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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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sweetiecat123

20/Female
Posted On: August 7, 2007
I think that being a vegetarian is kinda stupid, not to be mean or anything. Animals rip each other to shreds and eat each other, so why can't we eat animals too?

I'm not against vegetarians, I think it's cool that they stand up for what they believe in, but I do hate the vegetarians who go crazy if you eat meat in front of them or get angry when they run into someone who does eat meat.

Seriously, isn't the point of being a vegetarian to be nice to the animals? Well shouldn't you be nice to the humans too?
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mrs_steptoe

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 7, 2007
Hey alabamablonde1 you said

Oh, and encase you didn't know, which I'm sure you didn't, a pig will attack a human in a pig pen and eat them. So, the little piggie bacon came from isn't as sweet as you think it is.

That's really scarey - where did that happen - tell me all the details - I'd love to hear about it
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 7, 2007
Alabama Vs Marshmellows!

Who Will WIn? VOTE NOW!

I Vote Alabama

Lol
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 7, 2007
My Dad's A Chef And He Is Fine Cooking Meat.
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 7, 2007
Hey! I Eat Meat And I Still Am Healthy! So 2 All Vegetarians Who Say Meat Eaters Are Fat- stick your cellary up your behind.
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 6, 2007
Oh, and encase you didn't know, which I'm sure you didn't, a pig will attack a human in a pig pen and eat them. So, the little piggie bacon came from isn't as sweet as you think it is.
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alabamablonde1

20/Female
Elkmont, AL
Posted On: August 6, 2007
Marshmellowmas, you are full of sh*t. Just because you eat meat doesn't make you a bad person, and just believe you don't doesn't make you a good person. I am going to college to be an equine surgeon & my grand father was the best vet in Huntsville for 40 years. I'm going to doing a lot more good saving horses lives and nursing them back to health then sitting on my a*ss eating a carrot or marching around w/ a sign protesting against meat. People will eat meat, its a fact of life. I take good care if my horses, dogs, cats, ducks, parrots & goats and you say that meat eaters only care about humans? Actually, I couldn't give a da*mn humans, and I'm much more comfortable around animals. Get you head out of your a*ss and read,I said the deer felt no pain. It's better than slowly starving to death or being stabbed by the antlers of another deer and bleeding to death which would have happened. Oh and YES people that WAS rude but the chick needed someone to tell her how stupid she was

being.
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SerenaMasked13

21/Female
Downers Grove, IL
Posted On: August 6, 2007
Well, thankfully I don't believe in God, idontcarewhatt, but while meat may taste good (I have no reservations with agreeing to that) earlier humans needed the meat to survive. Now, vegetarians can be healthy and still spare animals. With all the substitutions, it's completely possible, and humans don't have to rely on the animals.

I dislike all this preaching about how the whole world should stop eating meat. I believe it's possible to have a meat-free world, due to supply and demand, but with the big businesses like McDonalds and Burger King supporting the consumption of meat (though BK has a meatless burger) it isn't very likely. But still, some people physically can't not eat meat. They can't be healthy without it and that's fine.

And I honestly don't understand why some people have no willpower against it. Honestly "I tried, but my dad had a cheese burger". I've been a veg for nearly three and a half years and I'm still going strong. It's ridiculous.

~*~ Serena
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idontcarewhatt

22/Female
Stockton, CA
Posted On: August 6, 2007
if you believe in God, then tell me now, why would he make us the dominant species and make meat taste good and be good FOR you if he didn't mean for you to eat it?? hmm??

lol Chey =)
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xxSCENEqueenXX

22/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 6, 2007
I love vegetarian food. I like veggies, fruit, and even they're meat replacements. Veggie burgers, veggie ribs, and veggie chicken patties actually taste similar to real meat, even though they're made completely of grains and other healthy things. My parents force me to eat meat most of the time though... My parents still let me eat the veggetarian meat replacements occasionally though. So, i'm kinda half vegetarian... i know there's no such thing but at least i don't always have to eat meat. The thought of eating an innocent animal sickens me. I'm helping animals as much as i can now, but i'm definatly going vegetarian as soon as possible!
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: August 6, 2007
as long as it tastes good ill eat it
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babytink199

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: August 6, 2007
I am going to be a vegetarian in the future.

Maybe.

I love vegetables, hate Cheese Burgers, American ham is just the worst. I also spend my day eating 50%~70% vegetables. And, I am an animal person, I feel bad eating meat... But I can't live without Ribs and Chicken nuggets. But I am healthy, and fit.

I will be a vegetarian no matter what, just not now.

Maybe.
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Malachite

94/Female
Japan
Posted On: August 6, 2007
I've been a vegetarian all my life, and I'm pretty healthy. I could never become a vegan, though. Cheese is my main source of calcium and protein >.>
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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 6, 2007
I've tried.

And failed miserably.

I just can't stay away from meat. And considering the fact that my father is a big cook, he cooks meat all the time.

It's hard, but I guess you've got a good point to this article.

xXxLilyxXx
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: August 6, 2007
I don't like the idea of eating animals because i am a Animal person but i could never become a proper Vegetarian because that would mean i would have to eat peas(eww) but I don't eat some meats like Chicken i just feel bad eating it^_^
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