Where People & Piggies Thrive

Newbie or Guinea Guru? Popcorn in!

Register for free to enjoy the full benefits.
Find out more about the NEW, drastically improved site and forum!

Register

Veg*n Question about Chicken and other stuff

Buggie_00

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Posts
372
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
372
Ok so I am very interested in attempting to become a vegetarian, something I've thought about doing for years but never actually got around to. I'm diabetic so I have to be careful as it is what I eat and how much of it I eat. I wanted to know why it is that some vegetarians eat chicken and fish but others don't. If you eat those are you really a vegetarian, is it just a personal choice? I'm not a big red meat eater already so that part is no problem, but chicken and milk is harder. Eggs are a no no for me I get sick too often from eating them as it is. Plus I'm pregnant at the moment. I should probably wait untill after I have the baby to make any drastic diet changes but I was just curious.

Thanks
 

CavySpirit

Administrator
Staff member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jan 3, 2004
Posts
6,815
Joined
Jan 3, 2004
Messages
6,815
If you eat chicken you are NOT a vegetarian in any way, shape or form.

If you eat fish, you are a pescatarian, not a vegetarian.
 

C&K

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Sep 26, 2005
Posts
2,426
Joined
Sep 26, 2005
Messages
2,426
Between the Diabeties and the pregnancy, I would be very very cautious of making any big changes in diet, especially without medical monitoring and help.

However, you could make some changes to eat less meat.

Being a vegetarian usually means that you don't eat any form of animal flesh, that includes chicken and fish. It also usually includes not eating the byproducts from slaughter, like Rennet and Pepsin, (Often used in making cheeses ). Some take it a step further, and don't eat any animal products, such as dairy, milk, cheese, and eggs. This is refered to being "vegan".

(As a side note, Rennet and Pepsin are enzymes produced in the stomachs of animals, Rennet is from young milk drinking mammals.) It is recovered from the animal during butchering.)

Anyway, for the protien portion of your diabetic diet, following a vegetarian diet, you will be able to make choices that are still high in protien. Beans and lentils for example have both carbs and protien. Learning how to prepare and cook Tofu will help. While not vegan, protien powders are very healthy (they usually contain whey) Milk is generally 1/2 carb 1/2 protien.

Basically, if you are serious about going vegetarian, I think it would be best to get a good vegetarian cook book, (And perhaps a good diabetic one too) and change a few meals a week, and as you find foods you can live with, then slowly cut out the meat. Don't make the mistake though of substituting all the red meat you do eat now for chicken or fish, this is very misguided and not really healthy.

Some things may take aquiring a taste, (most guinea pigs don't like Cilantro the first time they are given some, but they learn to love it!) . Once you are comfortable and healthy on a vegetarian diet, then you can look into if your health / lifestyle will allow you to go vegan or not.
 

Buggie_00

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Posts
372
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
372
Thanks for the advice. I have to go to the nutritionist in a few weeks. Usually around 25 weeks into a pregnancy I have diabetis problems and this time they're trying to adjust for it earlier. I'll ask her for some info on websires and cookbooks and how to make sure that I get what I need still. I'll probably wait untill after I deliver to try to go full vegetarian but cutting back where I can won't hurt anything.
 

Maisiepaisie

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 7, 2006
Posts
546
Joined
Jun 7, 2006
Messages
546
Going vegetarian will not do any harm at all to your unborn baby. It may be a drastic change but its just cutting out stuff thats bad for you anyway. Just don't replace meat with additional dairy products. Many vegetarians make the mistake of overloading their diet with cheese and from what I have read I feel that dairy is more of a human health risk than meat.
 

katiecavyNC

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 5, 2006
Posts
517
Joined
Jun 5, 2006
Messages
517
Being vegetarian while pregnant can be a challenge. Adequate protein is necessary to build a healthy baby so it's important to do it 'right' if you are pregnant. RDA recommendations for pregnancy is 65gm per day of protein, but the childbirth method I teach recommends a minimum of 75 gr to help avoid pre-eclampsia and other common problems of pregnancy.

Above all, a healthy well-balanced diet is key to a healthy pregnancy. I'm sure you already know all about how important it is, being diabetic!

I'm just cautioning you to make sure that if you cut out all meat and dairy products you are very careful to replace them with good healthy sources of protein for your growing baby. I agree you should check with your nutritionist, and maybe even call around to find one who is supportive and knowledgable about vegetarian diets for pregnancy before making any drastic changes in diet.

I have had many vegetarians in my classes and I can tell you that the ones who sail through the pregnancy tend to be the ones who are very knowledgable about living a meat-less lifestyle.
 

Fluffball

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Nov 1, 2005
Posts
609
Joined
Nov 1, 2005
Messages
609

Buggie_00

Well-known Member
Cavy Slave
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Posts
372
Joined
Jun 27, 2006
Messages
372
Thanks for the links, I'll check those when I have a few minutes
 

Similar threads

1frankie7
Replies
0
Views
2K
1frankie7
1frankie7
maeve100
Replies
2
Views
611
3littlepigs
3littlepigs
spudsthepiget
Replies
1
Views
2K
Varcoda
Varcoda
soccerchickgrp5
Replies
0
Views
2K
soccerchickgrp5
soccerchickgrp5
Top