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So I've been a strict vegetarian since I was a kid and eating meat has always been something I've had a strong desire to stay away from ever since. However, this summer whilst not in university I am planning on doing voluntary work in central america. I know it will be impossible for me to keep up with my vegetarianism whilst I am there, unless I starve myself- which is a no.<br>
So does anyone have any anecdotal experience in revisiting meat after going more than a decade without doing so? Did you have any ill effects and will I likely need to prepare my body to be able to deal with it?<br>
For the record I only plan to break vegetarianism during the relief work period and then go back to veggie when I return home.
 

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Discussing the hows of going back to animal eating is not really a suitable question for this forum, as discussing such things is against the TOS.<br><br>
That said, search for threads involving Peace Corps etc for related topics.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MoonageDaydream</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907814"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ah in retrospect I guess it was pretty stupid, seemed the best place to get an answer.</div>
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Asking veg*ns, current veg*n about how it is to start eating animals where it's against the rules of the forum isn't the "best place to get an answer", no. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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FWIW, I know a few vegheads who were in Central America (Honduras and Guatemala) in the 90s, and they managed to stay vegetarian. None were vegan then, but they all abstained from meat/stocks, to the best of their knowledge. I've heard (in that sort of rumor-mill way) that the PC is not keen on vegetarians in general though. Another couple I knew lived in Panama as vegetarians for years and years (she's Panamanian).<br><br>
I think that, if dairy/eggs are not an issue for you, you may be able to do a bit of research ahead of time and stay veg. Obviously it depends on where you are, but I wouldn't discount it offhand just yet.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2907895"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
FWIW, I know a few vegheads who were in Central America (Honduras and Guatemala) in the 90s, and they managed to stay vegetarian. None were vegan then, but they all abstained from meat/stocks, to the best of their knowledge. I've heard (in that sort of rumor-mill way) that the PC is not keen on vegetarians in general though. Another couple I knew lived in Panama as vegetarians for years and years (she's Panamanian).<br><br>
I think that, if dairy/eggs are not an issue for you, you may be able to do a bit of research ahead of time and stay veg. Obviously it depends on where you are, but I wouldn't discount it offhand just yet.</div>
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Oh that sounds great.
 

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How long are you going for? How will you be getting food (will it be provided, or will you have to buy and make your own?)?<br><br>
I volenteered in Tanzania for a month and I managed to stay vegan, but in hindsight I would have done things a little differently! I would say take as much food as you can, such as proteine/energy bars, nuts, vitimines, chocolate, etc. If possible have a look at the areas you'll be in before hand, or if you're going with a group/organisation contact them before hand and ask some questions.<br><br>
Anyway depending on the situation, I think it's possible to stay strict vegetarian whilst volenteering, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that you wont be able to stay vegetarian - and if you start off trying your best then at least you gave it a shot.
 

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Central America has rice, beans, and fruit. Suck it up.<br><br>
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Sorry, that sounds kinda rude. I spent 8 months in rural Cambodia, sometimes the food was dull but there was never any need to eat meat at all. I'm assuming it'd be the same pretty much anywhere.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AlixJ18</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2908284"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
How's it against the rules? They aren't being pro meat, just wondering.</div>
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Asking for tips on how to adapt to meat eating = pro-meat, in the opinion of the moderators. Now, I don't begrudge this poster, as she's working to make the best decision she can. It's just that the conversation is not appropriate for this board.
 

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If she hadn't posted it, she would have just gone and eaten meat, now people are able to let her know she doesn't have to, that if she makes an effort she can stick to vegetarianism.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AlixJ18</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2908776"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If she hadn't posted it, she would have just gone and eaten meat</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> Illogical. There are many other ways to get information and make choices than solely from postings on an internet forum.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AlixJ18</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2908776"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
If she hadn't posted it, she would have just gone and eaten meat, now people are able to let her know she doesn't have to, that if she makes an effort she can stick to vegetarianism.</div>
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The original post isn't troubling particularly, to this moderator, giving the op's situation. It's the presume ensuing conversation detailing how to go about eating meat that would be a problem. That part isn't up for argument I'm afraid.
 

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I'm Costa Rican, and I can still eat a lot of Costa Rican foods as a vegan. There are so many plant based dishes, and if you like beans and rice you'll be fine. I could never get tired of beans and rice, even as an omni I used to eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner all the time. What part of Central America are you going to?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>*AHIMSA*</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2908784"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> Illogical. There are many other ways to get information and make choices than solely from postings on an internet forum.</div>
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But if this is the only thing she thought of then she would have just done it, so in that sense i'm glad she asked, and that people are able to just let her know to do more research and try to stay veg.
 
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