Girlfriend from “Super Size Me” Ditches Veganism

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 1, 2013

Super Size MeSome of you may remember the 2004 documentary Super Size Me which depicts filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eating three meals from McDonalds every single day for 30 days and always supersizing the meal whenever suggested by a McDonald’s employee.

By the end of the 30 day fast food spree, Spurlock had gained 25 pounds and was suffering from liver dysfunction and depression according to his doctor.

Spurlock’s girlfriend (now ex-wife) during the documentary was Alex Jamieson, author of The Great American Detox Diet and a well known and longtime celebrity vegan.

This week on her blog Delicious Vitality, Jamieson shocked her fans by announcing that she had quit veganism.

A vegan for 13 years, Jamieson said that a whole foods, plant based diet helped her initially resolve some health problems.  She also said it felt “clean and right” given what she had learned about the industrial food system and how horribly animals are treated in confinement.

Then, she said things began to change a few years ago.  The burger that used to disgust her made her salivate.  She had overwhelming urges to order salmon instead of her usual salad with tofu.

She said at first she denied her cravings and figured she was just mineral deficient.

More nuts, more juicing, more sea vegetables.  For over a year, she tried everything in the vegan playbook to get the cravings to stop.

To her dismay, the cravings for meat and eggs continued and did not abate.

Jamieson writes that about that time she started to notice that most of her clients and readers were not vegan.  Some of those who were vegan were not thriving and were even sicker and heavier than before they started an all plant based diet.

She noticed that shame was a common emotion experienced by vegans who began to eat meat again. This caused her to hide the secret of her cravings for meat and eggs even more tightly.

Finally, Alex decided that she had to experiment and see how her body responded to animal foods again. With the support of a few trusted friends, she began eating eggs.

Her body welcomed the change and wanted more!

But still she guarded her secret, stealthily buying animal foods and sneaking home to eat them in solitude.

It shocked her to realize that she had developed an eating disorder after 12 years as a vegan!  The thought then occurred to her that she could help a lot of people by coming out of the closet and admitting her struggle and need for animal foods.

Doing so terrified her, however.  She recalled the vicious backlash from the vegan community when celebrity vegan Ellen Degeneres admitted that she was eating eggs from her neighbor’s happy chickens.

Not so compassionate after all, are we?  She thought.

Alex Jamieson describes her new truth with regards to animal foods as follows:

“People can still love animals and care about protecting the environment AND honor their own animal bodies and consume the foods that they need.

I believe you can love and care about animal welfare and still consume them.

I believe humans are animals. And some animals need to eat other animals to be healthy. Some do not.

I believe we should restructure the way animals are raised so that they live in more natural, comfortable, humane surroundings and stop force-feeding them 80% of all antibiotics used in the US.”

I applaud Alex Jamieson for her courage in writing a letter to her fans that will no doubt bring much ridicule and criticism from the vegan community.

Unfortunately, I don’t agree with all of Alex’s new truth.  She also states that:

“I believe that a vegan, whole-foods diet saved my life and is a delicious, valid, healthy style of eating for many people.

I believe that a vegan diet should be promoted as one of many possible ways to get the body and life that people crave.”

While a vegan diet may prove helpful as a very short term, detoxifying solution for some people, it can never and will never prove to be a valid way to long-term health else there would be at least one traditional culture that practiced it successfully with multiple generations of fertility, healthy children, and degenerative and chronic disease free people demonstrating it’s positive effect.

Such a culture did not and does not exist.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Delicious Vitality, I’m Not Vegan Anymore

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Comments (127)

  1. I’ve been a carnivore most of my life. I was a sort of vegan following Ornish’s diet plan for four months, eating no meat or fat whatsoever. I gained 40 lbs even though I was getting 30,000 steps in a day, up and down our hilly town and occasionally mad sprits to avoid murderous panthers (there are no panthers where I live; this was part of the mad sprint to shock the system part of my exercise routine).

    Well, now I am looking at all my healthy vegan friends (I’m healthy too, to their chagrin) and they look damned tasty. Non, however, are offering up a leg for my bbq, drats, so my fantasies cannot be fulfilled, for the moment, anyways.
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  2. Well, I think that she’s been very brave abd honest. If a diet doesn’t suits you and your body asks for more, you should listen to it. But I am vegetarian, and I’m really happy with it: I don’t feel weak, my analysis are perfect and my diet doesn’t lack of B12. Also, there are a lot of studies that support lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. So, as long as you feel ok, I don’t see anything bad in chosing not to eat meat. Is really sad to know that some people see it as starving: I assure you that is not like that, but I don’t need to convince anyone.

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  3. I stumbled across this after heaing about Alex and went looking for an article about it. I’ve been vegan for 2.5 years, vegetarian for 7.5. I almost never tell people I’m vegan unless I have to because of the entirely unintelligent and misinformed comments and arguments I used to get. Many exactly like the uneducated (in the way of nutrition and animal rights) and misinformed ones I have seen here. My belief is that for every person on this planet there is a different diet that they can thrive on. That’s why you have meateaters who can’t eat dairy or suffer from a B12 deficiency (it’s more common than you think in meateating omnivores), vegetarians (also “omnivores”) who are allergic to wheat or soy, and vegans who can be successful at it for 40+ years. I feel like the majority of the negative comments on here may have been brought on by a single bad experience with a militant vegan or defensiveness caused by conscience or misinformation. And it’s sad that people seem to feel like they need to disprove someone and end up using information that isn’t true, too vague, or being affected by the infamous third factor.

    From a vegan (lifestyle, not just diet), I don’t care what you eat! Just do it right and don’t give anyone grief for their own food choices. Especially someone in transition from one way of eating to another. I totally understand how horrified Alex must have been trying to take care of herself while having a public image of Vegan Guru. And I give massive KUDOS and applause to her for being brave and embracing what she felt her body needs.

    And for those of you who threw out the “Ha, I got you!” stories of ex-vegans, this is a blog post from a vegan who was having serious health problems and when faced with the decision, decided to take charge of her health and prove it is possible to thrive as a vegan. Even in dire situations. It’s a long post but if you’re gonna read any of it, read it all, please. http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2013/01/facing-failing-health-on-a-vegan-diet/

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  4. I think the answer is in everybody eating far less meat, not small groups of people depriving themselves. I am a vegetarian…99% of the time! I feel as though there is pressure to remain purely vegetarian for fear of being called a hypocrite… even though I don’t preach to anyone. Sometimes I just need some red meat! This doesn’t mean my morals have gone out the window or that I think its ok for people to eat piles of processed meats. I do my best and can totally relate to eating animal products in private-she was fearful for the backlash, which isn’t funny! I see my vegetarianism as a boycott, I eat as little animal products as possible in protest of the system.
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  5. I alternated between vegetarianism and veganism for about 12 years. I started thinking I was going crazy or something when watching a nature show about a lion killing and eating an antelope made me salivate. The first time I ate meat I couldn’t get enough, and my face got all red and I just had this surge of energy, but that was a one time thing and it was years before I ate meat again. Now I eat meat, but not much, and I feel healthier, and emotionally I’m much more stable. I don’t have mood swings and depression and anxiety like I used to. I’m pretty sure that I was b12 deficient. That said, I buy only cruelty free, free range meat and eat it very sparingly. I think most Americans eat way too much meat.

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  6. I’ve been Vegan for 6 years and have never been healthier! The only time I have felt a bit “blah” has been when I’ve been out and had something with dairy in it, which reminds me of why I don’t like to eat dairy. I crave junk food, and eat it, but it’s still vegan. You can be healthy Vego or Carnivore, really. But I chose this for ethical reasons and lucky for me, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and have more energy than I had when I was in my 20′s!

    Each to their own, but don’t go assuming that all Vegans crave meat or are in the closet! That’s just insane.

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    • Dairy is a bit different. Most adults cannot handle dairy due to lactose. We were never meant to drink milk after the first few years of life, and even then from our own species. With that said, I LOVE a tall glass of whole milk once in a while but my stomach hates it. :)

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  8. I’m glad she had the guts to come clean about it. I’ve been absolutely appalled by how much *hate* there can be in the vegan community just toward non-vegans in general. I can only imagine the backlash she’s received. I will say I’m not at all surprised that she ended up with an eating disorder. I’ve never considered straight veganism (or straight anything else -ism) to be healthy in the long run. We’re omnivores; we need a good balance of foods and common sense in what we eat most of all, IMO.

    What *is* eye-opening is that she was a lot more accomplished/experienced vegan than most! Makes me wonder and worry a bit about the few people I know who are vegans.

    Unless, of course, they’re closeted imperfect vegans, too. Anyone else hearing strains of Ray Steven’s, ‘I’m a Junk Food Junkie?” :D

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  9. I was vegan for just 2 1/2 years and never really stopped craving meat. I gained weight because I ate a lot of stuff just trying to sate the craving. I’d been told once I decided to become a meat eater again that I needed to reintroduce it slowly because my digestive system would have to re-learn how to process meat. Not so. I make every effort to eat meat only from sources I know treat the animals with care. Simple truth is when we eat meat something has to die. The least we can do is be as kind, gentle and respectful of the animal that gave it’s life so we can eat.

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  10. What you eat should not define who you are.
    People use these varied ways of eating vegan, vegetarian etc.to help them validate themselves in a disorderly fashion when they have little or no self esteem to take a stance for something they think will fulfill them and validate who they are. They are usually never joyful or full of peace but always rigid in their thinking and falsely prideful. There are hundreds of more pressing issues to take up in the world other than focusing so much on what you are eating. Where is your mental time and energy going?
    If its all about food and what you are eating its time to look out your window and see whats really of going on in the world.

    It becomes a prideful thing.There is too much emphasis in society on what we eat.

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  11. Having read through this entire thread, I would characterize the vast majority of responses as cultish, prejudiced, close-minded, and extreme. Why would anyone be so bent on defaming veganism or vegetarianism? Why are you so convinced that it is “deadly”, etc? There are reams and reams of examples of people who recovered from severe health problems by using a plant-based diet, and living healthfully ever after. If you refuse to see or acknowledge that, so be it, but it doesn’t make it not so. If you were honest with yourself, you would see that there are just as compelling arguments for as against (insert your preferred diet here). You don’t see what you don’t want to see, that is the truth. I’ve eaten vegan, low-carb, paleo, weston price style, zone, vegetarian, and I’ve felt great and not great on all of them at various times. The point of life is to become wise, to take responsibility for your own life, health, and freedom – you cannot call yourself wise if you harbor half-truths and resentments toward your fellow man. Your enemy is ignorance, not someone who chooses to put different foods in their pie hole than you do. Most omnivores are fat and unhealthy – walking around any town in the western world will show you this. If most vegans are the same, it’s no great shock – most people do not choose their foods wisely, they choose them based on their unbalanced emotional state and based on the same misinformation and prejudice that drives almost everyone’s life choices. Personally, I applaud anyone who would change their diet based on wanting to be more compassionate towards other creatures, or wanting to consume less resources on our beleaguered planet, or wanting to be healthier – whatever that diet ended up looking like.

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    • A cult? Really. Some people simply have serious ethical issues with the killing of and eating dead animals (and of course the brutality involved in factory farming). Does it help to call people’s food choices cultish and disordered eating?

      That bothers me because I would be vegan or veganish (or ovo-vegetarian), and I wanted to be after learning how animals are treated in food production. I’m not dumb, but it’s so easy just to see “meat” as another item in a package at the grocery store and you don’t have to think about it much, or know what it really is. But, after trying veg (still eating some quality eggs) for the last year or so, I’ve realized I need some degree of animal protein. Maybe it’ll just be pastured eggs, butter, some seafood and maybe a little poultry. I wish I could get by on a grains, legumes, veggies etc, but I don’t think I can. I have blood sugar sensitivities and I realize I can’t just have grain-based and plant-based meals. I’ve also become aware of the nutrients that can really only be fully found and absorbed through certain animal foods, as well as the historical information about traditional cultures. I think some people probably can do well with the diet (and maybe thrive), though one does have to be careful and be aware of what deficiencies can happen. Some people will always stand by veganism because of the ethical issues. Also, it’s cheaper and in some ways easier to be veg (easier to prepare some meals.)

      I don’t get huge cravings for meat. I just made some beef (grass-fed) for the first time in a while and it was difficult for me. I don’t have so much of an issue with seafood or even poultry so much, but, for me, it is still somewhat disturbing handling meat and then eating it (mostly beef/cows). This was only the second time I had grass-fed beef and I also have to say that it was a disappointment – somewhat of a odd flavor and pretty tough. Not the tender, succulent grain-fed beef I’ve known in the past. I may end up feeding it to my cats.

      I’ve found the info from WAPF and this blog interesting and helpful, but I also think it’s important not to just take everything someone or some organization says as the truth. One issue I have is the emphasis on milk and dairy. I realize raw milk is recommended, but what about all the natural hormones in milk? In the past cows weren’t used for continuous milk production and always pregnant. I will probably continue to have some pastured butter and maybe some cheese, but I prefer homemade almond milk and I really think there are issues with so much dairy, be it raw or low pasturized.

      Rambling a little here, but this is a BIG issue for some people and we all need to be SENSITIVE to other peoples choices.

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  12. The operative words in her statement are “I believe”. .Believing is what got her into trouble in the first place. It was only when she listened to what her body needed that she got her health back. Believing isn’t going to get you anywhere with food. I can believe that a toadstool is healthy and build a religion around it but it will still kill me.

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  14. I don’t find her last two statements to be off. Incorporating vegan recipes into one’s diet does help a lot of people detox back to health. Her statements (atleast in your quotes) don’t come across as end-all, be-all, She’s stating that she (still) believes vegan diets can help many people.
    I also believe that many people thrive on vegan diets. However, certain older bloodtypes digestives systems can’t handle large portions of certain grains and/or dairy, etc.
    It’s up to each of us to find our own truth, and with positivity for our fellow beings.

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  15. Larry Underwood via Facebook March 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    “Gorillas are almost completely vegan.” Almost completely…is that like “almost completely pregnant”? I know people like to think there are grey areas in everything but this is not one of them. Almost completely is not vegan. 99.99999999999999% vegan is still NOT VEGAN. And that is the whole point. You can be 99% vegan but you are still going to be 1% animal-based because you need cholesterol which you can only get that from animal sources.

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  16. I was vegetarian (sometimes vegan) for 15 years. The tricky thing about it is that it does make you feel good initially, especially if you switched from a SAD diet. After three pregnancies and lots of nursing the mineral deficiencies caught up with me. It was VERY difficult to eat meat. I did not smell it and crave it. In fact, eating it took a fair amount of meditation on my part. I had to relax myself and keep telling myself it would nourish me. My mental barriers were strong. I also had to supplement with hydrochloric acid to digest the meat properly after going so long without….and I am an O+ blood type. Now we raise our own, slaughter it and I am on the road to recovery. It takes a lot of bravery to make the switch. Everyone calls you out as some type of hypocrite. I just say that I am about learning and being healthy. I am also open minded enough to change something radical, like my diet, if the need arises.
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  17. I met a very cool former vegan in LA who now owns a popular butcher shop selling grassfed beef, pastured pork and chickens. I asked how she felt about the vegen issue. She said she is an animal rights activist. She said that refusing a food group is a “First World” issue or luxury, when people who are starving in poorer lands would never refuse meat. After being a vegen for many years, she stated that she is making a difference selling humanely raised animals and making an awareness of true animal rights issues instead of ignoring the abuses of commercial farms. Great conversation and one of the best answers I ever heard about the “first world choice”.

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  18. I have noticed and appreciate that this page allows contrary views to be posted. I think the most important thing is that people learn how to think, not what to think, and we should always keep in mind that what others say is opinion and not necessarily fact, and we must do our own diligence to come to our own conclusions. As truth is the goal, I do not fear open and honest investigation, nor contrary opinions, and am always open to changing my mind about things, which will happen if the right information is given to me. That’s why I post and debate, really, to further my own understanding, not to influence others. I try to offer contrary opinions as gently as possible, clearly defined as my own thoughts, and not fact. It does bother me somewhat when people state things as fact without citations, etc., which is another reason I post, because I’m not entirely sure myself, so I push to get more information. Also I suppose I reel against such statements because they often come across as violent. If you believe in meat-eating that’s one thing, but to say it’s the only way is an attack on many. I’m all about oneness. Please, bring evidence so I can be more informed, but if at all possible try to be respectful about it. But then again, that’s me seeking to change things and not accepting what is. The only thing I can control is myself. Some people are arrogant, rude, opinionated, close-minded, etc. and I should find a way to appreciate and love them anyway, whether they change or not.

    All total, my final views at this time is that pure veganism is extreme (although seemingly successful for some, as previously mentioned..) and we, like gorillas and apparently some sub-human ancestors, can benefit greatly from at least a small amount, around 3%, of animal flesh/products. I furthermore believe lacto-vegetarianism is adequate nutritionally, and evidence supports that cultures in the past 5000+ years who have followed that diet, for whatever reason, have indeed thrived.

    I will leave it at that for now. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It has been educational to dig around for substance to support my theories/position. Perhaps I will do the same for the other side in the near future. Thank you.

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  19. I am eager to see if this sets off a wave of “coming out” stories from other vegetarians and vegans who have been “passing.” You know these Hollywood trendsetters….lets hope this sparks some type of movement toward sanity in the diet of our malnourished American brothers and sisters. I will personally cook for anyone looking to transition from a vegan diet to a healthy omnivorous diet featuring all of the nutrient dense foods to heal their bodies.
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  20. I have noticed and appreciate that this page allows contrary views to be posted. I think the most important thing is that people learn how to think, not what to think, and we should always keep in mind that what others say is opinion and not necessarily fact, and we must do our own diligence to come to our own conclusions. As truth is the goal, I do not fear open and honest investigation, nor contrary opinions, and am always open to changing my mind about things, which will happen if the right information is given to me. That’s why I post and debate, really, to further my own understanding, not to influence others. I try to offer contrary opinions as gently as possible, clearly defined as my own thoughts, and not fact. It does bother me somewhat when people state things as fact without citations, etc., which is another reason I post, because I’m not entirely sure myself, so I push to get more information. So please, bring all the evidence you can so I can be more informed.

    All total, my final views at this time is that pure veganism is extreme (although seemingly successful for some, as previously mentioned..) and we, like gorillas and apparently some sub-human ancestors, can benefit greatly from at least a small amount, around 3%, of animal flesh/products. I furthermore believe lacto-vegetarianism is adequate nutritionally, and evidence supports that cultures in the past 5000+ years who have followed that diet, for whatever reason, have indeed thrived.

    I will leave it at that for now. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It has been educational to dig around for substance to support my theories/position. Perhaps I will do the same for the other side in the near future. Thank you.

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  21. We all have brains. We can do our own research and make our own dietary decisions. How ’bout, instead of arguing, we all work together to get rid of factory farms and highly procesed, chemical-laden “fake” food? I’m pretty sure we all agree on those points. (Btw, I’m neither vegan nor a heavy meat-eater.)

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    • That is a good point. I am all for whole, minimally processed, organic and non-GMO foods, regardless of whether they are of plant or animal origin. Man is trying so hard to improve on God’s design … all the while getting sicker and sicker … and then expecting to be able to pop a pill or have some other way of a quick ‘miracle cure’ instead of just being temperate and responsible.
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  22. I am all for temporary juicing cleanses, vegetarianism, and veganism. These diets can definitely help reduce and eliminate illnesses; short term.

    I have heard of vegetarians and vegans who suddenly have strong urges for meat, which may very well be a vitamin/nutrient deficiency.

    Cholesterol containing foods such as meat (only grass fed organic) are important, without them the body can not absorb significant amounts of A,D, E and K.
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  23. @Ancestral Fair points, but I think cultures partaking in all sorts of diets have struggled with disease over the years, for many different reasons. I am sure if we try hard we can find a long history of vegan or vegetarianism in certain cultures http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_vegetarianism http://tinyurl.com/ahzzffu It is not so easy to look beyond 5000 years ago or so.

    @Andrea Scientific facts would help us get to the truth, which is all I’m after. If you have any to contribute that would be awesome. How are our digestive systems different from gorillas? Let’s see: http://i.imgur.com/lUl7dfD.jpg We have longer small intestines and a shorter colon. So we eat more digestible foods, which doesn’t necessarily imply meat, but that we soak or cook or choose softer foods. I think it’s safe to say gorillas have higher nutritional needs than us. http://tinyurl.com/b73ee73. What in animal products can’t be found in vegetables? I’m pretty sure B12 is the biggest and primary concern , esp. for those who have trouble absorbing it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrinsic_factor It does not appear gut bacteria are a reliable source http://tinyurl.com/axu3d6t. Some vegan/vegetarians supplement. I often heard it said that modern hygienic practices are partly to blame, as bacteria that occur on vegetables and could otherwise contribute to B12 intake are washed away, which is difficult to qualify. Also, meat eaters are not exempt from deficiencies of B12. http://tinyurl.com/b29dbgt

    We should bear in mind that the majority of people are currently eating meat, so available information and market forces can only logically be biased in its favour. To get closer to truth, we should keep questioning and playing the devil’s advocate, as I am doing. Stay cool. Remember, “In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” Buddha

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  24. Andrea Cypress Goldman via Facebook March 2, 2013 at 1:09 am

    PS- Dean, what you just spouted *is* just propaganda, not real scientific fact.
    And the gorilla comparison is absurd, because we don’t have the same digestive tracts or nutritional needs as gorillas.

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  25. Andrea Cypress Goldman via Facebook March 2, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Veganism is unhealthy. Period. We are all the same species, and we need to eat a very similar diet. It’s not a “to each their own” thing. We NEED to let people know about this. Personally, I have suffered PERMANENT damage to my body from being vegan.

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  26. @Elizabeth and Dean just because millions of Asians are currently vegetarian does not mean they are a naturally occurring vegetarian culture, based in a successful history of child rearing and being disease-free. Millions of Indians are vegetarian too. But most Asians and Indians are veg for religious reasons. This is a recent development, there is still no successful vegetarian culture to naturally be vegetarian just because they thrived without meat. Our ancestors were meat eaters. NIH has done a study about the vegetarian Indians, they have higher incidences of CAD than whites, blacks, hispanics, you can find it easily I’m sure. Additionally, because animals have been excavated from that time period with arrows in their ribs. I doubt early humans were just killin’ animals to wear. If you do some research it’s just an inescapable fact.

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  27. @Ancestral I agree the points weren’t all scientific, but some were. If lacto-vegetarian counts, 30% of people in India are vegetarian. How do we know what people ate for the past 2.6 million years?

    @Sarah You ignored my point, so how is it a discussion? Gorillas are almost completely vegan. The other 2-3% is grubs and termites. They don’t have huge canines for ripping flesh apart, they have them for ripping plants apart.

    I agree pure vegan is extreme and quite possibly unhealthy, and vegetarian has potential issues too, especially if one fails to mix the right foods to achieve full-spectrum nutrition. I do lacto-vegetarian, myself, with a half-dozen to a dozen eggs/mo and some nutritional yeast on popcorn and in soup. (y)

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  28. Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Millions of people in Asia are vegetarian, if not vegans. Why not just eat what you want and don’t worry about people who don’t eat as you to. This is not an “right-wrong” situation, Sarah. Everyone is entitled to eat, live and be as they choose.
    Signed, a die-hard carnivore.

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  29. Elizabeth Proctor One person’s vegan lifetime does not a successful diet make. Let your friend marry a vegan, have children (if they even could have children together) and then have their vegan children have children and so forth. This is impossible and has never occurred in human history. Veganism is a fatal diet. It may last for one lifetime, but that is it.

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    • Buddhist monks renounce consumption of animal flesh, and they likewise shun dairy. The next time you open your mouth in public, take a minute to do some research first.

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      • Wow Annoyed, I didn’t realize the Buddhist Monks married other vegans/vegetarians and had children that then also were vegan/vegetarian and married other vegan/vegetarians, etc. Maybe the next time you open your mouth in public you might want to take a minute and read what you are commenting on first.

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    • Going vegan cured my pcos and by Gods doing of course i got pregnant after a few months and my dr told me i may need fertility treatment, im not vegan now im pregnant but its good short term

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  30. Elizabeth Proctor via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I have a friend who’s been vegan for 50 years. He’s in his early 70s and his good health, stamina and energy would put a lot of younger people to shame. For people to make blanket statement such as @Christine Ten Eyck Myers did shows complete ignorance. Everyone is different and what works for some people doesn’t for others. Diet is not a “one size fits all” formula.

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  31. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Dean Wiebe You can rationalize all you want but you have canine teeth sitting in your mouth right now. If we were designed to only eat plant foods, they wouldn’t be there. Traditional cultures that were able to reproduce successfully and have healthy children generation after generation ALWAYS and I say ALWAYS ate some animal foods. There has NEVER been a successful vegan culture. There is no further discussion.

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  32. @dean wiebe I’m not particularly a fan of debating on Facebook but thought I’d chime in. The “points” you made are largely empirical. Humans have been eating meat for 2.6 million years. No vegetarian, much less vegan culture has ever existed. Meat for thought.

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  33. Annette Porter Still via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I don’t care if she is out. This was a great documentary explaining the damage that fast foods do to the human body.

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  34. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    That is why this type of story needs to be outed big time not because I care if people eat vegan, but because the people who are in the limelight preaching these falsehoods are hurting other people.

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  35. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    It’s one thing to eat as one wants … this is indeed a private matter. But with the vegans telling the world that this is a healthy way to eat and Alex Jamieson preaching this for years while eating meat and eggs in the closet at home, then that is where you have the draw the line as this is problematic for the people who are listening to this message.

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  36. Vegetarian/vegan is still sooo in here down under in Australia. We are roughly 20 years behind the rest of the world on many things lol. I think if one was to posit themselves as a vegetarian/vegan recovery specialist or doctor they would do well beyond their wildest dreams quite soon.

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  37. I posted this article about Alex (the original piece she wrote) on my Facebook page a couple of days ago, and got some pretty interesting responses. Here’s one of them:

    “Wow. You’re actually promoting material from Alexandra Jamieson, the fad diet guru who was NEVER actually a vegan,and is now tapping controversy to make money??!
    ” This woman was all about fad dieting and putting unnecessary and extreme restrictions on a plant-based diet and wanted to call it “vegan.”

    http://www.examiner.com/article/alex-jamieson-was-never-vegan-the-first-place?cid=rss

    I think it’s pretty sad how low those who defend the plant-based philosophy will stoop to try to prove their point about why this kind of diet is supposedly so healthy. I pointed out that whether this person agreed with Alex or not that there was plenty of evidence otherwise, as well as testimonials, to support the idea that human beings need animal foods to be healthy – the biggest one being the long history of humans consuming meat and animal foods since the dawn of time for nourishment.
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  38. Erin Freeman via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Jess, you’re right that they probably do exist, my sister is one. She has been vegetarian for 41 years. I chose in my teens to eat meat once in a while so I don’t have that kind of length myself.

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  39. @Sarah; Gorillas have huge canine teeth http://google.com/images?q=gorilla+teeth, yet they are very near vegan, eating only some grubs and termites on occasion.

    Here’s some “propaganda” from the other side. Food for thought. :)

    1.A carnivore’s teeth are long, sharp and pointed. These are tools that are useful for the task of piercing into flesh. Omnivore’s (meat and plant eaters) teeth are similar to that of carnivores. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s teeth are not pointed, but flat edged. These are useful tools for biting, crushing and grinding.

    2.A carnivore’s jaws move up and down with minimal sideways motion. The jaw motion of an omnivore is similar. These are tools that are useful for the tasks of shearing, ripping and tearing flesh and swallowing it whole. Omnivores swallow their food whole and/or with simple crushing. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s jaws cannot shear, but have good side to side and back to front motion. These are tools that are useful for extensive chewing, crushing and grinding of grains and other high fiber foods. Animal flesh cannot be crushed, ground and chewed with the tools Yahweh gave man without some degenerating process such as cooking or frying.

    3.A carnivore or omnivore’s saliva does not contain digestive enzymes. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s saliva is alkaline, containing carbohydrate digestive enzymes.

    4.A carnivore’s stomach secretes powerful digestive enzymes with about 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid than a human or herbivore. The pH is less than or equal to “1″ with food in the stomach, for a carnivore or omnivore. For humans or other herbivores, the pH ranges from 4 to 5 with food in the stomach. Hence, man must prepare his meats with laborious cooking or frying methods. E. Coli bacteria, salmonella, campylobacter, trichina worms [parasites] or other pathogens would not survive in the stomach of a lion.

    5.A carnivore’s or omnivore’s small intestine is three to six times the length of its trunk. This is a tool designed for rapid elimination of food that rots quickly. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s small intestines are 10 to 12 times the length of their body, and winds itself back and forth in random directions. This is a tool designed for keeping food in it for long enough periods of time so that all the valuable nutrients and minerals can be extracted from it before it enters the large intestine.

    6.A carnivore’s or omnivore’s large intestine is relatively short and simple, like a pipe. This passage is also relatively smooth and runs fairly straight so that fatty wastes high in cholesterol can easily slide out before they start to putrefy. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s large intestines, or colons, are puckered and pouched, an apparatus that runs in three directions (ascending, traversing and descending), designed to hold wastes that originally were foods high in water content. This is so that the fluids can be extracted from these wastes, now that all the useful nutrients and minerals have been extracted and the long journey through the small intestine is over. Substances high in fat and cholesterol that have been putrefying for hours during their long stay in the small intestine tend to get stuck in the pockets that line the large intestine.

    7.Animal flesh, composed of the most highly complex type of protein that exists, requires vast amounts of uric acid to process. Uric acid is released into the system in amounts necessary to break proteins down into amino acids. Uric acid is a toxic substance responsible for the aging process and must be flushed out and dealt with. That is one of the jobs of the liver. In relative terms, a carnivore’s liver is a tool designed with the capacity to eliminate ten times as much uric acid as the liver of man or other plant eater.

    8.A predator has a gait, large paws and claws, which enable him to hunt, chase and trap his prey. These are tools meant to kill. Man’s gait, as well as other herbivore’s is designed only for mobility. Examine your hand, fingers and fingernails. Is this an apparatus properly designed for catching, trapping, killing and ripping apart cattle, hogs, chicken and fish? How does this work for picking fruit from trees or harvesting vegetables? The foods your hands were meant to gather are typically, high in water content, high also in fiber to sweep the wastes out of those intestines, and collectively contain every vitamin and mineral necessary to sustain human life.

    9.A carnivore’s frame of mind is totally geared for hunting and killing. Man’s frame of mind is compassionate, friendly and reveres life. When the lion spots another furry animal, something might instinctively click in his head that tells him to hurry up and get dinner. When man spots a furry animal, rather than show his children how to take its life and eat it, a more likely instinct is to pull over, get the camera out and take a picture. Put a young baby chick and an apple in a crib with a six-month-old baby. What will he instinctively attempt to eat and play with?

    10. Man is not a natural hunter. Every predator, in order to go hunting, MUST be hungry. Man cannot go hunting if he IS hungry! He must have a meal first. Hunger must precede a predator to go hunting. Hunger must follow man’s desire to go hunting, it cannot precede it.

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      • I find your response quite rude. I would hope anyone here could share info respectfully and have it received respectfully.

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    • The only problem with your list of facts is, well, they are almost all incorrect. Those that aren’t flat out wrong are taken out of context. Humans are scientifically PROVEN to be omnivore. Telling people otherwise is wrong on many levels. You should stop unless you have a PhD, MD or DO after your name.

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  40. I’m glad this person is being honest. A person’s lifestyle/diet isn’t black and white.

    I eat MOSTLY vegan ..however, I do eat wild caught fish and eggs (where I know they are raise humanely).

    People shouldn’t expect others to live up to some un-obtainable goal – that is when people feel guilt, shame – and start lieing and hiding things..which is absolutely ridiculous

    We are all learning and trying to better…we need to support each other!

    Thanks for the post!
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  41. Alicia Selsing Walker via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I became vegitarian for a short while because I couldnt stand to be a part of the horrible abuse and exploitation of all those poor animals but I craved meat like crazy and finally found a local farm where I can get all the organic grass fed humanely raised meat I need for my family. I agree I dont think we are meant to be veganvegitarians I just think we need to be sure our meat is coming from good sources and isnt full of crap.

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    • There is no such thing as humane meat; you’re just another selfish human. History tends to repeat itself; so it’s possible humans might one day be in the same place as animals, because there was too much greed in human’s hearts. People are all about what they want, and what they can’t have; the sad thing about the whole matter is that animals have no say. They have to suffer and die, just because of someones taste preference. It’s sickening and heartless.

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  42. can you please not call her “Girlfriend”? that’s kind of implying that this person, who you call a celebrity vegan (meaning she has some cultural capital and personal merit of her own), is only as important as her relationship with a particular man. people don’t typically substitute “obama’s wife” for “michelle obama” or “first lady.” suggested revised headline might be “alex jamieson, celebrity vegan, ditches veganism,” or “alex jamieson from ‘super size me’ ditches veganism.” that would show professional respect as well as stickin’ it to the patriarchy. neat shit, huh?

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  43. It’s so sad though how negative people were towards her change. What works for some doesn’t always work for others and there’s no need to be disrespectful because it doesn’t fit with what we may hold as our own truth. I applaud her honesty, and believe it will help others to honor their own bodies.

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    • Have you ever seen what happens to “food animals”? “Watch Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” By: Gary Yourofsky , and than you might understand the views of true vegans.

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  44. Jess Young via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I’ve never met a life-long vegetarian. In fact, I’ve not met one that went past 25 years even. I’m *sure* they are out there, but it seems most really start to notice the horrible side effects long before that.

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  45. Shirley Kase via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Oh brother. I am glad she’s chosen to be healthy rather than be prideful- whatever diet that takes.

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  46. Every good point you raised in this article was negated by your hypocrisy at the end. You cannot praise somebody for listening to her body and determining what foods she needed with one hand, and then turn around and condemn an entire food movement for doing the exact same thing with the other.

    And for everyone who is going to bring up your point about how there have never been any exclusively vegan cultures, (1) there have been a lot of cultures that we know nothing about, and to claim that just because we haven’t heard of them they don’t exist is absurd, and (2) animal flesh provides quick and easy nutrients during times of famine, or when the crops native to the area are nutritionally insufficient. Now that we live in a time of imported food, cultivated non-natives, and supplements, this argument is completely invalid.

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  47. Is there really no way to be truly healthy as a vegan? Just because our ancestors didn’t do it doesn’t meant it can’t be done… or does it? I know would never feel well as a vegan, but is that 100% true for everyone?

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  48. Tamara Palmer Dumont via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Amanda inactivist…. we may need those canines for many reasons…but we are lacking in the digestive system of a cow…. our digestive system is most like a pig (if not exactly) and no one argues that they are naturally omnivores.. but to each his own.. just dont tell me I can;t eat meat.

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    • You’re an inactivist, and you’re okay with other speechless beings being harmed. “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” by: Gary Yourofsky.

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  49. Joseph Mendiola via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Sheesh! Eat what you want whether you are knowledgeable or stupid, or if you want to kill yourself or live longer and a certain way. Its your body, your life, cause you answer to yourself and to God (that is, if you believe in Him). But, I also believe information should be put out to the public for their “consumption”, their use, if they want to. Do you want to act according to knowledge or ignorance? Your choice.

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  50. Amanda Intactivist Lactivist Clare via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I don’t think canine teeth prove that we need meat. There are some tough fruits and veggies we have to shred through.

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  51. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Dean Wiebe some animal species are plant based because that is what their digestion is supposed to get. Humans are omnivore, not herbivore. Just open your mouth and look at those pearly canine teeth staring back at you. You can’ deny or ignore your own biology. Humans are supposed to eat some animal foods.

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    • “Just open your mouth and look at those pearly canine teeth staring back at you. You can’ deny or ignore your own biology.”

      After you open your mouth and look at your canine teeth, open your dog or cat’s mouth and look at their canine teeth. If you do not have a dog or cat, look up a few pictures of tigers or lions or wolves. Look at their other teeth too.
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      • Gorilla’s have canine teeth too, yet they are vegetarian. It’s not the teeth you should look at, but the digestive system. Most meat eating species have a short digestive tract, and eliminate quickly, yet humans have long digestive tracts as most other non-meat eating species.

        People will believe WHAT THEY WANT TO, regardless of what the truth is. People no longer live off the land as they used to. As one other poster noted, we wash off the beneficial bacteria… and we do so because we believe clean is better. That is not always the truth either.

        Can we live as vegans and be healthy? Sure we can, but the vast majority don’t. Their error as a majority does not mean people cannot live this lifestyle in a healthy manner.

        According to sources I have read or listened to over the years, there have been societies that have thrived on a vegan diet. In our so-called civilized society, you don’t find this happening today, as the vast majority of civilized society lives off of processed food.

        Notice how here in America that with all of our so-called science and technological advances our health is extremely poor. This is by design of the powers that be. Just examine what the FDA allows and how they protect the corporations instead of us. Look at Monsanto and the corruption involved in the GMO industry. The list goes on and on.

        Whether we live as vegans or meat eaters, it is extremely hard today to do either safely. Each person has to do what they feel is right for them, but that choice doesn’t always mean they have made the correct choice for better health, it just means it is the choice that makes them feel better.

        It is very hard to eat healthy. I choose to live mostly a vegan lifestyle, however, I also choose to eat a piece of fish once in awhile. I also choose to eat a couple of eggs once in awhile. Why…because I want to. I grew up on it and it’s hard to stay away completely. I also eat a little turkey (organic) on Thanksgiving. So sue me.

        BTW….I still crave the junk food I used to eat so much off in my twenties many years ago. Does that mean I should eat it? According to the logic I have seen here so far, that is what I should do. Instead, I KNOW that I should not eat that junk, and I choose to fight those constant desires and deprive myself of those unhealthy foods. That is my choice.

        What I hate to see is how so many people think others should think as they do and attack them when they don’t, or if they change their mind. Make the choice that best suits you, and allow others to do likewise. If someone doesn’t like my choices, that is their problem, not mine. I’ll do as I want to and I won’t worry about the opinions of others.

        Do I believe the vegan diet is the healthiest? I do. Do I believe that people live that lifestyle as they should? No way…and that is why so many fail at it. When they aren’t healthy living on the vegan lifestyle, if they can afford it, they should get tests done to see what is missing in their diet, then they can make corrective measures. Instead, they will just say it isn’t working, blame everyone else, say the diet is in error, and all the while they are merely missing the correct nutrients in their diet.

        As I said earlier, people will believe what they want to believe, regardless of what the truth is.

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        • Hello Greg – I am not sure if anyone responded directly to your post or not but I wanted to say I appreciated all you said; thanks.

          I too am “mostly vegan” though I am not sure I will always be this way. I messed around with all sorts of ways of eating over the last 20 years (vegetarian, vegan, raw, omnivore, etc.). About 10-12 years ago I learned about cooking whole foods … and ever since then we have eaten ‘from scratch’, whole foods, etc. After having a really rough few years, last year I was diagnosed with MS. Hmmmm…. In November I began the “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Diet” (OMS) which is mostly vegan with some fish oil daily and fish occasionally. Swank (not connected with the OMS diet) did a huge study on the effects of diet and MS and saturated fat is a big ‘no no’. This seems to go directly against the ‘nourishing traditions-type people’ (I followed that diet for a few years before starting the OMS diet). The people in Swank’s study sometimes did not show improvement with their MS until 3-5 years into eating a strict diet. I want to give this an honest try and see what happens.

          I have all sorts of theories or ideas in my mind about WHY I got MS, but I’m not sure any are correct or maybe they all have some roll to play? The biggest idea: I was formed in a totally toxic environment and lived in a toxic environment for the first 25 years of my life. Drinking, drugs, smoking and almost exclusively fast food from conception to 25 years old … how can anyone expect a healthy body after all of that abuse???

          Now I am thankful for the knowledge I have gained. I enjoy a variety of whole, fresh, organic, non-GMO foods every day, including a few green smoothies daily. If I go back to eating a little bit of meat, it will be grass-fed, organic. I don’t care how much I have to pay for it. And if I cannot afford it, I just wont eat it. GMOs, pesticides, and all the other toxins we expose ourselves to … it’s no wonder there are so many dis-eases today.

          Anyway, my comment about the canine teeth – my point was, meat-eating animals have these vicious looking teeth that can rip apart the raw flesh of another animal. They have claws to assist them and short digestive tracts to quickly move the flesh through. Their whole design is different (like you mentioned about the digestive systems being shorter vs. ours being much longer). God made us humans a little bit different. Yes, we have “canine teeth” but they look nothing like the teeth of a dog or a cat!!
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        • Gorillas are anything but vegetarian or vegan. That is a propaganda myth. The amount of bugs they purposefully eat in a day would shock you!

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  52. My Chiro was vegan for many years until he noticed a decline in health (even with his expertise in optimizing nutrition) and had to start including meat. He says people often see huge health improvements from going vegetarian/vegan at 1st because they often go from processed junk to lots of fresh produce, which is great for cleansing, but then see a decline in health long term. There’s a site called http://beyondveg.com/ that is for people who are not thriving as a vegetarian.

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  53. Lots of animals are vegan or near-vegan and do fine. Deficiencies can happen on any diet. Search for vegan/non-vegan bloodwork and you’ll find some good, some bad. I wonder what hers showed. Me, I’ve been eating organic, unprocessed lacto-vegetarian + a dozen or less eggs/month for nearly two years now. (I also love nutritional yeast on popcorn and in soup.) In the first year I had some noticeable detox symptoms, e.g. bad smells, skin eruptions, which are much less now. In fact, I barely have any body odour at all anymore. I feel great, and don’t crave meat at all. I’ll eat it once in a while, such as at special occasions, but I don’t buy it. I believe staying relatively alkaline is important to stave off all sorts of disease (search for pleomorphism), and vegetarianism makes it easier. I also believe living foods are much better than cooked or frozen. If only I could get raw milk easily in Canada. :(

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  54. I’m glad that she listened to her body, and didn’t hide behind her “brand” instead of being honest about her experience. It’s unfortunate that high profile people can get locked into a specific lifestyle, but it comes with the territory, especially when you are suggesting YOUR lifestyle is better.

    I struggle with eating animals on a daily basis, and my best solution is to give them the best possible, most natural life…end it quickly…and honor that by using everything (whether for my food, other animal food, compost, etc).

    Recently I had lunch with a vegetarian friend, and it shocked me that every single item was hugely processed soy or canola and out of a box or bag. I told my husband that whole food eaters are the new vegetarians in terms of being mocked/ignored. We always make sure we cook only vegetarian when she visits, but I doubt she even considered what she was serving.

    That is my biggest issue with vegan/vegetarianism…often it’s a diet filled with mock-chicken and lots of chemicals/fillers. I eat quite a few vegetarian meals without even thinking about it, but in the end, I need my meat/dairy/fat!
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    • Thank you Heather; God’s design is perfect. We are all snowflakes and will have to find what works best for all, but meat and everything else is a gift from God for us. My animals are happy and I love them; I also eat meat and thank God for His blessings.

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  55. I know a few vegans, as it is a popular way to eat for those who are highly into animal rescue programs, of which I am a part of.

    Good for them.

    However, I call myself a compassionate carnivore!! :) I prefer to eat meat from happy animals raised in their natural habitat. I do not do well on a vegetarian diet, and would feel sick if I did so. (vegetarian / vegan). I have to eat protein in the morning or I will feel sick the whole day.

    That is just my body type. Others may be different and it is important for us to listen to our bodies to see what is right for ourselves. We can’t go around preaching what is right for others, even though there are basic truths that are common among all people — eating REAL FOOD!! :)

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    • I understand, but there have never been any societies that are vegan/vegetarian so how can it be good if no one has ever had any ancestors that did that?

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    • compassionate carnivore! you must be kidding right? when they hang the animal upside down and slit it throat as it bleeds out for as long as 10 minutes, is that humane? rhetorical querstion.. there is no compassion.. free range/organic/humane and all this other mombo jumbo is just a cover up to hide how ugly this industry really is.. Anyonbe can thrive on a vegan diet, the problem is our bodies are so used to animal protein that you must gradually adjust (almost like when someone tries to quit smoking).. So many great meat alternatives out there now, its not too late to save yourself.

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    • Maybe you don’t feel well because your body is being cleansed of the nasty crud from animal proteins, cholesteral and fear from the animal when he died,you should watch “Best Speech You Will Ever Hear” by: Gary Yourofsky Oh my, it is amazing, and powerful.

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  56. Mark Goodfellow via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    id say bravo to her for waking up the the truth, i was so happy to hear a vegetarin friend of mine say she is going to start eating chicken to improve her health, she also used to be vegan and become quite sick on it.

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  57. Christine Ten Eyck Myers via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    A vegan lifestyle is very unhealthy. I’m glad she finally decided to start treating her body well.

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    • You obviously know NOTHING about veganism..It’s about not going along with something so wrong, such as animals being raised and killed just so people can eat their lifeless bodies. we should be better than this, otherwise, why are we even here if we won’t learn from our mistakes?- adaptt.org

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    • Yes, but they’re also the shortest, and the shortest-lived people on earth.

      It has been shown that for instance, Indians (from the south) who are vegans will get ill when moving to a western country. The reason is, that their produce isn’t as clean as ours, and so they eat, without knowing it, little bugs with their greens, which give them the B12 and protein they’d not get otherwise.

      Once they move where the food is washed properly and is actually free from any bugs, suddenly they experience B12 deficiency and protein deficiency.

      So, even though they THOUGHT they were vegan, they really were not. Once they are REAL vegans, suddenly they can’t live on those foods any more.

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      • Most people that are vegan don’t know how to be a proper vegan and therefore as many have said on here get weak and sick. There are awesome ways of getting exactly what your body needs without having to resort to eating meat or dairy. Plus you should avoid eating soy products as much as possible as soy isn’t good for the liver. fermented soy is ok because of the bacteria in it. a wide variety of leafy greens have great sources of proteins and amino acids as well as nuts and seeds. however, b12 is i admit harder to come by. no plant or animal makes b12. the only way to get b12 is from bacteria and micro organisms. the b12 in meat comes from the animal eating something that had the bacteria on it and therefore passes on the b12. the best and cleanest sources for b12 are in the soil we grow our veggies in and nutritional yest. and washing our veggies to a squeaky clean isn’t good cause you are robbing your body of the nutrients only found in the soil.

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        • Jason, I agreed with most of what you said, but with one caveat: soy in any form isn’t good for those of us who have auto-immune thyroid disorders, like Hashimoto’s.

          The problem with not washing your veggies to squeaky clean is that you run the risk of getting a good dose of pesticides with your veggies and fruit. My dad’s an organic fruit farmer, and while he runs a tight, clean ship, I was shocked at how much can actually be used on ‘organic’ produce. Not to mention you really don’t want a dose of worms with your food!

          While the best solution, of course, would be to be able to grow all your own food…for a lot of us, that’s just not practical. :/

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        • Hello Jason, Also when people eat meat the b12 is gone, because heat from cooking meat destroys the b12. And the majority of b12 deficient people are meat eaters. Do you know of the site adaptt.org? This site has tons of information on it about food, religion etc.

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  58. Joanne Sperans via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I can so relate. Was a veg for 7+ years, began feeling weak, anemic. Now I’m an omnivore who eats very little meat – grass fed when possible – and feel much better. I think if we listen to our bodies, they’ll tell us what we need. I respect those who follow and thrive on a vegan diet. It’s just not for me.

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    • Thank You for being so polite about veganism. I am a vegan have only been for about one year and I feel so much better then I did before, but my diet was not good. I really believe that being vegan is not for everybody, it’s about whatever makes you feel good.
      I am sick of people putting vegans down. I got to admit I was a little disappointed in her for going back to eating meat but to threaten her is just crazy. Wish everyone only good health and whatever works for them.

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  59. It seems many of us are on a journey to find what works and what does not work for us. Some live high profile lives and are not at liberty to experiment as freely as the rest of us. In a way I have sympathy for her and what she might be going through and do not have the desire to “lol” at her struggles – they are real struggles to her and it seems to me she is doing the right thing by finally coming out and being honest. I’m sure a huge burden has been lifted from her.

    Thank you for sharing.
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  60. Rose Stalter via Facebook March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I applaud her ability to come to terms w/her true self, that takes a real person to own up to things, even though being vegan is not wrong in any way. Cheers to her!

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  61. So funny, Sarah! I love the mental image of her sneaking home to eat her eggs, looking over her shoulder. Glad she was able to regain her health :)

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  62. Cravings are powerful things! I was a vegetarian for about 15 years, from highschool until my early 30′s {not vegan}. This was also before I started learning about traditional foods and unfortunately I can’t say my vegetarian choices were always the healthiest ones. I started eating meat again when I got pregnant. I wish I could say that I made a conscious dicision to eat meat for the health of my baby, but I didn’t…all of my pregnancy cravings {with the exception of my grapefruit cravings} were for meat. And not chicken, I craved red meat. Luckily I felt no guilt in eating it {when a pregnancy craving hits you don’t care about much else :) } and ate some meat for the majority of my pregnancy. When my son was a baby I stumbled upon some REAL food blogs and have been on a traditional foods journey since then. The more I read the more I realize how lucky I am to have a vibrant, healthy little boy as I had not been following any of the traditional food wisdom prior to getting pregnant.
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