By ribx - 17/11/2016 11:24 - New Zealand - Hamilton
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I'm about as far from vegan as is possible, and I'm 100% on your side. If it works for you, it works for you. End of discussion. Ignore them, eat your soy, and enjoy your health.
Your relatives are being pretty hypocritical, they have no leg to stand on with criticizing you. Tell them you're healthier than ever, and unless they're your doctor, they don't get to comment or pass judgement on your habits or health.
My family are the same, my parents are morbidly obese and my siblings are obese, and they all judge me and sabotage my diet when I'm trying to eat better and go to the gym more. And then it's "you spend so much time at the gym why are you not stick thin yet?" as if I can lose a dress size in a week, if it was that easy then why aren't they doing it too >.>
It is unhealthy to be vegan. Humans are omnivorous. Meat and animal parts provide nutrients that can't be found in a vegan diet. Period!
Besides, humans aren't biological omnivores, and there's nothing that demonstrates that we are, we're slow and bipedal, we have flat, dull claws, flat, dull teeth, we have awful night vision, we have very long intestines, we chew our food thoroughly, our mouth opening is smaller than our head, need I go on?
Having to take supplements to be able to sustain such a diet, should be a pointer to you, that it may not be the best decision to go vegan. It's ok to eat animal products and meat, but in measure and with conscience. And to protect your health I recommend you stay away from soy products unless certified organic. No other plant on earth is produced using more pesticides and in larger monoculture. Not even corn.
For some people, "with conscience" can't include any animal products, because of the way animals are treated or killed (taking calves from cows so we can have the milk or killing day old male chicks because we only need the egg layers). If taking a few supplements, or taking the time and effort to plan their vegan diet very carefully to get as many nutrients as possible, let's them eat in good conscience, then so be it. Many vegans do very well.
#9, I hate to point it out to you (though not really), but there are many people with omnivorous diets that should be, or already are, taking supplements. Basing the nutritional value of a diet based on the need of a supplement isn't really a valid form of criticism.
Well, if y'all aren't going to listen to the conscious meat consumption part, at least listen to the soy part! I'm actually working on not buying meat products from the supermarket at all any more. I want to reduce it, to eat only what I kill myself or if I know the person who's doing the raising and slaughtering personally. Because I also do not want the animals to be raised in minimal space with huge amounts of antibiotics and then transported for several hours, only to be killed in a factory under high stress.