The above spread looks fairly nutritious to most people right? The only problem is, it is mostly carbs and not full of nutrient density. It’s OK to have a meal like this, but to only have veggies, chips, hummus, rolls, and black bean and corn salad all the time for lunch and dinner would lead to nutrition deficiency. I know, because I lived on that kind of food for years and ended up feeling depleted and starving! Finally, with my fifth pregnancy, my midwife told me that it was best that I start eating some meat. So I did and it tasted so good. My body needed it.
Here’s a fascinating interview with a former vegetarian, Lierre Keith. She tells us why she started being a vegetarian, how long it lasted, why she gave it up, and what to do when you have ethical concerns about the way animals are used for food. Please listen to this and share it! I was vegan or vegetarian from about 1997 to 2004 so this story really resonates with me. I am still making up for the poor nutrition I got when I was that way.
Here is the summary of the episode, copied and pasted from the page for the show notes of Wise Traditions podcast episode 31:
Episode #31 Vegetarianism Reconsidered
Lierre Keith became a vegan as a teenager. She was concerned about animal welfare and environmental degradation. She was passionate and convinced that vegetarianism was the way forward. And yet, almost right away her health began to deteriorate. Listen to her story and you will learn what she discovered about the pitfalls of vegetarianism and alternative solutions for healing the planet. She explains the following:
– what persuaded her to become a vegan
– the health repercussions she began to see right away and in the long term (including fatigue, hypoglycemia, irregular menstrual cycles, dry skin, depression, anxiety, exhaustion, insomnia; and later, degenerative disc and autoimmune diseases)
– why the vegetarian diet does not meet the needs of the human “template”
– what’s missing exactly– insufficient fat, not enough protein,
– the mental issues that can surface (difficulty maintaining a stable mood, struggles with eating disorders, OCD, etc. b/c of dietary deficiencies)
– how vegetarianism does not lead to saving the planet, the animals, or feeding hungry people
– the truth about dreadful factory farm conditions
– the fallacy of the argument: take the 18 lbs. of grain used to feed a cow and give them to a human being (this becomes “agricultural dumping” and becomes a hindrance to allowing people to provide their own food)
– the motivating ethic of vegans and vegetarians: the values of justice, compassion, and sustainability
– why animal foods are necessary for the “human template”
This interview comes from the new Wise Traditions podcast, the official podcast of the Weston A. Price foundation. I have been so impressed with this podcast. Please subscribe to it and spread the word! You will learn things about nutrition that you don’t hear anything else.