Could you be protein deficient? Here are the hidden signs.

Via Dr. John Douillard
on Dec 8, 2011
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Every winter I find myself treating an inordinate number of patients for protein deficiency. Most of them are quite health-aware and have made conscious decisions as to what they include—and don’t include—in their diets. But somehow, despite their best intentions, they find themselves with this very significant deficiency.

Many of these patients are vegetarian. Others—perhaps the majority—have stopped eating red meat years ago but continue to eat chicken or fish once in a while. Though it is my personal belief that a vegetarian diet may be the healthiest, it seems there is something in the way we are doing it that leaves us vulnerable to protein deficiency and its consequences.

Article-At-A-Glance

– Why is protein deficiency so common?
– Telltale signs of protein deficiency
– Effective protein-building strategies

Watch the video below and/or read on:

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Why is Protein Deficiency so Common?
Interestingly, many traditional Asian cultures seem to do well eating a vegetarian diet. So why can’t we eat that same way and thrive? No doubt our genetics have something to do with it. Books like The Blood Type Diet and other body typing systems, including Ayurveda, have contributed many insights into this question.

Something not often brought up, however, is that most traditional Asian cultures still have someone in the family who cooks full-time. On my journeys to India I’ve observed that the cooks start cooking breakfast before anyone else is awake. Right after breakfast they start preparing lunch. After lunch, they are off to the market to buy food, and then right back at it to prepare supper.

By contrast, many of us here are too busy to cook and eating out has become the standard fallback. We race from one activity to the next, eating just to “fill the tank” for the next activity. Dining and enjoying a relaxed, home-cooked meal is becoming less and less common. As for the family cook, many parents have silently been elected the family superhero: holding down a job, driving and picking up kids, coordinating all of their activities and, oh yes, cooking for the entire tribe. Needless to say, this doesn’t leave much time for balanced meal preparation.

In trying to whip up our meals in minutes, we may be sacrificing our nutritional health.

I often say that to be a good vegetarian you need to cook at least two hours a day. That’s not to propose a strict numbers rule, simply to emphasize that being a healthy vegetarian takes extra work. And when we consider our current lifestyles, it’s not surprising that many of us don’t have the time for cooking, and our health may suffer for it.

So, how can you tell if you are protein deficient? Here are the signs:
The following discusses signs of mild and/or chronic protein deficiencies. Find a list of severe and/or acute deficiency symptoms at the end of this article.

Chronic Protein Deficiency Sign #1: Constant Craving

Carbs, sweets, caffeine, chocolate, pop, candy, pastries, or chips; constant cravings for these non-nutritional foods point to unstable blood sugar. Not everyone with cravings is protein deficient (otherwise we would really be looking at a country-wide epidemic!), but protein deficiency and unstable blood sugar are intimately linked.

    ~Blood Sugar Stability/ Protein Deficiency Home Assessment~

This short assessment may help discover a blood sugar imbalance that a blood test might not pick up.

1.    If you are a vegetarian or rarely eat meat and have a craving for carbs and just don’t feel satisfied until you are filled up on breads, pastas or sweets, you may have unstable blood sugar that may be due to a deficiency of protein.

2.    If you are a vegetarian and have a secret stash of candy, jelly beans or dark chocolate, you may have unstable blood sugar that may be due to a deficiency of protein.

3.    Try eating 3 meals a day without snacks. If you find you need to nibble or graze on anything other than water, you may have unstable blood sugar that may be due to a deficiency of protein.

4.    A blood test is most conclusive and indicated for anyone concerned about their blood sugar.

Chronic Protein Deficiency Sign #2: Muscle and/or Joint Pain

About fifteen years ago I had a sudden attack of severe neck pain. I got a massage, saw a few chiropractors, and got Rolfed, but nothing seemed to touch this pain. I remember it was in the fall because I had the thought that I might be protein deficient!

According to Ayurveda, during fall and winter the body starts to store proteins and fats to insulate and rebuild the body during the cold winter months. The body stores much of its protein reserves in the synovial fluid around the joints, to be used to rebuild the muscles and joints after strenuous exercise. When one is protein deficient, this reserve is the first to go. As a result, the joints stiffen and the muscles tighten. This kind of pain does not typically respond to standard musculoskeletal care.

I went down the checklist:
Yes, I had been a vegetarian for many years.
Yes, I did have a sweet tooth and loved carbs.
Yes, I was becoming a snacker.
Yes, it was winter and my joints were stiff and unresponsive to standard care.

The day I realized I might be protein deficient, I had two large whey protein powder shakes and added significantly more protein to my diet. With no exaggeration, my pain was gone by the end of that day. It just left. No pills or herbs, just more protein!

Ayurvedic Meat Eaters

Ayurveda is a vegetarian system of medicine. In fact, cows are sacred and it is just not cool to eat them. But in the case of protein deficiency, Ayurvedic doctors will prescribe the medicinal eating of red meat. One of the prescriptions I learned to resolve a protein deficiency is this:

Eat 4 ounces of red meat at the midday meal, each day for two weeks.

As a medicine, not a way of life.

I have used this recipe numerous times for protein deficiencies with amazing results. That said, not all of the vegetarians I have treated were willing to do this, so below I have suggested alternative protein rebuilding strategies.

Why Red Meat?

  • Red meat is the most acidic of all meats and of all protein sources in general. The more acidic a substance, the deeper it penetrates the tissues and the better it is stored.
  • Alkaline foods are great cleansers. They flush the lymph and help the body detoxify. The more alkaline a food or diet, the more efficiently it will remove waste and toxins.
  • On the other hand, the more acidic a food is, the less easy it will be to remove or detoxify. While we tend to associate the notion of “acidic foods” with toxic or comfort foods, many acidic foods are actually very healthy and essential.
  • This is nature’s way of balancing: we help rebuild the body in the winter with naturally occurring acidic foods and cleanse the body in the spring and summer with naturally occurring alkaline foods.

Consider: If a squirrel ate only broccoli in the winter, the squirrel would freeze to death. Luckily, nature does not make broccoli available in the colder winter months. The harvest during a cold winter was traditionally loaded with meats, grains, and root veggies—all primarily acidic, rich in protein, and rebuilding. This principle of eating naturally with the seasons is the main focus of my book, The 3-Season Diet.

Options for Treating Protein Deficiency

1. Medicinal Red Meat. Even the Dalai Lama and many of the monks in Kashmir eat meat. If you are not totally offended by this option try the two week red meat blood plan to rebuild protein and stabilize blood sugar: Eat 4 ounces of red meat a day for 2 weeks, preferably at lunch.

I believe this medicinal program is best and most effective when implemented with great respect and gratitude for the animal that gave its life to help yours.

2. Vegetarian Alternatives. If eating meat is not an option for you, try the following:

Have 3 whey, pea, rice, or hemp protein powder shakes a day; one with each meal.
Eat off the winter grocery list (see the winter grocery list from The 3-Season Diet in the library at LifeSpa.com) and emphasize the vegetarian proteins and fats listed.
Eat more of the high protein foods listed below.

Protein Sources:

Non-Vegetarian

  •         Meat
  •         Poultry
  •         Fish
  •         Dairy
  •         Eggs

   Vegetarian

  •         Seeds, sprouted
  •         Nuts
  •         Beans
  •         Lentils
  •         Whole grains (in order from highest to lowest protein content): Wheat, amaranth, oats, rye, triticale, teff, spelt, wild rice, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, sorghum, corn, rice.
  •         Soy
  •         Peas
  •         Peanuts
  •         Spinach
  •         Potato
  •         Sweet potato
  •         Algae
  •         Seaweed

Note: This article focuses less on severe and/or acute protein deficiency, and more so on mild and/or chronic, sub-clinical deficiencies that may contribute to numerous other chronic health issues. Below is a list of symptoms related to severe protein deficiency.

Symptoms of Severe Protein Deficiency:

  •     Edema (swelling)
  •     Thinning brittle hair and/or hair loss
  •     Ridges in finger and toe nails
  •     Skin rashes; dry skin
  •     Weak and tired
  •     Muscle soreness and cramps
  •     Slow healing
  •     Skin ulcers
  •     Sleep issues
  •     Headache
  •     Nausea
  •     Fainting
  •     Depression/anxiety

If you have these symptoms and suspect you may not be getting adequate protein, please see your primary healthcare provider for a blind test and evaluation of your total serum protein.

As you can see, your protein levels can really make a difference in how you feel, especially throughout the winter. Whatever your diet of choice, I hope you continue to stay balanced and use these tips to help find what works for you. And remember, your feedback is always valued!

 

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About Dr. John Douillard

Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda and sports medicine. Over the past 30 years, he’s helped over 100,000 patients repair their digestive system and eat wheat and dairy again. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, a leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web with over 5 million views on YouTube. Receive his valuable health reports in your inbox - sign up for free! LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 800 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom backed by modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of six books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and has been featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Yoga Journal, the Huffington Post and dozens of other publications. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For information on Dr. John's newest book, Eat Wheat, please visit eatwheat.lifespa.com, LifeSpa.com and connect with Dr. Douillard on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Eat Wheat is now available in bookstores. It can be ordered from Amazon, eatwheat.lifespa.com and all major booksellers.

Comments

95 Responses to “Could you be protein deficient? Here are the hidden signs.”

  1. Michelle says:

    Quinoa!

  2. Nadine says:

    Time to open your eyes friend and wake up, you are not only what you eat but also what you think… break free of the old paradigms mentally and you may surprise yourself to find that you no longer conform to their rules. I personally have NO problem (in fact the opposite) eating less protein and being vegan- and would recommend it to anyone who can see past the old belief systems.

  3. Suri says:

    Wow , what a bunch of bitter comments! Amazing how people get offended so easily.

  4. mccubma says:

    Maybe everyone needs some extra protein. Is "grumpy" a symptom? :o)

  5. Dr. John Douillard says:

    Thank you for your comments. My point is that there are many folks who just not thriving on a vegetarian diet. Perhaps they switched too fast but this is just an opportunity for them to self evaluate and be sure are not missing protein.

    I wrote this article only because I see it so frequently and it is good for all of us to be sure if they are not feeling well to rule out protein deficiency

    One the deficiency is ruled out or resolved then perhaps they will resume their vegetarian diet and thrive in the way you are

    Thx for listening

    John

  6. Dr. John Douillard says:

    Yes I couldn't agree more

    And many folks have a balanced diet and get into trouble

    The red meat is only an 2 week option used to rebuild protein reserves

    Once deficiencies are ruled out then a balanced diet as you suggest is all that is needed

    Thx for your response

    John

  7. mary says:

    thanks for the wonderful info. totally corroborates my experience.

  8. ContentReader says:

    Very interesting. Thank you. Helps me understand some things I have been noticing for myself–like an affinity for greens in the spring and summer and not so much in the fall and winter. when I find myself leaning toward root veggies and animal protein.

    I am a fit, middle-aged woman. I recently had an inguinal hernia repair. I came across something in my research related to understanding my condition and possible treatment options that linked hernia and protein deficiency, so this issue is definitely something I want to pay attention to.

    Thank you for the tips and insights.

  9. Sadly, some of the most narrow-minded, aggressive, dogmatic folk I've run across in the yoga community are vegan. I hasten to add I am NOT saying ALL vegans are so. In one yoga training, some vegans and vegetarians literally created a divisive atmosphere that I have never experienced in years of teaching at yoga trainings.

    One wonders if perhaps they truly are not balanced in their food choices?

    I think whenever ideology overrides the common sense Doulliard presents above, there's trouble!

  10. lisa garza says:

    Very similar symptoms to Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Intolerance as well. Thanks for the info. Always good to be aware of all possibilities for causes of symptoms. Namaste, Lisa

  11. Kapha-Pitta says:

    I'm betting you're a Kapha, then. 😉

  12. Andre says:

    wow Protein deficiency wow:))) is there such an animal, and if there is what the doctors call it. as far as i know there is no medical term about protein deficiency. it is like oxygen deficiency :))))))))))))))))))))0
    check 80-10-10 by Duglas Graham are you serious or you are just telling us a short anecdote about vegetarians:)).

  13. katherine says:

    I am curious about your list of grains and protein content. I have always understood that grains such as spelt and quinoa were HIGHER, not lower, in protein than modern wheat. Now I'm confused. Could you explain your research on that? Thank you!

  14. Sandra says:

    the most successful vegetarians live in warmer climates where fruit, veggies, and grains can be available all year. but most civilizations and traditional cultures included some form of animal protein in their diets on a regular basis – meat, seafoods, milk, and in Africa, blood from their animals (the Masai). and I have also noticed that many vegans are very judgemental about others' diet and lifestyle choices – thing is, it would be impossible for us to continue to exist without exploiting other living things – no bees? no plants. no mammals? no fertilizer. Know yourself (not who you think you are or who you wish you were) and do what you can to practice ahimsa knowing that it's impossible to be perfect.

  15. todd says:

    Ayurveda is not a vegetarian system. A cursory knowledge of Ayurveda and review of texts such as the Charaka samhita, Sushruta samhita and Ashtanga Hrdaya will dispel any such notion. In fact, one is hard pressed to find ANY condition described in Ayurveda in which meat in some way is not recommended. We have to be careful to separate out relatively recent cultural changes in India and Hinduism with Ayurveda. Meat is not forbidden to the Hindu, even the Manu Smriti states this as such. Eating meat is a reflection of genetics, geography and season. If you live in south India, it is easy to be a vegetarian. But even the Kashmiri brahmins eat meat in northern India, so clearly religion isn't the issue here.

  16. melissa danielle says:

    How does one determine the sufficient number of grams of protein to consume every day for their individual needs?

  17. Dr. John Douillard says:

    This is a difficult question as it depends on the individual constitution, genetics and strength of digestion. The range for protein needs seems to range from from 10%-30% of the diet. I believe we have to be open to experimenting with our protein needs and adjust accordingly. The winter is from the Ayurvedic perspective is the time to increase protein and fat intake and then less is needed in the spring and summer.

  18. Ben_Ralston says:

    Good on ya Lyn 🙂

  19. guest says:

    damn, I was hoping for a more educated article. I went to Dr. John Douillard's website which has a disclaimer on it about how it's "just his opinion". elephant, do you need to publish every quack you can find?

  20. Guest says:

    The reason quinoa is so good for vegans is because it is a COMPLETE protein (has all 9 essential amino acids in appropriate proportions). It doesn't necessarily have MORE protein per unit of measure, it just doesn't need to be coupled with other complimentary protein sources with to be "complete".

  21. elephantjournal says:

    Why—you know any? Have them email quack@elephantjournal.com, we're waiting by the phones. ~ Waylon

  22. elephantjournal says:

    Amen! Thanks for the respectful comment. We looove constructive debate—we all can learn from one another. I'm vegetarian (easy for me), and have seen studies that show that most Americans get way tooo much protein. ~ Waylon

  23. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks for the respectful criticism. I'd love to hear a respectful, informed response on this—I'm veggie myself and have seen studies showing USers get way too much protein, overall. ~ Waylon

  24. elephantjournal says:

    What's EP?

  25. jeanineMB says:

    Dear Dr Douillard, I would have appreciated you stating from the beginning of your article that it was written for a vegetarian audience (you draw your conclusions from your past experience and the vast majority of your patients who are vegetarians). There are many others unstated (or very poorly documented) assumptions in your article.
    First, the vast majority of Americans( and Westerners) who crave sugar (and/or suffer from diabetes) are read meat eaters. Second, the main reason why in India cooking is a full time job for one (or more) person(s) in the family, is not because of their vegetarian diet! In my country (Rwanda and Congo were I grew up) cooking does take even more time in rural areas and it is not a vegetarian culture. Their is a cultural context that you are completely missing there (cooking for a huge family which includes extended family and daily visitors, the kitchen "equipment", etc.. and last but not least the importance given to food beyond nutrients)
    Third, addressing a vegetarian audience (well this is not openly stated in your article) in a alarming tone and offering, as the first solution, eating read meat does not show consideration for their choice.
    Fourth, except edema and fainting, a person eating a highly proteinic diet (based on flesh) would show all your listed symptoms of Severe Protein Deficiency (plus not so nice body odor and breath…to stay on the physical level)
    Last but not least, the most acidic invisible food we (whatever our diets) absorb is stress.
    Living (even eating an ethical vegetarian diet) always involves some suffering, but as yogis (or aspiring yogis) the idea is to minimize, minimize this suffering…
    I cannot be grateful that somebody is killed to feed me and pay for that "service". It cannot serve my life to participate to killing friendly people. It cannot. That's why eating a vegan diet is easy. I am happy that in the USA, there are more and more people "leaning into veganism" (as would say K.Freston), spiritual masters and MD's who have accumulated science and experience in that field (ie Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine). It goes against many cultures to eat a vegetarian/vegan diet, and thanks God, Mother Nature can still offer us everything we need in the vegetal world…. maybe that will not last, but for sure, eating meat will only contribute to deplete her (and thus us).

    Jeanine

    PS: I have the utmost respect for His Holiness, and when I listen to him, he goes far in taking the responsibility of what is going on in Tibet…

    Jeanine

  26. lauraplumb says:

    Wonderful article. So thorough. Thank you!

  27. ClimbingFisherman says:

    We are Humans. We are HUNTERS and GATHERERS. Meat and Veggies are what we are made of. BALANCE!

  28. […] I haven’t been eating enough protein lately. As much as meat grosses me out, one way I can tell I’m not getting enough protein is […]

  29. Jessie Paul says:

    I think it is important to remind people that red meat is only as healthy as the cow it came from. Really do your research to make sure that the cow wasn't fed sub-par byproducts, GMO corn, antibiotics and raised in filthy, overcrowded conditions. We are what we eat, and so are animals. You can't expect to be healthy by eating meat from unhealthy sources, and it is difficult to find quality meat unless you know the farmer or raise it yourself.

  30. G says:

    People, RELAX. No need to freak out here- There has to be a middle ground and there has to be acceptance.

    I used to be a fanatical vegan, PETA protester (for 12 years)- I once ordered over 1,000 Meat Your Meat pamphlets and spent my day walking around mall parking lots sticking them on people’s windshields.

    I used to say, “I would rather die than eat an animal” as well as preach the China Study and all the other research that claims eating meat essentially kills you (You can find research to support just about any opinion/idea you find yourself clinging to)

    However, when I put my emotions aside I was able to really come to a more balanced place. I kept reading, kept learning, kept educating myself. I was wondering why, when I was doing everything so ‘perfect’ (sprouted nuts, seeds, grains, raw smoothies, raw protein powder, b12 supplements, all organic, nutritional yeast) with my diet, I was so completely sick (all the symptoms of protein deficiency).

    I came to realize (thank-god) that I was extremely deficient in many vital nutrients and protein. I started adding grass-fed dairy, pasture eggs and organic whey, and felt slightly better- but not until making the heart-wrenching decision to eat meat again did I start to regain my health.

    Everyone is different- mentally, physically, there are so many factors. Some can thrive on a balanced vegetarian diet, others cannot. And, while I would love to believe, as one commentor said, that with our thoughts we can rise above any dietary need, that is simply not 100% true. You cannot alter what your body needs. This is exemplified by purists who have attempted to live off the air. It just doesn’t work no matter what level of enlightenment you are at. We have physical bodies, with physical needs. We need to respect this.

    The focus should be on doing what we need to stay healthy and listening to our bodies. It should also be on choosing to nourish ourselves with food that is sustainably sourced, raised, etc. and animal products that are produced responsibly and as humanely as possible- a good source for finding food that fits this ticket in your area: http://www.eatwild.com/

  31. Luigi Kozeliski says:

    Extremely interesting blog post thanks for writing it I have added your blog to my bookmarks and will check back.

  32. HeatherM says:

    Kind of weird it was not mentioned at all….it is one of the highest packed grains!

  33. Vision_Quest2 says:

    Suppose all the protein in the world doesn't solve your "protein deficiency".
    Having been treated for hereditary high blood cholesterol for over 15 years with statin drugs, my "protein deficiency" increased my cravings for carbohydrates big-time. My waistline girth increased.

    Not too long later I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Had I remained obese (despite being underinsured), it would have been diagnosed well over year sooner … because American doctors fear the fat person's comorbidities the most.

    And I know this from my blogsite where I blog about nutrition.

    Unstable blood sugar could be a symptom of something lifelong, and not a cause of diabetes or a marker of "protein deficiency" … such as former obesity, and rampant major weight cycling – which I had done …

  34. rachael says:

    I'm really shocked that protein defiency is still being labeled as an illness. There is no techinal name for protein defiency therefore it doesn't really exist. Every food contains protein, in the winter wouldn't it be more correct to say we crave more calorie dense foods therefore carbs. However what is connected to animal protein is cancer, strokes, impotency, fatigue etc etc etc. How can you say that red meat is medicinal when you are putting death into your body and putting something toxic which means that it is not meant to be eaten. Have you read the China Study or at least watched Forks over Knives?

  35. rachael says:

    Did you think about increasing your calories? Did you try to combine your foods better? In my opinion eating meat is the easy option and the easiest isn't the best. Why is it then that in the US people with the longest life expectancy are vegetarians and vegans? Such a shame that you took the easy route after being such a "fanatical" vegan

  36. rachael says:

    Thanks for posting this. Kwashiorkor is not just a protein defiency but a lack or calories that leads to low protein levels, up your calories and eat lots of greens then there is no possibility for a defiency

  37. I just started using the shake. i been feeling full so i am sure i will loose some weight. i have been exercising every day aswell…

  38. Mary from Ashland says:

    I didn't think seaweed, besides dulse, really had any protein? Are there varieties of seaweed that are more protein-rich?

  39. Ann says:

    Ummm, yes, but not a good source of DENSE protein. 1 serving of Quinoa has 3 grams of protein, while one serving of beef has a whopping 26 grams. How much quinoa do YOU want to have to eat? This is where veganism goes off the rails – by saying that vegetables have even CLOSE to similar levels of nutrient-density pound for pound. They just don't. Yes, they all have protein, vitamins, and minerals, but not in such a small, neat, easy to eat package. 1 serving of beef is a far smaller portion for 26 grams of protein than what you would have to eat to get the same amount of protein from quinoa. After years of trying to meet one's protein needs with beans, seeds, nuts, and grains, one could conceivably put a tremendous strain on the pancreas and wind up with diabetes. This is where the beauty of animal proteins shines. Far more protein in a smaller portion, perfect fats, and negligible carbohydrates.

  40. BrightBlue says:

    This doctor is a chiropractor and thus, is unqualified to give nutritional advice. DC's are not medical doctors, dieticians, nutritionists or even naturopathic doctors. I'd even feel more comfortable with a practitioner of ayurvedic medicine. Why he is giving advice on nutrition is beyond me and I wish Elephant would refrain from promoting health advice from dubious sources. Especially when he is just pulling in cultural nutritional practices (ayurveda) without obvious expertise. What just because it is from another country, you get to culturally "borrow" and give advice based on that system? My respect for Elephant has been going downhill lately and if it were me, I'd stay far away from this DC who is practicing WAY outside his scope.

  41. Diane says:

    Registered dietician:

    1 serving of beef is technically 3oz which is 12g of protein
    1/2 cup cooked quinoa is a portion with 8g of protein

  42. Guest says:

    beef… dense protein with virtually no fiber putrefies in the human digestive system before full utilization can be realized… this causes distress and inflammation to the digestive system… whereas plant based proteins have much fiber and water slowing the absorption rate which increases utilization where then the body needs less to do more… think of the 200mpg carburetor on internal combustion engines …

  43. rosacanina says:

    Okay, I would just like to make it clear that protein deficiency absolutely exists! In fact, there are sadly a lot of people on this world that do not get adequate protein – yes, in the developing countries. It's called kwashiorkor, google it. Funny, how much we worry about the details of our food intake while there are still so many people who do not have the plain basics…

  44. Purely from a writing perspective – what is the connection between the squirrel's broccoli and the acidic harvest in the winter?

  45. Jil says:

    It was listed under grains with protein, it’s at the lower end but higher than corn and rice.

  46. Jil says:

    I have to agree. I am very reverent as to the animals whose flesh I eat. I don’t process grains well, and beans and other legumes are off limits. My system feels and works best with a moderate amount of red meat. I never gorge on animal flesh. I find chicken and fish help my fms, panic disorder, pms issues: and when I dropped processed cheese for fresh milk cheese and lots of veggies as my staple with quinoa I feel thinner and less sickly. My blood feels cleaner, richer, and like it pumps faster. I have to say that with anything, began or meat eater, the most important thing is drink water and teas.

  47. guest says:

    I concur!

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