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It has been my desire to be a vegetarian for many years now. However, the last time I tried it I think my body went into shock. I didnt do it right i went cold turkey. I ended up passing out. I remember the doc running lots of tests. Then i told him that I stopped the meat. He told me to stop cutting the meat from my diet. I have remembered what he said. Therefore, I am fearful to go on a strict vegetarian diet because of what happened before.<br><br>
However, could people tell me there experiences with Semi vegetarians? I did a little reading on it. I mean cou ld a person be classified as Semi vegetarian and still eat small portions of meat every other day? Thanks.
 

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I'm not sure what you mean by "semi-vegetarian". To me that would be someone who ate meat maybe once or twice a year, at Christmas or something. To me someone who ate meat every other day would be a dyed-on-the-wool omnivore.
 

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You wouldn't be a vegetarian, you'd just be someone who cuts down their meat intake.<br><br><br><br>
Did you cut out all meat and not replace it with other proteins, etc? If your doc thinks it's ok, try doing it much slower and making sure you're integrating the right foods in your diet at the same time.
 

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You're either vegetarian or you're not. Apparently there's a "Flexitarian" which I've never heard of lol. But it suits that you're suggesting.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexitarianism" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexitarianism</a>
 

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Being a vegetarian can be very healthy, as long as it's done correctly. Here are some links to the recommendations of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada on how to be vegetarian correctly:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/advocacy_933_ENU_HTML.htm" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...3_ENU_HTML.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/governance_5105_ENU_HTML.htm" target="_blank">http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg...5_ENU_HTML.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
If you maintain a well balanced diet, it should be healthier than eating meat. I'd also recommend the book "The New Becoming Vegetarian" by Melina and Davis. It's available at most major book stores. As a new vegetarian, this has been a terrific information source for me.<br><br><br><br>
One thing you might want to consider during the transition stage is to eat fish, but no other types of meat. That's what I did for a few weeks, while I was figuring out what I was doing. That'll make sure you're getting plenty of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. An "almost vegetarian" who eats fish is called a pescatarian.<br><br><br><br>
Since you've had problems before, you might want to print out some of that info from the ADA and take it to your doctor to discuss. Find out exactly what you were lacking when you had your problems in the past, so you can make a point of not repeating the same mistake. If you want, you can even post whatever it was here and ask "What's a good vegetarian source of ___ nutritient?". The folks around here can be very helpful.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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Contrary to popular opinion, there is no nutritional requirement for meat.<br><br><br><br>
If you went into "shock" it was probably because you were not eating a balanced vegetarian diet. If you take a typical meat eating diet, take out the meat, and eat what's left, you will certainly not be eating a healthy diet. Or if you load up on cheese dishes, again not healthy.<br><br><br><br>
My suggestion: find a good vegetarian cookbook and good vegetarian nutrition book. It's really not that complicated - just eat a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods, limit (or eliminate) dairy, and add things to your diet like beans, lentils, and tofu. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks for your input. I did see semi vegetarian info on line. Thats where I got that from. However, there was some good suggestions here. Thanks a lot.
 

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I went cold turkey and I was fine. I think you need to make sure you're getting all the nutrients. The reason you passed out was probably because you didn't get enough iron and such. You're diet needs to be balanced I agree with Veggiejanie about the "semi-vegetaian" thing. You're either a vegetarian or an omnivore.
 

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I don't think cutting out the meat was the problem, but you do need to replace the meat with something...nuts, peanut butter, beans, whole grains, a variety of fruits and veggies.<br><br><br><br>
I think if you look into the nutritional aspect of vegetarianism, you will be surprised at how easy it is to replace the protein & iron.<br><br><br><br>
Also, during this transition stage, forget about the labels...you either are or are not a veg. there is no in between.<br><br><br><br>
GOod luck.
 

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You probably didn't have enough of nutrients the first time you tried going vegetarian. When I decided to go veg. I read a lot upon it first. I also read a book that told me to start cutting meats out like red meat and pork. Then I was just eating chicken, fish and eggs. Then I dropped chicken, then fish. I still eat eggs every now and then. I haven't went vegan yet. That is my next goal. Some people can quit cold turkey but you must make sure you are taking supplements and eating enough nutrients from your veggies and fruits. They also have meat substitutes. I like the ones from Morningstar Farm. they are great in helping you in the transition as well.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck
 

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To be honest I went vegetarian cold turkey and had no ill effects. I have no idea what on earth could cause a sudden reaction like that. My husband did the same thing, and was fine.
 

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This also sounds off to me. I just doesn't make sense that it would cause a reaction like that. My guess is that there was something else at play. I don't think there is any need to wean yourself off meat, 'cold turkey' just sounds weird in this context.<br><br><br><br>
Also - remember that a LOT of doctors have no idea about nutrition. They can fix us when we're broke, but I wouldn't rely on their diet advice. There seem to be lots of old school doctors who really think that vegetarianism is dangerous, which is so far from the truth, it's almost funny.
 

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Given that a vegetarian diet is healthier than an omni diet (or at the absolute very least equally as healthy) then I can see no reason for either your reaction to going veggie or your Drs comments. I stopped eating meat one day, end of - nothing bad happened - well actually that's not strictly true. I think my increased fiber intake caused some flatulence for the first couple of weeks!! But apart from that nothing!
 

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I have an ex boyfriend that this happened too, and the doc said the same thing - "eat meat". But I honestly think the doc said that b/c he had no idea what was wrong. I just think he wasn't eating enough food. Could that have been the case with you? Maybe you slashed your cals (and hence slashed your nutrients) that you needed?<br><br><br><br>
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Yeah, Kaleigh took my answer. Are you sure that the doctor wasn't just guessing? A lot of them just are biased against vegetarianism, and he might have just decided that it's better to be safe then sorry or whatever. Just slowly cut down on your meat intake and replace it with other things, and you should be fine! Going all the way is easier- you don't need to guess at your limits or anything, and no one's telling you that you aren't good enough. Or, of course, you could go pescatarian, though depending on your motives for vegetarianism that might not help you.
 

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A possibility that occurred to me was a blood sugar issue. If someone cuts out meat and substitutes carbs with high glycemic index, it could result in dizziness/faintness.
 

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It has been my desire to be a vegetarian for many years now. However, the last time I tried it I think my body went into shock. I didnt do it right i went cold turkey. I ended up passing out. I remember the doc running lots of tests. Then i told him that I stopped the meat. He told me to stop cutting the meat from my diet. I have remembered what he said. Therefore, I am fearful to go on a strict vegetarian diet because of what happened before.<br><br>
However, could people tell me there experiences with Semi vegetarians? I did a little reading on it. I mean cou ld a person be classified as Semi vegetarian and still eat small portions of meat every other day? Thanks.</div>
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I don't think that stopping meat is going to put you in a shock, maybe it's like in the old Cranberries' song "in your head", meaning that you expected something to happen and then ended up with a self fulfilling prophecy. As most doctors are omnivores, all they can think of is going to tell you to go back to eating meat. Don't fear, you can make the transition, some people do better if they don't go cold turkey. Take your time in transition, slowly cut out meat while trying new vegetarian alternatives. Go vegetarian for a day, a couple of days, a week, weeks, and then stay vegetarian like most of us do.
 
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