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I first became aware of animals having feelings when as  a young child I spent the summers at my Grandparents ranch. This was a real working ranch were cattle were rounded up in the summer and branded. Pigs were castrated and chickens got their neck rung to become Sunday dinner. Those animals cried!!  Just writing this brings tears.

So, no I do not eat meat of any kind. But I do respect others rights to eat what they are comfortable eating. 

I have eaten healthy much of my life, have never had the flu and rarly have a cold. But several car accidents have done a number on my body so I feel my  healthy lifestyle helps to keep the pain under control.  

So glad to see I am in good company here!

 

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Thank you for your comment. It's a mystery for certain and pretty scary when it happens. Stay well.

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Marieteresa, I am like you. Vegan for years, no salt or anything unhealthy, Have high BP and can't find the cause. It's a mystery.

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I never had a primary doctor until I was 28. In the meantime, I suffered with terrible headaches from the age of eight and apparently hypertension. I had two babies in military hospitals and no doctor asked me to follow up in spite of being hospitalized multiple times with hypertension and preeclampsia and deliveries with seizures. At 28, I saw a headache specialist and an Internist for the first time. To control the hypertension, medication and a NO salt diet were recommended. This wasn’t a radical change since I already had a good diet and avoided many processed foods anyway. I was surprised to learn that there was more salt in ice cream vs. canned beans. Following my research, I decided that I might as well be a vegetarian on a trial basis. Forty-five years later, I’ve added some fish for Omega-3. I literally skated through menopause symptomless and my doctor said that it was partly due to my diet and soy. Recently, she said that I may be her healthiest senior patient except for my BP that still randomly spikes. The other day it was 245/165 and now I have medication for those emergencies. Even a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, could not determine a root cause. While I never imposed a vegetarian diet on my family, they ate a couple of meatless meals a week and no one ever asked, “Where’s the beef?”  Today, grocery stores and restaurants can accommodate nearly every person’s dietary needs. I’ve even enjoyed a few Gluten-free products. I can highly recommend Debbie Kay’s Kitchen GF Double Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix. 

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I am vegan 99% of the time.  I do eat some fish when visiting a beach location which makes me a Pescatarian.

i chose this a part of my yoga practice as kindness to all living beings.

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   I have been a vegetarian for over 33 years.  I personally get grossed out by meat, flesh.  However, there are many benefits for not eating meat.  According to the book, "Drawdown, the Most Comprehensive Plan to Reversing Global Warming" states not eating meat is the number 4 out of 80  thing humans can do reduce carbon emissions. Being vegan is the 3.  Also, many studies say that not eating meat is so much better for us. 

  I make many stews and soups.  Quinoa, a chewy grain is good at thickening soups.  I usually some add sauted veges, garlic and onion, adding veges like brocolli last.  Basically using whatever I have in the refrig.  I also use many avocados, beans, and rice.  Spike is a good overall seasoning along with basil, oregano, and sometimes hot sauce. 

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Vegetarians eat plant based food as well as dairy and eggs. Vegans eat a plant based diet, but no animal by-products such as dairy, eggs and honey. Hope that explanation helps!

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Vegan means you don't eat any meat or animal products of any kind. 

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I've been vegan for 25 years. I became vegan when I started to work in a kill shelter and I was also researching the effects of working in a slaughterhouse on humans. I ultimately wrote my Ph.D. dissertation on the topic. No one should have to work in a slaughterhouse. Also, I'm a believer in ahimsa--nonviolence toward self and others. I certainly don't want the product of violence on my dinner plate.

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Would some one please define "vegan" and "vegetarian" so all of us who probably are not can know what you are talking about.  

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