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Your views on vegetarians, vegans and.. fruitarians O.O
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I couldn't go more than three days without meat. But i fully respect those that either can't eat it, or don't want to eat it. Let's just put it this way, I'm like Captain America in this matter. Haha.

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To me, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Our bodies do generally need both animal and plant material to properly nourish itself. We're not carnivores, we're omnivores. Our teeth and our digestive systems make that abundantly clear to anyone who has common sense. Yes, gorillas have large canines but their digestive systems are different. Human beings need both, unless you live in a country that can support the dietary needs of the portion you're missing. I've met vegetarians and vegans who ended up anemic because they weren't properly balancing their diets ..as b-12 is an extremely important vitamin and happens to be most readily available in meat sources. You can combine foods to create a true protein that are vegetarian, but you'd likely need vitamin supplements for the rest of your life if you choose to go vegge.
Now, I don't have anything against vegetarians and vegans. Most of North America, Europe and throughout a great deal of Asia, you can find supplements to make sure your diet is evened out and you won't end up deficient in anything. On the meat-eaters side, many of them are missing benefits from consumption of fish products, so it's not like only vegetarians end up with vitamin problems. Omnivores are just as likely, it's just different vitamins.

I would just say ask: What are your reasons? Is it a moral reason? Can you not stand the thought of an animal dying and then eating it? If that is your reasoning, go ahead. That is a personal reason and claims of 'oh it's already dead it doesn't matter' don't really change the fact you're having a serious problem.
Many people turn to vegetarianism or a vegan diet due to how animals are processed. If that is your reason, you're still welcome to object, but know there are usually places in most communities where you can buy locally processed meats and animal products so you know the animals are treated humanely( ..if you get to know the farm or butcher of course, even small shops can be cruel. ) I've met vegans who object to eggs do to the cages or lies about 'cage-free' status, but they never seem to consider going to local farmers or co-op's to purchase eggs from individuals they could even visit to see how the animals are treated.
So if that is your soul reason, and you wouldn't object to meat otherwise, I would suggest going to a co-op or farmers market or look up local farms and butchers. You could likely find meat from well treated animals.

Basically, do your research. Another big important part is money; simply speaking, fresh fruits and vegetables cost more. Do you have the income to support a vegetarian or vegan diet? (or do your parents)
Talk to your doctor even, about the plus sides and down sides of a new diet. They'd likely be able to help in terms of vitamins.
There's plenty of vegge support groups and ways of easing off of meats if you decide to go down that path, and it's rarely a dead stop of all meat and more a ..weening off of them. Just remember, it's your body and your right to do whatever just make sure you know what you're doing and you're not going to end up harming yourself in the process.

Hope that helps...or..doesn't annoy.
Posted 11/6/12
in the words of madd0x..... eat some meat bacon times three LOL
Posted 11/6/12

tweekthetwitch wrote:

To me, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Our bodies do generally need both animal and plant material to properly nourish itself. We're not carnivores, we're omnivores. Our teeth and our digestive systems make that abundantly clear to anyone who has common sense. Yes, gorillas have large canines but their digestive systems are different. Human beings need both, unless you live in a country that can support the dietary needs of the portion you're missing. I've met vegetarians and vegans who ended up anemic because they weren't properly balancing their diets ..as b-12 is an extremely important vitamin and happens to be most readily available in meat sources. You can combine foods to create a true protein that are vegetarian, but you'd likely need vitamin supplements for the rest of your life if you choose to go vegge.
Now, I don't have anything against vegetarians and vegans. Most of North America, Europe and throughout a great deal of Asia, you can find supplements to make sure your diet is evened out and you won't end up deficient in anything. On the meat-eaters side, many of them are missing benefits from consumption of fish products, so it's not like only vegetarians end up with vitamin problems. Omnivores are just as likely, it's just different vitamins.

I would just say ask: What are your reasons? Is it a moral reason? Can you not stand the thought of an animal dying and then eating it? If that is your reasoning, go ahead. That is a personal reason and claims of 'oh it's already dead it doesn't matter' don't really change the fact you're having a serious problem.
Many people turn to vegetarianism or a vegan diet due to how animals are processed. If that is your reason, you're still welcome to object, but know there are usually places in most communities where you can buy locally processed meats and animal products so you know the animals are treated humanely( ..if you get to know the farm or butcher of course, even small shops can be cruel. ) I've met vegans who object to eggs do to the cages or lies about 'cage-free' status, but they never seem to consider going to local farmers or co-op's to purchase eggs from individuals they could even visit to see how the animals are treated.
So if that is your soul reason, and you wouldn't object to meat otherwise, I would suggest going to a co-op or farmers market or look up local farms and butchers. You could likely find meat from well treated animals.

Basically, do your research. Another big important part is money; simply speaking, fresh fruits and vegetables cost more. Do you have the income to support a vegetarian or vegan diet? (or do your parents)
Talk to your doctor even, about the plus sides and down sides of a new diet. They'd likely be able to help in terms of vitamins.
There's plenty of vegge support groups and ways of easing off of meats if you decide to go down that path, and it's rarely a dead stop of all meat and more a ..weening off of them. Just remember, it's your body and your right to do whatever just make sure you know what you're doing and you're not going to end up harming yourself in the process.

Hope that helps...or..doesn't annoy.

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Posted 11/6/12
I think people should eat what they like!
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I'm primarily pescatarian, eating mostly plant-based products, fish, and animal by-products. I do however eat red meat on occasion, and under very rare circumstances chicken.

I have no issue with the consumption of meat - I certainly could never go full vegan simply because of my love for milk products such as cheese and ice cream--that and I wear leather.

I am more a supporter of consuming these things responsibly, rather than abstaining entirely.
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Posted 11/6/12
My mind can't even understand the concept!

No meat!!? EVER!?

A day never goes by for me where I don't eat something that's meat! BACON!!!!!!!!

But on a serious matter, people who are allergic to foods that are high in protein (that isn't meat) like peanuts, almonds, etc. can't go vegetarian since it'd be kind of hard to find high protein food (an not a protein drink, they're gross).

And legumes... We all know what happens there!!





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I have problems with my enzymes, which makes it hard for my body to break down meat products. I can eat a little bit of meat but if I eat too much, I feel nauseous, get cramps and becomes extremly gassy. Therefore I try to keep my meat consumption to a minimum; but I wouldn't give it up entirely.

I have no problem with either vegans or vegitarians, but I don't like those that try and shove their lifestyle choice down other peoples throats. There are many reasons why someone may would want to become vegatairan; religion, health, animal welfare etc.
I do think that we might eat a bit too much meat (and sugar) in todays society; we need more fruits, vegetables and nuts in our diets, but to live completely off of that is a huge committment, and if you don't know what you're doing you may do yourslef more harm than good.

Posted 11/6/12
Respect and idolize them..
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Posted 11/6/12
It is like a tiger eating only grass. I do like my vegetables and fruits, but meat as well.
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I've been vegan (or vegetarian by it's original definition) for over 4 years now by choice and I'm not one to push my beliefs on others.

I guess my biggest issue with our food industries is that people (from my experience) are largely ignorant or aren't even concerned about how their food is obtained. I was actually this way for 18 years or so of my life and I don't actually think that I'm 'right' or 'correct' for becoming vegan, but it's just what I decided for myself.

I understand people being apprehensive about vegans/vegetarians due to certain individuals/groups but it's not the lifestyle itself, it's just that those individuals happened to be that way. Meat eaters can easily be just as annoying/insensitive about this issue, lucky I'm not the sensitive type, I guess.

In terms of nutrition I'm pretty lazy. I'm not taking supplements and don't look into the fine nutritional details but I do eat all of the vegan-friendly food groups; grains, legumes, soya, fruit, veges etc. Last time I went for a blood test my levels were all within normal levels, well apart from vitamin d because I would rather watch anime/play video games/guitar then stand in the Sun for extended periods of time. Many of you would probably find this obscene but I wouldn't put my health before the well-being of another sentient being anyway, no matter what species.

...and for people declaring vegan food as boring, it's really not. You're just not eating the right stuff.
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I don't have a problem with it, just don't impose your diets or morals on to me. It's really annoying when Vegans/Vegetarians bash us for eating meat.

I'm actually dating a vegan now, and I love meat. We don't have a problem with our eating habits. He eats what he wants, I eat what I want. He's not Vegan for the animals and also has a dislike of his kind who bash meat eaters.
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Posted 11/6/12
I didnt even know fruitarian was a thing, surely that cant be healthy.
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hickey1992 wrote:

I didnt even know fruitarian was a thing, surely that cant be healthy.


AFAIK, Fruitarians cannot survive without artificial supplements.

Vegans and vegetarians, however, CAN survive without artificial supplements if they are careful and knowledgeable about their diet.

Doesn't change the fact that humans are omnivores, though.
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Posted 11/6/12
holy shit guess what I found on the internet yesterday? I came across this site http://urbantitan.com/cannibalism-at-the-bakery-see-for-yourself/

You will be surprised how bangkok has a different style of eating
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