In this era, anything goes. But some people still adhere to dietary laws as entailed by their religious views. Observant Jews don’t eat pork, shellfish, or meat and dairy together. Muslims don’t eat pork or drink alcohol. And most of the religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent advocate a lactovegetarian diet.
Veganism is growing in the USA. The biggest reason people do it is because of sympathy for the animals and also environmental concerns. Veganism is not a religion. But if one examines history, it is the Ancient Hebrews who first considered vegetarianism a lifestyle choice.
Kosher vegetarianism is a very sane, moderate view of diet. Meat symbolizes death and decay, while milk and dairy products symbolizes life and growth. Fish and Eggs are considered Parve, or spiritually neutral. A kosher vegetarian eats plant foods, dairy products, and is not against eating fish or egg.
In the east, amongst people like the Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, and Jains, lactovegetarian is reccomended. Some Bengali vegetarians consider fish and seafood to be ‘fruit of the sea’ and therefore still eat it.
And amongst the Taoists, no food is taboo. It’s about eating the right portions and proportions of food relative to each other. Christians too say any food is clean to eat.
My view is to do what is best for yourself. Don’t tell people about your eating habits and don’t bore them with your list of abstentions. I like dairy products, so I’m not giving them up. I do what is best for myself.
I believe meat, fish, and eggs was originally natural and good, but capitalism, consumerism, and overpopulation ruined everything. Applying the factory line production method to agriculture was a grave mistake by humanity. Animals are not machines, every animal, from insect, to cow, to dog, to monkey, to man has sentience.
In this era, it’s not hard to go to a supermarket and get anything you need, all year round. I live in a part of the USA where there are few natural disasters. Veganism and Vegetarianism is a vote for the environment, for animal rights, and reverses many diseases. Only in this country is it easier to get restaurant food with animal foods in it than without. I’ve decided to stop going to restaurants, unless its for a slice of pizza or vegetarian sushi.
I think kosher vegetarianism is the most sane way to go as far as diet. Dairy is very nourishing, in some cases too nourishing, and fish and eggs should be an option for people who don’t have the time or inclination to prepare their own food. The main thing is to eat what’s available and not obsess about diet. But in this crazy society, even the nutrition textbooks are wrong, let alone the media and public perception.
At the end of the day, gaining or losing weight is about calories in and calories out. But also at the end of the day, looks and weight don’t matter so much. You don’t need the body of a bodybuilder to be healthy. And a six pack of abs means nothing. Judge your health by how you feel, how long you live, and the state of health you’re in.
As an aside, remember that years upon years of weight fluctuation on the atkins/paleo/ketogenic diet causes insulin resistance and liver derangement. A doctor can’t invent a crash diet that violates everything we know about nutrition and get away with it. Bodybuilders and boxers use the low carb approach before contest because it causes a rapid decrease in water weight. Don’t think the atkins diet is a lifelong diet. No one in Asia, Africa, or South America is adhering to this philosophy, because they have no obesity problem. They eat a lot of fiber and walk a lot.