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Vegetarian
Starter
everything you need to know to adopta healthy and compassionate dietinside:recipestipsinfo
Kit
 
story
MFA’s Executive Director Nathan Runkle.
the
of how
vegetarian
i became
I became a vegetarian when I was 11 years old, afterpicking up and taking to heart the content of a pieceof literature very similar to this
Vegetarian Starter Kit 
youhold in your hands today.Growing up on a small farm off the back country roads of Saint Paris, Ohio, I was surrounded by animals since the day I was born. Like most children,I grew up with a natural affinity for animals, and overtime I developed strong bonds and friendships withour family’s dogs and cats with whom we shared ourhome.However, it wasn’t until later in life that I made theconnection between my beloved dog, Sadie, for whomI would do anything to protect her from abuse anddiscomfort, and the nameless pigs, cows, and chickens who were transformed from living, feeling individualsto consumable corpses known to me only as breakfast,lunch, and dinner. I came to understand that every timeI sat down to eat I was making a choice that would notonly affect my own health, but have a profound impacton the lives of animals.Like most people who adopt a vegetarian diet, at first I was left wondering what and where to eat. Over time,however, I found that there was a whole new worldof exciting, healthy, colorful, and flavorful foods toenjoy. I ditched the typical routine of eating greasy hamburgers and fatty fast-food and began to explorethe many delicious, cruelty-free vegan alternatives suchas grilled veggie burgers, tacos with veggie “sausage,”frozen non-dairy “ice creams,” and sweet rice, almond,and soy milks over morning cereal.In addition to replacing my favorite animal-based foods with plant-based alternatives, I began to explore mealsfrom different nationalities and found that many 
Dear Friend,
Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Middle Eastern dishes were vegetarian. I now know that being a vegetarian is assimple as choosing your dinner from a different sectionof the menu and shopping in a different aisle of thegrocery store. Though the animals were my initial reason foreliminating meat, dairy and eggs from my diet, the healthbenefits of my choice were soonapparent. Coming from a family plagued with cancerand heart disease, which drastically cutshort the lives of both my mother andgrandfather, I wasall too familiar withthe effect diet canhave on one’s health. The fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains my dietnow revolved around made me feel healthier and gaveme more energy than ever before. My 57 year old father,a born skeptic, soon took notice of the undeniableimprovements in my health and soon jumped onthe veggie bandwagon. He amazed his doctors, andmotorcycle pals, when he not only dropped nearly 100points from his sky-high cholesterol level but also over25 pounds from his waistline.My experience with going vegetarian is not unique. Thousands of people every day in the United Statesare waking up to the positive effects that their switchto an animal-free diet has on their health, the animals,and our planet. I hope you find this
Vegetarian Starter Kit 
informative, motivating, empowering, and helpful inyour journey to making compassionate and healthy foodchoices.Nathan RunkleExecutive Director
For the animals,
every timewe eat weare makinga powerfulchoice
 
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A vegetarian is an individual who chooses, for health, environmental, ethical, or religious reasons, to abstainfrom the consumption of animal flesh, including poultry and fish. A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats no flesh, butconsumes dairy (lacto) and eggs (ovo). A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is an individual who chooses toabstain from the consumption of all animal products. While vegetarians avoid flesh foods, vegans alsoavoid dairy and eggs, as well as fur, leather, and other goods that cause suffering to animals.
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12.4 million
approximate number of vegetarians in the U.S.
From history’s brightest thinkers to world famous singers, actors, and Olympic athletes, vegetarians areeverywhere. Here are just a few well-known examples:Paul McCartneyCarl LewisErykah BaduPamela AndersonMary ShelleyEd TempletonAlicia SilverstoneJoaquin Phoenix
theof vegetarianism
PrinceWoody HarrelsonJames CromwellChrissie HyndeNatalie PortmanMorrisseyThom YorkePeter ToshToby MaguireHenry David ThoreauRussell SimmonsLeonardo da VinciAlbert EinsteinMahatma GandhiIsaac Bashevis Singer PythagorasMobyThe RootsZiggy MarleyCommonLeo TolstoyAndre 3000Cesar ChavezChris Martin
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