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I'm not a vegan or vegetarian. I grew up in a culture where meat was consumed in smaller amounts than vegetables and meat is not automatically the "star" at every meal and where it's perfectly normal to enjoy a meal without meat (even a whole day without meat!). I enjoy cooking and eating meat, but I'd feel very uncomfortable eating a meal where there were no vegetables at all.
I think that it's hopeless to convince everyone to go vegetarian or vegan. People like their meat or animal-based products, whether it's from preference or the strong ties and identity they have with their culture's cuisine.
What might work better is if we (as in society as a whole) could persuade people to eat LESS meat, and eat MORE vegetables/plant-based food. I read somewhere that if every American could go vegetarian for one day - as in Meatless Monday - for a full year, you could reduce the animals slaughtered in a year by about 1 billion.
The United States is probably either Number 1 or 2 in the entire world in terms of Meat consumed per person (I think Australians eat a lot of meat as well, so they'd be very close to the US in terms of meat consumption). I've seen people eat steaks that are bigger than my head, and walloped meals that only consisted of huge amounts of meat and next to no vegetables. If you could convince them to eat ONE meal a week that had NO meat at all, I would consider that as a step in the right direction in terms of reducing the effect livestock have on our environment.
Kind of pricey for me being into fitness if I tried to get the precise ratio of macros and a complete set of micros going plant-based. It's difficult to get the widest variety of micronutrients going plant-based.
For example, there are plenty of vegan protein sources but it's difficult to find very pure protein sources that are rich in leucine and don't have a caloric breakdown that includes a lot of fats and carbs besides supplements like nutritional yeast and spirulina, but the former is lacking in leucine.
It's doable but a bit on the pricey end if I cut out all animal products. I do tend to be more plant-based than ever before, but I still swear by salmon and egg whites and liver and whey and so forth.
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I do for 90%. The latest medical studies have shown that a diet that does not exceed 10% animal or fish products provides no concern for increased risks of cancer, over and above, a vegan diet.
Because meat replacements in Canada are extremely expensive and hard to find in my area. So I would be limited to eating nothing but plants, which just sounds unsustainable for me personally. If things like "beyond meat" become more available and more reasonably priced, then I'll happily go plant based.
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