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Here's my story, about 2 months ago I was getting into a trend with drinking the Nestle instant breakfasts made from complete milk protiens and all the other good vitamins you need with them. About 3 weeks into that, I started doing research on milk and other growth hormones in meat and everything else for a speech I had to do in school. I've always thought about going vegetarian and after reading about all the things in milks protiens and the IGH's(Insulin like Growth Hormones) that are in milk, I basically stopped drinking those and haven't really been getting enough of the vitamins and minerals I need.

I'm not really sure on what to do now... i've been trying to get non meat products from the grocery stores, but I have no idea on what to get! My parents aren't really supportive of it, i'm 16, but i'm damn sure it's the way to go with my diet because with all of the problems in wildlife today and what we're eating, it's just not right... My question is, what should I eat? On a side note, a year ago I used to take vitamin supplements from the local vegetarian type grocery store, had all the protien and iron you needed in it, and I used to be super healthy from that... but, I happened to get panic attacks and now i'm a huge hypochondriac on taking those, thinking I will get an allergic reaction or something crazy like that. But, i'm really steering towards those again because if anything happens, it'll probally be better. Another thing, since this passed 2 months, my weight used to be around 130 and 135, flucuating, but now i'm at 122lbs. That pretty much set a trigger off in my mind somethings wrong, but i've been feeling REALLY good lately. Just wondering if that too, is a common thing with vegetarians after knocking off poultry, dairy and meats off your diets... thanks a ton for reading this if you do and answering!
hey there. i've been vegetarian for almost 12 years, since age 12, and vegan for the last three of those. when i was (ovo lacto) vegetarian, i wasn't very health conscious, basically i'd given up meat because i didn't like the idea of animals being killed to feed me when it wasn't necessary for me to eat them to survive. recently though, i have become very interested in nutrition, specifically for a completely vegetarian diet.

i feel absolutely great! i have a lot more energy, my cholesterol level is good, i've reached my goal weight, i don't get the earaches i used to have all the time, my skin has cleared up and things are better than ever for me. i hope that if you decide to take the vegetarian 'plunge', or just tend that way more of the time it benefits you as much as it has me.

if you don't want to drink milk anymore, fortified soymilk can be a good substitute. silk brand has as much calcium and vitamin d as dairy milk, and about 50 percent of the daily recommended intake of B12, plus other vitamins and minerals, so you're really not missing out on anything.

if you do a search on 'vegan outreach', you'll find some good straightforward nutritional information. also google 'vegan basics'. i'm not allowed to post the websites, but there is a really comprehensive compilation of tons of great healthy vegetarian food, and you'll find it if you poke around. definitely worth the search.

my diet includes lots of plant protein (tofu, peanutbutter, nuts & seeds, beans, fake meats, brown rice, etc), complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, non-dairy yogurt, ice cream, milk, cheese, etc etc...

i am lucky to live near a bunch of health food stores, and i know not everyone is, but i have to say, for me this diet is really easy and i eat a more varied and interesting diet than most people i know (non-vegetarian friends are always wanting me to cook vegan for them).

so i'd say just be open to trying new foods and have a good time with it!
if your parents are concerned, you could have them look at some books on vegetarian diets at the library- that would reassure them. also, taking a multivitamin probably isn't completely necessary, but it's not a bad idea. as long as you're not taking mega doses of anything, it won't hurt you.

good luck!
if you have other specific questions, i'd be happy to take a crack.


[QUOTE=xMorningGloryx]Here's my story, about 2 months ago I was getting into a trend with drinking the Nestle instant breakfasts made from complete milk protiens and all the other good vitamins you need with them. About 3 weeks into that, I started doing research on milk and other growth hormones in meat and everything else for a speech I had to do in school. I've always thought about going vegetarian and after reading about all the things in milks protiens and the IGH's(Insulin like Growth Hormones) that are in milk, I basically stopped drinking those and haven't really been getting enough of the vitamins and minerals I need.

I'm not really sure on what to do now... i've been trying to get non meat products from the grocery stores, but I have no idea on what to get! My parents aren't really supportive of it, i'm 16, but i'm damn sure it's the way to go with my diet because with all of the problems in wildlife today and what we're eating, it's just not right... My question is, what should I eat? On a side note, a year ago I used to take vitamin supplements from the local vegetarian type grocery store, had all the protien and iron you needed in it, and I used to be super healthy from that... but, I happened to get panic attacks and now i'm a huge hypochondriac on taking those, thinking I will get an allergic reaction or something crazy like that. But, i'm really steering towards those again because if anything happens, it'll probally be better. Another thing, since this passed 2 months, my weight used to be around 130 and 135, flucuating, but now i'm at 122lbs. That pretty much set a trigger off in my mind somethings wrong, but i've been feeling REALLY good lately. Just wondering if that too, is a common thing with vegetarians after knocking off poultry, dairy and meats off your diets... thanks a ton for reading this if you do and answering![/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=junkbondtrader]Of course I know the difference, neno. And I know about vegetarianism firsthand because I've lived as a vegetarian for about twelve years, and vegan for the last several of those.
And, yes, a healthy one. I'm at a normal weight, jog 2 miles a day, and feel better than ever. I know this can be dismissed as anecdotal or you could make me out to be a liar, which is why I chose to include information from other sources which could not be so easily dismissed, as wearesiamese recognized.

What do [I]you[/I] know about it yourself, other than some obviously false rumors and whatever "facts" you care to make up at any given moment. ?? obviously not a whole lot.

If you want to further your own agenda, of meat consumption, that's fine and dandy, but your posts here are counterproductive to that goal considering they have such obvious misinformation and false claims, again none of which you even attempt to substantiate with facts or studies.[/QUOTE]

Your previous post advocated a vegatarian diet, which is a perfectly healty diet that INCLUDES ANIMAL PRODUCTS. You proved MY point, not yours. You haven't included ANY sources about the vegan diet. I have researched health and nutrition thoroughly. I also have several vegetarian and vegan friends. I'm not trying to further an agenda. Someone posted a question and I gave them a factual response. I don't advocate eating meat at all. I sometimes find meat disgusting. I advocate eating for optimal health which includes animal proteins; whether it's meat, cheese, eggs, or just whey protein powder.

Now what EXACTLY have I said that you can prove to be false or misinformed using stricly empirical data. Please tell me why established facts on human physiology and evolution are now rendered false. Explain to me why after two million years of eating an omnivourous diet, human beings can now magically switch to an herbaceous diet. What miracle has changed our basic anatomy and physiology......please tell me, I really want to know.





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