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post #21 of 28
It's true . . . lots of people I know have become vegan for health reasons. The only problem is that if you have specific health issues that you are hoping resolve by having a vegan lifestyle/diet and they don't, that is, the health issues stay the same, then it's easy for a person to become disenchanted with veganism and go back to eating what they ate before. If you are vegan for ethical reasons then your resolve cannot be easily shaken. I had hoped to have less painful periods, have my acne clear, get rid of allergies . . . that didn't happen for me and I am extremely strict in my diet. So now, I'm considering being vegetarian so I can stop worrying about B12 supplementation and this and that supplementation.

And I do agree . . . making the decision to put meat back into a plant based diet after years of being vegan is a huge decision to make and should not be taken lightly at all. It's no laughing matter. For me, contemplating becoming a vegetarian (I don't plan to eat meat except for maybe fish) has been really gut wrenching especially since my husband and people in my community continue to be vegan and I really don't know how to cook or bake any other way besides being vegan. I take it as seriously as I take breastfeeding or no-vax or no circ. Very seriously.
post #22 of 28
Maybe people are just trying to be supportive of what the OP is going to do rather than judging her about it, questioning her motivation, etc etc...why judge? If it's not working for her, it's not working for her. I don't think she posted to get a lecture.
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by edamommy
Is it FUNNY to start eating meat again? really... why is it at all funny. To me the very idea of being veg for years and years and years and then throwing away that commitment and killing animals again is anything but funny.
In my case, it was not funny at all. I gave up three years of life with postpartum depression caused by nutritional deficiencies. I eat meat now and don't think it's funny at all. Actually, what I eat is any food filled with nutrition and meat happens to be one of those foods.

But I will add that, in order to feel better in those years, I would have ventured out into the national forest that borders our home, hunted down, and eaten warm, raw, and bloody any animal that moved if it would have helped me feel better. Coming from a former vegetarian, near vegan, that's ironic. Just for the irony factor, I'm going to add one of these: :LOL
post #24 of 28


OP, while I do hope you seriously considered this, I'm glad you sound at peace with it. You're the one that has to live with yourself, so that's what's most important.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by rootzdawta
I had hoped to have less painful periods, have my acne clear, get rid of allergies . . .
Skin and allergy conditions point to liver congestion. Check in with a naturopath or a different holistic practitioner and see if they can help you with this. Do you tend to internalize your emotions? Also points to the liver. On painful periods, there could be many causes which could range from diet to environmental toxins. Hopefully a holistic practitioner can help you with this as well!

Not even going to touch the meat vs. veg topic anymore!
post #26 of 28
Toraji,

I think you missed my point. Anyway, to each his/her own.
post #27 of 28
Nope, I saw your point. I chose to sidestep it because I am quite honestly very done with the meat vs veg, who is more commited than whom topics here in the nutrition forum. Every person is different, no one diet will work for all at all points in their life, and despite my best efforts many people here remain unconvinced. So thus...I am done with it. :LOL All I wanted to do was point you into a different direction to possibly help you with your allergy/skin issues.

I do hear you on how hard it is to make a radical diet change though. I was a very strict whole foods vegan for 5 years and despite my best efforts and commitedness to animal and ecological issues, I needed to change my diet for major health reasons. I had to learn new ways of cooking and new ways of thinking about diet and my place in the ecological life cycle. Very gut wrenching, as you say. And most definitely not funny at all.

Best of luck to everyone in their quest for health!
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by toraji
So thus...I am done with it. :LOL
Me too. You've inspired me. And the fact is that between the NT-type omnis and the veg*ns here, we probably make up the lion's share of the population committed to improving our health through diet. It's too bad most of the US doesn't care.
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