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06 February 2009 @ 10:59 am

After five years of comfortable vegetarianism, I'm now slowly beginning to question the position's intelligence.

Not to mention the fact that the position is eroding under me, anyway.

I recently started taking glucosamine supplements (see subject header, taken directly from the bottle), and I'm dismayed to see how much benefit I'm seeing from the addition. The knocks to my knuckles from eskrima (and now I'm adding SCA rapier and heavy fighting into the mix) that had been taking months to heal are literally going away days after starting the supplements. I am forced to see the use of these pills - and I wish I didn't.

See, I like the fishies. I don't want to need to eat them.

I also like the pigs, and cows, and deer, and chickens and turkey and ... you see the problem.

Now, I know that humans have evolved to be omnivores. We'll eat a bit of everything, and we get our nutrients best from the source, rather than from vitamins where they aren't absorbed well. I know that I gas out quickly in some of my cardio workouts, which could be due to a lot of things, including not enough proteins, amino acids, iron ... blah blah. All of which are best taken in meaty form.

I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I may need to become a compassionate omnivore - eat meat at most once a day, and make sure it's good, organic, well-treated animal. And never forget that the beastie that I'm eating (god, that made me wince) had a personality, and a life.

Crap, I'm getting teared up writing this. It's really hard when reality gets in the way of your principles.
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Tallian_tallian_ on February 6th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have any problems with carbs, but I feel you on the soy problem. Unlike a lot of people, I actually like tofu, but when I eat too much of it, I have problems.

I love chickens, too. The way they move in little bits and bobs, and the cooing sounds that happy chickens make! The idea of having to eat bits of them makes me feel nauseated.

This is a really heart-wrenching problem for me. I really have no idea what I'll do. My best friend sent me a bunch of links to good, vegetarian supplements, but no one has a good replacement for the glucosamine blend. And that bothers me - I recognize that those sea things are basically bugs, but still ...

Thanks for commiserating. :)
Archangel Mychaelpraecorloth on February 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Does this mean that someday you just might have a taste of my world famous chili?

Also: Rapier fighting? Dammit you get to do all the fun stuff. :(
Tallian: bbanzai-john whorfin_tallian_ on February 6th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Hrm. Maybe, but not any time soon, I think. We'll see.

As to the fighting, I bet you'd like heavy better. It's armored, and you get to beat on other people with sticks, full force. It's pretty awesome.
Archangel Mychaelpraecorloth on February 7th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Naw. Despite being large and unwieldly, I prefer fast and nimble weapons. Though the rapiers I like tend to be insanely long.
vegawriters: Is My Food Alive?vegawriters on February 6th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I have been there. I am there.

Right now, I still can't bring myself to even think of eating meat again. I feel better when I don't actually eat meat, but I know that I need more than what I am getting. And so, this means making good, conscious choices about the vitamins and supplements I am taking - which now include fish oil. I don't want to, but I have to for a while.

Tallian: vegetarians_sexy_tallian_ on February 6th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even thinking about the idea of eating animal bits is making me feel sick and very sad, right now. My best friend sent me links to some quality vegetarian supplements, so maybe I'll get religious about doing that for a while, make room in my budget for the extra expense.

I love your icon, btw. Gave me a smile when I needed it.

Desdemona's Space Station and Bait Shop: Green teacup by fotogoddessdesdemonaspace on February 7th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Can you not do the protein combining described in Diet For a Small Planet? (e.g., beans+rice, wheat+soy). Or has that gone out of fashion?

I'm afraid we eat a lot of meat. Frank is a big ol' carnivore, but the child is a quasi-vegetarian, so I try to respect that and cook something we'll all eat.
Tallian: Asian umbrella_tallian_ on February 7th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
You know, I don't think I've even read that book at all. I'll have to look into it.

Give the child a hug for me! That made me smile.
Desdemona's Space Station and Bait Shopdesdemonaspace on February 7th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I shall. She is a vegetarian until you wave a meat dish she likes under her nose.
karaokegal: Jack armkaraokegal on February 7th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I don't really have anything cogent to add to the discussion, except to throw in a lament about my complex (to say the least) relationship with sugar, which is heading for a very abusive rock-bottom right now and I wish it would get there, because I need to stop this.

Tangentially to your issues, sugar is a red-meat trigger for me and vice versa. Yin/Yang thing if you believe in macrobiotics.