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Meat Eater, Vegetarian or Vegan?

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  • EvgeniZyntxEvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,424Member Member Posts: 24,424Member Member
    gigmaster wrote: »
    Why do you have to be one or the other? I eat veggies a lot, not because of any particular philosophy, but just because I like them. I also make imitation hamburger meat, hot dogs, etc... I can eat more of veggie stuff for the same amount of calories as meat, and it sets better on my stomach, most of the time. But I also eat meat from time to time, and I love fish (and fishing). I also like eggs, and cheese (although cheese has like a million calories per bite, so I try to restrain myself as much as possible). Humans are omnivores by nature, so why limit yourself?

    Because they are exclusive definitions? Some words are like that.
    I would imagine that someone that self-defines as a vegan doesn't eat meat. Funny how that works.

    Humans make dietary choices by nature.

    Me, I'm omnivorous, but I don't expect everyone to be the same. I'm ok with people making other choices.
    I do dislike slightly having to take special care when cooking for my vegan/vegetarian friends as their restrictive diet has to be catered too, but they are always gracious about it.



  • lemurcat12lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886Member Member Posts: 30,886Member Member
    gigmaster wrote: »
    Humans are omnivores by nature, so why limit yourself?

    Ethical beliefs, usually.
  • vivmom2014vivmom2014 Posts: 1,534Member Member Posts: 1,534Member Member
    I do dislike slightly having to take special care when cooking for my vegan/vegetarian friends as their restrictive diet has to be catered too, but they are always gracious about it.



    I'm vegetarian, and I actually prefer that people NOT take special care when cooking for me. Unless the meal is a hamburger patty on the plate and nothing else, I can find something to eat. Cookout - burgers, potato salad, baked beans...I can make a meal.

    I'm not vegan, so it's not as restrictive. The "special care" part has led to a lot of fuss where there doesn't really need to be any. Even if the meal were nothing but meat, it's just one meal. And how many meals are nothing but meat?

  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 20,809Member Member Posts: 20,809Member Member
    gigmaster wrote: »
    Why do you have to be one or the other? I eat veggies a lot, not because of any particular philosophy, but just because I like them. I also make imitation hamburger meat, hot dogs, etc... I can eat more of veggie stuff for the same amount of calories as meat, and it sets better on my stomach, most of the time. But I also eat meat from time to time, and I love fish (and fishing). I also like eggs, and cheese (although cheese has like a million calories per bite, so I try to restrain myself as much as possible). Humans are omnivores by nature, so why limit yourself?

    Vegans would "limit" themselves because they have an ethical objection to unnecessary animal exploitation. Non-vegans, of course, can eat as many plant-based foods as they want (and many of them eat a great deal).
    edited May 2016
  • CirculationCirculation Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I don't believe there is any right answer. I think all three can be done well, or can be done terribly. I know an overweight vegetarian, an underweight meat eater, an average weight vegan, etc. No one can agree on the best route to take and I am not a doctor/scientist so I will do what feels right for me.
  • Need2Exerc1seNeed2Exerc1se Posts: 13,589Member Member Posts: 13,589Member Member
    gigmaster wrote: »
    Why do you have to be one or the other? I eat veggies a lot, not because of any particular philosophy, but just because I like them. I also make imitation hamburger meat, hot dogs, etc... I can eat more of veggie stuff for the same amount of calories as meat, and it sets better on my stomach, most of the time. But I also eat meat from time to time, and I love fish (and fishing). I also like eggs, and cheese (although cheese has like a million calories per bite, so I try to restrain myself as much as possible). Humans are omnivores by nature, so why limit yourself?

    Personal preference.
  • miz_ppynmiz_ppyn Posts: 120Member, Premium Member Posts: 120Member, Premium Member
    Meat eater...love the taste.
  • GoatOfDestinyGoatOfDestiny Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    There's vegan and vegetarian junk food too!
    I'm vegetarian, but overall I think a balanced diet is best.
  • Zom_bunnyZom_bunny Posts: 86Member Member Posts: 86Member Member
    Vegan here. I love how it makes me feel and I can honestly say I love animals .
    edited May 2016
  • katsoslimkatsoslim Posts: 39Member, Premium Member Posts: 39Member, Premium Member
    I was in the best shape of my life and my energy and overall mood were absolutely AMAZiNG when I was a vegan on and off for a couple years (I slept better too) but after moving back to the Midwest it was hard to keep up. I'm back to eating everything again. Check out the movie "Fat, sick and nearly dead" if you want to try a 10 day vegan juice cleanse. I miss eating vegan but I understand it's not for everyone.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 20,809Member Member Posts: 20,809Member Member
    katsoslim wrote: »
    I was in the best shape of my life and my energy and overall mood were absolutely AMAZiNG when I was a vegan on and off for a couple years (I slept better too) but after moving back to the Midwest it was hard to keep up. I'm back to eating everything again. Check out the movie "Fat, sick and nearly dead" if you want to try a 10 day vegan juice cleanse. I miss eating vegan but I understand it's not for everyone.

    I live in the Midwest. They sell plenty of grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans in the stores here.
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