reply to post by hawkiye
I can only speak for myself.
The longest I was vegetarians was 2 years.
My blood test came back, even though I faithfully followed a vegetarian diet with low protein levels.
My doctor said to try to eat some meat.
So, I found a farm in my state that is free range, we went there to inspect how the chickens and turkeys are treated and they are indeed free range
with a heated roomy clean house.
They are fed organic food and given no growth hormones.
I have also gone back to wild salmon, some cheese and egg beaters.
But, I try to limit my meat intake to about 3 ounces 2-3 times a week and my blood tests are good.
Now, I also have oatmeal /pumkin pie filling for breakfast (yum) and take 4-6 Omega Fish Oil gel caps, 2-3 in the AM and 2-3 in the PM.
My cholesterol and LDL levels have both dropped dramatically and are now in the healthy range and increasing my Vitamin C chewables has made a
difference in my energy level.
Hope this is helpful.
And yes I feel bad that we have to kill animals to get protein but my doctor says for my body type I need some animal protein. The people I buy
chicken and turkey from assure me that the chickens and turkeys are killed humanely..........I know that still doesn't seem like a happy thing to
Instead of eggs I do egg beaters with fresh spinach or asparagus.
Now, I came from a farm and at 12 they took me out back to show me how to kill a chicken. They tell me they did the first one and I fainted and went
catatonic for 2-3 days. I don't remember anything but walking to the back of the killing pen, nothing after that for a couple days.
If TSHTF - I don't know honestly if I could kill a animal for food.
Before each meal, I bless and thank the animal that gave it's life for my meal.
But yes, I flip flop back and forth on trying to go vegetarian and my health suffers each time. When I do eat some animal protein, I have more
energy, gain less weight, my body does not handle carbs well.
Everyone is different.
I won't eat cows, sheep, pig or baby animals. Cheese is my weakness, love cheese. Milk from stores gross me out because the milk in stores tastes
nothing like the milk we got from our cows on the farm.
The berries, tomatoes, squash, corn, none of the fruits and veggies you get in the store taste like what I grew up on.
And yes I love and eat a lot of wild rice and beans.
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