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Where’s the beef, pork and chicken? You don’t need meat for protein

What would you do if you couldn’t eat meat anymore? I asked someone this question the other day and the response I got wasn’t really a surprise: “Where am I going to get my protein if I can’t have anymore meat?” 
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

What would you do if you couldn’t eat meat anymore? I asked someone this question the other day and the response I got wasn’t really a surprise: “Where am I going to get my protein if I can’t have anymore meat?”

I really understand this coming from someone who was raised in the South and told that some form of meat was a must with meals. Yes, it was very hard to give up that great tasting hamburger with cheese, mayonnaise, mustard, onions, bacon, and pickles on a toasted bun. I can smell it now; just imagine having to give this up today.

The American Heart Association recommends a vegetarian diet. It says neither animal nor plant protein is superior to the other. Check the website for yourself at www.americanheart.org. When it comes to healing one’s self from a life of misery and no longer having to take medication (with the assistance of your health care provider, of course), it’s a great joy.

You have to remember that we are creatures of habit, and change is not always as easy as it may seem. So, “Where am I going to get my protein if I can’t have anymore meat?” is a fair question. But would you believe you can get your protein from vegetables, grains and nuts, and more than your fair share that’s needed for your daily survival.

In his book “The China Study,” the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, Dr. T. Colin Campbell notes that protein is not required from animals for a person to function or survive. Campbell states unequivocally that a lot of the known diseases are preventable if we change our eating habits, which includes meat and dairy.

The Centers for Disease and Control also backs up Campbell’s assertion that diabetes is preventable. But, it concludes, you have to make a lifestyle change and a change in the type of food you consume. This is always the hardest part, believing that food can impact your health.

Case in point: After someone has a heart attack, a diet change is customarily prescribed; reduce the consumption of red meat and cold cuts. Why? It’s common sense. If you can’t have it after a heart attack, why would you have it before the attack? Sounds like a catch-22 situation? Well, eating red meat is a call you have to make, even though research says it’s not healthy.

Hospitals are expensive. We tend to worry about the high cost of medicine and patient care, but why don’t we try preventive health care? We should listen to our body when it speaks to us. When was the last time you exercised, like walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes, riding a bike in the park, or going for a swim at your favorite pool?

We have no one to blame for ill health but ourselves. We’re always looking to blame someone else when it comes to our health problems. Well, just stand back, look in the mirror, and say, “Enough is enough. I’m taking control of my life now. I know peer pressure is hard, but I can do it.”

When I weighed 300-plus pounds, not one of my friends ever said they understood being fat. They couldn’t, even though we hung together in a pack, ate at the same buffets, and saw each other sometimes at the doctor’s office. I’m glad I broke away from the pack and changed the way I looked at food and consumed it. I’m not trying to please someone by eating the kind of food that is not good for my body.

As summer approaches, let’s make some small changes to regain our health by losing a few unwanted pounds. Try eating unprocessed food and more fresh fruits and vegetables. If you don’t like veggies, how about juicing them for a change. Try it; you might like it.

Here’s something else you can do to achieve optimum health: Start walking to get in a little exercise. You’ll be surprised when you start feeling the results. If you’re making some dietary changes, remember to talk to your health care provider. When you do what is necessary to live, you’ll become that much aware of the aromatic scent the roses.  

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at http://www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com /cheftimmoore.)

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