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Veg/Vegan and lactose intolerant in treatment? - May 25th 2016, 08:33 PM

I am currently in the process of seeking residential treatment for an eating disorder. I am lactose intolerant (as told by my doctors, even as an infant) and they are going to make me take lactaid or whatever in order to consume dairy... I am also vegan/plant based for extreme ethical, sustainable, and physical and emotional reasons. Eating meat is just not healthy. Our society thinks we need meat to make a full meal, but that is just not the case. I don't trust advertised campaigns, and I really think it just fuels the power and money-hungry beasts. Everyone knows the health and pharmaceutical companies are a JOKE! When something is wrong with me, I try and work on it mentally BEFORE I just pop medication that I cannot begin to understand how it works When they told me I would be forced to consume meat, eggs, and dairy, I started sobbing and almost hung up on them.

How can they do this? I'm trying to understand that ED is sneaky, and I ultimately need to get better, but how can they completely disregard a medical condition and extreme fear of consuming animal products. I'm not doing it to restrict or limit my food. I actually love food, and continue to try to eat minus being so physically sick, fighting intense abdominal pain from throwing up stomach bile.

What do I do? Do more alternative/holistic programs exist in the USA that would be more accommodating? I'm not going to just go and forced to take psychiatric medication that I've had life-threatening reactions to, eat dairy that I couldn't even breastfeed for, and put animal's lives at risk. Just not doing it. So what do I do?




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Re: Veg/Vegan and lactose intolerant in treatment? - May 25th 2016, 09:57 PM

Hey.

They won't disregard a medical condition which is why they are saying that you will have Lactaid rather than regular milk. They are not going to want you to become sicker than you already are.

As for the meat avoidance, I think that's something you need to speak to them about. Their concern will be that you will struggle to ingest sufficient calories if you are not eating meat.

See, I personally agree with you that a plate of food without meat can provide all the necessary nutrients.

The issue is, can you actually eat a plate of food?

Vegetarian and vegan diets are fine for people who are healthy and can manage to eat three meals a day. However, if you are only able to eat a tiny amount, then that tiny amount needs to be as calorific (healthy calories) as possible. The bottom line is that meat has more calories than veg.

As I said, discuss it with them.

I will always support you, but I think you need to trust the ED team to know what's best when it comes to your eating. I know how hard it is to let go of control, but you being in control has gotten you into this mess and now you need to do what's best to get out of it.

On the other hand, the psychiatric meds are something else. Rather than fighting with the staff about the food issue, I think you would be better off focusing on trying to stay away from medication. But that is just my opinion, based on my experience with meds.

I understand that you are probably nervous and a little scared about what's going to happen, but I don't think it's helpful to see these people as the enemy. They ultimately want to help you.


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Re: Veg/Vegan and lactose intolerant in treatment? - May 26th 2016, 02:30 AM

GUYS.... LOOK AT THIS PROGRAM... http://www.mirasol.net/why-choose-mi...philosophy.php

Integrative, vegetarian friendly, holistic... I called and they said I would need to transition from a more-equipped program due to the medical problems I have, but she said there is a woman in the exact same program I have been trying to get into in Denver, and she is planning on going straight to Marisol once stable. Finally feeling amazingly hopeful.




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