Frequently Asked Questions - Vegetarians

Many people have come to believe that vegetarian or vegan eating, represents the healthiest approach to diet possible. In the case of the individual trying to recover from CRC, this may not always be the case.

Vegetarianism, when appropriate for your constitution and health condition and when approached with adequate self-education, self-awareness and diet diversity, CAN be a cleansing, health supporting choice.

While I support a vegetarian, and even vegan diet for some people, I have found that some people are actually better off eating some organic animal products. Having been a vegetarian for ten years, when I switched to meat eating, it was a huge shift. Finding meat that I was ethically comfortable with and thought was healthful was a significant project.

A very small percent of meat, egg and dairy production is actually free of cruelty, unhealthy living conditions and GMO feed. Sourcing good meat usually involves some travel, buying in bulk and building a relationship with a local farmer.

If you are eating vegan or vegetarian minus the dairy (since most dairy food is not recommended on a candida diet); you will be hard pressed to maintain balanced blood sugar and stable weight. If you're trying to remain aware of food sensitivities, candida diet specifics, food combining and a four-day rotation, eating vegetarian will be challenging.

I would like to share the following for those who are ‘teetering’ on the edge of choosing animal products and sticking to vegetarianism. This can be an uncomfortable ‘fence’ to sit on as we may feel very strongly about our desire to eat compassionately.

Please don’t get me wrong, I passionately support vegetarianism for health, and ethical reasons. I was vegetarian myself for ten years and for five of those I too was vegan. I loved the diversity of foods and flavors that I was exposed to and I really enjoyed the spiritual aspects. I became much more sensitive to life and living creatures.

I am well aware of the hundreds of good arguments to eat vegetarian and I do not mean to open up a debate here. However, I would like to save some of you from self-torment if you are struggling in that place where your common sense and or your body are fighting with your belief system. If on some level you feel strongly that for you, for right now, the choice to eat animal products may be the right choice, this may be a source of deep wisdom that you need to listen to even if the idea is difficult to accept on other levels.

Accepting the choice to eat animal products can be a tough switch for some of us. However, in some cases it may be the best choice for us at least on a temporary basis. I cannot condone the tactics used by the animal agriculture industry but I do support the more humane livestock treatment employed by organic farms, especially small, diverse farms practicing a holistic farming method called agroecology in which animals play a key role in closed loop nutrient utilization cycles. This approach makes extraordinarily efficient use of resources and can minimize inputs and the transportation and production footprints related to them. For our own nutrient needs, the higher protein content and highly available nutrients (especially protein, lysine, taurine and iron) of truly healthy meat can enhance healing.

As I always say, when we are healing, the most powerful tool we have is the development of the skill of learning to listen to our bodies. When it comes to this decision, use your mind to explore your best options, but use your body and heart to decide what you need in order to enhance your own healing.

Also see 'Animal Products' in Healthy Eating Tips.

This is an article by Tarilee, Cornish, CNP

Tarilee Cornish is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner with a special interest in immune and digestive recovery including general detoxification and recovery from food allergies and candida overgrowth. She is especially passionate about pure healing food choices that have a democratic, ecological and compassionate production and distribution chain. Tarilee is a moderator on the WholeApproach Support Forum.

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