Thursday, February 23, 2012

No Animal Protein eating

It’s been several years now since we began a change in eating that I think I finally feel comfortable enough sharing.  It’s not that I didn’t want people to know it’s just that it was so foreign it took a while to figure it all out.  I’m certainly not an expert but I have learned a lot in the last two or so years.
Let me start out by saying the reason we looked into a different way of eating was my husband’s health.  He was having some big issues and on a lot of drugs and still in a lot of pain.  We met a lady at Homeschool Family camp who had cured her Rheumatoid Arthritis through eating so after talking with her we thought with the results she told us about it was worth looking into.
Some of the books we initially read were The China Study by Dr. Campbell and Eat to Live by Joel Furhman.  I can’t possibility give a synopsis of them in this limited space but suffice it to say they are full of information I had never read anywhere else.  It was very interesting and we felt there was enough evidence to give it a shot!
Basically at least what we boiled it down to was eating no animal protein.  This means essentially no meat, dairy, eggs, seafood etc…  At first this was very hard and really took me about 6 months to find alternatives that worked for us.  A lot of times we say we eat vegan just to give people in one word some idea of what it is but we’re not really “Vegan”. 
The difference basically is that we don’t eat animal protein and true Vegan’s don’t eat anything that comes from animals.  Honey is the main food that we do eat that a vegan would not.  Most of the time being Vegan also comes with the philosophy of not killing animals and we don’t hold to that philosophy.
For our family the proof was in the pudding so to speak.  My husband who was on some major drugs and in severe pain went on the no animal protein diet and was drug free in 30 days.  The results were amazing just like some of the stories we read about in the books.  This lasted about 2 years. 
He has had to go back on some drugs again since but we are hopeful that he will be healed and can go back to just eating healthy again!
My oldest son after reading the information and seeing the dramatic changes decided he wanted to be healthy before something happens and has adopted this no animal protein eating just to be healthier.
Our whole family doesn’t eat 100% of the time this way (with the exception of Logan and my husband for the last two years) but we do probably 80% or so.  I feel better when I eat this way and after going “off” for a few days really notice a difference.
If you have cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or other similar things I highly recommend looking into it.  People have had amazing results and in my totally non-medical but from personal experience opinion it can’t hurt to try!  I’d start with the above mentioned books.
I thought it was time to start a category for all the yummy no animal protein foods/recipes I’ve found but felt I needed to first start off this category with a little explanation.  Many of the recipes I have found don’t tend to be for the larger family and freezer/make ahead type cooking so some of the things I’ve found in this area may be helpful to some of the rest of you make ahead, larger family type homeschoolers!  Stay tuned for those recipes!

1 comment:

  1. Also, forgot to mention in the article that John McDougall has books on the subject too that are good. I use the McDougall Quick and Easy Cookbook for lots of "basic" things all the time!