Today many people do not easily assimilate dairy and or beans. If this is your situation, then until you regain your digestive prowess, perhaps it’s time for a spoonful of chicken soup. Simply put, if you’re not feeling your best then the protein in a bite of fish, poultry or meat is easier to digest than is the more challenging protein found in grains, beans, nuts and seeds. This is because meat’s protein is in shorter, and therefore easier to assimilate, amino acid chains whereas the chains in plants are longer.
Or if you eat dairy but if your gastrointestinal tract isn’t happy, then perhaps you’ll find it useful to experiment. You might be one of the many people who do not tolerate milk protein (casein) and or carbohydrate (lactose).
So if you prefer being vegetarian but your health is worse instead of better; perhaps it’s time to reconsider. Just because a neighbor is a healthy vegetarian, doesn’t mean that you also will be. One woman’s bagel is another woman’s poison.
I speak from personal experience. I was vegetarian from 1969 until I developed invasive cervical cancer 20 years later. I raised my family accordingly and even taught and wrote about the benefits of a meat-free diet. It took cancer for me to rethink by diet. I shed my no-meat bias and my cancer as well. By changing my diet, I didn’t need surgery, chemo or radiation.
If you’re not thriving as a vegetarian, here’s how to set up an experiment to discern if meat might support your health:
1. First set aside your preferences for a few days; you can always pick them back up, but right now you’re exploring. Imagine that if you were to eat meat again, what sounds the most appetizing? Perhaps you’ll recall your granny’s chicken noodle soup, a tuna sandwich on rye or a long simmered pot roast with potatoes. Imagine all the steps necessary to create such a dish: from writing the shopping list to actually preparing the dish, setting the table, offering thanks and tucking in. But—before taking a bite—here’s step #2.
2. If you’ve not eaten meat in a while, or if you’ve tried meat but found it too heavy then you’ll find two supplements of value: hydrochloric acid with betaine and digestive enzymes. These supplements also help resolve compromised digestion. Take one of each at the beginning of a meal. Also note that as meat is more substantial and energetically more potent than lentils or cheese, so expect it to “feel different” in your stomach.
3. Now sit down to a bowl of chicken soup and let yourself be surprised by its flavor. Now here’s the important last step: note how you feel. Over the next few weeks, continue to experiment and note how your energy and digestion are after a meal with meat versus a vegetarian meal. In time, you’ll discern your own truth.
This is how, in three easy steps you can discover what best serves you. Rather than relying on an outside source, you’ll know from within yourself. How empowering!
May you be well nourished!