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I don't think the OP will be coming back, but I just wanted to say that I think any vegetarian and meat-eater can be healthy or unhealthy. It's about [B]being smart and making healthy choices.[/B]

Someone who doesn't eat any meatbut lives on soda, frozen pizzas and junk food is definitely not healthy. Just like someone who lives on fast food and greasy burgers is not healthy. You can eat meat and be healthy, just like you can [I]not[/I] eat meat and be healthy. There are nutrients in meat that are good for you. No, you don't want to eat red meat nightly, but once in a while is good. Health conscious carnivores, like myself, choose lean meats and cut away as much fat as possible when cooking. Vegetarians can get all their nutrients without eating meat as long as they eat the right foods... which it sounds like the OP does. I tried a vegetarian diet for a little less than a year... but I just started craving meat! I couldn't do it. The pharmasict where I worked told me that the cravings were my bodies way of telling me I was lacking what it needed. My mom is a vegetarian (she eats fish), has been for a few years now. She eats lots of fruits and veggies, beans, tofu. Once in a while she'll have a Garden burger or use "fake" meat. She's healthier than she ever has been.

As for the orinigal question..
A child raised as a vegetarian may have trouble at first digesting meat, because it's harder for the stomach to break down. You wouldn't want to go from vegan to steak over night! Slowly introducing lean meats like fish, then chicken would probably be better than red meats. I don't think it would be unhealthy or dangerous for a child to start off a vegetarian, then to try meat. They should just try things slowly and see how their bodies handle it.
[QUOTE=jen52983;3109831]I don't think the OP will be coming back, but I just wanted to say that I think any vegetarian and meat-eater can be healthy or unhealthy. It's about [B]being smart and making healthy choices.[/B]

Someone who doesn't eat any meatbut lives on soda, frozen pizzas and junk food is definitely not healthy. Just like someone who lives on fast food and greasy burgers is not healthy. You can eat meat and be healthy, just like you can [I]not[/I] eat meat and be healthy. There are nutrients in meat that are good for you. No, you don't want to eat red meat nightly, but once in a while is good. Health conscious carnivores, like myself, choose lean meats and cut away as much fat as possible when cooking. Vegetarians can get all their nutrients without eating meat as long as they eat the right foods... which it sounds like the OP does. I tried a vegetarian diet for a little less than a year... but I just started craving meat! I couldn't do it. The pharmasict where I worked told me that the cravings were my bodies way of telling me I was lacking what it needed. [COLOR="Red"]My mom is a vegetarian (she eats fish), [/COLOR]has been for a few years now. She eats lots of fruits and veggies, beans, tofu. Once in a while she'll have a Garden burger or use "fake" meat. She's healthier than she ever has been.

As for the orinigal question..
A child raised as a vegetarian may have trouble at first digesting meat, because it's harder for the stomach to break down. You wouldn't want to go from vegan to steak over night! Slowly introducing lean meats like fish, then chicken would probably be better than red meats. I don't think it would be unhealthy or dangerous for a child to start off a vegetarian, then to try meat. They should just try things slowly and see how their bodies handle it.[/QUOTE]

Technically, she is not a Vegetarian; as they do not eat fish.
She would be considered a "Pescetarian"





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