Monday, December 7, 2009

Let's see if we can clear up the confusion


Why Vegan's of course. Now I claim to know VERY LITTLE, so I probably shouldn't be doing this post BUT I wanted to do it :) SO I am sharing my list of Vegan Blogs with you all so that you can check them out.

I like meat, mostly, so I don't claim to be a Vegan or Vegetarian. I do like to be conscious of what my family is eating and what the effect of those things have on the world.

When you read about how many animals are raised and treated so cruelly it really curbs your want for meat. And you hear about all the weird crazy stuff that they are feeding animals now to get them to grow faster or bigger and it's scary to think that all that is finding it's way into your childrens stomachs. So we limit our meat intake, and make sure that it is local and not fed unhealthy stuff (and by we I mean I).

We eat very little meat at my house and what we do use is ALWAYS local farm raised, which is a perk of living where it is possible to get that for very close to the same price as other.

Growing up my parents had anywhere from 2-5 cows, they kept the females for milk and breeding and the steers (males) were butchered and stored. We knew what they ate and they were loved and well taken care of. And we had the chickens, gag- (remember the chickens?) Anyone who has had to raise, clean up after or butcher their own chickens, gag, will eat less chicken, remind me sometime to tell you the story of when my parents had over 10 roosters and we had to butcher them (my two younger then teen sisters were probably scarred for life). We didn't eat our chickens usually, they were kept mostly for eggs- and they were/are my Dad's pets.

So off the soapbox I get :)

Here is a list of Vegan Blogs I like to check out-

What the hell does a vegan eat
The Lazy Vegetarian
eat drink and be vegan
Andrea's easy vegan cooking
The Post Punk Kitchen

I looked up a definition for Vegan-

Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are ethical commitment or moral conviction concerning animal rights or welfare, the environment, human health, and spiritual or religious concerns.

For my Friend it is part of her culture, being from India that is the way they live and also, If I'm right, part of their religion.
Remember when I told you she was a big fan of chocolate??? Being a Vegan doesn't exclude you from liking or enjoying sweet things, it does make it a little harder to make those things. But there are a lot of places to look for recipes.

If you know someone who is allergic to eggs or milk products and you still want to cook things for them go online and check out some popular Vegan recipe sites and you will find TONS of great egg and milk free recipes. My favorite chocolate cake recipe is a vegan one.

I hope this cleared up things a little, if not sorry, remember I did claim to know very little :)


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I'm a meatatarian. I only eat meat no veggies.

Kristina P. said...

I just couldn't do it. You have to watch out for things like marshmallows and other things you wouldn't think had animal products in them.

kys said...

I couldn't go vegan. My mom's parents had chickens and she says the same things about them that you do. She mostly eats peanut butter - hardly any meat at all.

PS Great link that you left for me! Thanks!

blueviolet said...

My daughter was a vegan for about a year. As important as animals are to her, that was too strict of a diet in her case. She's a sweets eater and it eliminated so much of that and she couldn't enjoy her cheese pizza. She's back to being a vegetarian and it works great for her.

Once she dated a raw vegan. Now that was interesting.

***Holly*** said...

We do eat meat,but not all the time. We're having vegetarian enchiladas for dinner tonight. Have you read The Omnivore's Dilemma? It's an excellent book that convinced me to only buy organic meat.

Raoulysgirl said...

I love veggies...but...I have to have meat!!! I'm such a carnivore. I's awful...but it's true!

I'm ashamed. I really am.

Nonna Beach said...

I'm not ashamed to say, I love well cooked meats and am never going to stop eating them !

My son is a vegetarian, his wife is a vegan and I have fun saying our little grandson was made with how come he's made of meat ? We have a good laugh over it ! I admire their wanting to be healthy and all the other reasons...just not for me !

R Max said...

I think this is wonderful and thank you for sharing!

Lissaloo said...

It would be a hard lifestyle choice that's for sure :)
I have had several people recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma, it is on my to-read list now :)
I think being informed is important, and I love finding new & interesting recipes. :)

Kim said...

I was a vegetarian for about 7 years in my twenties. It was easy then, but I don't think I could give up meat now :D I do think that being vegan/vegetarian is an excellent lifestyle though. And, like you, I'm always looking for "quality" meat, although I wonder what I'm really getting sometimes. Great post.

That corgi :) said...

I think you are doing the best thing for you and your family; I knew one vegetarian that was severely anemic so do be careful to make sure you get all the vitamins etc you/kids need (but I know you are "up" on all this) and then my brother-in-law who was vegetarian for years (ate fish but no other meat) ended up with mercury poisoning because of all the fish he consumed. So he had to lay off fish and is back to all meats.

It is hard to figure out what to eat and not to eat, isn't it? Days like this I wish I was Koda who just eagerly eats what is put out for him without a care in the world


Lissaloo said...

Kim- That is so true, My kiddos are in 4h this year and a friend and I are going to go half on a beef cow at the fair, so we will know what we are getting, I'm pretty excited about that- what can I say I'm a dork, dumb things excite me :)

Betty- I would love to only have Kodas worries, what a life :)

Willoughby said...

I worked with a woman who was a vegan for ethical reasons. I would never have been able to stick to her diet.

You would go crazy at my house! We eat a lot of chicken.

Menopausal New Mom said...

Great information! I personally don't eat anything to do with veal, just my own belief that this is overly cruel. I don't want to know what other cruelties are going on out there or I will end up eating nothing but bread!

Holly said...

I am going tot check these out. I was a very strict vegetarian for years (almost vegan...I won't call myself that because I would indulge in mainly dairy products occasionally). I did it for health reason and I was really healthy and loved it.

Lucky Girl said...

hi! thanks for posting this information about veganism - and i agree, those blogs you recommended are great! i've been veg for 11 years, and am raising a daughter the same way. it's important to educate everyone about food choices. thanks!

Stephanie Faris said...

I've started buying Laura's Lean Ground Beef...although I'm still not sure the animal cruelty issue is saved there. You're right -- when I hear stories about it, it makes me want to swear off beef forever.

Thank you!!!

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