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    Vegetarian options ?

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    Any Vegetarians out there found a way to try this diet ?

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    I do it all the time, tofu and sprouts are my daily staples...
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    Yes. It's called realizing that vegetarianism is a great way to kill yourself slowly, with lots of illnesses that could be prevented if you ate what humans evolved to eat, and eating real food like meat and eggs.

    Go read The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    Yes. It's called realizing that vegetarianism is a great way to kill yourself slowly, with lots of illnesses that could be prevented if you ate what humans evolved to eat, and eating real food like meat and eggs.

    Go read The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leolady View Post
    Hi all
    Any Vegetarians out there found a way to try this diet ?
    Honestly its not a diet, its a whole lifestyle. You could incorporate a vegetarian diet into the lifestyle but your results will not be as positive if you were to actually accept eating meat. If you are a moral vegetarian, I agree that reading the Veg myth is a good start to begin to understand the fallacy of the argument. If you think it is just way more healthy then perhaps you ought to look around at your other veg friends and ask yourself how many of them are truely healthy. There are essentail nutrients in meat that your body has adapted to over several thousand years that are only found in animal products. There has never been a historically vegetarian culture that has survived more than a few thousand years at best. Grok has surviived at least 30,000 years and is still going strong. That ought to tell you something. While I am not telling you that your choice is going to cause you to die tomorrow or next week, it just doesn't make sense from an anthrpological perspective that a vegetarian diet is all that good for you over your lifespan. I know a lot of vegetarians, but I know a lot more former vegetarians. Its a free country and you can eat whatever you want, just don't expect to be as healthy as you have the potential to be while chosing to eat veg.

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    Unfortunately, the two aren't really compatible. If you're willing to compromise on fish/shellfish, it becomes much more doable.

    What about this way of eating appeals to you? What are your reasons for being vegetarian?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leolady View Post
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    Any Vegetarians out there found a way to try this diet ?
    I'm not, and I don't think that the Primal Blueprint really has a vegetarian version. However, if you're prepared to eat some non-vegetable products—meaning essentially eggs, cheese, and butter—you can probably do all right. There will probably be some nutrients that you need to supplement, importantly, vitamin B12. You might need to watch vitamin A, too—one reason to eat butter from real grass-fed animals (and liver for the rest of us). Vitamin A only occurs in animal products: there's a precursor to A in some plant foods (viz. beta-carotene), but it needs to be converted in the body and not everyone can do that well. And iron, of course: you'd want to make sure you ate some iron-rich foods. if you're avoiding meat (because you don't eat it), and cereals and pulses (because the Primal Blueprint frowns on those), and possibly molasses, too (because it's sugary), I don't think that leaves much iron-rich food—I guess there's spinach.

    There have been healthy isolated populations that ate most of the animal products they consumed in the form of cheese and butter*. However, none of those populations ate no meat at all.

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    if you are already eating seafood, eggs and raw dairy, it is completely possible. PB focuses mainly on healthy vegetables, good fats (including animal fat), protein, and ditching legumes and grains.

    Reading the book or some blog posts would be a good place to start. They have a lot of good advice to offer about health above and beyond what variety of protein you eat.

    Once you investigate vegetarianism from a nutritional, ethical, community health and land-health perspective, you may find that local, pastured meat is a better all-around choice than farmed chinese seafood, soy or beans. Good luck!

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    Vegetarian in what sense? Ovo-pescatarian? That is possible I suppose. There are times of the year that I am nearly vegan for a number of religious reasons. Staying away from animal products is a means to an end though and not an end in itself. During those periods I consume plenty of coconut and coconut milk along with brown rice protein powder. It is manageable for periods of time, but it doesn't seem to me like a sustainable choice in any way. I'm with Griff.

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    Being a vegetarian who sometimes eats (insert animal product) is like being a virgin who sometimes has sex. There is not a middle ground. You either ARE a vegetarian or you ARE NOT.

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