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What are your points of view about vegetarianism ? Does it bring benifits or destroy our physical health?

Honesty, i used to be a vegetarian but soon quit due to my health problem, lack of protein and nutrients were prone to fatigue, absent-mindedness and concentration. The doctor asked me to stop being vegetarian for a while but i stopped it for too long to start again. 

Why i chose to lead my lifestyle vegetarianism? First of all, my family follows Buddhism and so am i, but i did not practice Buddhism or frankly i was not a Buddhist regular practicer, but we tended to eat less meat or fish or anything are relevant to "animal" even milk . Since i was 20, when i was quite free in my religions-oriented trend, i searched and studied more about Buddhism and truly absorbed it, then decided to practice it seriously and started to be a full time vegetarian. That was my second reason to go veggies only. Lastly, i found that after several weeks having been a vegetarian, i felt my body lighter and my mental health was much more peaceful and i turned to be calmer. Unfortunately, after several months, i found that i was truly weak and easily got sick due to the weather change, which i had not been in before. I even realized that my weight reduced uncontrollably, my skin was still glow but seemed lack of reddy shade of blood, pale i thought was a good word to describe. My hair loss was a problem with me because my hair was quite thin and straight but at that time it kept loosing, i was really afraid. When on classes, i couldn't focus on lectures or any dicussions with classmates, i felt asleep and tired even though the class had just begun 10 minutes. These symtoms madebme decide to visit the doctor and he diagnosed me with lack of major and essential nutrients, my blood test was awful which the white cells were low ridiculous led my immune system turned to be weaker and easy to be attacked by bacteria or viruses. There were also a big shortage of red cells which explained why i got tired regularly and less concentration.

I still wondered whether it was right or not that because i turned to be a vegetarian, which led me to bad physical health. So why there are thousands of people practice vegetarianism and maintain healthy life? 

I really need your clear explanation on this? Thank you so much. By the way, have you ever thought taht you would become a vegetarian? 

Feb 22, 2018 5:12 PM
Comments · 12

I do not think extremism is helpful.  I read such books as ¨The China Study¨ and believe that a plant-based diet has many health benefits, but believe some fish, eggs, milk and even a little meant is healthier than a completely vegan diet unless one is super self disciplined and uses supplements very well.  It just isn´t practical.

You can do a lot of good for the earth and yourself by eating mostly a plant based diet, but I personally would never expect to succeed entirely vegetarian and be healthy. 

February 25, 2018

Many people maintain good health and suffer no adverse effects from leading a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.  However, it may only be possible to adopt a strict vegan diet because [artificial] supplements are available, as Cara Schrock acknowledges.

Her claim that  "animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, species extinction, climate change, and environmental racism"  is surely unjustified insofar as concerns the first three counts, which arise from several factors, and the last one [ "environmental racism" ] I fail to understand.

There are sound reasons why someone might choose to be vegetarian [or, indeed, vegan], but 'saving the planet' should not be one of them.

February 25, 2018
I am not a vegetarian, but I do agree we eat too much fat meat. I would not go totally vega, but less meat would be healthy. On the other hand, yes like Pia mentions, I know some vegetarian who will fill themselves up with sugar and candy, and are not that healthy either.
February 25, 2018
I should add that one does need to pay attention to what we are eating and making sure it is balanced but shouldnt we all? I do supplement b12 occassionally but I needed to do that when I ate animals too. Now I need to less because my plant milks are fortified with b12.
February 25, 2018
I am vegan for animal rights but also for environmental reasons and unless more of the world adopts a plant-based diet we will see fishless oceans by 2048. When the oceans die, we die. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental destruction, species extinction, climate change, and environmental racism. Living a vegan lifestyle is my rent for living on our planet and doing the least harm. Vegetarianism is a step in the right direction but to be consistent one would need to give up all foods made from animals (dairy industry supplies the meat industry, etc)

Sometimes I am a healthy vegan, sometimes I am a junk food vegan. Health is personal, the environment and harm to others is not. :) Even so, I have never met a vegan with a protein deficiency (usually doctors are ignorant and not trained on nutrition and blame everything on veganism), no shortage of calories, nutrients, vitamins, etc. I get my blood work done every year.

February 25, 2018
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