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5 more questions

This seemed to be a hit last week so I decided to go for round 2.  Feel free to answer on my blog or at Vegetarilin on Facebook.

1. What is your favorite source of protein? I love tofu.  It’s so versatile and soaks up the flavor of whatever you cook it with.

2. What’s your favorite prepackaged vegetarian product? I don’t eat many of these but I enjoy Morningstar Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers from Costco.

3. Do you personally cook or allow meat products to be cooked in your home? Meat is almost always grilled to keep the smell out of my house.  I respect my husband’s decision to eat meat but I don’t want to smell it.

4. If you have pets are they vegetarian? Not totally, but we’re working on it.  We switched over to a veg variety but we (not me) mixed the veg variety in with the old dog.  I need to have them finish this current mixture and then buy another bag and try this again!

5. Is your entire household (humans not pets) vegetarian? As stated above no.  Currently half my household is vegetarian and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Peace, love & greens Lin

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5 Questions

I recently saw this on an RV blog I read and found the questions and answers very interesting.  I was thinking about the questions people usually ask me about being a vegetarian as well as my own personal thoughts on the subject.  I’d love to see what you thoughts are on the subject.

1. What’s the most annoying question people ask you? “You can eat fish right?”

2. Do you miss any specific meat? At this point I don’t miss meat at all but I absolutely missed a good barbecue early on.

3. What do you order when you end up in a restaurant with no veg options? This happened to me the other day.  I had a salad and 3 sides.

4. Why or why not vegan? I have 2 reasons.  First I love cheese and it’s hard to give up.  Second, my husband is not a veg and it’s difficult enough working around our different diets.

5.  Do you ever knowingly cheat? I haven’t in over a year but I used to occasionally order vegetable pad thai which has fish sauce.  My rationalization was that it was just a minor ingredient, I wasn’t eating the entire fish or anything!

6. For the non-vegetarians: If you’re reading this you’re obviously interested in a vegetarian diet.  What stops you from going veg?  (no judgement here!)

Peace, love & greens, Lin

Veg Updates

Here’s an interesting post on Bovine Growth Hormones in a favorite treat, ice cream: http://www.consumethisfirst.com/2010/08/23/a-good-ice-cream-is-hard-to-find/

This isn’t veg related but I enjoyed this article on positive thinking.  As part of my quest to follow a more positive path, I’ve given up the word “hate.”  It seems like a really basic step but it’s made me see many things in a more positive light.  http://www.livestrong.com/article/137643-health-effects-positive-thinking/

A review of one of the first vegetarian cookbooks that actually looks interesting to me.  Am I the only that thinks veg cookbooks all look the same?  http://www.jacksonnjonline.com/2010/08/23/the-ethnic-vegetarian-traditional-and-modern-recipes-from-africa-america-and-the-caribbean/

Last, famous chef Mario Batali is now jumping on the veg bandwagon, at least long enough to write a veg cookbook: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2010/08/13/2010-08-13_pass_the_veggies_chef_mario_batali_confirms_that_hes_writing_a_meatless_cookbook.html

GMOs & Organic Labels

For awhile now I’ve been wondering if GMO food can carry an organic label.  The recent edition of Vegetarian Times actually addressed this concern.  The bottom-line is no GMO’s cannot be labelled organic.  This is good news.  Lobbyists are always trying to get our government to shift the definition of labels and I’m always concerned about what big business is really getting away with.
GMO’s are genetically modified organisms specifically altered by human science. GMOs are made using techniques that alter the molecular or cell structure of an organism with methods that are not possible under natural conditions.  For instance humans have modified the soybean to be able to thrive while growing in soil covered in the weed killer Roundup.  Corn is another crop that has been hugely affected by GMO’s.  If you noticed pretty much all process food contains either soy or corn product if not both.
The good news per Vegetarian Times is that USDA regulations ban the use of organic labeling for GMO foods.  If organic farmers want to produce new varieties of a crop they must do so by old-fashioned hybridization techniques.  This is good news for us consumers.  For more information about GMO free shopping please look here:  http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/CampaignforHealthierEatinginAmerica/index.cfm
One other interesting thing about organic labels.  For an organic dairy farmer to keep their organic label they must not use any drugs what so ever on their cows.  This means that if a cow has a simple udder infection rather than be treated she is sent to slaughter.  Many organic dairy cows die at ridiculously young ages due to this.  I get the point and necessity for organic labeling but there’s got to be a better overall method to this madness.  For now I think I’ll stick to cruelty free organic rice milk.
Have a peaceful day, Lin
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Vegetarian Dogs

I just stumbled upon this article and found it interesting.  Awhile ago I decided not to force my dogs to live my vegetarian choice and kept them on their regular low fat kibble.  However, my pit mix Casey has been having some skin issues which are not terrible but aren’t going away after visits with the vet, antibiotics, and several home remedies.

Is a vegetarian diet safe for my dog? | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

While browsing through the pet store recently I saw Nature’s Recipe healthy skin vegetarian formula and decided to look it up. After Googling reviews I found that several people had older dogs with similar skin issues and going on this formula helped immensely.  There were definitely some negative reviews as well but for the most part they were positive.  I decided to put my dogs on a vegetarian diet.

In reality this will be a transition.  They are eating 50/50 old and new formula and will finish their box of meat biscuits which is a giant box.  So far, they like it.  They’re doing that funny thing where they manage to pick out and eat all the new veg food and leave their old food behind. This would be fine except that it never stays in the bowl, kibble is now all over the laundry room floor.

Only time will tell if this is a good idea or not.  Casey and Rocki’s health and well being is of most importance to me.  Are your dog’s veg and if so what have been the overall effect of this diet?  I’d really love to know.

Have a peaceful day, Lin

Natural Body Products

Lately I am on  a kick to go as chemical free as possible.  I would like for my body to be in as close to a natural state as possible.  This apparently is much easier said than done, especially when you have sensitive skin as I do.  I’m noticing increasing number of items in stores that are listed as natural but many of them still have ingredients that I cannot discern or pronounce.

One thing I’ve recently done is switch from regular deodorant that contains aluminum to a crystal stick which is made from 100% mineral salts.  Living in Florida I was very skeptical but I’ve discovered that using Crystal Deodorant with a little corn starch powder works as well or better than any commercial deodorant I’ve used.  As for aluminum, it is considered toxic and is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory and neurological problems.

My daughter is planning on making her own deodorant.  For those of you interested I’ve found these links to do so:

http://1greengeneration.elementsintime.com/?p=596

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/03/update-homemade-deoderant.html

As for your typical toothpaste, it is full of not so healthy ingredients.  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is used to make those lovely soapy bubbles.  It is also used to clean oil spills.  It’s toxic to the liver and kidneys and is a known cause of skin problems.  Propylene Glycol is in many soaps, toothpastes and beauty products.  It’s also known as anti-freeze.  Aren’t we told to store anti-freeze in safe places away from small kids and animals?  I’ve switched to Tom’s Wicked Fresh! Toothpaste  which is chemical free and works great!

Soap has been the hardest thing for me.  I have very sensitive skin and seem to have issues with glycerin which is a main ingredient in many natural soaps.  For years I’ve only used white Dove and I really like the way it makes my skin feel.  Even plain simple Dove has ingredients such as Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate used to make the soap lather up. Aqua Lauric Acid and Stearic Acid which is a chemical humectant which helps the skin hold moisture.  Sodium Isethionate, sodium stearate and cocomidopropyl are all surfactants. Plus another nine chemicals for fragrance and another fifteen that have similar effects to those listed above.  Whew, all I want is clean dry skin!

Personally I’ve recently switched to Jason’s Organic Aloe Vera Satin shower and I love it.  It has a nice fresh natural scent and my sensitive skin feels great.  If you’re interested in purchasing home made soaps here’s a link to Etsy where there’s a huge variety made from do-it-yourselfers: http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_query=vegetarian+soap&filter[0]=handmade&filter[1]=bath_and_beauty

If you’re interested in making your own soap.  Here’s some interesting sites: http://www.essortment.com/all/howtomakesoap_rasf.htm

http://www.pvsoap.com/recipes.htm

http://www.millersoap.com/soapallveg.html

I’m wishing you all a safe, clean, chemical free day!

Lin




Indian Buffet

I am so excited, my son is home and we’re going to the Indian buffet for lunch!  After much deliberation my son decided not to extend his summer excursion backpacking through Europe and he came home on his originally scheduled date.  Much of this is due to the airline giving him wrong information about the ease and cost of changing his ticket.  Apparently it isn’t as inexpensive or easy as they originally made it sound, that part just stinks!

I have been craving Indian food for quite awhile.  I haven’t had it for several months and the last time we went for dinner which is sit-down service instead of buffet.  Usually I don’t care for buffets, feeling that if I’m eating out and paying for it I want  to be served.  However, with Indian food there are too many choices and I love them all!  The buffet we enjoy is predominantly vegetarian with a few meat dishes at the end of the buffet line.

I’ve happily called out for the first 1/2 of my work day for this.  I feel a little guilty about losing some of my saved time off, but hanging out with my kids is always first choice.  The hubby comes a close second…  There are so many great selections, the hard part will be not eating nan, their delicious flat bread that is great to sop up the rich spicy sauces many dishes come with.

If you haven’t had Indian food out you are missing a great treat.  As many ethnic restaurants they are extremely vegetarian friendly, the number of selections is fabulous.  It is definitely a bit on the spicy side but they are usually willing to adjust the heat for a milder palate.  If you’re in Florida my favorite place has several locations.  If not just take a look at their menu to see what you might be missing out on.  http://www.tasteofindiafl.us/

Last, is anyone else hooked on The Next Food Network Star? It’s not the most veg friendly show to say the least but I love watching it.  This year I am cheering on Aarti Sequeira who I just think is adorable, full of personality.  She cooks a lot of traditional Indian food which all looks delicious.  I watch her cook and mentally turn her dishes into veg dishes.  With her style of cooking it should be pretty easy.  Maybe I’ll check out her blog and convert a recipe later this week.  If you’re interested her blog is: http://www.aartipaarti.com/

Have a peaceful day!  Lin

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