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(August 06, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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I know a lot of girls (not many boys for some reason) who are vegetarians. Iíll admit I tried it myself for awhile, but a cheeseburger was my eventual undoing. I know that being vegetarian is very healthy and obviously helps keep your weight in check since youíre eating so many healthy foods. I also know that most people decide to become vegetarian because they donít believe in eating animals. Some vegetarians donít believe in using any animal products like milk, eggs or cheese either.

I am impressed by those who avoid meat for ethical reasons since they work so hard to follow their beliefs. I am curious, however, about how healthy most vegetarians are. It might just be me, but most of the people who claim to be vegetarians eat very few vegetables. Donít get me wrong, Iím a huge supporter of bread, dairy, fruits and sweets, and I eat my fair share of junk food as well.

Is Being a Vegetarian Healthy?

So how healthy is it to not eat meat? According to doctors and nutritionists, itís very healthy so long as youíre getting a proper balance of vitamin and nutrients. The main nutrients that are found in most meats are iron and protein. By eating specific ďreplacementĒ foods such as tofu and legumes (beans) you can get a lot of protein, and eating iron rich foods like spinach can help get that important nutrient, too.

Vegetables, fruit and dairy (if youíre eating it) have almost all the vitamins and nutrients you need, so cutting out meat isnít a bad thing. In fact with all the fat and growth hormones in a lot of meats, it can be very healthy. If youíve eliminated all dairy and egg products, youíll obviously have to work a bit harder to get all the right vitamins and nutrients, but it is still very possible. Bottom line: A good vegetarian diet is very healthy.

Unhealthy Vegetarians

So what happens when your vegetarian diet isnít a ďgoodĒ one. The average person should be getting four or more servings of vegetables and fruit in addition to all the protein sources, starches, carbs and dairy foods every day. If you have an off day and only get two servings of fruits, itís not a big deal. However, if your particular brand of vegetarian means eating Doritos and Coke, there is a problem.

An occasional snack wonít hurt you, but eating junk instead of healthy food will, regardless of whether you are a vegetarian or not. I know of girls who are thin, active and look great, but are actually malnourished.

They skip breakfast, eat a bag of chips and a Coke for lunch and maybe eat one or two servings of something relatively healthy for dinner. They snack on junk during the day and the few bites of good stuff arenít enough to make up the difference.

Being malnourished means your body is crying out for healthy food and it will show this by being sluggish. Youíll feel weak, tired, and grumpy a lot. We all have ups and downs with our diet, and believe me, Iím not perfect. Vegetarians have to be even more careful than the rest of us because theyíve chosen to eliminate foods that have a lot of nutritional value.

They have to work harder to be sure they are getting all the good stuff they need every day.

Like I said, I have a lot of respect for vegetarians Ė especially those who do it for their strong beliefs. I just feel strongly that if youíre going to be a vegetarian, you need to actually eat your vegetables.

Also consider this: Some of the biggest celebrities are vegetarians! Here is a list of some favorites who have cut out the meat and spoken out against animal cruelty: Paul McCartney, Alicia Silverstone, Kevin Eubanks, Carrie Underwood, Kristen Bell, Jared Leto, Fiona Apple, Joan Jett, Natalie Portman, Pamela Anderson, Pink, Vanessa Williams, Alec Baldwin, Moby, Alyssa Milano, Mos Def, Prince, Shannon Elizabeth, Russell Simmons, and many more.


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Amynetta

18/Female
Australia
Posted On: October 14, 2008
I'm a vegetarian. I have been sinceI was five. I saw this thing about the Slaughterhouses, and it really freaked me out, so not a day has gone by since that a piece of meat has passed my lips. I call it corpse-food. xD

You can be perfectly healthy as a vegetarian - healthier than normal, even. It means you tend to avoid the fast-food restaurants because they rarely have anything nice for vegetarians. But I hate most fast-food anyway. I'm small and skinny, but that's more genetic than from my choice of food.

And 'God' did not put animals on Earth to be eaten. We can survive without them, and, at least to me, 'God' doesn't even exist. They evolved on Earth the way we did, what right to we have to take their lives for ours? Why are humans more important than other animals?

Great article, by the way. : )

-- Chills
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 29, 2008
this meat thing is so 5hit so |-ucking cruel!
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 27, 2008
plus God put animals on the earth to be eatan
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 27, 2008
and 2 sereenamasked13 i cant belive u dont belive in God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!U must be wrong in your upper story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS JUST NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 13, 2008
i hate veggies i like collord greens and taters though
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cherriesglitte

22/Female
Tiger, GA
Posted On: June 13, 2008
i cant live without meat i luv it
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Lovegoonie

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 11, 2008
Well ya see i'm a vegetairien but I wish people could stop killing them even if they DO need meat or even if the animals AREN'T giving us a lot of room in this work-a-day world (Not that I mean we have to work to kill animals). I DO NOT belive that killing animals is the right thing to do even if God or maybe Jesus (And we don't REALLY KNOW if any of them are real) told people to kill lambs.
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mfrana

19/Female
IA
Posted On: November 2, 2007
i have been a vegitarian since i was 5, i became a vegetarian because i think that eating animals is wrong
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: September 3, 2007
sorry veggie ppl but i luv meat and cant live witout meat.....onyl meat i dont eat is chitlins bcuz that sh..it is gross,dont ever eat pig intestines
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teddyfarahbear

27/Female
Philadelphia, PA
Posted On: August 21, 2007
I'm a vegitarian for moral reasons and I agree, it's easy to become malnourished. But the same is true for meat eaters, and they eat a lot more fat. The average vegitarian lives longer and has more stamina. It's also a fact that eating meat is bad for the environment. I know it sounds crazy but it's true.
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mangaka_worshi

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: August 20, 2007
I've been a vegetarian since I was six, and I feel great. I almost never get sick. I view eatting animals, eatting a soul. Meat is murder. If you knew what happens to animals in this world, you'd be a vegetarian too. Well, actually I'm a Lacto-ovo vegetarian. (I only eat organic dairy products, I want to be a vegan, but I love milk way too much!)
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fairy_dust11

19/Female
Spring, TX
Posted On: August 18, 2007
cows dont need to be milked. and if they do, that is the calfs job not ours.
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ladylector

24/Female
Australia
Posted On: August 17, 2007
I'm thirteen, and I've been a vegetarian since I was about eleven. I sorta a family tradition, my father, my uncle, my other uncle, his wife and their daughter are vegetarians also.
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SaraSUPREME

21/Female
Zimbabwe
Posted On: August 16, 2007
I've been a vegetarian for 3 1/2 years.

I feel great.

And I dont miss meat one bit.

I started out being an unhealthy vegetarian and I felt weak ALL the time.

Now I can proudly say I am one of the healthy ones.

: )

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frex125

23/Female
Posted On: August 15, 2007
me**
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