On my previous post, ‘Maybe Veganism is Overrated?’. someone wanted to post something protecting veganism and saying my criticisms are in vain. Instead of just approving the comment, I will write my response here. This is how civilized people disagree, with words and not physically.
First of all, while veganism can be healthy, and vegans are usually skinny (often too skinny, like the actors in hollywood) it is not necessary for human health. In fact, for real human health, you need the mixed diet of a hatha yogi. That means eating mostly plant food, like grain, vegetables, and fruits, supplemented with egg and fish and even meat.
I will rattle off the nutrition knowledge they gave me and started me off in in Traditional Chinese Medicine school 20 years ago:
Eat Soups and Stews. Don’t eat dairy. Eat red meat once a week to keep your blood strong. Avoid too much raw stuff and cold stuff, especially raw fruit and ice cold beverages. Iced and raw injures the organs of digestion.
This was just the beginning of the journey, but I am glad I started with the widsom of thousands of generations of Chinese people and not the fad diets of con artists. I later learned about Atkins diet and veganism, two extremes, neither of which really work or are good for you.
The Atkins diet might get you short term weight loss and an increase in energy, but it is mostly water weight you are losing, it will cause insulin resistance later on in life, and you will grow tired of steak and salad all day every day. Fruit and Grain (like pasta) is essential.
Veganism, the other extreme, will lead you to be extremely skinny, with very little vital power to do anything and lead a life other than obsessing over nutrition. Vegans tend to be skinny, but they are not any healthier than smart people who are educated in nutrition, and know how to age skillfully. It is not necessary to be 100% plant based, and it is not right or natural either.
One key thing I want to say is, we can’t live without killing. The world is fallen, and eating a certain way won’t restore paradise. As you age and mature, you will learn to be less fanatical, less extreme, and more humble.
Veganism is the fad, the extremism, and the religion of the current era. But it won’t save the planet.