Vegetarian Lifestyle by Juta Kvederaitė 7B

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To Meat or not to Meat?

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This is written by me, Juta, who is going vegan for about 4 months now. I will pass you the information that I know, I collected and thought about. Will you make the decision to go green or not by my words, I don’t know, but what I do know is that I will definitely make you interested and keep you thinking about it every time you put a poor animal on your plate. Lettuce begin!

Q: What is vegetarianism\veganism?
A: Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish. Vegans are vegetarians who don’t eat or use any animal products (including milk, cheese, other dairy items, eggs, honey, wool, silk, or leather).

Q: Why do humans do this? Aren’t they supposed to eat meat to stay alive?heme-vs-non-heme-iron
People choose this lifestyle for many reasons such as – they love animals, have health issues, and think about the environment, ethical concerns, dislike of meat, non-violent beliefs and economics. It is important that you know why you are going vegetarian, because that will keep you going and don’t give up. Trust me when I say that sometimes you will want to cook some bacon or make yourself a delicious turkey sandwich! But then you will think about the reasons why you are on a meatless diet in the first place, turn around and pick up a delicious apple.
imagesAs for the debate about staying alive with meat – according to many vegan experts, our bodies aren’t made to digest meat. If we eat meat 3 times per day, our system has too much protein, fat. That leads to health problems by time. However, many sources tell otherwise. So, there is really no answer for that. Meat eaters say it’s important, while vegans say absolutely not. In my opinion – meat isn’t necessary, but it isn’t unhealthy to eat it either. I personally dislike the taste of meat, and think it’s wrong to kill animals for food purposes. Just choose for yourself if you don’t have medical complications.

Q: Can I go green if I don’t like vegetables?
A: This question is a popular one. When people hear the word “Vegetarian”, they think that we ONLY snack on cucumbers, lettuces or tomatoes.. And that is incorrect. Yes, our diet does consist vegetables, but we also eat grains, proteins, fruits, fats.
Grains: this food group includes bread, pasta, rice, wheat, oats and barley.
Proteins: includes dry beans, peas, lentils, fortified oatmeal, soybeans, spinach, tofu, soy, nuts (for vegetarians – Greek yogurt, eggs)
Fruits & Vegetables: this section is the center of vegetarianism. “Vegetarians should aim for at least six to eight servings of vegetables and three to four servings of fruit per day” – Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Try finding a solution for your dislike to greens (example: make your own pasta sauce with tomatoes, make a tortilla – use the in stores rounded bases (make sure they have all natural ingredients) with an avocado filling) for this lifestyle you need to try many things and experiment until you find what you like!
Fats: The body requires a small amount of dietary fat to ensure proper brain development, temperature regulation and protection for organs. One serving of these healthy fats might include 1 ounce of nuts or seeds, 2 tablespoons of nut butter or 1 teaspoon of some kind of edible oil.

10 Tips for Vegetarian\Vegan for the first time
1. Before going vegetarian I would suggest to research. Don’t quit eating meat right this second. It doesn’t work like that, and you’ll just mess up your immune system. Take it slow.
2. Talk to a doctor. You need to ensure you’re safe and healthy while doing this. Some people actually need to eat meat to stay healthy! So before making your decision, speak to a professional.
3. Watch documentaries. This is optional, but if you are serious about going meatless or just simply not bothered to google some info and want a more interesting way of learning, this is perfect. I will list some documentaries you can watch (be aware of gory images)

• Earthlings (personal favorite, though keep some tissues around, because it’s very sad and shocking)

4. Don’t be surprised when someone doesn’t agree with you and don’t pressure your friends and family to adapt the same diet. Not everyone wants to go meatless, but it would be cool if you had a friend or a group with you going veg, because it would support and help you to keep going. So find an internet group on social media, and share recipes! You don’t need to bring up your choice on every conversation.new-vegan-food-text
5. Don’t be a bad person, choose this because you want to, not because you want to lose weight or something else. Eat by color, not by calorie.
6. Take a cooking class… or just watch a YouTube video with a veggie chef if you can’t afford the time and money.
7. Eat smart. Just because vegetarians have delicious junk food, doesn’t mean you only eat them. They aren’t a staple.
8. Visit a farm or a shelter. Make a cute piglet or chicken your friend, see how much they show love to you and then think about killing and eating it for one meal. It might change everything you think about meat.
9. Make sure you have enough info about veg life. When someone tries to trash your lifestyle, give them a taste of their own medicine by pointing out the bad stuff about meat eating. Don’t get furious by this, keep calm posture and show your intelligence. I have experienced this many times – I start thinking about screaming and pulling my hair out when a person argues about this, but staying calm and collected will show that you are educated and you know what you are doing.
10. Make a speech for your parents if you’re underaged. You can’t just drop a bomb “I’m vegetarian” and just expect them let you. First of all, they will probably ask ‘why?’ Answer honestly, with the reason or two (health, economics, political view, hate killing animals, etc.). Offer to buy the products and cook them yourself. Look up recipes. Show you are responsible for this and you will look after yourself.

Going vegetarian or vegan doesn’t mean that you will only annoy people while dining out. So, carrots anyone?
Let me know what you think in the comments about vegetarian lifestyle! 🙂

17 thoughts on “Vegetarian Lifestyle by Juta Kvederaitė 7B

  1. I think that be vegetarian is beter than eat meat…For meat we kiling a lot of beautifuls animals.it’s sad. :,( Yes , yes…. Our parent now are saying that we need to eat a lot of meat. … but so many animals gona die for our fault. 🙁




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  2. What’s up with diary products though? Is it that you don’t like how it’s produced in the industry or something else?




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    • The milking industry is very unsanitary! They keep cows pregnant all the time, then take the little babies from their mothers (that’s highly inappropriate) plus they never stop. They are on the machines until they are useless and stop producing milk -then they send them to the meat factories. This is what most people who work in the industry do, and vegans don’t support any kind of cruelty on animals.




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      • How is your lifestyle going? I mean is it hard to get all the necessary nutritional ingredients in Lithuanian has it affected you in some way, mood changes.. I am new to this and would like to know some more about these things – the raw food, would be nice if you shared some recipies?:)




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  3. Great article, I really support your thoughts on vegetarianism and veganism. But I have to say that eating only non-animal products, is not very healthy either. Since I am a very active person and sometimes, need to eat a lot to have energy, I resort to meat. Not only does it has a great energy value, it also has a lot of protein, witch helps me build up muscle. And since I love playing basketball I can’t resort to meat alone. I think that meat helps me with strength and endurance, while fruits and vegetables provide me with the stamina and agility witch I need to move around on the court. All in all, I think that eating only meat or vegetables has its pluses and minuses, but eating both can only give pluses. (This is only my opinion, I hope you don’t take it too seriously :P)




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    • haha, I don’t judge people who think differently or eat meat! You made a really good point. But, I would have to disagree with you. If proteins only came from meat, how would we, vegetarians, survive? We also have meat replacements. Animals kill smaller animals for survival and humans adapted the same thing for themselves. But what we forget is that we don’t really need meat to survive, not like animals – when we cook meat, notice how we don’t eat it raw and animals do? But if you aren’t planning on changing to become greener, I would suggest when eating meat – boil it. Cooking meat in the oven or barbecuing it is very unhealthy. That’s my tip for you and good luck in basketball! 🙂




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  4. I want to be a vegetarian like Juta, but my mom and dad don’t agree with my idea. Killing animals is a cruel, everyone supposed to live. So…. Can I have a carrot????




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    • I’m so sad to hear that, Anonym! But don’t worry, I know what you’re going through. It was actually the same for me – my parents didn’t agree with me. (They still don’t but whatever :D) Have you sat down and talked to them about this seriously? Make arguments about this. It might take some convincing to do, but don’t stop trying! And if that doesn’t work… Annoy the living chocolate cake out of them!

      jk




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  5. I have never been a vegetarian, but maybe I would try. But I personally can not live without meat. My view on this article, it is very good. I think that vegetarians will love it.




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    • Definitely try at least for a day, Liepa! It’s really fun, especially when you make the food yourself and look over the ingredients and stuff. Thank You for your comment! 🙂




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  6. Super cool Juta!!! Althoug I’ ve never thought to become a vegetarian , because of your article I will think about the idea again😀…thanks




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  7. Great article, I believe you’ve made all the vegetarians proud:) well..I’m a fan as well, nice work thumbs up:) hope to hear more in the nearest future. Haters gonna hate:)Haters gonna hate:)




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    • Thank You! You will most likely hear from me in the future. I am a little bit proud of myself, because this text is the first, more serious thing I’ve ever written and it’s getting good responses! 🙂




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      • you gave a really good insight..plus it’s very informative and the best of all is that you wrote about sth that you practise in reality so its worth reading and thanks again for sharing this;) (imao)




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