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Punkin 09-22-2013 09:17 AM

Considering going vegetarian and need advice
 
Is there any advantage nutritionally to eating meat? I am just curious because on my diet I don't eat a lot of meat. And I basically eating it only because I figure that it if I don't eat it I will miss out on some important nutrition.

Mercuryfan 09-22-2013 06:25 PM

I haven't eaten meat in four years, I'm still alive and kicking. My blood work has remained normal, even a little better since I changed to a vegetarian WOE. Nutritionally, I think the only thing you would need to supplement would be vitamin B12...and you can actually take a vegetarian form of B12 with the same results.

Hope this helps!

ravenrose 09-22-2013 08:53 PM

depends on your personal metabolism. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and had to give it up because my body can't tolerate the carbs. it was too difficult for me to get low enough carb to even maintain my heavy weight let alone losing, eating vegetarian.

to me it was not about missing the nutrients in meat, but rather the negative effects of the other stuff I was eating instead.

even now I don't eat very much meat though, just enough to balance with the eggs and things and keep my carbs low enough.

Punkin 09-23-2013 03:20 AM

Ok thanks guys. I will do some more research on it. Especially on the vitamin B12, just to see what my options are. Sometimes it is nice to label your WOE so it makes more sense to people. I find people look at you weird when you only take an ounce of muscle meat, when it is so often a major part of our diet. I get most of my protein through eggs and dairy so I get more than enough and I don't need to ingest muscle proteins. On the other hand, I also shouldn't be concerned at what other people think either.

Nigel 09-23-2013 06:23 AM

Beans/legumes are also a good protein source as well as nuts.

sarahatl 10-06-2013 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by ravenrose (Post 16615423)
depends on your personal metabolism. I was a vegetarian for 30 years and had to give it up because my body can't tolerate the carbs. it was too difficult for me to get low enough carb to even maintain my heavy weight let alone losing, eating vegetarian.

to me it was not about missing the nutrients in meat, but rather the negative effects of the other stuff I was eating instead.

even now I don't eat very much meat though, just enough to balance with the eggs and things and keep my carbs low enough.

raven I so agree with you! I cannot go vegetarian because I can't be low carb on it. There really is not much that is high in protein that does not have carbs. I know there is bean but a 1/2 cup serving just isn't enough for me.


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