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December 11, 2012 1:10 PM Subscribe
Hey Ask, I don't know whether to continue in my vegetarianism. Advice?
posted by Philipschall to health & fitness (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been vegetarian for about 4 and a half years. The reasons being multi-faceted over that time, ranging from an attempt to control my neuroses via the food that I eat to trying to always feel good. The current reason, maybe the last reason, I'm vegetarian is in objection to the crappy factory farming practices in my country (USA). The fact that "Free Range" and "Organic" mean almost nothing when it comes to meat is bothersome. I've never been a bleeding heart save the animals type, but I've never been a craver of meat. I've taken short breaks from vegetarianism (thanksgiving and the like), and I feel no strong pull towards eating meat again or remaining vegetarian.
The problem comes when I consider how much junk is in most vegetables and grains I eat. It feels hypocritical to denounce meat when vegetables I eat can be even more drugged.
Also, it feels like nutrition facts keep on changing in regards to vegetarianism, to the point where citing nutrition science becomes futile because for every study there are three that contradict it.
Another aspect of this is the recent advent of my family getting heavy into the "Paleo" diet. It consists of eating plenty of meat, fruits, and vegetables, but absolutely no grains or dairy. And it's working very well for them, they claim to feel great and energized. I can't tell if it's legitimate or diet-cult propoganda, due to multiple family members losing tons of weight. If they're in the right, then vegetarianism would be a very silly thing to do. So I ask you metafilter, is there any science left behind vegetarianism? Is it hypocritical to pursue? Is there anything behind the "Paleo" way?