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Vegans, do you get sick when you eat eggs or dairy?


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I've only been eating vegan for 2 months now, but before that I was a vegetarian, and I know from experience that when I had meat accidentally, I would get sick (e.g. diarrhea). I'm wondering now whether the same applies for vegans-- do you get sick when you eat eggs or dairy?

I don't want to actually experiment by eating this, but I kind of want to know out of curiosity. Also, it would help me to refuse non-vegan foods --when pressured-- if I could say that I would get physically ill. No one ever wants to make you feel sick.

Thanks!!

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while vegan, if i found out post-eating that i'd had something w/eggs or dairy, i never had a problem.  and when i decided to not be vegan anymore, i just really dived right into "conventional" eating and didn't have any weird reactions to yogurt or eggs or cheese at all, which was surprising to me.  i'd heard about getting sick too; but that wasn't my experience at all.

I don't get sick when I eat an organic free-range egg.  I am a vegetarian who eats an egg every so often, but never meat, fish, or poultry.  I do feel uncomfortable when I eat yogurt or drink milk, which I liked before I became vegetarian.  

I think it is important to be able to decline to eat something that you don't want to eat without having to make any elaborate explanations.  Just say that it's not on your diet. People who pressure other people to eat something they don't want to eat should be resisted as a matter of principle.   

Some vegans already have a physical adverse reaction to dairy products, say, which prompted them to stop eating them in the first place.  And if you stop eating something for a long time you can find it indigestible when you reintroduce it.   However, sometimes the adverse reaction can be psychosomatic.... ie. if the person knows what they're eating they feel ill, but if they are unaware of what they're eating they're perfectly OK.

If you don't want to eat something a polite 'no thanks' should be enough. Don't feel you have to make up an excuse. 

Even before I was a vegan, I never liked seafood at all. Every time I said this to people, I got 20 questions. Really? Why not? What about shrimp? What about tuna? Did you eat it growing up?

It was more a psychological thing with me, I would literally gag if I tried to eat it.

I got tired of all the questions, and felt it easier to say that I am highly allergic to all seafood. That cuts the questions down to maybe 2-3.

I don't think it's terrible to tell people it will make you sick, as might be psychologically ill about eating it, anyway.

 

I wouldn't know. I haven't eaten eggs or dairy for a long time.

i broke veganism after 2 years with a slice of cheesecake once. within 45 minutes, i had terrible pains in my gut that had me doubled over...followed by a bathroom trip :P

Original Post by britomartis:

I don't get sick when I eat an organic free-range egg.  I am a vegetarian who eats an egg every so often, but never meat, fish, or poultry.  I do feel uncomfortable when I eat yogurt or drink milk, which I liked before I became vegetarian.  

I think it is important to be able to decline to eat something that you don't want to eat without having to make any elaborate explanations.  Just say that it's not on your diet. People who pressure other people to eat something they don't want to eat should be resisted as a matter of principle.   

*applauds*

Thanks for all the replies! I was so curious, and it's good to get some answers finally.

And I know I shouldn't feel like I "have to make excuses", but there are times when it's just a whole lot easier on everyone to say that I would get ill-- but I'd only say that if it were true. Because when you're not eating the cake or etc. that everyone else is eating, they sometimes feel a little uncomfortable that you're rejecting/looking down on their food, and at times it can make them feel better to know that you simply can't eat it, and that's all.

well ahh hey :] ive been a vegetarian..well i dnt eat dairy either..soo im partially vegan.lol but ahh..for about 7 months now..nd the other day..i sooooooooo did a really bad oppsies nd ate a piece of roast beef and ate cheese the whole day :/

but i ended up throwing it all up and feeling horrible because i dont think my stomach can handle cheese anymore :[

soo if i was to ever decide that i want to be a regular vegetarian and eat dairy but no meat...i dnt know how i would do it :[

hope this sort of answered your question

I would say yes to the dairy question for me. I've been vegan for about 10 years now, and the few times that I was misinformed about there 'not being dairy' in foods...I got very very sick each time. Not from guilt or making myself feel that way, my body just reacted very badly to the dairy.

I had gone to a restaurant and they told me that the green beans were dairy free, after a couple of bites I thought they tasted buttery, but the waitress assured me that it was a dairy free spread on them. I didn't eat much of them, but when I got home I was very sick. I called and spoke to a different person, who then asked the cook, who said it was butter on the green beans and the waitress had never asked him earlier. Needless to say, the effects of the butter on my system were not pleasant.

After awhile without eating meat or meat products, your stomach stops producing the enzymes necessary to break down the protien in meat.  If you then start eating meat it can make you sick.

How long does it take for your stomach to stop producing the "meat protien enzymes"?  Your results may vary.  With some people it happens within months, other years, others never stop producing it (which explains why some people can jump back to being omnivores with no difficulty).

Maybe I'm mistaken but I thought the main enzyme that breaks down protein was protease, which you would need to break down any kind of protein, even the protein in oats. So I can't see how it would just 'stop' producing it.

I haven't eaten meat in at least 2 or 3 years. Now even the smell of meat (esp raw) makes me sick to my stomach.

I'm not a total vegan as I do eat organic free range eggs (from a local farmer), but I don't do any other animal products (save an occassional bit of honey).

I have found that since I stopped eating dairy the black circles under my eyes have all but disappeared and I no longer "machine gun sneeze". But if I do injest any form of dairy my eyes and my sneezing immediately flare up again.

I'm not lactose intolerant and I'm not allergic to milk in the tradional sense. However I do have asthma. I also have a similiar but more severe reaction around cattle. My folks raised cattle when I was younger and I think it may tracce back to that somehow.

I've been vegan for about 8months now and while i don't know about the dairy or eggs, Domino's accidently put some bacon on a piece of my cheese-less veggie pizza and i almost vomited before taking it out of my mouth. I definitely think it's a psychological response because i used to love bacon.

Original Post by purpleorchid89:

Thanks for all the replies! I was so curious, and it's good to get some answers finally.

And I know I shouldn't feel like I "have to make excuses", but there are times when it's just a whole lot easier on everyone to say that I would get ill-- but I'd only say that if it were true. Because when you're not eating the cake or etc. that everyone else is eating, they sometimes feel a little uncomfortable that you're rejecting/looking down on their food, and at times it can make them feel better to know that you simply can't eat it, and that's all.

I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, so can't say that I know exactly what you're going through....however I do think it's probably uncomfortable to have to constantly answer inquiries about your food choices!

If the foods don't actually make you ill, maybe you could still say something just slightly more vague.....like "Eggs/meat/milk don't really agree with me".  That way you're not lying about getting sick (maybe the food doesn't agree with your ethics rather than your body!)....but you might deflect having to give a lengthy defense of your diet :)

Hello there! To answer your question, I've been vegan for about 10 years now. I've found that I do get pretty ill when I've accidentally consumed dairy in the past (meaning I've eaten something I was 'positive' didn't have dairy in it, only to later find out that it did), or been served the wrong dish, etc. I haven't had anything with eggs in it particularly, but some added butter or milk in items have made me very sick.

I haven't been sick from eating eggs but after dairy I get horrible tummy pains.Undecided 

Just recently I've come down with the flu which I believe was from eating (unintentionally) something which had worstershire sauce in it a few days ago (anchovies, ugh!!). I've come to that conclusion because I otherwise never get sick with the flu. Ever.

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