In the health care community, frequent debates occur regarding a vegetarian diet verses a diet that includes animal flesh. For over 20 years working as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Board Certified Naturopath, I have found that there can be benefits from both styles of diet.
I believe God gave us an abundant variety of plant foods that allows us to eat a vegetarian diet during certain seasons of our life. For example, in the Scriptures, Daniel, who was a great prophet of the Lord, observed a vegetarian diet during a 10 day period to prove that it would provide them with a better appearance than the other servants. It proved to be true: “At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food.” (Daniel 1:15 ESV)
There is also interesting evidence showing that blood type can effect how a person responds to the differs styles of diet. Dr. Peter Adamo makes some good points on this topic in his book, Eat Right for Your Type.
In my experience professionally and personally, I believe that no one should live a vegetarian lifestyle due to the nutrient imbalances that can be created. In working with my clients I have seen many people who were experiencing great challenges in the health of their body while they were living a vegetarian lifestyle. I recommended they adopt a diet containing a moderation of clean meats and was blessed to see their health restored in many ways.
When I read God’s Word, I see that the Lord gave us meat to eat. I believe it was for the purpose to help balance dietary needs as a results of the changes in the earth’s environment after the great flood in Genesis 6. Researchers have found that the change of the environment in the Earth after the flood caused a Nitrogen imbalance in the soil and oxygen imbalance in the air. These combined issues have caused the plant food to be less nutrient dense and has placed more pressure on our physical body, preventing us from living beyond 120 years.
I have tested the neurotransmitters of many of my clients and commonly find a deficiency of phenylalanine in vegetarians. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid readily available in meat. Other health challenges that are caused by imbalances in the amino acid building blocks include attention disorders, depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders. These issues can be resolved through a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, essential oils, gluten free grains and a moderation of clean meats.
For anyone who would like to know more about what God has said about your diet check out my book The Trinity Diet.
Beloved above all I wish that you would prosper and be in health.