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Jan. 21st, 2008

02:15 am - Is he friend or food? Or is he both?

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From:nou
Date:January 24th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
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If a vegetarian lapses and starts to eat meat again, it will be several weeks before their body adjusts to the change. That means several weeks of abdominal discomfort, pain and diarrhoea and/or constipation.

FWIW, I didn't have this problem. I went directly to omnivore after several years as a vegan, and noticed no change at all in the behaviour of my innards. I was even specifically looking out for it, because I'd heard there was likely to be a problem. I may be a freak though.
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From:johnckirk
Date:January 24th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
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Thanks, I was wondering how people like you and shuripentu got on. I've heard the theory that your body can't digest meat properly after you haven't eaten it for a while, but I didn't have any trouble when I ate chicken by mistake a while back, so I wasn't sure whether the quantity of meat is significant. I've heard of another lapsed vegetarian who couldn't resist a pork pie in the fridge when he got home from the pub one night, although in that situation he might expect to be ill the following day.
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From:shuripentu
Date:December 4th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
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I've only just seen this thread now and thought I'd comment on it. I don't recall having any digestive trouble when I realised that I didn't have a problem with killing and eating animals per se, and promptly treated myself to a plateful of free-range reindeer. I suspect the whole thing about enzymes is yet another half-baked urban legend - veg*n and other alternative diets seem to collect these like trading cards.
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