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Oct. 26th, 2003 | 01:32 am
mood: sleepysleepy

I just finished reading The New Becoming Vegetarian. I can't recommend this book any higher for anyone who is or is considering becoming vegetarian.

Though a vegetarian or vegan diet can provide all of your nutrients there are a couple of important things to watch for.

I was talking to a friend who mentioned that many of the vegetarians she knew switched back to eating meat after several years because they felt tired. A bit later I realized that sounded like a B12 deficiency, it can take several years to show up and the first symptoms are feeling tired. (Also as we age, it becomes harder to absorb the B12 present in meat, so meat eaters might want to consider adding a B12 supplement in their late 40s.)

The other thing is after reading about all the health advantages of well planned vegetarian diets, it's good that I'm being friends with people noticeably younger than me, since all those meat eaters will be far more likely to be developing heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than me.

And also the comments about vegetarianism possibly also helping with rheumatoid arthritis also rings true. Many of the meat eaters that I know complain about joint pain and how they're rapidly decaying. The only thing that's wearing out for me is my vision is slowly worsening.

I want to make their cashew french toast tomorrow.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 26th, 2003 08:32 am (UTC)
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most sources i've read (including articles in magazines) have said that veganism in specific helps with arthritis, including R.A. some people have even felt complete remission after some time on a vegan diet.

as to B12, the best thing is to take a B-complex vitamin, as the different B vitamins help each other be absorbed, and also you can become deficient in some of the other B vitamins if you're only adding extra B12.
i agree about the B12 deficiency analysis, by the way. americans have been so indoctrinated by the meat industry that many don't realize that it's literally nearly impossible to be protein deficient as long as you're getting enough *calories*. the reason so many people in so-called "third world" countries are malnourished is that they are not getting enough to eat, period - not from the lack of meat. even those diet for a small planet-type assertions that you need to eat "complementary" meals aren't as strict as were thought back in the 70s; as long as you eat complimentary foods within several hours to a couple days of each other (no one seems to have decided yet exactly how close together they have to be), the enzymes will work together to make the absorption work well.

by the way, nutrition is another reason i highly recommend that book i told you about when we met in person last year, one circle. not only is it a superb book for learning to grow a lot of your food in a small space (less than a thousand square feet is its target goal) but it also has a ton of information about why westerners tend to be deficient in certain nutrients and things that people can do to help make up those deficiencies. it is simply an all-around superb book! :)
http://www.bountifulgardens.org/growbiointensive-books.html#5

another book i highly recommend on holistic gardening is gaia's garden. though it is not as focused on nutrition, it does talk a lot about the philosophy of permaculture, which is (in an extreme oversimplification) the idea that we can use our gardens to support ourselves (not just food-wise but also with things like medicinal herbs if we use them), area wildlife and other concerns at the same time. i think you would find the idea of permaculture fascinating if you haven't already read about it.
http://chelseagreen.com/item_detail.php?id=45

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 27th, 2003 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I looked at the page for one circle and they recommended reading how to grow more vegetables first, would you agree?

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 28th, 2003 02:46 am (UTC)
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i consider it to be a good book, so imho it wouldn't hurt to read it - but i don't think it's a necessity to do first.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 29th, 2003 03:03 pm (UTC)
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So strange I had to talk to a person to order books.

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Oct. 26th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
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Nutritional yeast is also a good source of B12. (Make sure you're getting the kind that's fortified with it, tho'.) And ohmygod it's good. I just restocked my supply of it last night and ate a ton of it on popcorn today. Oh yum!

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Oct. 26th, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
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it makes a tasty vegan cheese too
:)

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Oct. 26th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes it does. Mmm vegan nachos with nutritional yeast.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Oct. 26th, 2003 11:51 am (UTC)
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I don't eat a lot of meat as it is but there are some things I REALLY like. Gyro meat. Burnt end. Occasionally bacon. If I could find a substitute WITHOUT hydrogenated oils, I'd consider it. But so far, I *haven't*. Hydrogenated *plant* (yes, plant) oils do bad things to ones cholesterol. I'm more worried about my cholesterol than my meat intake. Many of the meat-free things have the H word in them. I don't eat enough meat to make that much of a difference in my cholesterol.

Sure it would help if I did a less processed food approach, but working 12 or 14 hour days and an hour commute really isn't conducive to preparing most of my own meals. A lot of the organic stuff has no "h" word, but there isn't a big variety, with out going to a bunch of different stores or WAY out of my way.

I need to win the lottery and hire a cook. Yeah!

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