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Old 11-02-2011, 11:29 PM   #31
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Don't you people at least eat eggs and soy beans and stuff??? Surely it cannot be healthy to not eat anything rich in protein?
There is a group called vegans which are pretty extreme about their beliefs.

They don't eat anything that involves destruction of animals and even insects.

So they don't eat dairy products, eggs, nor honey.

Those 3 are the main ones that come to mind, I'm sure there is more.

Their beliefs are more intertwined with animal rights than health, while vegetarians on the other hand choose to be vegetarians either for health purposes or animal rights, or both depending on the person.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:08 AM   #32
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Can you guys live without soy? Or is soy a crucial part of a vegetarian's diet?
I am vegetarian from 11 years already and vegan since July 2010.
I don't eat soy at all, you don't need that!
If you are really interested into vegan/vegetarian diet there are plenty of books about.

Just FYI: WHO officially declaried that vegan diet is safe for all periods of life including pregnancy.
All that staff for incificient proteins and calcium are solved long time ago.
the only disccusion now about vegan/non vegan is concerning vitamin B12. Lots of teories here also, if you are intrested I can give you some links.

my iron levels for example signiccally increased when I become vegetarian and 10 years later I continue to maintain levels near the upper limits. and I haven't done anything specifically for that, just continie to eat what I eat.
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I don't eat any meat apart from seafood (once a week).
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My sister and her bf are both vegetarians. Her blood was low in iron and she was advised to eat meat again bc she doesn't eat enough substitutes and imo, her bf always looks pale as fuck (not in a natural way). I think the vegetarian lifestyle is a really demanding one.
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My sister and her bf are both vegetarians. Her blood was low in iron and she was advised to eat meat again bc she doesn't eat enough substitutes and imo, her bf always looks pale as fuck (not in a natural way). I think the vegetarian lifestyle is a really demanding one.
I don't think iron deficiency anemia is atributed to vegetarianism. I know some heavy meat eaters who suffer this also. Every person who is not into takeing care of what they eat may come to this. You can be a vegetarian eating anly junk food, chips and so on and having iron deficiancy. Also you can eat meat but also lots of vegetables and fruits, nut and still be more healthy than this vegetarian.

Speaking about that I read somewhere that huge consumption of dairy products, cheese, milk and staff may interfere with the iron absorbion in your body. Then if you for example switch from meat eating to vegetarianism, but increase significaly the amount of dairy products may very well have low levels of irons.
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I don't think iron deficiency anemia is atributed to vegetarianism. I know some heavy meat eaters who suffer this also. Every person who is not into takeing care of what they eat may come to this. You can be a vegetarian eating anly junk food, chips and so on and having iron deficiancy. Also you can eat meat but also lots of vegetables and fruits, nut and still be more healthy than this vegetarian.

Speaking about that I read somewhere that huge consumption of dairy products, cheese, milk and staff may interfere with the iron absorbion in your body. Then if you for example switch from meat eating to vegetarianism, but increase significaly the amount of dairy products may very well have low levels of irons.
That's why I say it's demanding and that she didn't eat enough substitutes. It seems like a hassle. Just have a piece of fish or (red) meat and voilà, iron.
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That's why I say it's demanding and that she didn't eat enough substitutes. It seems like a hassle. Just have a piece of fish or (red) meat and voilà, iron.
substitues?
what substitues? you mean vegetables?
so eating fruits and vegies is demanding? more that eating meat?
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Red meat is pretty poisonous for human body. Livers cry in despair after a steak, that's a fact.
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Thanks for the input Ndejda and Verd.

Yes you are right. The key is to just make sure to eat enough in order to maintain that iron level. Some people just eat based on the required amount on paper, but doctors and nutritionists usually say to usually eat above the required amount for the key nutrients like iron, B12, Omega3, etc. Since body to body, some people's digestive systems end up absorbing short.
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I think when there's hummus, peanut butter, sesame butter, meat tasting tofu, I think it can really cut down hunger since vegetarians don't strictly eat JUST fruits and vegetables, they need nuts, oils, dairy (if they are not vegan), grains, fat, etc.
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Anyone love peppers? That comes close to zucchini for my favorite vegetable
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Anyone love peppers? That comes close to zucchini for my favorite vegetable
I'm very intolerant of peppers lol. Too spicy for me, unless they are like bell peppers or something, which I love. I hate the taste of zucchini but I'm willing to eat it. It's probably much more healthier than a cucumber.
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substitues?
what substitues? you mean vegetables?
so eating fruits and vegies is demanding? more that eating meat?
Yes, it's a lifestyle, you have to be very conscious about it. It's also so that the amount of veggies and fruit you have to eat to get to the equivalent of a piece of meat, is pretty high. For example, 100g of spinach and 100g of red meat both contain more or less 3,5g of iron. But 100g spinach is a lot more on your plate than a 100g steak. I don't even think you can fit 100g of spinach on a plate (when it's not cooked). That's why my sister was often snacking on chickpeas, because she had to get her protein and iron for the day. I think if you can do it and be healthy, good for you, but I don't think it's easy, it requires an effort.

JG, please, if you don't eat a portion of half a kilo, there is no issue. 100-150g, as is advised.

I like variety in my diet, I love veggies but all beans and no meat would make me a very sad girl. Still, it's personal, I guess.

BTW, I love peppers. Stuffed with lamb mince.
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Biscuit, that's why lots of vegetarians don't strictly eat them raw. They try to cook these things or turn them into stews and dishes which makes it easier to tackle.
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