the year ... nothing.

    Proper hunting involves a kill surrendering itself for you sustenance. Yes, the universe works this way. How do you think lions stay out of hell?

    Raising food animals is to be done in love and reverence. No it is not always done this way (in fact rarely), unfortunately.

    For us in the north , eating fruits and veggies year round mostly means eating GMOS imported from some country exploiting their farmers -- it is what it is.


    Another point for eating less meat: the "western diet" eats way too much meat --- once or twice a week is plenty. Get off your addiction. And eat meat you killed and processed yourself, or at the very least, meat you bought from an ethical farm.

    If you live in warmer climates - eat more vegetables- you have that luxury - do it!

    But as a northern Canadian that doesn't want to consume GMOs and wants to support local ecomomies and not the likes of Monsanto ... options are limited .. the "how" then becomes the important part ...


    My two cents ...
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    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
     
     
    Meat is nutritious, in fact contains a much broader range of nutrients than any plant.
    Tell that to the strongest and biggest herbivores who inhabit this planet and to the millions of species of plants worldwide offering us a plethora of micro and macro nutrients.

    People are getting their nutrients second-hand from animals. They don't need to do that, they can go directly to the source, a source that will offer them atomic light energy.

    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
     You can revere that which you hunt and eat.
    Animals will run for their lives if you try to kill them.

    One simply cannot honour another being if they kill and eat it. All people need to do is mind their own business and let other beings/creatures get on with their own lives.

    Even the elephant will blow a path with its trunk so that it will not hurt an ant.

    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
     

    Here's my list for eating vegan ...

    -- Environmental impact -- this is huge people. The rain-forests are being burned for cattle production (often to grow soybeans to feed cattle)
    -- Animal cruelty -- if you buy your meat from a factory farm, you are paying for animal cruelty. Full stop.

    Those two points.
    Thanks for sharing that.


    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
    That said, I live in Canada ... **** doesn't grow here eight months out of the year ... nothing.

    Proper hunting involves a kill surrendering itself for you sustenance. Yes, the universe works this way. How do you think lions stay out of hell?
    Animals are not on the same evolutionary pathway as ourselves but there are exceptions. There was the curious case of a lion named Little Tyke who was a vegetarian and I recall two other lions who were also vegetarian, tame lions that spent all their time alongside their spiritual masters.

    As I mentioned above, animals will run for their lives, there is no surrendering. Animals will fight for their lives.


    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
    Raising food animals is to be done in love and reverence. No it is not always done this way (in fact rarely), unfortunately.

    For us in the north , eating fruits and veggies year round mostly means eating GMOS imported from some country exploiting their farmers -- it is what it is.


    Another point for eating less meat: the "western diet" eats way too much meat --- once or twice a week is plenty. Get off your addiction. And eat meat you killed and processed yourself, or at the very least, meat you bought from an ethical farm.

    If you live in warmer climates - eat more vegetables- you have that luxury - do it!

    But as a northern Canadian that doesn't want to consume GMOs and wants to support local ecomomies and not the likes of Monsanto ... options are limited .. the "how" then becomes the important part ...


    My two cents ...
    I was speaking to someone else about this who also lives in Canada. I tried to share a whole bunch of inspiring information regarding people who are successfully growing all their produce in the coldest regions using alternative agricultural methods. Methods that really work and are practical.

    It was really amazing, people were incredibly creative; people were growing things like oranges and anything else you could ever imagine in the coldest parts of Alaska/Canada... but this person was not open to this and they thought that I was being a bigot and that I was only being antagonistic. They just couldn't see the possibilities (through no fault of their own). However, I wasn't about to fluff their pillows and accommodate them because this would compromise my own heart.

    People just have to get creative about how they eat if they can't move to warmer climates or if their budgets are tight. There are many ways of preserving fruit and vegetables for the colder months; I once saw this ingenious video of a person who stored their apple, carrots and potatoes in sand. People can also sprout seeds and nuts and legumes if they want micro-nutrients. There is also the opportunity to supplement with organic dried powders such as kale, beetroot, hemp, herbs etc.

    I'm in touch with vegans from all around the world - everywhere from Sweden to BC. Vegans who eat organic and non-gmo foods. When you are as passionate as I am about growing and making food for others, you get to meet a lot of vegans! lol. It is doable.

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    I am interested again in vegan foods. For me it is because I am in yoga training again and devoted students just start to crave better foods. Foods filled with the life force.

    My problem is that I have never found a good source for recipes. I know almost nothing about vegan. And so my attempts to get more life force foods is limited to bean salad and fresh herbs. On retreats in the past I have been fed really yummy vegetarian meals. Those are the ones I wish I knew how to make. There was this amazing veggie burger that if I knew how to make I would make it a lot.

    I was brought up on meat. Meat at every meal. I was so well conditioned that when I went out on my own sometimes I would go hungry because there was no meat in the house - plenty of food but no meat. For instance, I could not have a slice of bread without some sort of meat involved. Cheese or eggs were no substitute either.

    So now, as I advance in my training, my body is craving good foods with no meat. I wonder if we could start a thread for vegetarian and vegan recipes...
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    Default Re: 10 REASONS TO BE VEGAN: Why people make the change

    Quote Posted by Constance (here)
    Quote Posted by DeDukshyn (here)
     
     
    Meat is nutritious, in fact contains a much broader range of nutrients than any plant.
    Tell that to the strongest and biggest herbivores who inhabit this planet and to the millions of species of plants worldwide offering us a plethora of micro and macro nutrients.
    ...
    I don't want to turn this into a debate on your pertinent and important topic - we agree on some points, but just on this point: by saying that animals have nutrients, I was not implying that plants do not. I know some people try to argue that but of course its not true, just like its not true to say that animals don't have nutrients.


    Also keep in mind Canada is a big country - BC alone has six entirely separate climate zones. For example the south west coast is a temperate rain-forest and stays fairly green year round; stuff there is pretty easy to grow year round with a basic greenhouse - its a tiny part of BC, but is usually what even more eastern Canadians think of "BC weather", but the vast majority of BC isn't like that. Once you move away from the Pacific ocean, things get a lot colder in the winters (but hotter in the summers).

    In the northern interior, one is dealing with a rather large shortage of sunlight during winter months and temps down to -35C are not abnormal - if one has to provide their own light and vast amounts of heat for their garden, Food growing becomes an exercise for those who have vast amounts of cash to pump into it, not necessarily limited technically.

    I'm not saying its impossible, just generally impractical for most of the areas in BC on most people's budget, with the exception of the very south and very west portions of the province. I currently have a vegetable greenhouse where I'm at, and it works well for the summer months for many edible vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes), the trick is trying to growing enough and having enough freezer space to make it last until next harvest season.

    Summer months aren't an issue - it gets hot, its just the long cold dark winters - winter can easily last 6 months where I currently live. I'm just waiting for the pole shift that supposedly will move Canada to a warmer region, lol
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    I am interested again in vegan foods. For me it is because I am in yoga training again and devoted students just start to crave better foods. Foods filled with the life force.

    My problem is that I have never found a good source for recipes. I know almost nothing about vegan. And so my attempts to get more life force foods is limited to bean salad and fresh herbs. On retreats in the past I have been fed really yummy vegetarian meals. Those are the ones I wish I knew how to make. There was this amazing veggie burger that if I knew how to make I would make it a lot.

    I was brought up on meat. Meat at every meal. I was so well conditioned that when I went out on my own sometimes I would go hungry because there was no meat in the house - plenty of food but no meat. For instance, I could not have a slice of bread without some sort of meat involved. Cheese or eggs were no substitute either.

    So now, as I advance in my training, my body is craving good foods with no meat. I wonder if we could start a thread for vegetarian and vegan recipes...
    Hi Ernie,

    Here are what I would consider to be the top vegan food channels on Youtube. They all cover a wide variety of dishes from healthy to comfort/junk.

    There are many others too but these should get you started. Jó étvágyat !!!







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    Quote Posted by Ernie Nemeth (here)
    I am interested again in vegan foods. For me it is because I am in yoga training again and devoted students just start to crave better foods. Foods filled with the life force.

    My problem is that I have never found a good source for recipes. I know almost nothing about vegan. And so my attempts to get more life force foods is limited to bean salad and fresh herbs. On retreats in the past I have been fed really yummy vegetarian meals. Those are the ones I wish I knew how to make. There was this amazing veggie burger that if I knew how to make I would make it a lot.

    I was brought up on meat. Meat at every meal. I was so well conditioned that when I went out on my own sometimes I would go hungry because there was no meat in the house - plenty of food but no meat. For instance, I could not have a slice of bread without some sort of meat involved. Cheese or eggs were no substitute either.

    So now, as I advance in my training, my body is craving good foods with no meat. I wonder if we could start a thread for vegetarian and vegan recipes...
    Thanks for your thoughts there Ernie. Here is a thread that Kryztian started called The Joy of Plant Based cooking and eating.
    Akasha's All things vegan thread contains quite a few recipes. If you do a search of the thread itself with the word "recipe", quite a few recipes will show up.


    Recipes that have been tried and tested by my friends and family and yours truly.

    I've literally hundreds of my own recipes to share but I just need the opportunity to write them down, collate what I do have written down for a "wholistic" cookbook. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to get started!

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    Tony Wright has some interesting thoughts/research one considering veganism would definitely like to hear.


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    Quote Posted by Paladin14 (here)
    Tony Wright has some interesting thoughts/research one considering veganism would definitely like to hear.

    Great stuff Paladin.

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