The debate continues on about the benefits of plant-based diets (vegan or vegetarian) versus animal-based diets. My response to this question when patients ask me is not black and white. Every “body” requires different things at different times.
The biggest problem we all encounter is processed foods. I encourage all of our patients to decrease and eliminate the number of cookies, candy, cake, ice cream, potato chips, soda, white bread, pasta, cereals, and frozen dinners consumed.
Wondering what to eat for better health? We all eat too few vegetables (me included). And, they may be the solution to many problems we experience. Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that are required for a body to function well. Eating a large variety of vegetables is very beneficial. Vegetables should be the foundation of a healthy diet. But, eating vegetables alone may not supply all the minerals and amino acids (protein) we require.
I encourage the use of organic, grass-fed, farm-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free meat and eggs in place of conventional whenever possible. Conventionally raised meat is not as healthy as an organic alternative. Quality does matter so choose the best sources whenever possible.
The nutrients in animal products are beneficial for healing and energy. They are good for the heart, brain, muscles, and joints. But, at times, if a person is not digesting these foods well a temporary decrease or change in the type of meat might be needed to heal optimally.
So, as the debate continues, make the best choices for your body and choose foods that are good for your health and wellbeing. Continue to set targets and improve on what you are doing. Improve the quality of the things you eat. And, decrease the quantity of the processed foods. You are building a strong foundation for your future. If you are a patient ask your Practitioner if you should bring in certain foods to be checked to see what is best for you.
Yours in health, Kerry