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I'm curious what is recommended for vegetarians. Chad, if you read this, I find your posts to be very thorough and well thought out and appreciate that. I know you are a proponent of the 'eat like a human' and have read your article on that. I love the common sense approach and try to follow that.

I am curious though, since not everyone can eat meat. Specifically, my religeon forbids it. For people who cannot eat meat for religious purposes, what do you recommend as a second best option to get the energy similar to what meat provides? Surely nature has provided a way for this? I imagine for stubborn vegetarians you must advise something, as a doomed outlook for vegetarians just sounds so bleak.

Thanks for any advice. I quite enjoy reading your posts.


I'm glad that you are finding my scribblings helpful! For reference, the article you are discussing is the "eat like a human diet". And, yes, we often recommend eating red meat in moderation and in small amounts. While we don't feel anyone "needs" to eat meat - we feel it is a better alternative than not eating any at all or supplementing with too many other forms of protein. I do, however, understand the religious perspective.

You can certainly be a vegetarian and many people can live very well on that diet. To do so you need a varied diet (not just salads and tofu). Lentils and many other legumes are excellent alternatives to meat and have many positive properties. Soy products are also good, although they should not be consumed in excess as they may disrupt hormone levels. Nuts and seeds such as almond and pumpkin, as examples, should also be included in the diet.

From a Chinese perspective vegetarians often suffer from the effects of eating too many cooling foods which ultimately weakens them and lowers their immunity (spleen and/or kidney qi or yang deficiency). A diet with the right mix of food, some warming spices (tumeric, cinnamon), working in ginger and garlic perhaps, and coupled with any variety of herbal teas and warm soups, however, is very good for the body. Our goal is really to eat like this primarily but to lightly supplement this with occasional consumption of red meat to preserve yang energy levels. Lentils and the other foods listed above can accomplish this as well for those who choose to not eat meat for religious, environmental or personal reasons.


Thanks Chad,

I appreciate that response. I think I'm lucky in that I grew up southern and then went vegetarian. Everyone knows, Southerners don't eat much in the way of cooling foods. :)

When I am around other vegetarians who eat a majority of cooling foods, I just cringe at the thought.

I mostly feel very healthy, as I put a good deal of effort into eating a wide range as you stated, and my wife and I are always experimenting with recipies from other countries. I do tend toward the weaker side though and take longer to recover from things like workouts or skiing, so I'm on the quest to resove any blood deficiencies I have, as weakness can be very annoying and sometimes a bit scary. If I do too much I feel entirely depleted. I've never stayed on my acupuncture regimen for the length of time my acupuncturist prescribed, but I intend to this time to give it it's fair shot at 'getting me there'. Wish it wasn't so expensive!

Anyway, thanks again.


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