I think this thread has become a matter of meat vs. non-meat, when it should really be a matter of generally what should be eaten, and what shouldn't be eaten:
-Anything that's tainted or unnatural or overly-processed
There should probably be a longer list here. After the list, it should be up to individuals to choose what's good for them. Common sense, yes?
I treat grains as filler food, and while they make you full, they're basically nutritionally-empty and probably lead to loss of bone density.
I elected to stop consuming dairy a few years ago, partly because the hormones in the milk naturally were problematic, and contained estrogen-like hormones, among other things. Children hitting puberty at age 9 and 10? Not my gig, thanks.
The site I was reading (http://www.notmilk.com
)pushed for vegetarianism, but I thought that was bullshit. I wasn't going for vegetarianism, but I thought milk always made me a little queasy and sick all the time, so I stopped consuming dairy altogether. I had soy milk for a while, but that was disgusting and only after a month on this non-dairy diet, I learned that soy had the same estrogen problem. At least the same site pushed against soy too, while pushing their anti-dairy vegetarian agenda.
Solution? Almond milk. Because almonds don't come from animals, lol. Hemp milk is supposed to be great too.
The problem with not consuming dairy is that you lose out on crucial fat. Solution? Eggs.http://www.nutritionandeggs.co.uk/eggs_nutrition/nutrition1.html
Whole eggs are a fantastic source of nutrients, protein and cholesterol, and in case this wasn't known, eggs are the standard against which most other foods are weighed against to compare the amount of protein absorbed and used by the body. You absorb more protein from eggs than you can from meat, although I wouldn't rule out consuming regular meat altogether.
So, technically you're not eating meat and torturing animals by eating eggs, especially if you're getting them from locals or your own backyard, and you still get the protein and cholesterol and nutrients you need to facilitate life while not eating that poor tortured cow's meat full of antibiotics. Problem solved.
Vegetarians don't often advocate eating eggs because they're CHICKEN BABIES OMFG MURDERER, but they're irrational in that regard.
It's time to figure out what you need in your diet, not what moral/political agenda you want to support. That's something for teenagers to do so they can get laid.