Who would love to see you continue to eat meat?  All of the ranchers both here and overseas, all of the ranch hands, all of the butchers, all of the slaughterhouse owners, all of the meat processors, all of the butcher shops or meat markets, all of the animal grain producers, many researchers trying to find cures for heart attacks, diverticulitis, kidney stones, gall stones etc., many heart surgeons, nurses, and support staff, hospitals and ambulances, and a few others I'm sure I've overlooked would be unhappy to see us all stop eating meat.  Do you want your dietary practices to continue supporting these practices?

That is a lot of people!  With so many people making money from the food choices you make, is it any wonder there are government subsidies to keep meat at a low price for us and advertisements that encourage us to eat meat?  Because of your tax dollars going to support meat makers, it is cheaper for restaurants in the U.S. to serve meat on their menus than fruits and vegetables.  So, that's what they spend their money advertising, and that's what we buy.


Is the Vegetarian Image Stopping You?


Why did I become Vegetarian?

When I became vegetarian, I was a wife and mother of five children living in a nice house in a suburban community. After being on a high-protein, weight-loss diet, I experienced some health problems and visited my doctor. He said, "Choose a better diet." That Sunday I was reading Parade magazine and saw an ad for healthier eating and saw an ad for The McDougall Plan by John A. McDougall, M.D. & Mary A. McDougall. So, I ordered the book.

  Famous Vegetarians

We had no idea that there was a vegetarian image out there that we needed to live up to. We didn't grow long hair, pierce our bodies, or lose any strength. In fact, our new diet made us feel much healthier. Over the years I have met many vegetarians, and will admit, a few fit the stereotype, but most don't. It may surprise you that some very famous people are vegetarian.

"I take vitamins daily, but just the bare essentials not what you'd call supplements. I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products." Clint Eastwood

Here are some: Richard Gere, actor; Orlando Bloom, actor; Carl Lewis, track & field w/10 Olympic medals, 9 gold; Alanis Morissette, singer; Mike Tyson, boxer; Martina Navratilova, tennis w/167 single titles, 5 at Wimbledon; Prince Fielder, major league baseball player; Vanessa A. Williams, actress & dancer; Alec Baldwin, actor; Shania Twain, singer; Leo Tolstoy, author (War & Peace ); Vincent Van Gogh, artist; Glenn Scolnick, former Steelers football player; Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist; Paul McCartney and George Harrison, singers (Beatles ); Alicia Silverstone, actress; Tobey Maguire, actor; Stic.man, Hip Hop artist; Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author & feminist; Brendan Brazier, Iroman triathlete; Scott Adams, cartoonist (Dilbert ); Rosa Parks, civil rights activist; Portia de Rossi, actress; Rikki Rocket, drummer (Poison ); Leonardo da Vinci, artist & scientist; Mary Tyler Moore, actress; George Bernard Shaw, play write & Nobel Prize winner--to name a few.

Are these vegetarians weak, scrawny, inferior, tatooed, long haired hippies?


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The love of all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.  Charles Darwin 

The butchers and slaughterhouse owners aren't the only ones happy about our choices when we eat meat.

The meat, dairy and egg industries have kept us well fed--lots of calories! 

Meat eating does its part to keep our medical professions busy.  We should all be happy that the drug company owners and stock holders won't have to go into foreclosure.

By having a meat eating habit we help druggists keep their jobs. 

Picture a Vegetarian

Does the vegetarian image keep you from becoming vegetarian? What do you think when someone speaks of a vegetarian lifestyle? What image comes to mind? Do any of these words fit with the image in your head: thin, scraggly, intelligent, hippie, rebel, tattoos, radical, body piercings, long hair, weak?

Weird Vegetarians

It probably was a group of well read, radical thinkers who first started to publicly question the meat-eating culture. No doubt, there are vegetarians that think that being part of a counter culture is great, so they try to look the part. However, most vegetarians look and act just like you and me.

The Vegan Diet

I thought the diet recommended in the book was backed by good evidence and made a lot of sense, so I asked my husband, who had been raised on a Texas ranch, what he thought. He said, "It's okay with me if we become vegetarian as long as you cook." So, the seven of us became vegetarian (vegan). That was 24 years ago.

"You ask people why they have deer heads on the wall. They always say, 'Because it's such a beautiful animal.' There you go. I think my mother's attractive, but I have photographs of her."         Ellen DeGeneres


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