And in response to being a vegetarian... I think it is a good think for some people but not everyone has a body type for that.
I do eat meat, but it HAS to be responsbily raised, treated humanely, happy animals that are grass fed (not gmo grain fed), not pumped full of hormones sitting in there own shit, not pumped full of antibiotics, not raised in a massive industrail feedlot/CAFO (confined animal feeding operation). The meat I consume can not be crammed in tiny space, the chickens can not have there beaks cut off, and have to be able to see the light of day and be able to roam outside of there coop. This goes for the grassfed beef and free range chicken I eat. I also will only consume wild pacific non farmed fish.
I truly respect those who are vegetarians though but I personally cant live without meat. I have tried for a year when I was 16 and I have never been weaker.
Love and light
That some people have a body type that will not tolerate vegetariansim is a myth. Just ask all of the veg movie stars. All one has to do is supplement the meat protein with a veg protiein and take b-12 supplements. Veg protieins?...soybeans, almonds, HEMP, and BEANS to name a few...organic and GMO-free of course. You more than likely would loose a few pounds, but hey.....it's America right?
I dont care what movie stars say. I know from my research and personal experience, that veg protein is not the same as animal protein... Yes you can take b vitamin supplements, but they are synthetic and they dont mimic what is found in the animal fats. (In my opinion) Soy protein is terrible for you (i avoid it completely)... Even the non gmo type raises estrogen levels by 7 times. When you eat soy beans that is natural, but when you refine large amounts of soy into a meat or a milk, it overwhelms and inflames your system. I respect vegetarian dude and I recognize that some people can live quite optimally on a vegetarian diet, but for my extremely active lifestyle I need meat.... Also, everyone has a different body type and requires different things... No 2 people are alike.
Also, for example flax seeds are great for omega 3's but they lack the type of omega 3 that are in animal fats that is good for your brain that is found in grassfedbeef/freerange chicken/fish/krill oil. Basically flax seeds have a lot of the similar omega 3's as animal omega threes, but your brain wont benefit from flax seeds like it will from animal fats
And like I said in an earlier post, I was a vegetarian full on for 1 year and never was sicker in my life... Took all the proper supplements and did all of the reccommended steps