Going Vegan or Vegetarian needs education
Reducing meat is one of the healthiest things you can do for your health and for the planet!
Being "Flexitarian" is a great way to change your dietary habits without completely taking animal products out.
For example you may eat vegan for 3-5 days of the week, and then add fish, seafood, organic poultry and lean organic red meat for 1-2 days.
You may be vegetarian for 6 days per week and have a "Meat Sunday". This ensures you get B12 and CoEnzyme 10 amongst
other nutrients like iron in a form that is more easily absorbed by the human digestion.
It is vital to be a 'healthy' Vegetarian or Vegan - this doesn't just mean eating lots of fruits and vegetables.
The importance of getting enough protein cannot be over estimated. Many vegetarians and vegans eat far too many carbs.
It's true that recently Vegans especially have become much more aware of how to include healthy proteins into the diet - as they have
had to, but vegetarians can consume too much dairy in their attempt to make up their protein needs. This is not healthy for them or the planet.
Some of the so called healthy protein replacements that are used to emulate meat are not so healthy when you consider what it actually is and
where it is grown and how much processing it has to go through. These kind of foods affect the immune system and the health of the gut microbiome.
Much more studies need to be done. Using more natural foods to make up the protein is better, like pulses, seeds and nuts.
Soy products need to be fermented so the body can digest it - otherwise it affects the immune function as it is hard to break down.
Fermented Soy like tempeh can be healthy for the gut and the brain.
There are many vegetables that contain protein (and a certain amount in some fruits) - so getting the
right mix is key, also not eating them raw helps to get more from the food. Cooked or fermented is best.
Raw vegan can eventually lead to nutrient deciencies where you may not have been able to digest
and absorb enough from foods. After 2-3 years on a raw vegan diet you may (not in all cases)
experience weakened hair, nails, less ability to detoxify and overall poorer wellbeing - this becomes
more noticable with age.
Use 'Raw' foods for cleansing and feeding the microbiome and
'Cooked' or 'Fermented' foods for nutrient absorption - growth, repair, recovery.