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Old Sep 14th 2007, 2:14 pm
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Hi Gang,

Just wondered if there is any other veggies or vegans on this site? My USC wife and i are both vegan. I was veggie for about 10yrs and then vegan for approx 2yrs. My wife has been vegan for abt 1yr.

How do you find being vegan /veggie in the USA? I`ve only been over here for nearly 1yr, but find it ok in the most part. Can be a little frustrating eating out sometimes, IE eating salad or side dishes etc. We`re currently in FL, but are moving to Missouri soon.

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Hi Gang,

Just wondered if there is any other veggies or vegans on this site? My USC wife and i are both vegan. I was veggie for about 10yrs and then vegan for approx 2yrs. My wife has been vegan for abt 1yr.

How do you find being vegan /veggie in the USA? I`ve only been over here for nearly 1yr, but find it ok in the most part. Can be a little frustrating eating out sometimes, IE eating salad or side dishes etc. We`re currently in FL, but are moving to Missouri soon.

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Umm, where in Missouri were you planning to be vegans?
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Hi,

Wife and i are moving near to Sainte Genevieve. Do you know it?

We`re planning regular trips to St. Louis to get our Indian curry fix, plus load up with goodies from Wholefoods.
We know it`ll be tougher being vegan in the midwest than in FL, but we`ll just have eat at home more.

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Hi,

Wife and i are moving near to Sainte Genevieve. Do you know it?

We`re planning regular trips to St. Louis to get our Indian curry fix, plus load up with goodies from Wholefoods.
We know it`ll be tougher being vegan in the midwest than in FL, but we`ll just have eat at home more.

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Yes, I know it, but not well. Very interesting place with a little history to it. I do know St. Louis though, and there are plenty of vegans there. Most "American" type restaurants will be a problem, but there are tons of ethnic places, it's a very diverse place. I'm talking about STL, BTW. I haven't been to St. Gen in years.
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Yes, a couple of weeks ago ,we flew up to look some a few properties in the St Gen area. It was great walking and looking at all the old buildings, well in US terms old!
We chose that area cos, i`ll be working in St louis, and my wife in Cape Girardeau, so St Gen is approx half way between each.

We`re both used to finding our way around American restaurants menu`s now trying to find a vegan option. Sometimes it`s easy, sometimes not!

Can`t wait to near a big city again. I grew up London, so i miss all the hustle and bustle of a big city.

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It'll be bloody expensive, eating out can be a major hassle...but that all depends on where you live, up in Maine, they'd think you were a freak, but out in Mass, it's a bit more accepted...still expensive.
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I grew up London, so i miss all the hustle and bustle of a big city.

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Well, Chicago is only 5 hours away!


Really, St. Louis is a wonderful city, but if you're expecting anything close to London you're setting yourself up for some dissapointment!

If you have any specific questions about St. Louis just ask...
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Gotta say it, I love my food and if it ain't got no meat, I'm lost... A good rare steak and horse-radish.. Yum.

Are you guys really thin (rag and bones). I mean that nicely but most Vegans I meet look so unhealthy (thin like too many models). I'm sure you are not unhealthy but just curious.

ANd why not share why you don't eat meat. Is it medical or you don't like the way we treat our "food'. Again, just curious.

have a nice weekend..
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Vegan 75%, Vegatarian 25%, Chicago here.
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Franc11,

No, not skinny, just a normal weight and healthy I`m 6 foot, and weigh about 175 pounds give or take. I don`t around preaching about it, but i`ll tell people if they ask. Nor do i have a " holier than thou" attitude. I do sometimes miss the taste of meat, especially bacon, but i don`t think i`d ever go back to eating meat again.

I went veggie for a few reasons :

1, just couldn`t stand eating something that had once been living, breathing, thinking, and feeling just like us, maybe not on the same level of course, but does that give us the right to eat it?

2, Help the environment. Paul Mccartney once said" the best and easiest way to help the planet is to go veggie". You just wouldn`t believe the amount of land needed to help sustain and feed livestock. Plus the problems of their waste entering the water chain etc. Land that could be used to grow to crops or to remain as rainforest! Also cow`s emissions (farts) also seriously contribute to global warming, second only behind cars etc.
Over fished oceans, need i say more!
Abused animals in zoos and inhumane ways of killing abbatoirs.

3, For my own health. Veggies are proven on average to have less cancer and heart problems. The two biggest killers in the western world.

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1, just couldn`t stand eating something that had once been living, breathing, thinking, and feeling just like us, maybe not on the same level of course, but does that give us the right to eat it?
Well!! yes ..we are the highest form of carbon unit ...
and can and will do as we like ....
People like you irritate me me so much ..I will
put you on ignore in case you go on about it again ....
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I'm a vegetarian* and find it a little more difficult here, I used to use quorn and more Indian food, somewhere like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods will carry more vegetarian items (if they have those stores in Missouri), also you can get refried beans not prepared with lard and knock up some Mexican stuff without meat.

*I am much less strict than I was because I wouldn't want to offend anyone at a social gathering but when eating meat I am highly aware of what it is. Meat production certainly is very wasteful and polluting

Ray, don't jump down his throat he's not trying to take your steak away!!
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Ray, don't jump down his throat he's not trying to take your steak away!!
It would have to be from my cold dead hands...
and you nearly went on ignore then.. just saying the word Quorn
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It would have to be from my cold dead hands...
and you nearly went on ignore then.. just saying the word Quorn
Phew
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It would have to be from my cold dead hands...
and you nearly went on ignore then.. just saying the word Quorn
their song - freak on a leash wasn't 'alf bad... but it got over played; video of the bullet travelling through everything was entertaining...minimally.

Had they gone with freak on a cob... wouldn't have bean the same.
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