I have often wondered if this is the program the Lord wants me doing. Paul said that all things are permissable but not always advisable. (my paraphrase)
God bless, kc
KC, this is where "ethical" vegans, it seems to me, are at odds with the Good Book. IMHO it would be impossible to conclude from the Bible alone
that it is wrong/sinful to eat animal products. However, the Jews, around 3,500 years ago, were commanded not to eat the fat (Leviticus 3.17) and they possibly ate a diet that was much lower in fat than the SAD.
Yes, Jesus fed people fish (John 6, 21). I also see nothing in the Bible to suggest that He was a vegetarian. So while I would certainly not argue that eating fish is a sin or even that eating a little of it is necessarily inherently unhealthy, I have concerns about the quality of water in many places and thus the quality of the fish. Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. McDougall recommend omitting fish due to the fat/cholesterol it contains [http://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/jun/confessions.htm].
So the question in regard to animal products, including fish, for me is this, "Do I have better choices?"
If you find yourself in a situation where you have no better options, eat fish--or beef. Please don't starve to death!
However, I appreciate this site as a great educational resource and it, among other resources, has convinced me that a plant based diet is ideal. I am grateful for the good plants and think I can help prevent cardiovascular disease by omitting the animal products and keeping the fat intake low. That is all of the rationale I need to omit animal products from my diet.
The most difficult thing about following the program here is that it is not popular. In other words, you may often find yourself with others who eat quite differently and think you are weird. I also do not like to be considered "hard to please" in regard to diet or other things. However, to preserve health and prevent diseases and to be a good caretaker of this body/temple He has given me, I am willing to be strange!