• Doug Joachim

Vegetarians Vs. Omnivores

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Compared to meat-eaters:

Vegetarians live longer Vegans tend to weight 30lbs less Vegetarians and vegans are also less insulin resistant Vegetarians have less cancer Vegetarians have less diabetes Vegetarians have smaller waist sizes Vegetarians have less heart disease

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Considering all these facts why aren’t we all veg heads?  I recommend you take all this information with a grain of salt.  On the whole, vegans and vegetarians workout more, smoke less, drink less, eat more vegetables and fruit, drink less soda, are more health-conscious and have more fiber in their diet than their meat eating counterparts.  These factors are notoriously hard to control for in epidemiological studies.  Is it their diet or lifestyle or a little of both?  I believe it is a little of both.  Face facts, we can all benefit from adding more veggies, fruit and fiber to our diet.  Smoking cessation, drinking less and exercising more will also contribute to a healthier mind and body. 

After college, I made an attempt at veganism.  It lasted for 2 months.  I lost weight because I was having a really hard time trying to eat a healthy balanced diet (didn’t want to become a carbotarian).  A few years ago, I took a stab at vegetarianism, that was much easier, but after a few months, I started to crave meat.  I’ve never be brought to the point of salivation by the idea of eating salad.  On the other hand, when I smell steak on a BBQ I can literally feel my ghrelin and other hunger hormone juices ramp up.  As American’s, we eat way too much meat (about 276 lbs per year according to the U.N. Food And Agriculture Organization).  Moreover, the majority of meat consumed in this country is in the form of cold cuts and fast food – not the healthiest of options to say the least.  I eat meat but not too much. 

My main concerns when buying meat are listed below.  With all these caveats, I only wind up eating meat 2 to 3 times per week.

  1. Did the animal live a cruel free life?

  2. Did the animal eat its’ natural food? i.e. grass for cows, grass & bugs for chickens, smaller fish for salmon (farmed salmon are fed corn!) etc.

  3. Is it pesticide and drug-free?

  4. Do I believe/trust the meat purveyor?

  5. Was the animal free-roaming?  

For as long as I can remember there has been a big debate about whether being a vegetarian is healthier than being an omnivore. There is no conclusive proof that one diet is ‘healthier’ than the other.  However, there are tons of books and blogs that would claim otherwise.  Do what feels good and right for you.  Perhaps the first step in finding what is right for you is to try an elimination diet http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet).  As you slowly integrate food back into your life – see which foods make you feel sated, energized, bloated,  hungry, happy etc. We all have different lifestyles and biological makeups thus no one diet is good for everyone.  Find what works for you and stick with that. 



1. Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body Weight, and Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes. 32. National Institutes of Health. 2009-02-02. 791–6. doi:10.2337/dc08-1886. PMC 2671114. PMID 19351712 2. “The Adventist Health Studies”. Loma Linda University. Retrieved 2008-05-31.

Doug Joachim – NYC www.JoachimsTraining.com


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