This blog is addressed to all those who choose not to eat meat nor fish.
I understand there are many schools of non-flesh eating people, including vegans, fruitarians, raw food consumers and many more than I can think of.
Most non-meat eaters will take supplements of one kind or another. This blog does not cover this.
What I do cover, in relation to my training in (Traditional Chinese Medicine), are two fundamental aspects of these diets; not to confront anyone’s opinion nor change anyone’s dietary beliefs but to add suggestions or add to the already extended knowledge most non-meat eaters have.
Please also note:
Root vegetables, slow growing plants, dried foods are warmer (more digestible)
Chemical treatments of foods will heat their temperature (irradiation and other systems food companies use to extend shelf-life)
Fast growing plants (leafs) are cooler (slow the digestion)
Fruit and watery foods are cooling
Supermarket fruit and veggies aided by chemical growth are cooler than organic foods
Vegetarians are usually faced with two main problems; one, having enough proteins in their diet; two, having a digestive system that works.
One – The quality of the blood in vegetarians has to be maintained in such way as to keep it rich of nutrients and proteins. Women, during the childbearing years, need to maintain their blood quality, men need to preserve and keep a quality blood supply in their bodies. Growing children and teenagers require a substantive diet.
Women have a capacity to create new blood very quickly after menses, childbirth or injury .
Men don’t have this inbuilt capacity and live off the blood supply they have, they tend to slowly consume the richness of their blood if they are not careful.
If blood quality is poor, there could be problems with anaemia, tiredness, nervous behaviour, cracking joints, hair loss, poor teeth and bone development. To provide and maintain a rich quality of blood you need to eat the right foods and digest them efficiently.
Two – The stomach and the digestive apparatus require a certain amount of heat to produce enough energy to efficiently process and absorb the food eaten. When vegetarians are young, in general, there is enough heat in the system anyway. As they get older though, many of them will put on weight, they may feel tired or sluggish and supplement their diet with sugary foods.
To counteract this problem add warming spices and condiments to your food each time you cook.
Look at the lists in the blog beneath, they reflect different conditions occurring in people’s lives. Omit the meat, fish or dairy parts as you see fit. The food combinations listed act as agents to balance the digestive system.
In general, most digestive systems tend to process more efficiently the foods we were raised with. In introducing new diets, it maybe worthwhile to pay special attention to adding spices and herbs to help the stomach adjust to the new foods.
If a person is weak, always go for warm rather than hot, cool rather than cold foods, eat less and more often.
These recommendations are not substitutes for diagnosed medical conditions, nor for prescribed medicines. Nor are they self diagnostic tools, if you are unwell, please see your doctor.
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