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Started by surferboogiewhatever on 12-Oct-2017 17:27:56
Is anyone here "almost vegetarian"?

I'm thinking more "entirely vegetarian almost all the time" than "almost entirely vegetarian [ie pescetarian or similar] all the time."

If so, what sort of considerations led you to live like that and how does it work for you in practice - do you have set times when you do or don't eat meat (the Sunday roast at Grandma's?) or do you just have what you feel like? Has it caused you any problems with people assuming that if you aren't a total vegetarian your preferences don't matter at all?

FWIW: I'm not "almost vegetarian" at the moment but I sometimes think I could happily be.

Flicker - 12 Oct 2017 17:35:41 (#1 of 141)

I find the concept of 'almost vegetarian' and 'mostly vegetarian' quite baffling. Surely you either eat meat/gelatine/rennet or you don't.

I think it's fine to not want to eat meat every day of the week. I don't think it needs a special dietary category.

surferboogiewhatever - 12 Oct 2017 17:42:36 (#2 of 141)

Surely you either eat meat/gelatine/rennet or you don't.

Well, if you don't because you believe it is immoral, that's one thing. If you don't tend to eat those things because you don't actively dislike them or have any objection to them, but like other things better, that's another. I don't think it could strictly have a special dietary category, which is why I used the speech marks, but informally I should think most people could understand what the concept means, and I was just curious to see how common it is around here.

indlovubill - 12 Oct 2017 17:45:37 (#3 of 141)

One could be 'almost vegetarian' for health rather than idealistic aspirations.

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2017 17:53:56 (#4 of 141)

I've tried it for health and environmental reasons, but with fluctuating success.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Oct 2017 17:57:16 (#5 of 141)

I think many people just say their vegetarian because it avoids all the explanation.

McClintock - 12 Oct 2017 18:01:16 (#6 of 141)

I'm almost vegetarian. My partner is entirely vegetarian, so we never cook meat at home but I do occasionally eat meat when I'm out.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Oct 2017 18:01:59 (#7 of 141)

Oh my.

BadgerDancing - 12 Oct 2017 18:02:34 (#8 of 141)

I think many people just say their vegetarian because it avoids all the explanation.

Also gets us out of grammar.

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2017 18:03:49 (#9 of 141)

Being "almost vegan" would be a bit odd though, IMO.

Yersinia - 12 Oct 2017 18:07:49 (#10 of 141)

I used to be, when I was at Uni.

Shared fridge, with very little space per person, and some right filthy buggers, so I didn't like storing meat or fish in there.

There was also cost - I could do an awful lot of very cheap meals using dried pulses, which I could also store much more easily.

And I used to cook on an informal rota with some friends, one of whom was more veggie than me, so it was convenient.

But I was not a moral vegetarian. When I'd go out to a restaurant (which was pretty rare, due to cost), I'd usually eat meat or fish, due to liking it, and there being more choice, and better value - veggie options often cost as much as the meat options, despite lower cost of ingredients.

Dementor - 12 Oct 2017 18:14:29 (#11 of 141)

I think many people just say their vegetarian because it avoids all the explanation.

Actually veggies get the arse with ex's and nearly's - so it's handy to avoid that, too.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Oct 2017 18:18:54 (#12 of 141)

I don't.

BadgerDancing - 12 Oct 2017 18:19:42 (#13 of 141)

Fact is that it's all degrees. I worked with two vegans at the same place, one of whom was happy to eat meat and cheese substitutes but didn't eat honey, the other who refused meat subs but who consumed honey with gay abandon. I avoid gelatine, my g/f doesn't. I don't wear leather, she does when the shoes are nice enough...

It basically comes down to what you want to get out of it. My vegetarianism is a moral choice, and the fact that I eat eggs and dairy means that I fall short of what I would like to do. I am moving toward this and knowing me it's likely to kick in unexpectedly (and probably just after I've bought a job-lot of halloumi).

Eat less meat if you want. It's better for you. Cutting it out completely can be good as long as you eat well.

Good luck, but don't force anything. It takes a while to learn how to cook properly without meat.

Turkish - 12 Oct 2017 18:22:44 (#14 of 141)

I don’t eat much meat. But I find an entirely vegetarian diet makes me tired. So it’s good quality meat maybe three times a week. I took this up when I jacked in fags. I lost 10 kilos and they’ve stayed off.

thisonehasalittlehat - 12 Oct 2017 18:23:23 (#15 of 141)


Turkish - 12 Oct 2017 18:24:33 (#16 of 141)

Too old for all that hatters.

Kucinghitam - 12 Oct 2017 18:59:57 (#17 of 141)

We eat vegetarian probably 80% of the time. Because it tastes just as good and is much cheaper than buying good quality, well-reared meat.

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2017 19:01:18 (#18 of 141)

Just had some homemade vegetable soup. Yum!

Shadrack22 - 12 Oct 2017 19:02:36 (#19 of 141)

Vegetarian since 1987. No lapses.

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2017 19:03:50 (#20 of 141)

reading this, I just realised I've eaten no meat for two days

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