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One of my friends who is omni just e-mailed me and told me I would starve myself to death and get anemic if I didn't eat meat. I e-mailed her back and said that by the time I ate the 7 to 11 servings of whole grain foods we are supposed to eat each day, the minimum 5 servings of fruit and veg and the minimum 2 servings of protein foods (pulses, tofu, etc.) that I didn't have room for anything else. I do not understand why omnis think you need to eat meat for survival. Also, I have never criticised what she eats. Although I am finally losing weight, it is really really super slow coming off but at least it is coming off and I feel a whole lot better and my fibromyalgia symptoms are almost gone. I have been vegetarian for a little over a year and am about to go vegan except I am having a struggle with giving up cottage cheese and yogurt. I also told her that until I quit eating meat I couldn't lose weight no matter how much exercise I got and how little I ate. I get lots of exercise too as I power walk a minimum of 5 miles to and from work which I don't think is too bad for a 50 something with FMS.
 

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I think that was a good answer, but realize that even the most sensible answers won't satisfy some people. These people aren't about actual honest-to-goodness information-- they just want to bug you. Don't let 'em.
 

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People who bug you about your personal diet are either as Tess says, people who are consciously ignorant and really do just want to bug you, or they are honestly ignorant and need more information, which you can give them.<br><br><br><br>
I'll never understand people who bug others about their personal diets - it's just so weird to me.....
 

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It's perfectly reasonable, if you wish, to tell her your dietary choices are no longer up for discussion. It sounds like you're really taking care of yourself, which is fantastic, and you shouldn't have to put up with criticism over that.
 

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It's funny when people tell me humans have to eat meat because I usually just say something like, "Well, if we did I would be dead!"
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>bethann</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
It's perfectly reasonable, if you wish, to tell her your dietary choices are no longer up for discussion. It sounds like you're really taking care of yourself, which is fantastic, and you shouldn't have to put up with criticism over that.</div>
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I definitely agree with this advice. Keep up the great work on the exercise.
 

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Your doing the right thing for you. Unfortuantly your friend seems concerned and ignorant i doubt she's trying to be malicous but unfortuantly lots of omnivores have a hard time believeing you can be healthy with out meat. Drop a few celebrity names- Alicia Silverstone, Drew Barrymore, Prince et.c. All of whom have and continue to survive without meat and dairy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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IMO, a good yogurt is WholeSoy. Silk brand yogurt is pretty good, too but my fav is WholeSoy.<br><br><br><br>
As for cottage cheese.... well, there are lots of recipes around, but no commercial cc that I know of. Sorry. FWIW, I still miss cottage cheese too, but I definately <b>don't</b> miss the flare-ups that cottage cheese gives me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><br><br><br><br>
I agree with everyone else's advice about your friend so I can't really add anything there except to say how sad I am that she's so meat-blinded. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><br><br><br><br>
But I'm so STOKED over your successes so far with your symptoms - and your power walking abilities. Go you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
People who bug you about your personal diet are either as Tess says, people who are consciously ignorant and really do just want to bug you, or they are honestly ignorant and need more information, which you can give them.<br><br><br><br>
I'll never understand people who bug others about their personal diets - it's just so weird to me.....</div>
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me too...makes no sense..
 
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