I could do with way less and feel better, but Dh needs it more so it's a compromise.
I guess some folks might do well on vegetarian or vegan food. DP doesn't do well at all, and me? If I don't get enough protein and fairly frequent red meat, I start daydreaming about going vampiric on a deer or cow. literally. well, or maybe a bit more like a lion. a masai eating style lion? basically a vampire who likes the meat after it's finished its treat. highly disturbing. way easier to eat meat and prevent the protein/iron deficiency scary cravings.
I do get my meat locally and in bulk (by the side or animal).
for breakfast I have yogurt and fruit and lunch for me has just been veggies and home-made dip the past few weeks- so by dinner time I neeeeed some meat!!
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We obtain most all of our meats thru wild sources, or raise it ourselves, though. We raise rabbits, chickens, and guineas, and now goats. My mom raises goats, and her husband traps feral pigs. We fish, and get shrimp practically around the corner from our house. Most of our meats are free, minus a bit of gas to go to my mom's to butcher pigs and goats and fish, and minus the feed we feed our rabbits and chickens, although we mostly let our chickens free range. Can't keep the guineas from free ranging, lol.
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We do eat a lot of beans, though. MMMM.
And I think it's unfair to say that everyone has the same nutritional requirements. We're different in other ways, why not that?
I never had any health issues as a vegan. Nope, fit as a fiddle! BUT I always drank a ton of soy milk (and I don't follow the soy is bad thing; I just don't believe it, I think it's a wonderful gift from the planet) which supplements the b12/protein.
I am lacto-ovo now for convenience and coz my family LOVES eggs and cheese. Left to my own devices, I definitely drift into the vegan/raw spectrum. I just feel like I thrive that way! L/O is so much easier when planning for a family with varying needs/tastes tho.
I understand that different people have different dietary needs, though, and so I don't flame meat-eaters (okay, that one time when DP ordered veal. I just could not NOT say something . . . .)
BUT, I don't think that there's anything inherently unhealthy with a well-planned vegan diet. That's the key, with veganism, you really have to be VERY mindful (it can be a PITA), and for some veg folk, that's just not possible---this is usually when symptoms of ill health start to show.
Not to hijack this into a meat vs. veg thread, that's not productive for anyone. There are plenty more healthy vegans than sad anemic ones, tho, IME