If you have never done it before, July 24 – 31 is the week to pull yourself away from all meat and meat containing products and celebrate ‘Don’t Eat Meat’ week.
Millions of vegetarians and vegans already recognize the health benefits of avoiding meat in their daily diets.
If you eat meat with every meal, or as most Americans, during dinner, this will be a good week to try something new and challenge yourself to become healthier.
According to Dr. Andrea Sullivan, one of the nation’s leading naturopaths, vegetarians often have stronger bones than meat eaters.
“Increased calcium loss can occur from diets that are high in animal protein,” she explains in her book, A Path to Healing – A Guide to Wellness for Body, Mind, and Soul.
One of the best ways to detoxify the body is to eliminate meats periodically during the year. It is suggested by most naturopaths that this cleansing process take place at least four times during the year.
In fact, Dr. Sullivan explains that some people should naturally be vegetarians or vegans if they have blood type A. Exceptions in this group include people who are diabetics or hypoglycemic.
“Meat and dairy products always constipate and congest a person with blood group A.” Dr. Sullivan explains.
The opposite of type A, in relation to diet, are blood type O individuals who according to Dr. Sullivan normally, (when not fasting or detoxifying) SHOULD eat meat twice a week. Type O’s are able to digest meat easier because of the high content of hydrochloric acid in their stomachs.
In the book Calcium Nature’s Versatile Mineral, Dr. Gene Spiller, PhD, CNS and Dr. Bonnie Bruce, DPH, R.D. describes the potential effects of animal protein on the body.
“The typical high intake of animal proteins creates an environment in the body that causes an increased excretion of this mineral (calcium) in the urine,” they explain.
Spiller and Bruce tell us that the more animal protein we consume, the more calcium we lose, and overtime unless calcium is replaced with a calcium-rich diet, the bones may become weakened.
This week, replace meat with nuts, beans, peas, cereal, brown rice, seeds, tofu, salads, steamed and raw vegetables, fish, and fruit.
Check out Baltimore’s Vegetarian and Vegan restaurant guide for a peek of where to eat.
If you’re preparing meals at home, visit these local health food stores.
By the end of the week, you will feel better, have more energy, and be healthier.