Giving up Meat

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  • I didnt call vegitarimism stupid, I said any OTHER reason than that then it would be stupid. To give up meat for the love of animals is a great thing, to give up meat for the avoidance of cancer or to simply lose weight is not good.

    No good certified personal trainer will advise you to give up all meat in the intention of losing weight, and they are the specialists in weight loss, not Dr's - they may know what's good for your nutrition but do not specialise in losing weight - and considering that's the whole point in this, I would have thought you would want advise on what's good for losing weight.

    And for the record I didn't call you stupid, I was merely stating that it would be a stupid idea.

    Before you go ahead and attack me next time, realise you were the one looking for advice, that was my advice - take it or leave it, whatever works for you.
  • daffodilsoup
    daffodilsoup Posts: 1,972 Member
    I didnt call vegitarimism stupid, I said any OTHER reason than that then it would be stupid. To give up meat for the love of animals is a great thing, to give up meat for the avoidance of cancer or to simply lose weight is not good.

    No good certified personal trainer will advise you to give up all meat in the intention of losing weight, and they are the specialists in weight loss, not Dr's - they may know what's good for your nutrition but do not specialise in losing weight - and considering that's the whole point in this, I would have thought you would want advise on what's good for losing weight.

    And for the record I didn't call you stupid, I was merely stating that it would be a stupid idea.

    Before you go ahead and attack me next time, realise you were the one looking for advice, that was my advice - take it or leave it, whatever works for you.

    Easy there. It was just confusing because "vegetarianism" refers to someone who excludes meat from their diet, not just for people who choose not to eat animals for ethical reasons. Most people [including me] probably just misunderstood what you meant.
  • Lol I see what you mean, I could have been clearer. My apologies.

    I do think it's fine to give up certain meats, mainly red meat, it wouldn't hurt, just think to give up ALL meat for the wrong reasons is a big decision.
  • Raclex
    Raclex Posts: 238
    This is my choice!! Thanks for your input but you don't have to be negative!! : )

    Unfortunately, that's the way it is... But don't let those posts get you down or discourage you. Some don't answer your question; they simply give you their personal opinion or two cents about why you should eat meat. As a matter of fact, they simply don't care about the poster's question. They care about preaching what THEY think is right.

    So in the end, do what you want to do for YOU, from YOU, to YOU!

    Keep in mind that there are also great suggestions here from healthy vegetarians and vegans that have been, by choice, for many years! So befriend them and share recipes, lifestyles and learn lots! I sure have ;-)
  • Haven74
    Haven74 Posts: 11
    I'm wanting to know where the evidence about "meat causing cancer" info came from. If the OP doesn't want to eat meat, that's a personal choice, but to say that it's linked to cancer (meaning some here may think it actually causes it) isn't very responsible unless there are several peer reviewed clinical studies to actually show it.


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    Maybe you missed my other post...
    I don't remember the specific wording of the OPs reply to someone who asked why they decided to give up meat, but I do remember OP saying something about either preventing or reducing risks of cancer(s). Saying meats cause cancer and not eating meat will prevent cancer is indeed inaccurate, but to say that meats are not a cause of *certain* cancers is also inaccurate. Yes, there are several types of cancers, and several ways to be susceptible to any number of those cancers, just as there are ways to REDUCE (not eliminate) your risks of developing certain types of cancer.

    I'm not trying to say this to be argumentative, rather giving some clarification on the matter.
    Eating a vegetarian diet will not prevent cancer, but reducing or eliminating your consumption of meats can reduce the risks to certain types of cancers.

    Here are a few reputable articles regarding this matter -
    http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=elements_red_processed_meat

    http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php

    http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/EatHealthyGetActive/ACSGuidelinesonNutritionPhysicalActivityforCancerPrevention/acs-guidelines-on-nutrition-and-physical-activity-for-cancer-prevention-diet-cancer-questions

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/293/2/172.abstract
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 47,960 Member
    I don't remember the specific wording of the OPs reply to someone who asked why they decided to give up meat, but I do remember OP saying something about either preventing or reducing risks of cancer(s). Saying meats cause cancer and not eating meat will prevent cancer is indeed inaccurate, but to say that meats are not a cause of *certain* cancers is also inaccurate. Yes, there are several types of cancers, and several ways to be susceptible to any number of those cancers, just as there are ways to REDUCE (not eliminate) your risks of developing certain types of cancer.

    I'm not trying to say this to be argumentative, rather giving some clarification on the matter.
    Eating a vegetarian diet will not prevent cancer, but reducing or eliminating your consumption of meats can reduce the risks to certain types of cancers.

    Here are a few reputable articles regarding this matter -
    http://preventcancer.aicr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=elements_red_processed_meat

    http://www.cancerproject.org/survival/cancer_facts/meat.php

    http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/EatHealthyGetActive/ACSGuidelinesonNutritionPhysicalActivityforCancerPrevention/acs-guidelines-on-nutrition-and-physical-activity-for-cancer-prevention-diet-cancer-questions

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/293/2/172.abstract
    While I do agree less meat consumption can help to reduce the risk of cancer, it should be looked at objectively. You can definitely reduce risk of death from not driving or flying, but would completely abstaining from flying or driving be beneficial? Probably not.
    It's a matter of personal preference, that I'm sure we agree on, but like any other food, if meat is consumed responsibly, then it can be part of a good diet.


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  • I have slowly been giving up meet since August. I gave up red meat and starting today, all meat together. I have never been one to really enjoy any bean recipes, but I am willing to give it a try!! If you know any great vegetarian dishes or ways to get more protein, please share!!

    The trick is to NOT do meat substitutes. Treat tofu/seitan/etc. as their own entities.

    The chefs who own Horizons Restaurant in Philadelphia have a really good cookbook that comes from this philosophy. The meals take a bit of preparation, but they're definitely worth it -- especially if you like Mexican or Brazilian food. It's not available through Amazon, so you have to email them directly for it.

    If you're Western, you should probably avoid traditional Asian food. They view tofu differently than we do -- the ideal is to have something tasteless but with texture.

    G'luck!

    As for the questions about meat's relationship to cancer, it's a huge field. Here are some things to get you started:
    https://www.who.int/cancer/prevention/en/
    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/Red-meat-and-colon-cancer.shtml
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/jul/01/vegetarians-blood-cancer-diet-risk
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_meat#Other_Cancers

    But personally, I don't think that's why you should forego meat. I think the cruelty to animals and carbon footprint arguments are much stronger.
  • tam120
    tam120 Posts: 444 Member
    One thing that I really don't understand, and probably never will, is people's incessant need to be troll-like when it comes to things they don't fully understand, or want to participate in for themselves.

    If you have no supportive, encouraging words to say, or no recipes to share, there is no need to bash this person's decisions. Just because eating meat is "the norm" according to society, and you don't agree with vegetarianism for YOUR PERSONAL decisions in life, then don't be a vegetarian, but don't go around bashing those who choose this lifestyle. Didn't anyone ever tell you "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?"... This is supposed to be a SUPPORTIVE community. So BE SUPPORTIVE!"

    this ^^^ she didn't ask for opinions on her choice!
    Seriously! Why is it necessary to tell her she's wrong. People live veg every day - LIVE, I say! There's nothing wrong with deciding to not eat meat.

    The book I found most helpful was Vegan on the Cheap... it's vegan but if you don't want to give up dairy/eggs you can add those things. It gives you recipes for seitan, vegan "mayo" and vegan "sour cream" which I find is much better tasting that "cower cream".
  • fteale
    fteale Posts: 5,311 Member


    And yet our teeth bear more resemblance to herbivores than other omnivore species........ Look at rats.


    If they have incisors and canines they have an evolutionary history of eating meat. Trust me on this one lol.

    Don't be naive. Guinea pigs have incisors. And vegetarian monkey species have canines.

    I have studied human evolution at degree level including paleopathology. I don't need to trust you on this one. I know what I am talking about.
  • msarro
    msarro Posts: 2,748 Member
    I was a vegetarian for about 4 years, and this past year switched to being a "localvore." I don't cook meat in my home, and I won't get meat unless I know the place where it came from, and have seen it with my own eyes - or if it is wild game. That limits me to about 3 restaurants in my area (all stick with sustainable meat supplies, and use local sources for meat), and a few close friends who hunt and from whom I'll buy some select cuts.

    I originally went veg for financial reasons, and stuck with it for health. Now I avoid meat for ethical reasons. Driving by a factory meat plant every day is a sore reminder of some harsh realities on where 99% of meat comes from, and how the animals are treated.

    As for replacing protein - you have a bunch of options -
    Complete proteins:
    dairy
    eggs
    soy (tofu, tempeh)

    Incomplete proteins (eat combinations of these guys throughout the day):
    Whole grains
    Beans
    Gluten (seitan)
    Nuts

    Altogether its really not that hard to get a decent level of protein. It just takes a little education. I highly recommend black bean chili, tofu parm, or seitan sausages. They're simple and delicious.
  • fteale
    fteale Posts: 5,311 Member
    I can't give up meet; that's insulting to God.
    If God did not want us eating animals, why did He make them out of meat?

    Uh, humans are made of meat. So are dogs. God must want you to be a dog-eating zombie cannibal.

    Humans are omnivores, as proven by our teeth. We can survive without meat, but we evolved eating both.

    So? How does that matter? Humans used to be cave-dwellers once. Should that inform our dwelling choices now?

    Being an omnivore means you can eat a whole spectrum of foods. Why not choose the best foods among them? Humans have the power of reason and discernment, so why not use it?

    If you read breaking nutrition news, the overwhelming evidence is that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is optimal for more reasons than I can list. At best, these studies indicate if there is any meat in the diet at all, that it should be treated like a condiment.

    Take it easy, I was just telling the above guy I originally quoted that we evolved eating both. And yes, as far as your comment on dwelling goes, we still live in safest homes available to us....

    Okay....I just thought we were on the cusp of the predictable 'But, what about our canine teeth?' thing. Glad we aren't.

    This is such a murky area, I just read in New Scientist about the latest analysis of the preserved remains of a male hunter gatherer. When looking at the contents of his stomach they found it filled with meat and his gallbladder also indicated that he ate large amounts of fat. I should mention that he lived in a cold climate. If anyone is interested I can dig up the details and maybe find a link. It's in last week's New Scientist.

    I believe the remains you are referring to are those of Otze man, who, while a very interesting example of an amazingly well preserved human doesn't tell us anything at all about what humans EVOLVED to eat because firstly, he was only from around 2000BC, which is negligible in evolutionary terms. He had tools on him, and was wearing clothing, he was already an advanced modern human, at a time 2000 years after the construction of the pyramids and 3000 or more years after the first towns, cities and complex social and farming hierarchies were in place. Secondly, he was making a long journey in a completely snow bound landscape. What plants do you think would have been available? None. He would have eaten what he could hunt and scavenge.
    If you would like to compare his diet to other men from a similar time, have a look at studies of bog bodies. They are exclusively found to have stomachs and guts containing grains.

    Extreme preservation environments are fascinating, and what I wrote my undergraduate thesis on. But are totally irrelevant to any argument about human dietary evolution.
  • I can't give up meet; that's insulting to God.
    If God did not want us eating animals, why did He make them out of meat?

    Uh, humans are made of meat. So are dogs. God must want you to be a dog-eating zombie cannibal.

    Humans are omnivores, as proven by our teeth. We can survive without meat, but we evolved eating both.

    So? How does that matter? Humans used to be cave-dwellers once. Should that inform our dwelling choices now?

    Being an omnivore means you can eat a whole spectrum of foods. Why not choose the best foods among them? Humans have the power of reason and discernment, so why not use it?

    If you read breaking nutrition news, the overwhelming evidence is that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is optimal for more reasons than I can list. At best, these studies indicate if there is any meat in the diet at all, that it should be treated like a condiment.

    Um, I think he was just trying to be funny? lol
  • bcattoes
    bcattoes Posts: 17,301 Member
    Giving up meat is 100% the worst thing you can do for a diet! Clean protein like chicken and white fish is the best thing for you whislt dieting - give up carbs if you are serious about dieting and want to change your diet. Giving up all meat (for any reason other than vegetarianism) is very very stupid.

    So very not true.
  • fteale
    fteale Posts: 5,311 Member
    Giving up meat is 100% the worst thing you can do for a diet! Clean protein like chicken and white fish is the best thing for you whislt dieting - give up carbs if you are serious about dieting and want to change your diet. Giving up all meat (for any reason other than vegetarianism) is very very stupid.

    So very not true.

    I was once told by a tricologist that vegetarianism was the very worst thing for you hair. Which is also so very very not true.
  • DeathIsMyGift
    DeathIsMyGift Posts: 434 Member
    Good luck! I started eating less meat about a month ago. I'm not going to label myself a "vegetarian" because I still eat eggs and seafood from time to time. However, I'd say about 85% of my diet is meatless. I eat lots of black and pinto beans with brown rice and random veggies. It's a lot easier once you get a few go-to meals to choose from.
  • Congratulations! This is one of the best things you can do for your health! And, the cancer-causing research is undeniable. You will learn to love legumes and beans. Lentils are a good start because they cook up quickly and taste so good. I've been vegetarian fro 25 years; have never been overweight, run marathons, get plenty of protein. : ) Recipes and ways to go about vegetarianism are all over the net and bookstores. And hey, one of the first things I noticed when i stopped eating meat (in my twenties) -- you poop easier! ha it's true
  • msarro
    msarro Posts: 2,748 Member
    Congratulations! This is one of the best things you can do for your health! And, the cancer-causing research is undeniable. You will learn to love legumes and beans. Lentils are a good start because they cook up quickly and taste so good. I've been vegetarian fro 25 years; have never been overweight, run marathons, get plenty of protein. : ) Recipes and ways to go about vegetarianism are all over the net and bookstores. And hey, one of the first things I noticed when i stopped eating meat (in my twenties) -- you poop easier! ha it's true

    Just a heads up, not all lentils cook quickly :) Toor dal is a pain in the butt, you need a pressure cooker for it. But the plus side is it tastes AWESOME!
  • I am a vegetarian just of family choice.... so I cannot really give advice, but I have never wanted to try meat, so I don't really have any advice for you :/
  • I encourage you to watch a few documentaries. One is called Fat, Sick and nearly dead and the other is called Forks over knives. These will give you great insight into the big myth surrounding protein and that if you don't eat meat, you are lacking protein. There is another one out there but I forget the name of it. these two guys tested their strands of hair and found themselves to be over 90% corn. our cows are fed corn, not grains, our food is laden with HFCS, and oh the list goes on and on and on. Oh, one last documentary called Food, Inc...it explains a lot. Good luck to you. I have been vegetarian for 24 years.
  • _VoV
    _VoV Posts: 1,494 Member
    I can't give up meet; that's insulting to God.
    If God did not want us eating animals, why did He make them out of meat?

    Uh, humans are made of meat. So are dogs. God must want you to be a dog-eating zombie cannibal.

    Humans are omnivores, as proven by our teeth. We can survive without meat, but we evolved eating both.

    Um, I think he was just trying to be funny? lol

    Upon rereading this, he was. I think I just had a knee-jerk response.

    I've been a vegetarian for almost 40 years, and when I start hearing about teeth in relationship to vegetarianism, it makes me a little crazy. This is from countless arguments I have had on what constitutes the natural diet for humans. When I think I recognize the beginnings of this argument taking shape again, my eye starts twitching, my nostrils flare, and if I'm really stupid, I start typing or talking. Always a mistake. Sorry.