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Sunday, November 25, 2012

I want to be a vegetarian



Lots of cousins at our house today, for our third Thanksgiving of the week. Such a beautiful day, low forties, sun shining all over the sky.  No self respecting kid would want to be indoors after the grownups sent them out.


When they came in they broke out the cards while the grownups assembled the meal and eavesdropped on the table talk.  Caroline, the eight year old in pink, announced she really would rather be a vegetarian.  


Silence from her brother and her cousins.

“I want to be a vegetarian, but every night my mother makes meat.  Except for beans and greens and pasta night.”

It was another one of those nights; she did justice to her slice of ham.

20 comments:

  1. How cute!

    I love to listen in on children's conversation, too.

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  2. Glad you had a nice day for the celebration.

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  3. I would like to be a vegetarian too. I've heard it said that they don't eat anything with a face. I would embrace that ideal except I'd have a hard time figuring out what to eat.

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  4. I am almost a vegetarian but sometimes I just want to tear into a piece of meat.

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  5. A healthy veggie (3rd generation) with healthy veggie grandkids here-
    We don't do the Fs...fish, flesh or fowl.
    There are plenty proteins about, eggs, dairy (cow or goat), nuts, pulses- we generally combine two proteins for more efficient use of them by the body...like eggs on toast.

    The main problem people have who change diet in any way is that they try and do it too quickly

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  6. how cute!! Sounds like it was a great time together with interesting conversation had by all!

    betty

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  7. I'm not vegetarian. I don't eat a lot of meat, but now and again a tiny steak lands on my plate, and there are ham sandwiches. In the winter there are fall-apart-tender beef potroasts at least twice. I tried to go without meat, but I seem to really need it at least once a week. I eat plenty of canned tuna too.

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  8. I know what she means - I insisted on being a vegetarian when I was about 8 years old, and my mother did everything but hold me down to feed me. It was better at school, where I could jump the queue to get my specially prepared meal!

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  9. I wanted to be vegetarian when I was 10yrs old. My parents wouldn't allow it. I became vegetarian 14 yrs later and have been a vegan since 2002. No meat since 1986 has only done me good.
    Jane x

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  10. Sounds like your Caroline and my Lily would be a fine pair. She doesn't like meat, but will "do justice" to a slice of ham.

    Your T-giving day looked like it was wonderful outside. What a day to be out and running. For the kids, I mean.

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  11. Being a vegetarian probably sounds good to her. How many kids her age say, "I want to be a deer hunter"?

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    1. She's been on this kick for almost a year now. I've always taken it as a romantic notion, but I wonder how serious she would be given the opportuity. Keep in mind she could pass up the meat and have adequate protein in her tree hugging house; she just doesn't.

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  12. I love overheard conversations, especially children's. as for being a vegetarian, I like the idea because of the health implications, but not sure if I could pull it off - the bacon sandwich (do you eat them in the US?).

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    1. Yea for bacon sammies! Yea for bacon. I would have all my vegetarian dishes with bacon on top.

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  13. I love listening to children speak when they don't think adults are listening!

    Pearl

    p.s. Enjoyed your post on your name's origins.

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  14. I think I could do it. Not Joe.

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  15. haha that's cute esp. the ham part ;)

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  16. I've been hearing a lot about high school girls wanting to become Vegan. It's the newest trend. It's very hard on the cook in the family to adjust to that. I do see more vegan restaurants popping up though. Granted there are tons of different levels of being a vegetarian.

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  17. Love children's conversations! Myself, I could never be a vegetarian. In our family, vegetarians are what we eat . . .

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  18. I tried being vegetarian, actually i considered myself "semi-vegetarian" eating meat once every two or three weeks. My tastebuds were happy with this, but my body was not. Bloodwork revealed that i needed to eat fewer carbohydrates, so i returned to eating meat. Took two years for my tastebuds to like the taste of red meat again.

    I find i feel my best when i follow an omnivore diet, weighted more towards meat protein and fats, less on starchy veggies and pulses. Bloodwork improved mightily, too.

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