Beautiful Actress Ditches Veganism to Regain Health

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist April 28, 2012

Popular TV and film actress Ginnifer Goodwin was a zealous and dedicated vegan for 2 years.

She was even a spokesperson for Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey project in 2009, adopting an entire flock herself.

She revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently that she stopped eating vegan after experiencing some health issues which she did not disclose.

Ms. Goodwin stated:

I’m always learning and growing and changing and there were some boring health issues, and so I did actually have to work some animal products back into my diet.

She said that the first animal food she ate after her stint as a vegan was a scrambled egg from a farm where the chickens run free and are treated like pets.  She admitted that is was the most delicious thing she had ever tasted.

She also revealed that her meal before coming on the Jimmy Kimmel show was meatloaf with bacon!

Sounds a bit like Angelina Jolie who once said that veganism “nearly killed” her and that a big, juicy steak is her beauty secret.

See Ginnifer Goodwin’s entire interview below:

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (106)

    • Do your research and feel out what is right for you. Some people do things unhealthily and then the meat zealots turn around and blow it up into this HUGE deal. Let’s keep this in perspective; this article is about one actress and while there are many stories that show how a vegan needed meat, there are many that show the flip side of how a meat eater regained health by going vegan. I feel like veganism can be sustainable for many people, or at least a stepping stone to releasing the excess that our bodies have stored and returning to a less food obsessed way of being.

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  1. Amanda McCandliss via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

    A lot of vegans are finding that their bodies need meat. It all depends upon how the animal was raised.

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    • The people who are having a hard time on a vegan diet are just doing it “to be cool.” If they truly wanted to be vegan, they would research the proper vegan diet. You have to choose what you eat carefully in order to get all the nutrients, when not eating meat.

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    • Then they are not doing something correctly. There is no physiological need for meat, and including it in the diet does not ensure health. Regardless of one’s diet, one needs to pay attention to adequate nutrients.

      Junk food vegans will suffer poor health, as will junk food meat eaters. Angelina jolie is known for eating garbage from McDonald’s, and feeding her kids copious amounts of that trash, as well, so there you go.

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  2. Wow. So glad that he admitted this and was open minded about why. I really hope other people listen and think about making the change. Since discovering Weston A Price, my health has been 200% better. Everyone needs to hear this message.
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  3. I think a vegan diet, especially mostly raw vegan, is great for a short cleansing period. But long term, I don’t know many who would keep it up. I’ve actually tried it myself, believing it was the right thing to do. I simply couldn’t maintain it. I still struggle, to be honest, with WANTING to be vegan, for several reasons that make sense to me. But in real life, if I am honest with myself, it simply isn’t going to work. My body says “no”. I have to trust that my body knows what it needs. I am educating myself on the health aspects of a non-vegan diet, so I can convince my brain to listen to my body.

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      • @Mike, you must not understand what a vegan diet is, if you think that human breast milk is excluded. As for vegetarianism, milk is allowed in many forms, so the notion that the poster “could not be a vegetarian from birth” is just flat-out wrong.

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  4. Sara Rockwell via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I agree with veganism being good for cleansing purposes. But I don’t think it’s healthy for the long term.

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  5. Being vegan or vegetarian requires very careful, and a large amount of, meal planning. I am vegetarian and I struggle daily to make sure my children and I get the necessary nutrients. Many don’t take into account the planning required to be successful and healthy in the decision to abstain from eating animals.

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  6. Dest Masters via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I think there is a large difference, of course, between vegetarian and vegan as well as between omni and vegetarian. Personally, even the best of the best in meat doesn’t set well with me. I feel much, much better when eating veggie. My kids are split, my husband prefers meats and fish. I think we just have to do what our bodies tell us too. Key here is learning to listen to our bodies and do it wisely, not because it’s the latest fad.

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  7. Edeline Hubregtse via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I have tried it for 3 weeks. Got serious gut problems on it. Turns out I’m allergic to soy, grains,sugar and dairy.

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  8. Julie Quan via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I was brought up on a vegan diet. Seemed healthy at the time but there my health was ebbing away. To be a vegan in childhood leaves one with a very poor nutritional foundation. By adulthood the health problems began. Trying to reverse them now after 35 years of vegetarianism. 3rd generation vegetarian! Yikes! But making good progress now. wish people doing that to their children would actually have their vitamin levels checked via blood work instead of going by how they look. Or do a search on the best sources of the vitamins and see how many times meat is by far the best source with plants coming in a poor second.

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  9. I’d much rather obsessively plan than ingest the disgusting things found in our meat that is bought at the grocery store.. However, if I could AFFORD to purchase free-range eggs, grass-fed organic beef, hormone/antibiotic free…. Maybe I wouldn’t be vegetarian.. Or maybe if I practiced a little with a bow and arrow and/or shotgun… The possibilities would be endless.. But for now.. I’ll gladly obsessively plan.

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  10. Theresa English via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I say to each their own. I buy our meat, and eggs (and dairy) from local organic free range farms. I’ve seen how they treat their animals, and I feel good knowing that they aren’t living in inhumane industrialized conditions and eating antibiotic and hormone laced grains.
    I do spend a lot on food, but that’s my choice. I fully believe in buying the best quality whole food I can find because what I eat makes up every cell of me (and my family). We also don’t eat out a lot, because i feel that too many restaurants use the lowest quality ingredients for the greatest profit, so we save there.
    Invest in food now, or health care later.

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  11. Thea Steggall via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I tried being vegan too and no thanks. That was years ago. I got even sicker. I’ve been paleo for over 2 years and doing very well.

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  12. Jana Stewart Berghoefer via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I think every BODY is different. I really din’t digest protein well and gain weight easily on saturated fat. Veggie is good for me.

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  13. Lisa Clibon via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Lotsa veggies, meat, and a little fruit is really optimum in all the research I’ve done. If you’re an omnivore you can eat the best of BOTH worlds!

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  14. Malika Crumpler via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I’m glad she listen to her body and most likely her doctor. Eating vegatables,fruits, grains and some meat is good for the body. Too much of anything can be a very bad thing!

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  15. I was about to comment on this charming interview but while scrolling down to do so I had to get passed a political ad. It was very anti-Obama (“Look what will happen to your investments if Obama is re-elected”) I understand that political action is sometimes called for re: food, farms etc and I am always glad to see this in your blog, Sarah. I’ve enjoyed your blog now for over 6 months and find it to be one of the highest quality of information and writing . However if such ads with partisan politics and scare tactics will be a regular part of the page in the future I will not continue to follow, regretfully. I come here for info and insight re: health, food, wellness etc. Your blog has been the best I’ve found in that category!

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I opt out of ALL political and religious ads and always have. Sometimes ads slip through and I really don’t understand how that happens but it would be best not to automatically assume these are the same views held by the blogger. Please know that I do my very best to keep as many garbage ads off here as possible but unfortunately the ad filters are not 100% perfect.
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    • Sarah O, I think you need to take a deep breath and look around at all the political JUNK that is being pushed on us from every avenue! There is no possible way to stay/keep it all away! (How I wish!) However, to target this particular blog for your derision seems a little judgmental and narrow minded. OOPs! I am not trying to be rude; I think it is rude to try to put people in a box. I may not always agree with you or Sarah, but I would not divorce myself from something over a difference of opinion on politics or most other mainstream topics. It is always ok to have your opinion, just don’t ask others to tippy-toe around it. It doesn’t change the truth of what IS true. Let Sarah put whatever she wants on her blog, and if you don’t agree, that is ok; she still has a great forum and lots of really bright individuals who come here to share whatever is valuable for each of us to sift through and use what helps us in our particular situations. As weary as I am of the political garbage, I am more weary of people not allowing others to have their opinion.

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  16. Sarah Nelson Miller via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I was a strongly committed vegetarian for a long time and frequently felt like a *should* go vegan and would try it every now and then but when I did it seemed like I could never get enough to eat. Eventually the cravings for meat turned me to traditional foods, and also the recognition that if I was going to eat eggs and dairy I might as well eat meat, too because the animals are dying anyway so refusing to eat the whole thing is wasteful. Some time later I tried to make a fancy vegan lasagna for my mom when she was visiting and was shocked at how much more difficult the preparation was. You really have to use a long list of ingredients to achieve a somewhat well-rounded vegan meal. Dinner preparation is so much simpler now and I don’t have to worry that my family is getting everything they need to be healthy.

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  17. Juliana Mulligan via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Some people’s bodies really jive with long term vegan, and some don’t. The Japanese didn’t had dairy in their diet til the west introduced it recently, and they are having problems…. It depends on a lot of different factors the whole meat and dairy thing. I feel great without meat, but I need some cheese here and there and an egg. That’s just right for me.

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  18. Cortney Rogers LeMasurier via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I wish she a bit more specific in the health issues she had. My husband’s friend started eating a vegan diet about 4-5 years ago and was diagnosed with lupus a couple years ago. She also had straight hair that turned curly?!?

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  19. Sarah O, that is such a childish thing to post. If she had to shelter all of us from each other, I would be extremely offended to see anything about that good for nothing Obummer, but that isn’t her job, now is it!? She is an expert in her field and she does a great job doing it. If you would leave a blog of this quality because your pretty little eyes can’t stand an AD, then you probably didn’t need the information to begin with… stop being a terrorist.

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  20. Well, at least she has her own flock of turkeys to get some arsenic-free turkey meat from. Sorry I couldn’t resist ::giggle:: But seriously, I think that some animal products are helpful to maintain a healthy body.

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  21. This woman’s failure to eat a healthy diet as a vegan is in no way an indictment of the vegan diet. Most people know that when you embark on something like this you can’t just eat the way you used to without the animal products. You must actually plan how to eat until it becomes second nature.

    Look at it this way: we spent our entire childhoods being taught by our parents how to eat, and in many cases Americans are fat, sick, and suffering from cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes in their 40s anyway. Those of us who did learn to eat a balanced diet as children, that is to say one with little or no fast food, processed foods, salt-fat-sugar overload, and that includes a healthy amount of veggies, greens and fruits, must re-balance it and learn how to be healthy as a vegan.

    You simply cannot logically point to any one person’s failure to eat correctly on any kind of diet as a failure of the entire diet.

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    • I couldn’t agree more. I’m a vegetarian for ethical reasons so I do eat eggs (only free range) but learning how to eat properly to be healthy is not taught in our culture that’s why there are so many problems with heart disease and diabetes as you mention, we all know this to be true. There are so many scientific studies out there that prove that eating red meat is bad for you, let alone the awful cruelty and pollution that happens with factory farmers. Each has to choose his own way at the end of the day but I know being a vegetarian or vegan can be done healthily if you’re willing to learn how.

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      • Well, fortunately nobody who follows this blog is eating red meat that comes from a factory farm. Which is why studies will show red meat is bad for you, because the the meat they are studying is bad for you. Its raised on crap. Literally. Chicken crap.

        We WAPF type of folks are eating red meat that was raised on a pasture, getting plenty of exercise and sunshine. It would interesting to see what a study using grass-fed meat would show…..

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    • This presumptuous assertion of a poster who does not know the actress in question that she must have done the diet wrong, seems a poor basis for any argument. I hope he will learn to be a little less inclined towards such fallacious premises.

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      • LOL not fallacious. Unless you are a very rare person, it is not only possible to be optimally healthy with a vegan diet, but if you do it right you have the best chances of being so.

        Most people who become unhealthy as vegans simply failed to eat properly. It’s very simple.

        By the way, there is no such thing as humane killing. It’s a contradiction in terms. Do you even know that the system that produces the milk you eat also produces little victims for the horrific veal crates, where they feed infant animals a synthetic milk substitute mixed with blood and imprison them in devices that keep energetic baby animals from running and playing? It’s disgusting. Humans don’t need to kill innocent animals or use their body fluids for our health, and your saying that we do need these things perpetuates a harmful untruth.

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        • When you live in a world where you have to assume that people who disagree with you just don’t know enough to protect your own vision, you are in a sad and self defeating place. If you are unable to opt out of contributing to veal crate type practices without assuming that others are too ignorant to know about it, then that is something I can’t argue with. You will have to live the way you see fit and keep incorrectly assuming that I am just ignorant. I won’t be silly enough to go on the defensive for every emotional argument and projected intention you can throw at anyone with the audacity to disagree with you. very sad.

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          • So you think that your dairy isn’t supporting veal? Right. Believe that.

            Also, feel free to delude yourself that somehow you are some kind of statistical outlier in human biology who somehow can’t survive on the same plant nutrients that sustain the rest of us so very well – with the well known exception of B12, which is readily available in supplemental form. Biology is biology and there aren’t different kinds of humans, unless perhaps you’re talking about the huge number of people who lack the enzymes to digest dairy. (A substance made to sustain baby cows, not humans of any age.)

            Also . . . way to ignore the part about there being no humane way to kill. This would be funny if it so wasn’t.

        • Indeed there is such a thing as humane killing. You can buy meat at the grocery store and be pretty well assured that the life that cow led was horrific, and so where the conditions of its death. OR you can buy meat from near by small farmers, who either choose to kill and butcher their animals on their farms- thus the cow is shot in the field while its chewing its cud (and it never saw the bullet coming!) or the farmer chooses to drive the cow to a local Abattoir where the farmer can look on (if they choose) to insure their cow is killed and slaughtered correctly and dare I say HUMANELY! I know my farmer, I know where her cows graze. I know I can call her and she can tell me every detail of this cows life and death. I can find out which paddock the cow spent its last hours of life in.

          I buy my milk, cream and cheese from anther small farm. I know that the type of cow I am getting my milk from is a Jersey cow, I know her name is Lucy. I know that she is milked twice a day once at 6am and again at 6pm. 7 days a week. I know that her calf is allowed to live with her and another cow. When that calf is a little over a year old he will be slaughtered onsite and his meat will become the food for my farmer and several of his surrounding neighbors.

          I go to yet another farm only a few blocks from my city home and buy eggs. I buy from a man and woman who keep tons of birds on their five acres and sell they sell their eggs to people who live here. They NEVER kill their chickens or other birds even once they stop laying- Trust me I found this out the hard way, when I asked to buy some- LOL!

          Chickens can be killed by many methods- many of which are horrific. Or they can be killed by being gently turned upside down and placed in a plastic cone that is hung by a nail from a wooden post. Then their necks are cut, killing them with out them ever being allowed to become frantic.

          You can tell by the taste and texture of your meat if the animal was in distress at its death. The meat I buy is wonderful, and I have nothing but gratitude for the farmers and animals them selves. I also take great pride in knowing that my son is watching me go to great lengths to find humanely raised and killed meat as well milk, eggs and cheese.

          Can you as a vegan insure me that you know as much about the plantation and workers where your bananas grow? Can you tell me who harvested your quinoa, and what conditions that farmer and his family live in? As a recovering Vegan, I go to GREAT lengths to insure my food is ethical.

          Why are you even on a pro meat, milk etc. website to begin with? I wouldn’t go to any vegan/vegetarian websites and start online debates- whats up with you?

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          • awesome points. I love hearing about others who go to great lengths to opt out of the grocery store trap, as I do. It would be worth it to me to do it anyway. But it is just encouraging to hear your story. Thanks for sharing.

            I have known a lot of vegans through a food coop I was involved with for years. So I have a good bit of experience with the type that just can’t seem to help but project all their angst on others. Thankfully, that is not all of them. But, yeah, I still don’t know what is up with the motivation to throw around wild accusations and leap all about all over the map to pretend to discussion that was obviously never meant to be productive. The few who can live their vegan lifestyle, stay healthy on it and stay happy on it, are a great resource. I love my veggies. And I’m so glad that I’ve been making this journey and now have good weston price info as well as still having the ability to make kale chips in my food dehydrator and such like.

        • Bett, It may surprise you to know that quite a large number of people who read this blog are actually FARMERS and HOMESTEADERS (and locavores) who know EXACTLY how meat, eggs and milk are produced in both factory and family farm conditions. We do it every day with our own hands, and don’t need a patronizing, condescending lecture from you or anyone else about it.

          Take your vegan propaganda elsewhere; you will NOT convince anyone on this blog that there is one diet that is healthy for all people all the time–if only you just “do it right.” That kind of dietary tribalism is small-minded and tiresome–and so unnecessarily adversarial. We all need to come together to fight Big Ag and Big Food, and end the madness of the Standard American Diet.
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          • Propaganda? Really? I think it’s hilarious how you guys all slam the folks who disagree with you, and the ad hominem attacks are especially amusing. You guys are apparently willing to be extremely harsh to silence any critical voice.

            There -=is=- one diet that is healthy for everyone, and that’s a plant based diet. It’s sadly true that many people do -=not=- “do it right” and this is where you get the extreme stories of unhealthy results.

            And – tribalism? Really?

            I ultimately have no problem with you folks eating whatever you want to eat, but when an article comes across on Facebook that attempts to use a lay person’s indictment of a well-known and widely-accepted way of eating, based upon their own apocryphal personal experience, you can be sure I’m going to come over to that article and provide the other side of the debate. You folks have been jumping all over me since I got here, read my first posting and the responses to it and try to see how rude and closed-minded YOU all are being. Remember, I’m responding to you folks trashing MY way of not only eating, but of being compassionate to the animals and living the smallest footprint that I can on this Earth.

            Again: no way to kill compassionately. I don’t want you to kill ME, regardless of how “nicely” you do it. Animals also will go to any length they can to avoid being killed. They don’t want it. Killing is violent. I urge you all to at least read Carol Adams on the subject of how we treat animals vis a vis how we treat women in our society.

          • wow, that was awesome. brought him right down to the obvious irony of accusing others of exactly what he came on here to do.

            Food for thought for anyone considering any of this and wondering about the rationality of the various “healthy lifestyles” out there:

            quote: “the same plant nutrients that sustain the rest of us so very well — with the well known exception of B12, which is readily available in supplemental form”

            If B12 supplementation is a necessity of a vegan diet for the people claiming to do it right, could a vegan diet have worked prior to the advent of industrial supplementation in modern society?

            If not, does it really make sense that the optimal diet for the human body requires modern industrial practices in order to be optimal?

            quote: “There -=is=- one diet that is healthy for everyone, and that’s a plant based diet. It’s sadly true that many people do -=not=- “do it right” and this is where you get the extreme stories of unhealthy results…
            ultimately have no problem with you folks eating whatever you want to eat, but when an article comes across on Facebook that attempts to use a lay person’s indictment of a well-known and widely-accepted way of eating,”

            How much sense does it make to decide that a diet requires people to be in categories of lay persons vs. experts where we must all come to all the same conclusions about everything to be allowed into the clergy class or bow to those experts who have gained admittance to be told how to eat, is the optimal diet for all of mankind?

            I would say that Weston Price’s research into the many healthy cultures eating in many different ways, all resulting in healthy babies and happy healthy adults, goes a long way to debunking the notion that there is one narrow optimal diet that everyone must be on.

            My daughters and I will be reading Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration over the next year for our “health class”. I’m so excited. :)

          • I submit a few definitions for you from dictionary.com:

            Propaganda – “the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.”
            Tribalism – “strong loyalty to one’s own tribe, party, or group.”
            Troll – “an internet user who sends provocative messages designed to elicit negative responses or start a flame-war.”

            Again, Bett, you came to a blog populated by people who are very knowledgable about diet, nutrition and agriculture. We are also generally of the opinion that there is no “one diet fits all” and even have the science and personal experience to back it up. Additionally many of us raise livestock or belong to co-ops that share livestock. What response did you expect? Really.

            Again, please take your dietary tribalist propaganda and troll elsewhere.
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          • I came here because this ridiculous bit suggesting that Ginnifer Goodwin is some kind of food authority is being spread far and wide and it ended up on my Facebook page. As much as I like her as an actress, I don’t believe that she should be touted as some sort of expert for having made a realization that she (by her own admission) has been eating incorrectly for several years.

            I’ve been a healthy vegan for 15 years. I seek to change the world for the better and part of that means reducing the number of animals who are treated like things. Animals are more than units of production, they are living breathing sentient beings who deserve better. Killing them is harming them, regardless of what you tell yourself about how you’re doing it better than some factory farm – it’s still harming them. Don’t you see that?

            By the way, the amount of water and energy and other resources that are wasted to produce meat is staggering. Feedlot beef is a disaster, but so is small-farm-raised meat. Cows destroy land and riverbanks. Animal waste is also a huge problem. Grain – a useful food for humans – is wasted feeding it to animals, which in the case of cows, turn 7 pounds of edible grain into one pound of meat.

            I’m not here trolling, but rather to argue against something I saw that I think is completely wrong, which needs to be refuted. I’m not really surprised that you don’t like what I have to say, but this does not make me a troll, or my words propaganda, or me tribal. It seems that you folks are more into sitting around calling people names and agreeing with one another about how you have all these rights to do things that harm other species as well as our planet.

            Oh, and the B12 thing is mainly because we have to wash our vegetables so carefully because of all the other toxic crap in the soil these days – including artificial fertilizers and pesticides, improperly composted manure, and rotting animal products like blood, bone and fish meal. Not to mention all the possible pollutants that vegetables can be exposed to in the shipping and handling stages, including raw meat – there has been cross-contamination from E Coli O157:H7. Soil naturally contains B12, and if you don’t scrub every bit of it off, or peel your veggies, you do get B12.

  22. Really?! A terrorist Lucy?! LULZ.
    I would have second thoughts about this site too had I gotten a similar ad. Sarah’s response was wonderful though. Keep up the good work!

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  23. Twice in my life I have embraced veganism, and both times my health was trampled on. I love eating traditional foods and actually enjoy the work it takes to find humanely raised AND slaughtered animals. I read once in a book that by simply not eating meat you arent really doing anything to help animals and the conditions they are kept in and the way they are slaughtered, but by using your money as your voice when you seek out animals that have lived happy lives and have been slaughtered humanly that you are helping the situation. That made so much sense to me when I read it.

    Totally loving the show Happily Ever After!

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  24. Loved the interview with Ginnefer Goodwin. Glad she found her way back to health. Interesting how she seems so apologetic about it. The whole vegan ethic does a real number on your personal moral code, apparently.

    Also had a chuckle about the Obama ads and “terrorism”. Just watched John Stossels “Everything is illegal” with my 13 yo son.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2641566/
    At the end of the show (which shows the Rawsome raid), my son said: “That’s communism. Where the government tells you what to do. We just learned that in history class.”. I got my warning letter from the state to stop being a drop-site host for raw milk, yesterday. So, now I gotta do my part as a patriotic American and stand up for our inalienable right to healthy foods. Wish me luck.

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    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Like the gov’t can actually tell you what to do on your own private property. This state and federal gov’t bureaucracy run amok has got to stop and civil disobedience is the only way it seems.

      This is the silver lining to a gov’t that is broke .. there will eventually be no money to pay these goons to come onto your property and harass you.

      Way to be brave Charlene! If you need me to write about your situation to bring some attention to it, feel free to email me offline. Happy to do it!
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      • Suzanne,
        Fight hard against that smart meter! We have one for the electricity on our house now and have been fighting. We are in the middle of remodeling an old restaurant into a home. It was vacant for 13 years, so there were no utilities or meters onsite. After we got the permitted electrical work approved by the local inspector, the electric wholesale supplier said we were not in line for a smart meter, but we got one anyway, and it’s likely we are the first one in the tiny town where I live. We plan to install solar and wind energy in the future, but we may change our plan (divert the budget) to install a small (but expandable) solar setup now. With grid-tied solar , the electric utility must leave (or re-install) the analog meter. In the meantime, we have aluminum screen lining the interior wall (where the smart meter is mounted on the outside wall) to block some fo the bad stuff.

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  25. I, too, abandoned a vegan diet after developing severe bowel problems that had me home sick more than I was at work toward the end. Too disgusting to discuss, and thankful that it’s over. I was basically trapped at home and chained to the bathroom. At first, I felt like a bit of a failure when I quit eating vegan…

    For more than two years now, I eat meat, eggs, cheese, and bacon , and all of my produce is locally grown and purchased direct from growers. I also drink raw milk and cream, also locally produced and purchased direct from the farmer. I make my own yogurt. I’m lucky that I work at a university with an amazing retail meat store (no chickens, but locally pastured cattle that are harvested humanely – one at a time and processed in a clean environment – I’ve actually gotten to witness). At 52, I’m better than ever. I’m new to this blog, but can’t wait to dig in.

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  26. Veganism originated from concern over animal welfare, not nutritional science. It also gained fuel with the whole false anti-cholesterol and saturated fat campaigns decades ago. Though everyones different, but thanks to this actress for talking about her personal negative experience with a vegan diet.

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  27. Mae Day via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I was vegan for about a year and it ruined my life until I found Nourishing Traditions. The health problems I received from the diet were 40lbs of weight gain, irregular periods, unable to conceive, hair where I didn’t want it and more … when I think about it it makes me want to cry. I’m soooo thankful for Sally Fallons book… I owe a lot to her. I’m healthy again and my 4 month old baby is breast fed and is bigger (in a healthy way) than 99% of babies her age.

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  28. I’m sorry, but what is the point of this post? Firstly, this is very old news. Secondly, so many details are left out of this equation. There could have been a multitude of things that caused her “boring health issues.” We will never know.

    In todays world of industrialized farming, it requires much thought, effort and research to eat a healthy diet. Vegan or not. Please don’t knock down vegans who live their lives compassionately with awareness of the planet and all living things therein.

    Unfortunately, it is not just about individual health anymore. The earth is a living organism and we are apart of her. We have the responsibility to keep the earth healthy. Humans are not entitled to do what they please to this planet, nor to the other species of animals that live here. By just the sheer demand for meat, humans are continuing to propel the factory farms. And by this we pave way for more pollution, deforestation, animal suffering, decrease in biodiversity, etc,.

    Eating live enzymes found in plants provides energy for the body to thrive and promotes the body to heal itself. What live enzymes are found in a dead, rotting (cooked, non the less) carcass or organ? This I will never understand. In the meantime, Veganism is not a belief. It is a movement based on facts. All I ask for is a little respect. Not just for vegans, but for the animals, too. Thank you.

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  29. Mae Day via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Veganism is a religion, not a way of health for humans or mother earth. LIFE FEEDS ON LIFE. It keeps the balance. Meat IS consumed Raw. My favorite way is carpaccio… local, humane, loved and grass-fed beef.

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  30. Mae, Honest question: If life feeds on life, then why don’t we eat each other? Well that seems extremely immoral and wrong, right? The ‘life feeds on life’ mentality is a very generalized statement. Every species processes food differently. For example, a deer does not biologically need meat to survive and thrive. However, the deer has the basic autonomy required to eat meat, but yet the deer still does not NEED the meat.

    Look at the species of primates; specifically gorillas. Less than 3% of their diets are made up of “protein” from various bugs. Just 3%! Yet the gorilla remains 600 lbs and obviously has healthy muscles, a solid bone structure and acceptable amounts of fat stores.

    As for the decomposition of vegetables: when you grow your own produce, you pick it when it is ripe and eat it immediately while it still has all of its enzymes and vitamins in tact (it takes roughly 12 hours for a fruit or vegetable to lose its vitamins after picking). Whereas meat, even if you do slaughter the animal yourself, disassemble it, prepare it, package it, and freeze it as soon as possible…a considerable amount of decay has progressed.

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  31. Mae Day via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Cannibalism? Really? That’s your argument? haha Sorry… it’s just so silly… too silly for me to address. Sweetheart, deer are ruminants. They have a special 4 chamber stomach and a special bacteria to properly digest all the plant matter they consume. They do not have the ability to eat meat. Have you ever seen a deer jaw? They don’t have fangs for ripping flesh. My family hunt deer every year and the boys always skin it and butcher it themselves…. so trust me on this one, they can’t eat meat. As far as those majestic veggie gorillas you idolize… well national geographic says they aren’t quite as veggie as you thought.. “But a recent study found DNA from monkeys and small forest antelopes called duikers in the feces of wild African western lowland gorillas in Loango National Park in Gabon”

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  32. No, Cannibalism is not my argument. I was simply pointing out how your logic of “life feeds on life” as a justification to eat animals was far to generalized.

    Hmm that’s interesting about deer. However, your condescending tones are not necessary in your conversations, nor do they help your cause.

    Have you seen your jaw? A human cannot kill a cow, puncture the flesh and rip through the muscles and fatty tissue with their teeth. If you can, I would love to see it.

    True carnivores have built-in tools for catching, eating and digesting their prey correctly.

    Again, every species is different and processes food differently. As for humans eating meat to survive and thrive when we have other forms of the same vitamins and proteins available to us… I’d say that’s a conflict of interest.

    I’m not here to debate which diet is right. I’m here because the vegan diet deserves to be respected. To say that living compassionately and being considerate of all living things is wrong…my how that speaks volumes of your questionable character.

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  33. I am so excited to see someone else actually telling the truth about this subject.

    I was a vegetarian for 10 YEARS and I was malnourished so much so that my doctor said you have a choice to make~ EITHER START EATING MEAT OR DIE! This go my attention!!!! Needless to say I started eating meat and I am healthier me today. I follow the “Nourishing Traditions” way of eating, except that I also eat a CLEAN diet according to the Bible in Leviticus, so no pork for me :)
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  34. Angelina Jolie is to me an awful example of health. Have you seen those ultra skinny, sunken in arms? To me she looks starved. Ick!

    I see nothing wrong in saying you’d rather not see political ads in this blog. I wish all the readers here would refrain from commenting about politics – one way or the other about any politician. I find most of the comments offensive and it just serves to divide those of us that agree about what this blog is about – healthy eating/living. Thank you Sarah for trying to keep the ads out and not “going there” with politics.

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  35. ok, we’ve had enough of these type posts. how about someone who is vegetarian and healthy, like me. there are plenty more out there; we’re not deficient. some people’s bodies don’t like meat and don’t thrive on it. it’s annoying, you find a couple people who veg/veganism didn’t work for, so then you jump to “then it can’t work for anyone”.
    every time i eat meat, i feel sluggish and tired. every time, i think, why do i eat this?

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    • So, ummm, why did you choose to read a blog that is all about the diet and nutrition views of people who do eat meat? If you do not want to eat meat don’t eat it. I’m sure there must be blogs out there designed to encourage you in your decision.

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  36. Allison Jones via Facebook April 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    There are many underlying reasons why some people don’t process meat well and these need to be addressed rather than just adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet and hoping for the best.

    One reason is low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which needs decent amounts of zinc to be produced. What is tricky is that zinc come from meat (there is a high zinc:copper ratio in red meat) and nuts, seeds and vegetables tend to be much higher in copper compared to zinc. The level of either nutrient isn’t important, it’s the ratio between the two. So, going vegetarian or vegan and then trying to re-introduce meat can be very problematic because the hydrochloric acid production has become very diminished due to lack of sufficient zinc on a vegan or vege diet. It’s quite easy to become low in zinc if eating grains in excess or getting too much copper in the diet which opposes the zinc. Grains have high levels of phytates which block nutrient absorption (not just zinc).

    There are also some genetic issues which can cause some people not to tolerate meat well, as it can produce ammonia as a byproduct which some people are genetically predisposed to not clearing out of the body efficiently, leading to a buildup and feelings of brain fog or just feeling sick after eating meat. The two main genetic SNPs (polymorphisms or defects) are CBS and MTHFR A1298C.

    I absolutely believe in ethical farming and consumption of animal products, but don’t believe vegetarianism or veganism is a good choice for many people.

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  37. Not one size fits all April 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    To those that assume that the failed vegans aren’t eating correctly…..SOME people simply can’t do it. It has to do with their body. Check out mercola.com and read what he has to say about it. Very interesting! As far as the politics goes, I think politics has a lot to do with this blog! We are losing our right to buy and grow healthy food under this administration. That has everything to do with this blog!

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  39. Yes, this is all in line with what mercola.com writes about as well. I think he mentioned that he got very, very sick trying to eat a vegetarian diet. Few people can be healthy & adequately nourished on an animal-free diet. Our genes dictate what we should eat. Re: the political commentary…it’s funny that it was even brought up. Doesn’t everyone know that blogs like this cannot be in total control of what ads appear on it? It’s not like Sarah picked the ad for goodness sake. Anyway, I think it’s misguided to think that any “administration” in recent US history is pro-freedom and health. Since I’ve been following politics since middle-school it all looks like a big charade to me, nothing ever changes, elections really are like those of the former-communist countries. You vote for “different” candidates, but you get the same situation no matter who you vote for or what “administration” comes in. The little boy mentioned by one of the blogger parents is right, the govt. bullying that has been going on for administrations on end is the same as, or I think worse than “communism”. The poisoning of the food supply that our govt. has sanctioned is just as bad or worse than the pesticide deluge let out on the land of former soviet-block and satellite countries. I know, bc/ I come from one.

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    • It’s not communism or socialism at all, let’s get this factually accurate: it’s FASCISM. Fascism is defined as the merger of corporate and government power.

      Federal, state AND local government is against food freedom because our representatives are wholly owned subsidiaries of Big Ag and Big Food. Who paid for them to get into office, after all? Who will give them really high paying jobs after their term is up?

      Our government is against medical freedom of choice and universal healthcare because our representatives are owned by Big Pharma and Big Insurance. Our government can’t seem to get us off our addiction to oil because it is being run by former employees of Big Oil. Our government can’t seem to stop going to war and doing illegal covert ops because, more than anything else, it is in the back pocket of the Military-Industrial complex. If someone is making a buck at the expense of real people’s needs, the buck will win, every time.

      We don’t actually have a government by, of and for the People anymore, (with the exception of a tiny handful of congresspeople). We have an oligarchy, a government by, of and for the Rich Corporations. The only real difference between the right and left anymore is on social issues like poverty, civil rights, and birth control. Both parties are TOTALLY sold out, which is why you find LOCAL governments shutting down small farmers and food co-ops in Red states as often as you do in Blue ones.

      As long as it takes millions and millions of dollars to get elected (even at the local level in some places), our government will always be by, of and for the Ultra-Rich. The only solution is to get money entirely out of elections, and have publicly funded elections–LIKE THE REST OF THE DEVELOPED WORLD.

      Sorry, stepping off my soapbox now. I just hate seeing words like “socialism” and “communism” misused. I consider political literacy to be a duty of citizenship in a Republic.
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  40. “Have you seen your jaw? A human cannot kill a cow, puncture the flesh and rip through the muscles and fatty tissue with their teeth. If you can, I would love to see it.”

    we don’t need to kill cows with our jaws. we have opposable thumbs for holding tools where most other animals do not.

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  41. Its clear that there is a lack of knowledge and an inflated ego where this post is concerned. Consuming meat is an unnecessary practice with the proper knowledge and practices.

    LIST OF VITAMINS IN REJUVELAC

    Rejuvelac is the generic name for a slightly fermented beverage made from grains that was originally concocted by health activist Dr. Ann Wigmore in the mid 1980s. Rejuvelac is primarily consumed to improve digestion. It is considered to be very nutritious because of all the nutrients it contains, including a variety of vitamins. Rejuvelac is well-known among vegetarians and proponents of raw or “living” food diets. Rejuvelac can be augmented with honey or the juices of some fruits and vegetables, so its nutritional content can vary, depending on the recipe.

    REJUVELAC BEVERAGE

    Rejuvelac is considered a raw food made by sprouting grains and soaking them in water for about two days at room temperature. It can be prepared using whole wheat, rye, quinoa, oats, barley, millet, buckwheat or brown rice, although wheat berry is the most common ingredient according to “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” Properly prepared, Rejuvelac beverage looks like fresh lemonade and has a slightly sweet, but tart, grassy taste. Because it is a fermenting beverage, similar to apple cider, its alcohol content will slightly increase with time, making it progressively more sour and carbonated as it ages.

    NUTRITIONAL PROFILE OF REJUVELAC

    Rejuvelac contains all the nutritional content of the grain it is made from, plus any natural additives to augment its flavor, such as beet juice, lemon or honey. As such, nutrients can vary, but in general, Rejuvelac is rich in protein, carbohydrates, phosphates, digestive enzymes, lactobacillus and aspergillis, which are friendly bacteria essential for a healthy gastrointestinal tract, according to “Contemporary Nutrition.” In terms of vitamins, Rejuvelac typically contains the entire B complex as well as vitamins C, E and K.

    THE B COMPLEX

    The B complex consists of eight vitamins that are all involved in the metabolism of food into usable forms of energy, especially B 6 and B 12. Vitamin B 12 is also involved in red blood cell production and cellular division and growth, much like folic acid. Many B vitamins play roles in brain chemistry, regulating certain neurotransmitters and hormones related to cognition, mood and memory, according to “Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health.” Deficiencies in B vitamins often lead to a lack of energy, digestive problems and reduced brain function.

    VITAMIN C

    Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a powerful antioxidant that eliminates harmful free-radicals that contribute to tissue deterioration and aging. Vitamin C is also needed to repair and maintain collagen, the material in skin, cartilage and other connective tissue. Further, vitamin C stimulates certain cells and compounds that aid immune system function.

    VITAMIN E

    Vitamin E represents a collection of eight fat-soluble substances that are divided into four tocopherol types and four tocotrienol types. Most forms of vitamin E are very strong antioxidants, especially for the cardiovascular system. Vitamin E helps to modulate the immune system and reduces the clumping ability of blood platelet cells, which “thins” the blood and reduces the risk of clogged arteries.

    VITAMIN K

    Vitamin K also affects the blood, but in opposition to what vitamin E does. Specifically, vitamin K promotes the aggregation of blood platelet cells at injury sites, which triggers the coagulation cascade and promotes wound healing.

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  42. I’m always in awe of people who have the guts to come out and say they have changed their diet/lifestyle/etc. because it wasn’t working for them anymore. I have to admit I used to badmouth vegans but ever since going on GAPS and learning from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, I have stopped. Dr. NCM says that vegan diets do have a place in healthy diets but not on an ongoing basis. If anybody knows nutrition, she does… Dr. NCM says that a vegan diet will cleanse the body, but is not designed to nourish it over a long period of time. This makes sense to me. I’m glad Ginnifer was able to figure what works for her and had the guts to admit it and change her lifestyle. I’m also happy that she went to humanely raised, healthy animal products. Kudos to her!

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  43. My name is Matt, I’m vegan and I’m here because of a FaceBook post.

    I think it all comes down to morals: Vegans feel it’s wrong to eat/wear/use animals and animal products, no matter how they were raised / killed, and others don’t. It’s really that simple. I applaud failed vegans for at least trying and I applaud “ethical meat” eaters for doing what they feel is right. By choosing an unconventional diet we’re both reducing the animal cruelty on factory farms through supply and demand.

    As far a the health aspects go: Some people can be healthy on a vegan diet and some people can’t. Everybody is different and every body is different.

    My official opinion on the subject of this post is: The celebrity simply went through a vegan phase.

    In conclusion: We should focus on what we’re doing to make a difference and not so much on celebrities.

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  44. For Bett:
    “I came here because this ridiculous bit suggesting that Ginnifer Goodwin is some kind of food authority is being spread far and wide and it ended up on my Facebook page… believe that she should be touted as some sort of expert”
    First mistake, (which I do have every right to call you on): You mis-characterize our interest in her story as ridiculous and also as our having a belief that she is an expert on nutrition and/or a healthy vegan diet. I called you on this once before letting you know your premise was fallacious and you responded with angst and childish wild irrational assumptions and finger pointing. You may believe these things. You may see them that way. You may not insist that others agree with you and have no right to respond on a public forum.
    “I seek to change the world for the better and part of that means reducing the number of animals who are treated like things.”
    You have a moral code that tells you that it is evil to eat animals. Clearly others disagree with you and once again have the right to say so. I have a moral code and a viewpoint about treating animals well that does not endow them with equality with humans. I understand and agree with a Biblical teaching that while the human is made up of the physical body, the soul and the spirit. Then animal is made up of only two of these things. The animal does not have the essence that may continue after the death of the physical body nor has the animal been given dominion over the earth and every living thing in it.
    “Don’t you see that?”

    No, I don’t. Although I could just as easily choose to insist you must see my point of view, instead I choose to see you as a sentient human being with free will to live according to your own conscience who I am free to discuss these things with but not to force anything on.
    “By the way, the amount of water and energy and other resources that are wasted to produce meat is staggering. Feedlot beef is a disaster, but so is small-farm-raised meat. Cows destroy land and riverbanks. Animal waste is also a huge problem. Grain — a useful food for humans — is wasted feeding it to animals, which in the case of cows, turn 7 pounds of edible grain into one pound of meat.”

    You offer false information as fact and you sound a person to refuse to listen to true facts about healthy farm eco-systems that are well managed by farmers who believe in being good to their animals and being good stewards of their land. I am at liberty to decide to let you go on with your mis-information rather than spar with you over which so-called experts we could each site. Perhaps someone else will be interested in offering you some good info on this.
    “..I’m not really surprised that you don’t like what I have to say, but this does not make me a troll, or my words propaganda, or me tribal. It seems that you folks are more into sitting around calling people names and agreeing with one another about how you have all these rights to do things that harm other species as well as our planet.”
    You refuse to see the errors in your own logic and in your own behavior, but you are free to make wild and unjust accusations against others. I am not surprised in your response.
    “Oh, and the B12 thing is mainly because we have to wash our vegetables so carefully because of all the other toxic crap in the soil these days — including artificial fertilizers and pesticides, improperly composted manure, and rotting animal products like blood, bone and fish meal. Not to mention all the possible pollutants that vegetables can be exposed to in the shipping and handling stages, including raw meat — there has been cross-contamination from E Coli O157:H7. Soil naturally contains B12, and if you don’t scrub every bit of it off, or peel your veggies, you do get B12.”
    So now your argument for B12 in the vegan diet is that people of the past needed to eat the soil with the veggies to be healthy? Really? Certainly there may be people today that feel the need to scrub more vigorously, but… wow this idea is just too far out there for me to address it as anything reasonable. Maybe someone else can. I have compassion for you and your inability to see these things in a more realistic light, but I fear you are seriously unlikely to convince many rational people that if the whole world gave up the industrial age and started eating dirt with their veggies we would all be in a dietary utopia. (or kept the industrial age and used its synthetic supplements, or whatever other reason you see your B12 deficient diet as perfectly reasonable)

    As I mentioned before, out of the many vegans I have known, there have been a few that have managed to be healthy and happy. Those few did not feel the need to insist that if I were just smarter and better informed (or willing to eat exactly what some expert told me to at every meal and snack time) I would see that they had found the perfect thing that would work for me too. And by the way, none of my happy vegan friends nor any of my angry vegan friends every offered to be my expert of find me an expert that could help me get around my numerous allergies to find enough calories in a vegan diet to sustain me. But the awesome Weston Price info I have been gathering for myself and the G.A.P.S. diet info I have found is helping me to heal my gut so that I am no longer developing new food allergies and some of my old ones seem to be lessening. (maybe not the anaphylactic shock ones, I haven’t tested any of those)
    To point to a population that on the whole has a lot of people experience diet related health problems or for other reasons give it up, as a perfect diet and lifestyle AND claim that those who gave it up were just doing it wrong, does not inspire confidence in the diet. And for good reason.
    Perhaps you should consider treating your fellow humans as if they have the sentience that you think the animals have. And perhaps the numerous people who are willing to be vegan but are still unwilling or unable to do it “right” points to something other than those people being “not good enough”. Every major diet change requires the training of one’s mind and one’s habits to become a real (and healthy) lifestyle.
    I am interested in stories of vegans changing their minds, not because they are all experts but because there are so many of them and because some of them are famous and are often held up by other vegans as perfect examples of health and beauty (aka furthering the vegan cause with their fame). It is not absolute proof of anything from either side of the argument but it is interesting. And no, I see no need for anyone to refute that, unless that person has a vested interest in protecting their point of view and feels that the story is a threat to their own point of view. I am sorry if you feel threatened by this. But I still have a right to be interested and look into it in spite of your qualms.

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  46. I think it’s fine. I’m a vegan (I don’t buy/wear fur, leather, any other animal products, don’t use products tested on animals, or eat anything with animal products in them, and work to make sure animals are treated better in other situations like homes). But I’m a vegan because I think the animals are treated horribly before they die – THAT is why I don’t approve of using animal products.

    Animals dying for food does not bother me (we all die, and there has always been a natural food chain). What DOES bother me is how little respect and care they are given. And so I don’t eat meat.

    Ginnifer Goodwin isn’t making a “mistake,” though it was likely it was like any other diet for people – she tried it, and then it was over. It’s normal. Maybe not ideal, but she’s no worse a person for it than anyone else.

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  48. This is so sad. Obviously she wasn’t eating the proper foods to get her all of the essential nutrients her body needed. Being vegan doesn’t make a person “healthy” if you eat things such as Oreos, potato chips, french fries, etc. Obviously, I don’t know if these were the types of “food” choices she was making as a vegan however; one can be unhealthy with any type of lifestyle eating plan if they are not wise with your food choices.

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  50. I’ve been vegan for 21 years and Ginnifer’s cousin JP has been vegan for maybe 30 years. We have thrived in this lifestyle, in fact I went from being sickly with numerous health problems to eradicating them all and being in great shape. She should’ve talked with JP a little more about how to eat vegan properly.
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