I've recently received inquiries about whether or not we 'should' eat meat as humans and my answer isn't very cut and dry. I am usually vegan (sometimes vegetarian, depends on a few things) and my reasons are numerous, including spiritual, nutritional, science based and personal, but the question is more about whether or not humans need meat.
Do we require meat? No. I choose not to debate whether we are frugivore or omnivore, if our intestines are too long for meat or we are physiologically meant to be vegetarian or not. That aside, we do not require any meat to thrive and survive.
Since there is another way, I prefer to live that way. Aside from personal preference, a society with less dependence on animal foods also saves water wasted from watering crops for animals for slaughter, reduces gases that the unnaturally large number of animals release, eliminates or reduces the poor treatment of them, and then there's the subject of health and nutrition.
Some people find themselves in a health crisis where a vegetarian or vegan diet can save their life but nearly never have I seen a case where an animal food diet would offer the same life saving changes in one's body. Not even in treatment for cancer when blood building might be needed; I have raised clients' blood count in two weeks using a vegan method over the animal alternative of blood-rich beef liver and meat. That life-giving quality in living foods paints a big picture as to the value of plant-based, whole foods.
Now, there is no 'across the board' rule for everyone and there are sometimes cases where meat or animal food may be better than none, such as: instances of malnutrition, lack of other caloric intake, wild caught occasional consumption, seasonal lack of nutrients, severe cases of anemia, etc. However, for people with access to a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans and grains, there is no 'need' for maintaining the extremely disproportionate dependence on animal-based food.
For those who do eat animal food, there are always better choices amongst the types, treatments and cooking methods. Wild caught, free range, anti-biotic free, hormone-free, non-gmo fed, non-grain fed, organic choices are best when selecting meat, eggs or dairy. Raw dairy is more digestible than homogenized and processed. Bison and Buffalo are better choices than beef and of all the animal foods available, the ones with the most nutritional benefits include cold water fish such as salmon and halibut, eggs and wild turkey.
For more information on how to eat vegetarian, attend my 'Vegetarian Nutrition for Beginners' class. Check calendar for dates and details.
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"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.