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  • I've been veggie for erm, 15 years... and vegan for 1 year

    Have you ever strayed off your chosen diet?

    This ain't a "who is the best vegan/ veggie" thread here...just be honest... no judgements :)

    Most of us were omni's for years before making a conscious decsision to change our diet.. it's not a bad thing to like the taste of meat or dairy... it's the way we're brought up for the main part

    It's great that so many people have chosen to take meat and / or dairy out of their diet...even if it's just cutting down

    Many people don't crave meat or dairy, but many do... I know I find it hard sometimes and I have very strong views on animal rights

    What are your weak points, and how do you overcome them for the sake of your ethics? Forget what you should do if you were perfect! How do you personally be the best you can... respecting animals wise?

    Thanks Cxx




    You know all that money we spend on the military every year? Instead, if we use this money to feed and clothe the poor of this world, which it would do many times over, then we can explore space, inner and outer, together, as one race.

  • i've been vegi for around 7 years now


    and i've strayed once last year, but i was hiddeously drunk, so i guess thats the excuse


    im kinda glad that i did it tho, because it really reminded me how i didnt like the taste of meat.

  • I've been vegetarian for nearly 11 years now and I can honestly say I've never strayed once when it comes to meat. I haven't missed it at all.


    But I have been known to look longingly at prawns, mostly in the first few years I went veggie. But nowdays just the smell of seafood alone turns my stomach a bit.

  • I became vege when i was 3 so almost 18 years ago, i did however still eat fish as i was growing up-theres some choices parents won't let you make at that age!- but cut that out when i was about 14. I remember being in about primary 3 and having a food day in class, there was some garlic sausage that smelled so good and i had a tiny taste of it when no one was looking-i felt guilty for weeks afterwards.......:plod::
    I became vegan about 3-4 months ago.
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  • Ive only been veggie for about a year and a half, although i was for about 4 years when i was younger but also had an eating disorder so was force fed to get my protien up and when youre that young you dont have a choice.
    MY weak pint is still the evil donna kebab on a thursday night after college, havnt had one in ages but i sometimes would reeeeeeally like one, so i remind myself of the poor animal spinning on the stick (pointless telling myself how bad it is for me, thats why i want it)
    In the past year ive had a few slip ups when going out for meals etc but tis a lot easier if you pre choose where youre goung to eat so that way you know theres a veggie choice.
    Its much easier for me now and i dont want meat its just something you have to get used to.
    For me its not just the killing the animal or the shitty life its had, ive got to the pint where i think that eating somethings flesh is disgusting.

  • i went veggie when i was 14, (12 years) and i have strayed once.


    as a teenager i had glandular fever really badly, and at 16 i dropped to 4 and a half stone (through illness, not eating disorder). my mum nagged me for long anough that i needed to eat meat to be well that i gave in coz i was willing to do anything to not feel ill. i went out and got some completely free range meat that had the freedom food mark on it. i ate a steak and kidney pie and a few bites of chicken before i decided i'd rather be ill than feel as guilty as i did when i was eating that food.


    aside from that i've not purpously strayed, though a mate gave me a spring roll a few years ago. she'd asked for a veggie one, but there'd been a mix up and i only discovered it when i pulled a piece of pork out of my mouth. i didn't feel guilty about that though coz it was a genuine accident.


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  • ive been veggie for about 3 years. i once ate some tuna but that was coz mum made a tuna pasta bake and its so lovely and her and my sister werent going to eat it all and were going to chuck it out, so i ate it. oh and the first christmas after i went veggie i ate a sausage roll, you know one of those really nice little ones that you cook in the oven and puff up kiknda and are just heavenly. one of them, buti felt so sick and guilty after that i havent touched meat since... im too scared of makingmy self sick, stupid i know, but id have to introduce it slowly back into my diet if i went back.

    and nowim weening myself off of dairy. kinda. im drinkingless milk,eating less eggs, trying to cut down my cheese intake but thats goingto be the hardest. i broiught some more soya milk the other day, gona give it another go, its different to the last lot i had. i dont eat much buttter, only on toasties, but mum gave me one of the brush things we have lying around in the kitchen so i might use oil instead, then again youneed cheese for toasties,... woah

  • Quote from random_spontaneosity

    i ate a sausage roll, you know one of those really nice little ones that you cook in the oven and puff up kiknda and are just heavenly.

    You tried the Linda McCartney ones? They're fuckin' gorgeous, god rest her soul :badger:

  • Quote from Doktor Atomik

    You tried the Linda McCartney ones? They're fuckin' gorgeous, god rest her soul :badger:


    Yep, you took the words right out of my ... keyboard.


    She couldn't sing for toffee, bless, but she tastes rather nice. Frankly I'm amazed they've managed to string her remains out for so long ... surely we're onto toenails and gristle by now?:wiggle:

  • Quote from random_spontaneosity

    then again youneed cheese for toasties,... woah



    try cheezly melting vegan cheese, most vegan cheese is rancid horible stuff, but this new stuff is pretty good, honest. and it makes mean cheese toastys. deffo worth a try.

  • I have to admit that tho I class myself as a vegetarian (16years), I actually only don't eat meat (fish is meat) I have over the years ate jelly and jelly sweets etc all of which contain pork or beef gelatine, I am now no longer eating anything with Gelatine in but I find this the hardest thing to give up, Vegetarian sweets (cola bottles) are so expensive compared to gelatine ones :vomit:

    ps I hate Linda MaCartneys food, its just like meat and I hate Meat

    I want to walk up the side of the mountain
    I want to walk down the other side of the mountain,
    I want to swim thru the river and lie in the sun,
    I want to try and be nice to everyone.

  • been veggi for exactly a year on tuesday (was veggi for a while when a teen) ate fish twice since but fish was my real love food wise. i dont really crave it though, not liked i craved a smoke when i gave up!

    just read this http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/o…s/recipe_for_disaster.cfm and although i knew some of this info it has brought home to me how serious this issue is. i buy my son fish so it seems it's off to M+S from now on!

  • Quote from Doktor Atomik

    Doesn't taste anything like meat, imho.



    Its pretending to be meat, had the texture of meat, tho it might have changed, its about 12 years since I ate anything of hers. I just remember going to a friends and they gave me a Linda McCartney lasagne, I could hardly eat it, looked too much like meat for me, never again.

    I want to walk up the side of the mountain
    I want to walk down the other side of the mountain,
    I want to swim thru the river and lie in the sun,
    I want to try and be nice to everyone.

  • Quote from Northern Pixie

    Its pretending to be meat, had the texture of meat, tho it might have changed, its about 12 years since I ate anything of hers. I just remember going to a friends and they gave me a Linda McCartney lasagne, I could hardly eat it, looked too much like meat for me, never again.

    It may well be pretending to be meat and look vaguely like meat, but the taste and texture is nothing like meat. Honestly, if you think it's that similar, it must be a long time since you ate meat. Meat is chewy and fatty and gristly.... nothing like the soft, melty texture of TVP (which is all the Linda Mac stuff is based on really). And anyway, even if it did taste like meat..... so what? I'm opposed to eating meat ethically, not on the grounds of taste.

  • Quote from Northern Pixie

    its about 12 years since I ate anything of hers.

    I think it's improved a lot over the years and worth a try if you just want fast food, but like Dok says, it's not meat.


    My slip up was 10 years ago, (mentioned somewhere else in the V forum)I was working very very early in the morning without breakfast and was serving up full-on meat breakies, I was so hungry that I had a bacon sandwich, it was disgusting! Well, I had 2 bites I couldn't finish it, it was so chewy and salty and just altogether grim. At least I know I'll never do that again!


    My other meat incident was not long after I moved to Glastonbury. I'd been working in a veggie cafe and got to know all these people who were regulars, they invited me to a party and when I arrived there was a huge spread of food, so I started to have a munch, took a couple of bites out ot the nice looking veggie hotdogs and then spotted a plate of ham. I realised that I was eating a meat hotdog. Bloody great. I'd just assumed that everyone was veggie! How naive of me.........

  • Quote from Earth Whirler

    I was so hungry that I had a bacon sandwich, it was disgusting!

    That's actually quite a good example of how the 'fake meat' products really have little in common with the thing they're trying to imitate. The look and smell of real bacon I find pretty disgusting, and I have no desire to eat it. But fake bacon products I really enjoy. I mean maybe it's because I know it's just flavoured soya, but I don't think there's really any similarity.

  • Quote from Doktor Atomik

    What made you stray?



    Because I hadn't really learnt how to cook and I was getting annoyed about the lack of veggie ready meals! How bad is that. Anyway I hated eating meat and the experience made me realise I needed to get off my behind and learn how to cook for myself!

  • Quote from Earth Fairy

    Anyway I hated eating meat and the experience made me realise I needed to get off my behind and learn how to cook for myself!

    I guess I was pretty lucky. When I went veggie, there were hardly any veggie ready meals available (Linda McCartney was still a distant dream!) so I learned to cook for myself pretty quickly. And now that you can get loads of veggie ready meals, I enjoy cooking too much to use 'em! :wall:

  • Quote from Doktor Atomik

    I guess I was pretty lucky. When I went veggie, there were hardly any veggie ready meals available (Linda McCartney was still a distant dream!) so I learned to cook for myself pretty quickly. And now that you can get loads of veggie ready meals, I enjoy cooking too much to use 'em! :wall:



    Yeah I love cooking new, and Linda McCartney stuff is loaded with fat so I try and avoid it! (but the Sausage rolls are great!)

  • Well I don't like the taste of meat, have never had a bacon sandwich in my life and the thought of eating one is totally alien to me, as I said before its just the gelatine in products that has gotten me over the years but I am trying. In italy recently I bought a loaf of packaged sliced bread, to make butties on the beach, to discover it had animal fat in it :barf:

    I want to walk up the side of the mountain
    I want to walk down the other side of the mountain,
    I want to swim thru the river and lie in the sun,
    I want to try and be nice to everyone.

  • What a bizarre thing to find animal fat in!


    When I first went veggie I used to read labels religously, I'm a pro at label scanning! It helps loads that these days most company's label their stuff as veggie, but if I'm dubious I'll still check. Weirdly, I like reading labels........:scared:

  • i was happily munching my way through a choc chip cookie earlier this year, then started reading the label out of boredom.


    i discovered the cookie had fish oil in it and stopped eating it.


    does anyone else think chocolate and fish is a weird combination??


    peace and love
    stardust
    xxx

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

  • apparently there is fish oil in orange fanta drink yuk

    anyway to original question i have been veggie for about 28 years and lived a vegan lifestyle for the past 4 and have never eaten anything I should not have deliberately and if i did unitentionally I am not aware of it ....I dont mind vegan or veggie products that taste like meat as I love the taste of meat any way and even tho I am vegan i wish I could stroll around Asda or such like and eat all those meat things......I love the taste of meat but not the fact I am eating a once living thing.....