Okay, so a recent thread in TAO reminded me that we need to celebrate our choices to be vegetarians or vegans. I'm tired of feeling like I'm making the wrong choices, despite the fact that I've felt great for 20+ years as a veg'n and there are plenty of friends and family who can attest to the same.
First order of business: I'm a healthy vegetarian (mostly vegan) who doesn't suffer from malnutrition, protein deficiency, depression, anemia etc. Unfortunately, I don't 'need' meat to survive and function at optimum power as a biological being. I'm sure the meat and poultry business cries each night.
Second: I breastfed a now extremely healthy five year old on a vegan diet. She has all her teeth. She is not dying. She is a vegetarian. She tires me out with her shear energy.
Third: I'm a runner and a marathoner who doesn't suffer from exhaustion and other ailments associated with the mainstream ideas of the veg'n lifestyle and energy levels. But of course, DD tires me out, but that's different subject.
Fourth: I know that eating a "balanced" diet is not akin to eating meat, but that eating a balanced diet is eating the things that are required of my body (which are contained in 'nutritious' food and not the food types themselves) are key to healthy living and energy. Green beans are nutritious, but I'm not dumb enough to believe that green beans are all I need for complete health.
Fifth: you fill in the blanks.
Disclaimer: this post was quick but probably inadequately proposed but I suddenly felt passionate about the subject.