Started by bitter_sweet_symphony, November 17, 2007, 10:26:09 AM
QuoteFrom my understanding cutting out meat completely will not be healthy unless you are really good at making sure you eat a balanced diet. For instance, it's a lot easier to get iron and protein out of animal products than it is from veggies. Also, I have read studies which indicate that vitamins may not be all that effective in making up for an unbalanced diet.I ate a vegetarian diet for a while to loose weight. I started feeling too drained and went back to eating like a normal person....I think not eating meat was making me anemic since I'm borderline even when I do eat meat.Also, if you do decide to eat only veggies...make sure to plan ahead. Most fast food and restaurants will not provide vegetarian options. If you go vegan it will be that much more difficult because most vegetarian options you do find at places include some sort of animal product....even at the grocery store; something so veggie looking like vegetable broth very well might have animal products in it.I would suggest eating mostly veggies yet also incorporating meats into the diet to make sure you keep your nutrient levels up. Most grocery stores offer organic free-range options...I guess that doesn't gurantee they were killed humanely but it does mean they weren't stuck in a cage no bigger than a shoe box. Personally, I can't afford to buy that stuff..it's double or more the normal cost....actually, eating a vegetarian diet does tend to be more costly.
QuoteThere is a lot of information yet to go through before anything definitive can be said about this. However, the early evidence seems to point towards humans being omnivores, which is what we have thought all along.
QuoteI don't know how credible the information is, but I have read that depending on blood type, some people may benefit from a vegetarian diet as opposed to meat diet, or vice versa. For instance, since blood type O is an older blood type derived in earlier humans, they might benefit from eating more meat as opposed to vegetables because they thrived in an environment when humans hunted and scavenged.
Quote from: "0dan1"]The bad conditions some animals are raised in, then to be killed, i don't think are relevant. If you bring up an animal in captivity, then it will be all that it will know, and so won't mind =P I'm also pretty sceptical about the level of consciousness animals have compared to us...
Quote from: "bitter_sweet_symphony"Has anyone tried vegetarianism or thinks it has any non-religious benefits? Would love to hear.
Quote from: "Willravel"will admit that seeing a cow killed did play a small role in no longer eating red meat, but having your head quickly removed (fish/poultry) seems somewhat humane, though it's probably scary as shit for the poor animals in the last second. "Hey, buddy, what are you doing with that knif.... OH MY GOD."
QuoteHave you seen how they harvest carrots? They just rip them right out of the ground. And wheat? They just slice it in twain. The barbarians.I'm a true vegan. I only eat fruits and veggies that are harvested in a humane and gentle manner. All my carrots are dug from the ground, gently I might add, and then they are massaged and placed in an organic cotton-lined basket, which was made from bamboo that was harvested from stalks that had fallen over. It is most definately not cut.