OK, I'll chime in and help make this A Great Big Thread!
I've been enjoying this thread all along and I'm ready to bid the very minute
Kathryn gets those vegan edible undies up on eBay!
I too was a little taken aback with Cathe's joining up with EB. If it gets more Cathe into more homes and increases the fitness level of more people - all good. But, like others, I guess I wish she'd teamed up with something I could get behind and really support - peanut butter would have worked just fine!
You can also count me among the many who, some years ago, was what I now call a Junk Food Veggie. It really is possible to make yourself sick, and fat being a vegetarian - especially if you follow my lead and eat 1/2 pound of white flour pasta soaked in butter and coated with a blizzard of grated romano. No wonder I was so fat and exhausted.
I can't remember when I went back to meat. Maybe betweeen kids. And my nutrition journey has certainly been as long and winding as my physical fitness journey. Of course they're intimately connected but it's taken me all this time to really Get That.
Now I feel myself circling around again and feeling my veggie tendencies. Now I'm about to merge households and cooking activities with DF and his two sons - all of whom are meat eaters. It'll be interesting to see how this all unfolds but I'm given hope by all the posters who follow their own path while at the same time embracing their favorite meat-eaters!
My own DS is a vegetarian although he does drink milk. This for him is just preference, he never liked meat, fish, chicken, eggs although all have been offered.
I also have a 14 yo DD who is a big meat eater. I'd love to have her diet improve and I do what I can when I have her but.... she does have to make some choices on her own. I know this is a prime age for a lot of girls to come to that realization of just where their burgers are coming from. I think, in her case I would hesitate to show graphic scenes of slaughterhouse activity. If she asked, I'd tell her. But, for right now I do feel she's just not quite mature enough. Lori, I think you might want to hold off if you feel she's not ready.
All this info is out there, folks will find it in their own time.
DF sometimes has neighborhood chickens in his yard. I've wondered about having a few ourselves, there's plenty of room. But I have to pace myself here. I've been thinking about using all his land for fostering barn-size critters, there's a feral cat program in the area.......
Thanks to all for your thoughtful posts and sharing of experiences and opinions - this is a most excellent thread!