being vegetarian
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frerejacques Wrote:I'm vegan, have been since college. I've never worried much what other people thought of it. It's not unhealthy if you do it right, by which I mean apply common sense and pay attention to nutrition. My five year old has been mostly vegan since birth (with the occasional pancake or dollop of frosting from a birthday cake), and she has more strength and stamina than any other kid on the playground. When I first went vegetarian in high school the nuns were very supportive and spoke to me about the Catholic tradition of the practice;  they calmed my mother down about it.  My Confessors have never been bothered, either. They've just reminded me that fasting is a sacrifice and so I should choose what to give up with that in mind. No problem.

I'm not sure why some people seem to thrive and others do not. My husband is a carnivore who could pass out if made to go meatless for more than a day. I actually do much better on a primarily meatless diet with eggs and dairy taken only 2-3 times a month. But when I've gone completely vegan, my body reacts violently after about 6-8 weeks. I've tested it 3 separate times and each time ended the same...fever, body aches, chills...all of which disappear shortly after I eat some sort of animal product. And I was eating healthy (ezekiel bread, raw nuts, greens, fruit, lentils, legumes, sweet potatos) - it wasn't all potato chips and fruit rollups (I've seen many a "vegan" do that.)

I actually have some friends who are RAW vegans and their kids have been raw vegans from birth. The parents keep claiming how healthy the kids are and how much energy they have but it makes me nervous. Their children are tiny. TINY. And skinny skinny skinny. The parents also keep stating proudly the fact that they won't vaccinate their kids but I really think its because they are afraid to take their kids to the doctor (something the are also refusing to do.) They have to all be at the 20th percentile or lower which would warrant concern from most pediatricians. Kids need fat, protein, and calcium for growth. It sounds like the diet they are imposing is well intended but its hard enough getting kids to eat enough of the right thing to begin with, I can't imagine getting my kids to eat right/enough when they have only nuts or fruits to choose from.

Anyway, there really isn't anything uncatholic about a meat or animal-product free diet. Listen to your body and if it is working for you, great. :shrug:

edited to add: The reason I previously stated that veganism was unnatural was because of the amount of effort needed to remain properly nourished. Human beings, up until recently, didn't have the luxury of being so careful and well -planned about food.
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