Quick bites – part-time veganism


Once veganism was widely associated with animal rights activists, the health conscious and the religious. But now more and more people are dabbling with a vegan diet, albeit temporarily. Why?

To a committed carnivore, adopting a vegan diet – no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs – sounds like a dramatic step.

But a growing trend for giving up all animal products doesn’t involve going vegan forever. Nor does it even require being morally opposed to eating meat.

For a start, I’m neither vegan nor carnivore.  I’m an omnivore.    Animal fat does need reducing from the levels many westerners eat but that doesn’t mean it need be expunged entirely.   Reduce red meat – OK, but need it be eliminated on health grounds?


3 responses to “Quick bites – part-time veganism

  1. Physiologically we are ‘designed’ (have evolved) to eat meat and as you say we are omnivores because we can eat everything. Our digestion systems can process meat, grains, nuts, fruit and veg. True carnivores have a much shorter intestinal tract and more acid in their stomachs to ‘dissolve’ meat into the constituent parts needed nutritionally by the carnivore. Basically they live on protein and meat and fish are the most likely sources. Says she being headbutted by her cat (who loves his raw meat and fish) desperately trying to attract attention!

    The ‘vegan’ diet is a cultural thing that has come out of a small part of the population taking exception to eating what their bodies are designed for. Just like vegetarians where you have different ‘varieties’ from lacto to piscean, veganism is also now being divided into sub sections. The ultimate being the paleo, fruitarians or breatharians, living on raw food, fruit or air alone. All are based on a person’s beliefs, not on sound (and I’m not talking current mainstream standards, which are rubbish) nutritional requirements for the human body. Don’t believe me, just look at your teeth! Incisors to eat meat, and grinding teeth at the back to deal with chewing the fibre in veg, grains etc.

    And before anyone who is a vegan jumps in, I have a very close friend who is a vegan of more than 20 years standing. Her ‘belief’ is that a vegan diet allows her to meditate better. I have had to witness her health deteriorate to such an extent that she is effectively killing herself. She is also a fan of alternative therapies, which whilst I support quite a bit of it, I draw the line at drinking my own urine and sitting in an infra red sauna with a temp over over 35c when you have heart arrythmia. Just 2 examples. She is 70 and looks nearer to 80 as her skin has dried out and her digestive system has given up. She has lost 1.5 stone in the last year (which she couldn’t afford to lose, not being overweight at all) from 7.5 stone to 6st because she can’t absorb enough nutrients to sustain herself. And this has had a dire effect on her oesteoporosis. Her diet has caught up with her.

  2. Why? It being trendy and in the news.
    The trends are obvious at the very time they spread. Atkins diet was obviously a trend at the time — did nobody notice?
    People cleave to these trends not for self-improvement, but for ego satisfaction, patting themselves on the back because they continue their gluttinous habits whilst mouthing faux-nutrition-minded platitudes.

  3. I am a part time vegan.

    I eat no meat during the hour I sleep.

    (Yes hour SINGULAR! That was NOT a spelling mistake.)