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7/21/10 9:05 A

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Yes, but it it money well spent, and I bet you aren't spending as much on junk food as you use to. I switched my "junk food" budget to fresh fruit. Ends up I don't spend any more, just better.

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7/14/10 10:47 P

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my addiction to farmer's markets means I probably pay more for my food but it is quality and the farmer gets a living wage.

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7/13/10 11:18 A

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How our whole grocery budget is allotted has changed. Since we don't eat as much meat, we spend a lot less there. The "regular" veggies are pretty much the same, just lots more of them. And instead of buying high priced fatty snacks, we spend the money on fresh fruit. I'm guessing we are spending less, but eating more and better.

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7/12/10 11:38 P

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good tips

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7/6/10 10:01 A

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That's a good point about shopping around. I know a lot of the spices I like to use are much less expensive a our local ethnic stores, and fresh veggies are definitely less expensive at the Asian market.

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7/5/10 10:24 P

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I am by no means a vegetarian, but as I progress with eating healthier I find I can only handle a little red meat every now and again. Too much fat and my stomach aches.

I eat a lot of chicken, turkey, fish, grains, fruits and veggies ...whole foods. I shop around to make sure I am getting a good deal because these items seem to be more expensive. Looking in the health food section of the grocery store I found a grain for over $10 for a small bag ...I looked in the regular grain section and found the same thing for half the cost. I buy when things are on sale and eat foods in season. This seems to save money. I also save money because most of my shopping is on the outside of the grocery store and away from the expensive processed foods.

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7/5/10 9:16 P

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I eat more chicken and tuna in the summer. It is better for my stomach on thse hot days.



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7/5/10 6:15 P

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I'm not a fan of meat but some family members are. I tell them they can order what they like when they go out or BBQ for themselves. We've always had salad & veggies with some protein for dinners. That's the one meal we eat together. Our neighbors are vegan and they make some of the most delicious dishes I've ever tasted. Being vegan or vegetarian doesn't mean you have to compromise flavor.

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7/5/10 11:12 A

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We have been using less and less meat, almost unconsciously. I use it more as flavoring for a dish instead of the main ingredient.

We had grilled steaks last night and both my husband and I felt it just wasn't as good as we remembered. They were good steaks, tenderloins, but we've somehow lost our taste for steak. I still have two in the freezer and next time I'll just use one, sliced fine and stir fried with veggies. Better for us and better for the wallet, amongst many other things.

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7/4/10 11:27 A

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For me, one of the most disappointing things about using soy substitutes is the amount of sodium added into the products.

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7/4/10 10:02 A

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I'm not a vegetarian, and certainly not a vegan (I love eggs, cheese, non-fat milk, & yogurt), but I am trying to eat less meat, especially red meat. I have to admit, after a few days of no meat, I am hungry for some. I know it is a craving, not a need, but I usually give in. So I can't cut out meat entirely, but I have cut it back to only 3-4 nights a week. Usually I have leftovers for lunch, so that cuts it out of my lunch meals 3-4 times a week. My husband eats whatever I fix, so we are both doing this. Another thing is that we eat smaller portions when we eat meat. That cuts back on the amount I buy. I'm pretty good at keeping it in the freezer until close to time to use, then letting it defrost in the frig or in cold water in the sink. I don't waste much anymore. I can only think of one time in the past 6 months that I threw out some meat, a package of chicken wings. It just about made me cry to wast the food, but I couldn't eat it. I had forgotten I put it in the fridge . . . oops!



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7/3/10 4:13 P

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I definitely agree, we don't have to become vegan or vegetarian but I have cut my meat consumption especially red meat and I do feel much better eating soya or beans in it's place. I feel more satisfied and and it helps with balancing my hormones, sugars and cravings. Because I am gluten intolerant I am also milk intolerant, so I do soya or non dairy milks too.
We are just starting to learn that the meat we eat is not heathly, it is injected with so many hormones and the living conditions of those poor animals is not condusive to good health. I believe that if these animals are not mentally or physically healthy, what are we ingesting?? For me it all about how we are treating these animals before and after death.

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7/1/10 1:14 A

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thank you for reading, and good job on the loss :)

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6/30/10 11:40 P

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thank you for posting those great suggestions.

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6/30/10 11:39 P

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hey just cutting out a little red meat a week is good, like I say you don't have to stop eating all meat and or dairy to help out, 3-5 meals a week can make a great difference! in all different parts of your life, 3-5 meals meat free could save you a 1000 bucks a year, cut down emissions of green house gases from the farming industries by 5-10%, aand buying meat from the US is much better because the companies here have regulations of the factories (Human right and environmental)so being smart and where and what you buy can make a difference even help the economy by going to local places, less transportation less gas used,at the moment the US gets over 70% of its meat from south America, where they don't even regulate what the cow eats, and that is how mad cow disease happened, its much better to know what you are eating was healthy, you are what you eat! and makes you get a little creative, Indian food is a great way to try something new, and Thai they use lots of different styles of vegetarian options!

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6/30/10 4:35 P

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Interesting read....I have made alot of these changes, as far as red meats, etc., but no chicken or shrimp, etc., I know I cannot do. Good luck to you.

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6/30/10 1:24 P

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6/30/10 11:20 A

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food for thought

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6/30/10 11:18 A

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EWESTCOTT: be sure you are drinking lots of water and getting lots of fiber in your diet, yummy fruits and veggies can be way filling with out the salad life style, fire roasting veggies on the grill can make almost anything taste good, and healthy.
other ideas that could help you with your protein is try complex proteins like rice and beans, rich in iron, and amino acids, this complex protein gives you nutrients that you could not get other wise. also I dont know if you like tofu, but if you use lite tofu, which is about 30 cals persevering and also either vegan mayonnaise which is normally in the health food section, or nice grocery stores,or low cal mayonnaise and your favorite seasoning for potato salad and two pieces of bread or pita for a sandwich, you can make a very filling lunch with out cooking, also i found this brand of meat substitute amazing you can season them with pretty much everything
http://www.veganstore.com/chicken-%28not
!%29-salad-mix/Page_1/840.html
there are a couple more types on the web site, you can put in on tacos with seasoning, or BBQ sandwiches, throw it in rice, or what ever its super healthy too!


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6/30/10 10:49 A

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Thanks for sharing your beliefs

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6/30/10 10:02 A

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Thanks for the ideas, Littlemiss.
I could live on pb and eggs as protein and I have just gotten my husband to accept black beans as a meat substitute once or twice a week. I'm a big protein eater and worried that I'll feel hungry a lot if I don't eat enough.
Am I worrying needlessly?
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6/30/10 6:09 A

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What a lot of people don't know is the simple benefits of modifying your diet in simple ways. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years now and through that I have learned a lot about the pro's and con's. Trying different things also through out the years, vegan and gulten free, trying to find a happy balance for both my mind IE taste buds, and body. Now I am not going to write and tell you about how you should never eat any meat again or how you are bad for doing so, i dont like to shove my beliefs down peoples thoart or think that people should think the same as me
but here is a little food for thought


cutting down on dairy and red meat can be really good for you, your wallet and the environment.

so why not try it?
1.replace 3-5 meals this week with dairy and red meat free, maybe even meat free?
-this could save you in the long term a thousands bucks more or less a year,

-although it seems small if everyone did this, it could cut down the amount of emissions/green house gas, methane, which if i can add, heats up the earth 20% faster then CO2, even bbc says that all of the types of transportation in the world pollutes the earth less then the dairy and red meat industries. so less meat means less farting cows, due to less need for production.

-80% of our water goes to live stock, and the fields for the live stock, crunch the take the amount of water, currently used, then the 5-10% that would be saved by cutting out meat and dairy for three to five meals, in reality it is a lot of water.

-meat means cholesterol also which is bad for your health if you get to much or the wrong kind, and people known to consume less red meat tend to have less heart illnesses

-meat products cost more and spoil faster, the average cost of a severing size of meat protein can cost significantly more then say peanut butter ( and that jar of peanut butter has 40-60 servings in it) , or tofu, or eggs, also alternatives tend to last longer and waste less and over all more bang for your buck. Cutting down 3-5 meals a week with animal product based courses can save a 4 person home 4,000 dollars, that's a lot! and when spaghetti o's are vegetarian and certain top ramon flavors you can't say that's not cheap, tofu is like a dollar too

-last but not least really its not that hard, do breakfast for dinner like pancakes, and eggs, or try a pp and j, or even top Ramon, no dairy doesn't mean tofu, you can do sushi too, they have pretty good veggie rolls, even burger king and i think in and out have veggie burgers. even a bean burrito

any ways i am not asking you to change your meat eatingness, i understand ya like your steak, but why not try out of the 21 meals you eat a week, making 3-5 that would normal be meat and dairy free of those products...

there are some good alternatives to dairy produces, almond milk, soy and rice, even hemp, why not try one if you dont like it dont use it, doesn't hurt to try though.... also walmart has a really cheap Mexican soy cheese, soy yogurt is not bad either, i mean in your cooking you can use 1/4 cup of apple sauce instead of an egg, it makes it really moist too, also if you dont like alternative milks you can just use is in cooking, and coffee, or cereal. Even boxed rice and beans with a can of tomatoes can provided a balanced meal with lots of good vitamins in it. :)

so why not try it, be part of a movement for a better earth, all you got to do is take a pp and j, instead of a ham sandwich to work, tiny things make a difference, and save you money in the long run, :) whoo! a vegan that drives a hummer is better for the environment than a person that drives a hybrid and eats meat. food for thought

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