• Is It Bad If I'm A Vegetarian and Not a Vegan?

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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

    @aquarius I’m sorry, but don’t tell me what causes harm to my body or not. There are people who can get sick from not eating certain things. I’ve had anemia for years. Not getting calcium, or other proteins and vitamins fuck with my body. It isn’t bullshit either. You need calcium in your body. It doesn’t matter what form it’s in, as long as you get it. If knowledge is power, I recommend you get some in the medical/nutritional field before you start telling people what’s bullshit and what not.

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    Over a year ago

    I see vegetarianism as more of a transition period, whereas veganism is seeing the bigger picture. i’m not trying to attack you personally, but i think that the idea that one “needs” to consume animal products for their health is bs and buying into the lies of the dairy industry. in fact, it’s extremely unhealthy and humans are physically herbivores (fact). i will applaud your efforts on being vegetarian as it is a step more people will not take or even consider. however, anemia is not caused by lack of animal products…i have been a vegan for a very long time and i just recently had blood work done and all of my levels are healthy. if this is a case of “missing” dairy products, i reccomend Tofutti brand (vegan sour cream, vegan cream cheese, vegan ricotta, vegan cheeses, vegan ice cream) and also daiya cheese shreds. For mayo, vegenaise is great, Nasoya “Nayonaise” is another option. I think a lot of times, people attempt to go vegan without knowledge of these substitutions, and wind up feeling “punished” and like there’s nothing they can eat. I understand the emotional attachment to certain comfort foods, but there’s always a tasty, cruelty-free substitution! Knowledge is power.
    Also, a lot of vegetarians aren’t aware of rennet in cheese (made from cow stomach). I have trouble considering cheese to be “vegetarian” because of this.
    In conclusion, i’d say yes, it is “bad”. You’re a female…Dairy and eggs are products of the exploitation, domination, and abuse of the feminine. Cows are forcefully impregnanted using what is called a “rape rack” (look it up) to produce milk. They are used, abused, and violated in order to produce it, and then have their calfs taken from them, causing major psychological stress and suffering. It’s just soooo unnecessary to purchase and consume these products. They are non-foods!! And if you believe in the transfer of energy, think about the fear and terror these animals go’re eating and drinking that fear. Remember, your dollar is your vote. When you pay for these items, you’re voting “yes” to all of this. I’m not trying to guilt-trip you, I have nothing against you personally, but it is the truth and sometimes the truth hurts.

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    Over a year ago

    Christine, there is a difference between a vegetarian who does not know they are causing cruelty, and one that does but does nothing about it.

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  • Profile photo of ChristineWilson

    Over a year ago

    I’m a vegetarian, so I may harbor a bias. I personally feel that those who decide to try to make vegetarians feel bad are the ones in the wrong. “Of course vegan is better, but a vegetarian diet still helps animals.” Should be the answer. Whenever I hear, “OF COURSE IT’S BAD!” followed by facts, insults, and guilt trips all it makes me want to do is quit everything. That’s what happened to my very few vegetarian friends. You catch more flies with honey and some effort is better than none. If you try to be vegan in all other respects you’re certainly doing more than half of the effort vegans do. I feel for you. I have something weird in my genetic make-up. I’m severely anemic and if I don’t eat a CRAZY amount of protein my muscles honestly just snap. (I’ll stand for a long time, or lift a 20lb box. That’s all it takes for my leg or wrist to be screwed for a few weeks) I would have to be constantly preparing food and eating in order to get what I need. (I already basically am doing that) I would like to be vegan, and someday I may, right now it isn’t an intelligent option. However those who want to be rude will be, and you just have to live with that.

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  • Profile photo of sageisnotaplant

    Over a year ago

    I wouldn’t say that it is bad because you are still helping animals. You are still supporting cruelty though.

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