a reply to: kisin
I didn't eat meat for 10 years. I still ate dairy, fish & seafood, and had been eating those soy "burgers" and soy "chicken patties." I only ate
wild fish, so I wasn't guzzling down organophosphates or some of the other horrors of farm-raised fish, but eventually, I realized that I was probably
consuming WAY too much mercury. I then learned that soy (especially in larger quantities) can increase estrogen levels (which, of course, can
increase the risk of cancers.) I'm not saying it can't be done in a very healthy way, just saying it can't be done by me
Ultimately, once I was back to full omnivorian glory, I've switched to only eating what I simply call "good" food. As natural as reasonable. Organic
grains, fruits and vegetables, properly-raised meats (grass-fed cows, wild game, properly-raised -usually local- pig and bird.) Most importantly, I
avoid processed foods. There are very few things in our kitchen which don't come from the produce section or a refrigerated section.
I feel like, from a health stand point, this is far more important than avoiding meat. Now, someone could have a well-balanced non-meat diet which
provides for all needs without overloading on the wrong things (like the soy example) and
also do what I'm doing above. Also, the best scenario
for everyone is different. For many people with high blood pressure, cutting down sodium might be the most important thing. For obese people, perhaps
reducing caloric intake. Other reasons for not eating meat - perfectly valid as well - conservation, love of animals, etc.
So, that's kind of, my experience and beliefs. For me, swearing off land-meat was (heh) cold turkey, and lasted about 10 years. That ended 8 years
ago. I felt healthy then, and do now as well. I've had ideal cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, and the various other levels standard blood
tests measure, for as long as I can remember. My cholesterol numbers are actually slightly better now (at age 40) than they were at age 30.
Best of luck to you in your quest, I hope it is beneficial and enjoyable for you. My words of advice:
Go easy on the soy. It has a great protein (amino acid) profile, but has it's pitfalls too.
Expand your variety of the foods you do eat - it'll make your eating more interesting, rather than less - this will help your odds of success and
enjoyment as a non-meat eater.
If you do "give in" and have some meat, but want to continue as a vegetarian, it's ok - not all is lost, just go right back to it (you probably get
this already having quit alcohol and nicotine.)
As for myself, my brand new Weber Genesis E-330 is arriving in 2 days and I have several bison ribeye steaks eagerly awaiting.