Sorry if that offended you Cynthia, I only said that because you said "particularly cows" instead of "cows for example." I think the "humanely rasied" meat and animal products that you find in stores is not truly raised humanely and people are made to believe that they are. The labeling is ridiculous and the standards for "humanely raised" are not strong enough.
I have read much about vegetarianism and veganism. I would ask though, what would vegans say to someone who has a blood type O which has been determined by many in the naturopathic medical field to be the one blood type that seems to require animal protein to remain healthy given it is the oldest blood type in existence dating back to the time when we were cavemen and the only way to survive was by being hunter/gatherers living on a palaeolithic diet? I have a very athletic 12 year old with this blood type who becomes immediately ill (she actually becomes severely bloated and constipated) when she eats grains of any kind and high carb veggies even such as okra, potatoes and corn, and grains like rice and wheat (gluten products). (Please read about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet in the book entitled, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle").
Additionally, if one has to supplement Vitamin B12 because a vegan diet alone cannot supply it, then it would seem that it cannot abundantly be supplied in nature...so to be vegan can only work in this society where when can buy it as a supplement or inject it in order for the body to be well? Also not taken into account it would seem, is that anthropologists have yet to identify a society living on plant foods alone, without synthetic supplements, spanning generations of vegan mothers and fathers, children and grandchildren. Especially with respect to the fertility of women, even many in India where societies of vegan and vegetarians exist and in Africa, young women (of birthing age) are fed a special diet containing animal fat for six months before marriage to expedite dietary needs for healthy offspring. So truly, then, how can a vegan diet be healthy if it cannot be completely found in nature? It seems to only be able to work if all you need is supplied by this "modern" society. I have been involved in the field of naturopathy for years now and believe that while many can live a vegan lifestyle today if they are very well informed and use supplementation and be moderately healthy, in the case of type O's it cannot be successful in the person having optimum health, as O's require animal protein, as people of this blood type existed at a time when such modern supplementation was impossible and they survived as hunter/gathers, and when over 90% of the world at that time was thought to be of this blood type. I say to each their own, and I understand the love of animals, but I cannot agree when other vegans purport that everyone can be vegan and be healthy. Furthermore, while I love animals also, they are worthy, beautiful and valuable, I do not feel that they have equal value as that of a human life. Have vegans ever seriously asked the question but why then aren't other animals vegan? In nature only some animals are vegetarian, even mammals such as dolphins eat other animals. Such is nature, and I do not believe that being vegan is natural or innate to most species.
Well, there are too many compelling reasons to be vegan even if you're not an animal rights person--there's the environment for one--for the "what we were meant to eat" argument to sway me. Also, from what I've read the blood type diet business is pure bunk.
Hi there. I was vegan for 16 years before my endocrine system "blew" the morning after a very glycemic Thanksgiving dinner in 2010. I developed SEVERE hypoglycemia that still now, over a year and half later, is hard to control. My mother is diabetic and started off with what I'm dealing with, but progressed to diabetes. Anyway, the only thing that has helped me (and I've tried everything) is going back to meat. My body seems to need insane amounts of concentrated protein now, and I cannot handle too many carbohydrates at once. It breaks my heart, but I was close to dying more than once. I don't know what else to do other than eat animal products and cut back on my starches. This has been one of the most upsetting things in my life.
said#27Jun 12, 2012 at 6:29am
Have you tried working with a nutriotionist or even a naturopath? My mother has had a lot of issues very similiar to what you posted having and that helped her. For example, they were able to find a way several smaller meals (and I mean 8 meals...not a few lol) of tiny sums of complex carb helped for a while (it doesn't anymore). At another point, eggs were the only thing to keep her sugar in check. Unfortunately, the body changes (as I'm sure you're aware!) a lot more frequently than she'd like!
There are a lot of non-animal proteins out there that also aren't carbs and a lot of different things you can work with a nutritionist to find what works best for your body with the most minimal effect on breaking your heart.
[First point -- there are different reasons and practices that people choose veganism, and not everyone goes 100% all in, and I guess each of us has to decide whether we agree with that and can accept differing points of view.]
There are some people, not famous but as someone said above, bloggers with a following, who've given up veganism and now eat "humanely raised and killed" meats. And boy, are they talking trash about vegans in particular!
Goody for them, but honestly -- and these people can be as strident as vegans get accused of being -- the "happy cow" is just a myth for 99% of us. If I wanted to eat only humanely raised meat (and if it could be verified) that I could afford, I'd be eating as much meat as I eat now, which is NOTHING.
Personally, I have no ideological problem with the fact that an animal has to die to feed a human. But with 7 BILLION humans on the planet, with 300 Million high-consuming Americans and now that many plus the potential for more in China (they have passed us on meat consumption now), there is simply no way to humanely raise and slaughter any animal for human consumption. Horrific mega-factories are the only way, and *that* is what I find unacceptable and downright nauseating and why I can't eat meat. Although my primary reason for going vegan was dietary, and it's helped immensely with several health problems.
If there were a way to eat meat that is affordable, even if only occasionally, and the animals didn't need to be poisoned with chemicals and hormones and then tortured for their entire short, miserable lives, I might still be doing it. But these "go eat some free range bacon" types are severely deluded if anybody but their yuppie selves can find such a thing. (And I bet they don't always, either!) It would be easier to eat Unicorn meat!
As for some other byproducts, I confess I'm wearing leather shoes. I have bad foot problems, very little money and need to wear sensible, supportive, business-dress shoes. The ones I have were the only ones I could find at the time. Does it make me happy? No. When I see ads for "vegan shoes" they all cost $100 [mine were $30 and that is stretching my shoe budget severely right now] and/or are high-heeled/platform neon confections that I can't (and don't want to) wear.
I had a vegan pair (that cost $40) and they nearly broke my ankle and my feet hurt constantly, so I had to get new ones. Because I also have large feet, and because of these needs, I really don't want to buy shoes online, even from a place like Zappos that has a great return policy because it becomes annoying and time consuming to return things.
I am comfortable being, as I say, 98% vegan. I'm of the "every little bit helps" philosophy. I realize there are some people who say it's all or nothing, and I certainly respect the effort it takes no matter "how vegan" you are. But on the other hand, I guess it is a bit distressing when someone as high profile as Ellen, who has done a lot on the animal cruelty issue, goes and flogs leather on national TV.
@Carrie Ryan, you might want to try "eco Atkins." It's basically vegan low-carb. It's no fun but it's what I do to maintain my weight and prevent diabetes.
@Janet Vandenabeele, I know what you're going through. Very hard for me to find vegan shoes that I can wear to work and/or walk in. You might want to try Lulu's. I don't like shopping for shoes online either but they're cheap and I've had good luck with them as far as fit goes.