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December 14, 2012

Vegetarian vs. Non-Vegetarian

The debate has been ongoing, probably for centuries. There are those who claim that being a vegetarian is the healthiest way to eat. Others contend that animal proteins are necessary for good health. There appear to be credible sources on each side of the debate.

Who do you believe?

If we take a look at the animal kingdom, we note that …

  • Herbiverous (plant eating) animals have a very long digestive system with several stomachs to digest and extract the nutrients from plants.
  • Predatory animals have a short digestive system and cannot digest plant foods.

The human digestive system is short, similar to that of predatory animals, with one stomach, and produces enzymes that only break down animal products.

So, are humans supposed to eat only animal foods?

In actuality, both plant foods and animal foods serve a purpose for our bodies and our health.

Animal foods build our bodies and nourish our cells. They feed our bodies to meet our complex nutritional needs.

Plant foods, on the other hand, are cleansing and detoxifying. They help to remove toxins from our bodies and aid in healing.

This is why programs like juice fasting and vegan diets help people to heal from serious illnesses. But once your body is finished cleansing, you have to feed and nourish your body to rebuild your health.

Nourish Your Body And Build Good Health

Nourishment and health building is best done with clean animal foods from organic, grass-fed, pastured animals raised in the outdoors and sunshine, allowed to eat their native diets.

Both animal foods and plant foods, raw and cooked, are part of an ongoing healthy diet.

How much of each should you eat?

It varies. Because we are all unique individuals, there is no one eating prescription that is right for everyone.

When you are eating only healthy foods, you need to pay attention to your senses.

  • Are you hungry?
  • What do you feel like eating?
  • Does it smell good?
  • Does it taste good?
  • Do you feel satisfied after you eat it?

Tune in to what your body wants. When you listen, you will be eating what your body needs.

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Source: Feeding Versus Cleansing by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride

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