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Once, when I was in college, I tried getting by on an extremely tight budget by buying cheap pasta and ramen noodles. Just three days into this new diet, it became a nightmare, and I had to be honest with myself by recognizing that it was not working out. I felt very weak and had no energy. I was light-headed and unable to function at normal capacity.
Nutrient deficiency is a real health problem no one wants to have. Compromising the quality and balance of the food your body eats is akin to compromising the air you breathe. You will become the product of what you put into your body.
Food-conscious people like vegans and vegetarians often, at first, express concerns of developing protein deficiency due to not eating meat. Even I, not too long ago, believed that meat was necessary to get a full serving of protein. They do say that our ancestors were hunter-gatherers, right?
Well, it turns out that humans do not require meat in their food diet and that humans are not biologically engineered for digesting it either. Even worse, the facts suggest that humans are not even supposed to be eating meat and that doing so is harmful to the body.
While protein is important, the same vital proteins can be found in plants.
What I believe to be part of the problem is that the average person is not educated on what organic Earth-grown foods make a balanced diet. So when people want to make a switch to a lifestyle with no meat, they don’t know the first thing about creating a balanced protein diet from alternative foods. Many vegans turn to supplements when they don’t have to in order to fill the protein gap. So when they begin to feel weak, similar to myself in the opening story, they assume it’s because they stopped eating meat.
I will call this bodily reaction “meat” withdrawal. The body and mind are easily tricked biologically. A tobacco smoker will experience withdrawal from quitting cigarettes, because the body has been biologically tricked into “needing” cigarettes. But, of course, the opposite is true, because the human body does not thrive on the many carcinogens found in cigarettes. They don’t help facilitate a true biological function or need.
In the documentary, “What the Health,” I came across the following quote:
“Only plants have the ability to actually take nitrogen from the air, break those molecules apart, and incorporate that nitrogen into amino acids, and, then, make proteins.”
The fact is that all protein derived from meat was originally derived from plants. Just think of a cow and all of the protein it accumulates in its body. Then reflect over the fact that all of that so-called “healthy” cow protein came from a strict grass diet. Amazing, isn’t it? Even carnivores that get much of their protein from eating meat owe all of the credit to the plants that provided the protein necessary for the prey to even grow a body full of protein.
I learned all about photosynthesis and protein synthesis in school, and the American education system didn’t bother to teach me this? I learned world history and mathematics, and I even took a health course, but this was never covered. But, of course, the meat-packing industry is big business, and big business runs the show.
I reached out to one of my favorite organic health experts, Amun Ra El, for further comment:
“Why do humans not require meat?” – Tevin Townsend
“Meat is a curse to the human organism, because the organs, arteries, cells, and digestive system are not designed to assimilate blood and flesh. A couple of key factors to note is that every carnivore and omnivore in nature have completely different designs, anatomically, for taking down prey, ripping off limbs, and dismembering body parts with razor-sharp talons, claws, and jagged teeth for ripping flesh. The intestines are short and smooth, so meat does not petrify in the intestines, causing disease. In the case of the human, whose intestines is 9 times its height, and going from left to right in the shape of an “S,” the intestines are designed for food high in oxygen and water content. Carnivores also have night vision, which the human does not have, and the other undeniable fact is that the most abundant element in the human body is oxygen. When the human has to clean and remove the blood from the meat, we have effectively removed the oxygen, hydrogen, and iron content, which no true carnivore or omnivore would ever have to do (or want to do), since the goal is to nourish the elements, the atoms, and the electric body. Oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen make up the DNA in all organisms–plants, animals, insects, and humans. If you have to remove the atoms to make it food, then common sense shows you that this is not food. Fruit smoothies, we love; veggie smoothies, we have because they are healing, and we may even add grains or nuts. No one is having a blood and flesh smoothie, because it’s simply common sense that this is not food.” – Amun Ra El
“What are some alternatives, and why are they better?” – Tevin Townsend
“The best alternatives to people looking to come off meat would be beans, nuts, seeds, grains, and mushrooms. You can even turn these into burgers, pastas, lasagnas, soups, and many other entrées. And you can season them similar to the taste you are looking for in meat.
Truly, it’s the herbs and spices that you like in the first place.
Without the herbs, spices, and seasonings, we are not attracted to it at all. Dry meat, bloody meat, raw cleaned meat with no seasoning… no one wants that, showing you this is not ideal food. Cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure… all these diseases come from the lack of oxygen and life within the body. Meat and artificial foods lack the proper oxygen to hydrogen to carbon balance that is within every food Nature made, putting the body in a dis-eased, unhealthy, toxic state. Once one returns to eating foods abundant in life, meaning abundant in oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen–the base formula in all life–the body will begin to self-organize itself. We call this “healing.” Returning to an 80% raw diet will provide the internal environment for healing, health, restoration of the body, and all of its components–being the organs and their functions–including mental clarity, emotional peace, and a strong body.” – Amun Ra El