Living A Vegetarian's Life: Brenda Stetson
07-24-2018    The Marietta Times
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="COLOR: black">Brenda Stetson<o:p></o:p></SPAN></I></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>When she married Douglas Stetson nearly a quarter century ago, Brenda Stetson began to learn and love the vegetarian lifestyle.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>But sometimes, when she least expects it, she still misses scrambled eggs.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I was from a meat-eating family," Stetson, 49, of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lowell</st1:City></st1:place>, said. "I was 21 years old and my husband had been a vegetarian several years. I thought about it and it seemed like a good idea."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Embracing a vegetarian diet came naturally for the couple, she said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>When their three children -- 23, 18, 11 -- came along, there was no change in the family's vegetarian lifestyle. The key is that both parents follow the same diet, she said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"None of our children ever questioned it," she said. "They've always been brought up on a strict diet, no meat ever. I taught them from the get-go there are certain things in food products that are unhealthy."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The only snag in the program was a social one, she said. On his special diet at school, the couple's first son was among a miniscule minority. Only in recent years have vegetarian diets become more common in the schools.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Now, with my daughter, who is in middle school, it's no big deal," Stetson said. "My children have all been raised vegetarian and I have three perfectly healthy, active children."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Life in the kitchen at the Stetson house is missing only meat.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>There is no golden brown roasted turkey at Thanksgiving and no honey ham at Christmastime.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"I wanted our kids to have a sense of tradition at the holidays, so we always have the same menu," she said. "We look forward to it."</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>At Thanksgiving it's harvest mushroom casserole, nutted rice pilaf, cranberry relish, assorted fruit pies (pumpkin is a favorite) and homemade bread. A spinach tofu quiche, cranberry relish, roasted potatoes, pie and homemade bread is the Christmas holiday favorite.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"For me, this is a moral issue -- of not killing animals," Stetson said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The American Dietetic Association also says vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate and antioxidants (such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals) are gained from a vegetarian diet.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Studies also show that a vegetarian mother's breast milk has significantly lower levels of pesticide residue than a non-vegetarian's breast milk.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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