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This is sort of the doctors fault. 1. A doctor should tell their patients how to correctly go back to eating meat. 2. It doesn't matter what your health condition is. There is absolutely no situation where the human body NEEDS meat. (According to my doctor). Anemia, low blood pressure, iron deficiency can all be treated on a vegetarian diet. And I'm totally gonna get thumbed down but hopefully this will spark any nay-Sayers to do their own research. We don't need meat or dairy. Period.
Actually, depending on your nationality, you may need meat. Although I agree that you don't need dairy, as the fact that we can ingest that at all was proven to be a freak mutation hundreds of years ago. If you're from anywhere in Northern Europe you do in fact need meat. My family is from Germany and when we moved here we started eating strictly vegetables. My older sister was eventually hospitalized due to rumors growing behind her eyes from the lack of meat in our diet. So yes, some people do NEED meat, while I'm sure many others do not.
Meat is not an addiction. It is a biological requirement as far as macronutrients is concerned. It is impossible to get all the enzymes and supplemental nutrition the body requires from vegetables alone. Most vegetarians eat dairy or fish to get this intake, and vegans *have to take supplements* or they can develop serious medical problems.
Well @120,it's your choice to eat or not eat meat. Neither choice is correct because everyone is different. If you decide to not eat meat then ok, do it. But if you were to say to me to stop eating meat because we don't need it and it's just an addiction, i would laugh and keep eating my steak because i personally feel unwell if I don't have some type of meat in my food.
Just because you can live without meat doesn't make it completely unnecessary. They used to remove people's appendix and spleen too until they found out they can be very important and cause problems when removed. The ability to tolerate dairy is a genetic mutation, but the ability to tolerate meat has always been there.
Like I already stated, 123, there's nothing wrong with eating meat, and I'm not arguing that eating meat is bad for you. I'm arguing that not eating meat is not bad for you. Ever. Under any condition/circumstance. In fact, I was interested so I asked my brother who is a doctor about this today and he said no good doctor who understands nutrition would ever tell a vegetarian they have to eat meat.
Just because your brother is a doctor doesn't mean he is gonna have all the answers. And as far as nutrition goes, lots of doctors are divided as to what exactly constitutes a healthy diet. Especially recently with some of the new research that has come out. Typically a healthy diet is a varied and balanced one. That includes eating meat. Lacking meat in your diet is unhealthy, that's why people have to take supplements, to stay healthy and functional but it's not the same as eating the actual meat.
One would think your doctor would have taken that into consideration beforehand.. Well, good luck! Hope you find a good and (properly) healthy alternative.
Hm, it shouldn't be a problem that she can't digest meat, but still wants to be a vegetarian. If you eat properly, you can get all your necessary nutrients. Beans, lentils, quinoa, soy, those all have lots of fiber and protein. Being a vegetarian can be a great life choice, but if you're eating nothing but junk food, then of course you'll have nutrient deficits. it sucks how animals are killed cruelly, but meat is too delicious for me to care
Not all animals are killed cruelly. Yes, some are bred and raised in cages to be slaughtered. But some are raised in the wild, have a chance to live their life, and (providing a good hunter) killed humanely and quickly with one shot. They also have a chance for escape. I personally will not eat store bought meat because it's inhumane though.
66, yes I will. I'm clearly stating that if the animal is murdered, but tastes good, I will eat it. If a cow bled to death, I would not hesitate to purchase it. yea, there are animals that are fed properly, live stress free lives and are killed humanely. those animals are the ones worth big bucks. Ill eat meat till the day I die, but no vegetarian/vegan is going to make me feel guilty bout doing so. I hate it when vegans/vegetarians degrade omnivores cuz they eat meat. what I eat ain't you damn business, so go eat a salad or something
2, it sounds like going vegetarian was OP's choice and not the doctor's. Hence him telling her to eat it again. Only now she lacks the enzymes to digest the meat. Op, you can probably gradually build yourself back up on meat and your body will provably be able to build up tolerance/enzymes to be able to digest it. Start with a small amount of meat once or twice a week and work your way up. Hopefully your body isn't damaged permanently.
#66 - And you're ok with Murder as long as it's a plant that gets murdered? You think only animals can feel pain? There is a series of studies out there that proves that plants not only feel pain, but are aware when a neighboring plant is injured, killed, or uprooted. You're not doing any less harm to other life forms by not eating meat - you just can't hear it when it screams because it does so chemically rather than aurally.
Hope you get better. Try starting with something smaller, maybe?
Exactly! Start small, I've been a vegetarian my whole life but due to an iron problem where my body will not absorb iron I've had to start eating meat. Till now it's really hard for me, makes me bloated and ill but it gets better! After only two years yourself I assume you'll get better, your body will re begin producing those enzymes don't worry and don't give up :)
Your body should start producing them again, eventually. Until then, your body will have a beef with you.
Sucks! Props to you though for not eating meat for that long :)
You know I really hate that lame vegetarian excuse.. oh we don't eat meat because life is sacred and we don't want to kill the poor animals. Well guess what, those fruits ans vegetables, yeah they're also living breathing life forms, by eating them you're killing them.
actually most greens are being farmed for animals. going vegan is actually saving a lot of greens. Also, most fruits and plants survive/spreads out by getting eaten. (seeds) If we didn't raise billions of animals for meat, we couls easily feed the whole planet AND keep the rainforrest AND fight obesity and other diseases.
I don't see any vegan/vegetarian trying to convince anyone to go vegan but I have seen every vegan/vegetarian thumbed down regardless of how well they are defending their lifestyle or how good their argument is. I'm sorry but I see people hating on "preachy" vegans constantly but almost never encounter one. I have however noticed tons of meateaters (especially on this comment section) hating on vegans.
#88 So because you saw a documentary one time we're supposed to believe you? No thanks - I'm going to believe that I learned at university and read in peer-reviewed research papers, not a random stranger who saw a movie one time. #58's general idea is correct - it takes a greater amount of food to provide the required daily energy requirements as you move up the food chain; however their conclusions are flawed. The crops we would have to grow to provide the difference in energy intake that we require as well as to make up for the nutrients we would lose by no longer breeding animals for food. This is only exacerbated if you are promoting veganism - we would need to find entirely new sources for calcium and a plethora of vitamins. These crops would require vast amounts of land in very specific climates and such a drastic change in diet would result in wide-spread malnutrition and deficiencies in crucial vitamins and minerals.
#92, you are one of those preachy vegans. All your comments have been thumbed down because you're trying to act like you're right and everyone else is wrong and being almost aggressive. How about you calm down and stop making yourself the victim just because you're vegan, because nobody is being rude or anything towards you, they're just also defending their side like you said you and other vegans are.
She probably wasn't getting enough nutrients. Meat is the easiest and most reliable way to get all your proteins and most other nutrients. You have to be very strict and thorough to have an actually healthy vegetarian or vegan diet. I had two friends in high school who resolved their health issues by going back to a regular diet. I also know a girl who had to become vegetarian to resolve her health issues. It depends on how well you eat on the diets and what your body needs.
Well duh, that's what happens. Look online for tutorials in how to start eating meat again, or ask your doctor for advice. The trick is to start small, maybe eat a broth or a little bit of chicken. Then you can slowly in grade the amounts. Your body can still make those enzymes, it's just decided it doesn't need them anymore. You're not stuck a vegetarian for life!