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    Over a year ago

    I see that a lot of people on here are vegans and not vegetarians.. I feel guilty now for just being a vegetarian and not a vegan. Honestly, is it bad if I still eat animal products like cheese and milk? Please help! I just don’t think I could be vegan..

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    Over a year ago

    Hey, I used to think that I couldn’t ever go vegan either, and now I’ve been a vegan for over 4 yrs now! The key to that is going at your own pace, and very slowly cutting things out. It took me several months to go vegan since I took my time. I first cut out milk and switched to soy milk (Zen Soy is delicious!). I then cut out eggs such as scrambled eggs, and other dishes made with eggs. Eventually I cut out snacks that had milk in it, then snacks with eggs in it. After a while I cut out other drinks with milk such as milk shakes, etc. Then cut out food made with milk such as cheese, etc. I took it as a step-by-step approach. 😀

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    Over a year ago

    Anyone going out and beyond to make a difference in the lives of animals is important. You are no better no less than any other animal lover. Of course we can do more, as vegans. It is important that you are comfortable with your health and self before you make the transition. Start slow. Even if it’s being vegan for a day, just cut as much animal products out of meals as you can. I am not vegan. But I am trying to learn more about nutrition and eat less dairy. I don’t eat eggs or milk but I do consume things with that are made from them. Don’t let anyone put you down… because you are not vegan. Just understand that animals still suffer… :/
    But I believe in the strength of humanity, and I believe in you ^.^ Although I don’t know you. I think you can be. We both can. Everyone moves at their own pace… as long as there is an effort being made and not just talking about it.

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  • Profile photo of chenli

    Over a year ago

    I’m sorry, nomeatnodairy, but it is true. There is always someone who will not be able to. It’s nothing about lying. Some people have a lot of allergies and intolerances…common ones are nuts, soy, gluten…etc. You combine them all together in one person, and they will have a tough time being vegan. And you may think we are a herbivore, but even though our body is more like a herbivore than a carnivore, we are still non obligate omnivores. I also did not say there is magic in animal products or whatever straw man you seek to pose. I also know that nutrients can be obtained from different sources other animal products, but if you get ill by consuming those other sources, you clearly have a medical condition inhibiting such intake.

    There are cases in the world where people can eat only one thing and not tolerate anything else. One girl in England could only tolerate eating tic tacs. Everything else made her throw up. You really gonna suggest she goes vegan?

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  • Profile photo of nomeatnodairynoprob1em

    Over a year ago

    “but there are certain people who are incapable of being vegan due to medical conditions”

    Sorry @chenli, but that simply isn’t true.
    There are people who claim that they can’t drop animal products because of a medical condition but they are either incorrect or lying.
    There is nothing magical about animal products.
    Any essential nutrient in an animal product can be obtained from a different source.
    There certainly is no medical condition which requires a human (an herbivore) to consume animal products.

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    Over a year ago

    I didn’t see the calcium thing either tbh, but there are certain people who are incapable of being vegan due to medical conditions, but the same goes for those who cannot eat meat, dairy, etc due to medical conditions. Btw, dairy can cause anaemia since dairy blocks iron intake in the blood.

    “Secondary factors also influence the absorption of iron from ingested foods. Absorption depends upon the acidity of the stomach, the amount of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in the foods, the kinds of amino acids present, the amount of fiber in the diet, and the form in which the iron is presented (whether heme or non-heme). Ascorbic acid is one of the main enhancers of iron absorption, and fruits and vegetables provide plentiful amounts of this vitamin. All red meats, poultry, and fish are deficient in ascorbic acid. Dairy products are not only deficient in ascorbic acid, they are also very low in iron content, and actually inhibit the absorption of iron present in other foods (for example, calcium and phosphates in milk form insoluble complexes with iron). Coffee and the tannic acid in tea will also decrease absorption of iron from foods.”

    http://www.drmcdougall.com/med_anemia.html

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