Very recently a friend of mine changed her life in two drastic ways. 1: she became a vegetarian. 2: she went off to a college 8 hours away from home. These two things seem to have no correlation whatsoever. Unfortunately, my friend is experiencing extreme homesickness and can’t seem to figure out how to feel better. Out of nowhere my friend called me the other day and shared how her mom thinks her newfound “depression” is stemming from the lack of meat going into her system. We found this to be extremely strange and bursted into laughter, but now I am actually taking this preposterous suggestion into consideration.
It is no question that we feel hungry which leads to anger and anxiousness, we eat and we feel satisfied and happy again. Our moods, more often than not, depend on our hunger and more specifically what we are eating. So what about depriving ourselves of the essential nutrients meats possess? The potential sadness, fatigue and overall bitterness a vegetarian might experience can very well be due to the lack of vitamins. Or more commonly known as a vitamin deficiency. By depriving the human body of meat you are ultimately depriving yourself of vitamin B12. This is not like catching a cold and downing a glass of orange juice for that compensation of vitamin C. Lacking Vitamin B12 can seriously lead to depression, paranoia, delusions, and even loss of memory.
So maybe my friends’ mom was not so far-fetched like we thought. Perhaps by taking a vitamin b12 pill on the daily will suffice, but if not it is probably best to introduce meat back into her life.