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A place to share both why we've made this choice, and perhaps the challenges & blessings we've found along the way.

We can also share resource, recipes, and resolve!

Non vegetarians / non vegans welcome to post respectful questions about the why and how of this choice.

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  1. simpleas
    Sep 12, '14 11:57 am

    Not sure if you all have seen this, prayers asked for the little ones that didn't survive.

    I've been overwhelmed at the amount of goodness shown from thousands of people over the one act of evil.

    Hope the boy involved gets the help he needs.

    God bless the animals x
  2. Rifester
    Sep 6, '14 12:00 pm

    If any of you are on G+ I also moderate a community for the Christian Vegetarian Association:
    Thread: Resources
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  4. Rifester
    Sep 4, '14 5:50 pm
    Thank you 4Elise! I also agree that my faith played a big part in my having to make changes. When the Spirit opens your eyes, your mind, and your heart it is hard not to listen. As in matters of faith, it is our example, love, and compassion ithat will draw people to question and listen. It is for those people that I wish to spend my energy and help them on the way! Blessings to you!
  5. palomaChiara
    Aug 7, '14 12:09 pm
    Your mention of white beans sparked my memory of a fun dessert recipe that helped me transition into less processed, vegan foods.

    This can be made with almond or coconut milk and coconut sugar or agave to keep it vegan and low-glycemic.

    Thread: Raw
  6. palomaChiara
    Jul 22, '14 4:30 pm
    Have you heard of Vapour Beauty?

    I don't have sensitive skin, but their products are lovely, and they offer sample sizes at a discount so you can try before you commit to a full-sized product.
  7. 4elise
    Jul 21, '14 12:35 am
    Originally Posted by Wbuttrey View Post
    Hi All

    My pet idea is much addiction is food based like an allergy.

    The proof I can think of is that vegetable eaters have way fewer addictions and maybe more important their children don't get addicted.

    Care to comment
    I don't know of any studies that have or are looking at this connection -
    Making conscious choice about food 'should' translate to other ways that people care for themselves - but in my experience addiction is a much more complicated thing - sometimes seeming to have a genetic predisposition
    Thread: Addictions
  8. 4elise
    Jul 9, '14 5:29 pm
    Originally Posted by tanyat View Post
    Hi, Everyone. My name is Tanya. It's so great to be here. I was not brought up in the Catholic Church, although I was christened Catholic. My Dad is Catholic (although not a regular church-goer)and my Mom - a Methodist. My siblings and I attended Mom's church growing up, but eventually went our own ways denominationally as adults. I went under the non-denominational umbrella for the last twenty years. However, God has been showing me some things that are now leading me to believe that the Catholic Church pretty much has it right (although I'm not sure if any one church has it 100% right) and now I'm seriously considering converting to Catholicism. I have had some experiences and seen certain things that I'm not so sure Protestant Churches will understand. My experiences have led me to do a lot of research afterwards - particularly in the area of purgatory and I've read a lot of what Padre Pio wrote about and what others wrote about him. I was lead to write a book about my experiences and it will be available Free of charge of Sunday, June 8, 2014 and Monday, June 9th. I'd like to know your thoughts, so if you can, feel free to write a review. The link is: Thank you and may God bless all of you and may He continue to guide us in this journey of life.
    Contact your parish to inquire about their RCIA program ... Welcome fellow journeyer...
  9. 4elise
    Jul 9, '14 5:26 pm
    Originally Posted by Francesxavier View Post
    At the top of the page is a link that says "to join this group click here."
    Glad you figured how to join us! Welcome!
  10. 4elise
    Jul 9, '14 5:24 pm
    Originally Posted by Francesxavier View Post
    I have been a vegetarian for 31 years and would like to offer thoughts that address several of the posts here. Firstly, protein: I don't worry about it. Anytime you combine legumes (peas or beans) with whole grains (rice, wheat, quinoa, etc.), you have a complete protein. I also eat a lot of nuts. It may be necessary to take iron and/or B12 supplements, as veggies don't contain these nutrients. However, if you can find farm fresh eggs with bright orange yolks, that may be enough. Don't think in terms of daily intake, but rather of weekly intake, ie., am I getting enough nutrients every week? Your annual check up will show if you have any deficiencies. Secondly, the one time I went to a naturopath, she told me to eat meat, took me off my thyroid prescription, and my hair started falling out. A friend of mine who was nearly vegetarian, had a naturopath tell her to eat fish. I now take my levothyroxin and have given up on naturopaths. (The hair I lost never did grow back. I also suffered extreme exhaustion while I was off the meds.) Lastly, my husband was a carnivore. I didn't cook two separate meals. I made a veggie dish, grain or pasta, and a meat dish. He ate everything; I just left out the meat. Hope this helps.
    Excellent points... We are protein obsessed! I love nutritional yeast... Add it to lots, sprinkle on cooked veggies, sliced tomatoes, popcorn... Great nutritional supplement for vegans!

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  1. memphian
    Sep 17, '14 6:12 pm
    Welcome joeben!!
  2. joeben
    Sep 17, '14 10:30 am
    I have been a vegetarian since about 40 years ago but none of my siblings is. Strangely it was a devout Hindu who persuaded me to adopt vegetarianism. However I have no patience with people who object to the extermination of vermin like rats, cockroaches etc. but I cannot tolerate the infliction of cruelty on them
  3. TheWhim
    Sep 12, '14 1:37 pm
    wow, incredible, raw vegan girl reappared... some holds true for me, won't be able to be active here for a lot more time to come, but it's always great to take a look time and again at this place that also was a great (spiritual) support for me during quite a time of my (ongoing) vegan existence.. sooo... Keep the ball rolling, 4elise
  4. raw vegan girl
    Sep 7, '14 3:01 pm
    raw vegan girl
    WOW. This group has grown so much! There were less than 50 when I first joined!

    It's already Sept. 8 in my neck of the woods, so I'm greeting everyone a happy feast of Our Lady! I'm also celebrating my 7th year anniversary as a vegan this month, so I made the effort to come back here and check on the group that supported me as a vegan 5 years ago

    4elise and to the old gang 3-5 years ago, I apologize for my absence! I've had too many things to deal with. And frankly I don't think I can be active again the way I used to. But I will try my best, as I have missed this group a lot in the past 3 years I haven't logged in!

    Peace and love to you all!
  5. 4elise
    Sep 3, '14 9:57 pm
    tina777 - great resource --- could you add their web sites to the resource thread of our group? Thanks!
  6. tina777
    Sep 2, '14 7:40 pm
    For proper information about vegan nutrition, there are lots or registered dietitians (RDs) online who specialize in vegan or vegetarian nutrition. In particular, I've been on the websites of Ginny Messina, Jack Norris, Vesanto Melina, Brenda Davis, and Valerie Rosser. I also recommend reading the books, "Vegan for Life" (by Jack Norris and Ginny Messina), and "Becoming Raw" (if you're interested in being a raw vegan; it's written by Vesanto Melina, Ryan Berry, and Brenda Davis).
  7. Rifester
    Sep 1, '14 7:44 am
    "2418 It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die
    needlessly." ---Catechism of the Catholic Church
  8. 4elise
    Aug 30, '14 3:34 pm
    Labor Day.... let all of us pray for those who work in the animal food industry.... many taking these difficult, cruel, inhumane jobs because there is no other alternative fo them....
    For those who risk their lives, their health both physical and spiritual so that people can consume animals and their products..surround them with ypur love dear Lord and help us hem find ways to sustain their lives that do not destroy your other creatures... Amen
  9. 4elise
    Aug 6, '14 10:08 pm
    theres franco - memphian has given some great resources - and we have lots of resources here... look at the tread list... but....
    There are so many different kinds of beans - add Kidney beans to a salad, or a marinara sauce.... Serve black beans cooked with garlic and onions on rice with a fresh salsa - giant lima beans in a rich Italian dressing, over avocado ---- yummy!
  10. memphian
    Aug 6, '14 3:23 pm
    Theres franko, you can go to and they have a great package to help you out; also at Try to buy dried beans of whatever kind you want. If you buy canned, just try to get beans without meat. What kinds of foods do you like?


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