In terms of spiritual messages, consciousness and health- there have been ongoing discussions about the needs to eat meat, versus whether we, as a species, are evolving to a place where eating meat is almost detrimental and unnecessary.
I’m kind of on the fence on this one. I have heard both sides of these discussions on various occasions over the last 5-10 years.
If it were me…. I would take a bit from both sides. For the most part, I would say the Paleo diet is pretty applicable. But what most people who advocate eating meats overlook, is 1- meat is very different than what we, as humans, ate prior to the last 3,000 yrs. It is both man-raised, and grain fed- which changes it drastically, especially given the GMO grains and predominant corn and soy diets that factory-farmed animals are fed.
When studying anthropology, many years ago, we had a few discussions about traditional/ethnic diets. And contrary to what anyone feasting at taco-hell, or chinese take-away might believe..eating meat was a rarity. Meat supplemented the diet, it did NOT comprise the caloric or volume- majority. Most traditional cultures have subsistence and foraging type diets. In fact, it was once believed in anthropological theory that development- evolution was one directional. This means that once a discovery is made, like losing virginity- there is no going backwards. This was discovered to be inaccurate. It was discovered in some places that agriculture WAS discovered… but that it was discarded as too much work and, so to speak, not worth the bother. A horticultural life-style was re-adapted.
And in terms of quality of living- the horticultural lifestyle is a higher standard of living. The western “modern” model the individual requires 8 and more hours, per day, to maintain their living. The horticultural cultures spend approx 2 hrs/daily. SO, who has the higher standard of living? It would seem that those who live off the bounty of the Earth and environment, are still living the endemic life, rather than off the sweat of their brows. 🙂
Anyway- as much as we are light beings, I think it may be premature to forsake the fact that our bodies are very much biological beings. Personally, eating meat never really interfered with my ability to “do my work”… but then that is just me. I do not eat a lot of meat, and I tend to keep to chicken, occasional fish, and eggs. The body, especially when it is less than optimally healthy, or coping with modern-day stresses, does still tend to need the proteins that are only found through animal products. Raw milks, eggs, and meats. I was essentially fine being a vegetarian, until I contracted chronic Lyme. This puts things in a whole different parameter. I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I will go through phases, and my body seems to know when and what it needs nutritionally. And that would be my advice to anyone– be aware, and listen to what the body needs, rather than any blanket advice. Maybe when the body is stressed or sick (beyond the average cold), the need to address the denser physical aspects takes precedence? And when healthy, has less and less need of the denser aspects of the food chain…?
For the person who does not choose to eat meat, my dietary suggestion would be to bone up the coconut oil, and other sources for the omegas, medium chain fatty acids, and proteins. And for the person who does want to eat meat- look for grass fed organic and free range. Yes, it costs more- but the body will require a lot less of it to achieve its nutritional needs, and so servings and frequency will probably also be less- balancing out shopping budgets. Quality compensates for quantity. I have heard it is a much richer taste and flavour, and more tender (particularly beefs and other heavy meats:)
What have any others found on this topic? Especially those working with chronic conditions?
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