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Old 10-08-2007, 11:23 AM   #1
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Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

Hey,

I heard on an antidepressant withdrawal CD by Dr. Ann Blake Tracy that it takes a lot of energy to digest meat. Has anyone tried switching to a strict vegetarian diet to help with the aftermath of this?
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:10 AM   #2
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I have not converted completely, but I have cut back on meat for moral and ethical reasons. The people I know who have completely converted are not healthier for it. But I think it can be done successfully if you do it gradually and you learn the right food combinations to get all the necessary amino acids. I heard a woman speak last weekend who admitted that she did a lot of damage to her health by living as a strict vegan for 10+ years. Now she's added lacto and ovo and some organic meat back into her diet. I love Sally Fallon's cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, for lots of really good healthy recipies. Good luck.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:11 AM   #3
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I like your signature. If you can free yourself of all of those drugs (and I'd love to read your story), I'm sure you can successfully convert to vegetarianism.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I don't eat much red meat, just a little as it is a good source of iron, and I tend to eat more chicken, fish and eggs, but even those not in huge amounts.

I think it is hard to get all the nutrients you need on a vegetarian diet, and especially on a vegan diet (vegans need vitamin B12 supplementation).
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

Babs is a vegetarian and I know she says it's made a difference for her.

I don't eat a lot of meat either, but for me, I do feel there is a nutritional need for it on ocassion.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:53 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I have some vegetarian friends and workmates. They do have to eat a lot more of stuff like beans and lentils, to make sure of getting complete protein. One of my friends always looks very pale and pasty, but I don't know whether that's because of his diet, or he would have looked that way anyway.
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:02 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

Not a strict vegetarian diet, but by trial and error I ended up with a more vegetarian diet, and cut down a lot on the processed stuff. Quite quickly I found that when eating meat, I didn't want nor need as much as I did previously. Also read a book on the state of modern bread, and after eyeballing the list of added extras, decided to make some instead. Flour, water, yeast, salt.

Did it help? I don't know, because I have no comparison on what I would have been like had I not done so.

Was it a sensible move? Yes. It removed a lot of chemical added extras, bulked out the fibre, and the complex carbohydrates would have helped stabilise the blood sugar. I started buying brown rice, raw buckwheat, quinoa, steel cut oats, whole wheat grain, amaranth, and other novel - but usually nice - new ingredients. Plus, they are comparatively inexpensive and store for a long time. So the occasional 'urgh' is neither here nor there.
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I am trying to cut down on processed foods and additives, too. It is mind-boggling when you start to find out what is really in food these days.
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:16 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

The processed foods is the biggest thing, in my opinion. We've REALLY limited our processed food intake and I fully believe that's made a HUGE difference.

Of course, this means I cook from scratch a lot more, which is fine as I love to cook. But, on ocassion, it was nice to throw a frozen entree in the microwave every once and a while. Oh well! It's worth the extra work!
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Old 10-10-2007, 07:48 AM   #10
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Re: Anyone Helped By Vegetarian Diet?

I believe that eating "slow food," or food which has basic, identifiable ingredients (not long chemical chain names), not only provides better nutrition, but makes our bodies feel more satisfied, and with less food.

I think many of those unpronounceable ingredients in processed foods serve as appetite stimulants and defeat our satiety sensation. We continue to eat more because our bodies are not getting the nutrition they really need.

Eating real, whole foods nourishes our bodies better, and our bodies recognize the difference.

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