I’ve had a couple people suggest that the negative health effects I experienced when my body fat dropped to 12% might actually be a result of not eating meat. I can totally understand why someone might think that. It’s not an illogical conclusion. Heck, it may even be true. But here are the facts:
-I’ve experienced continual health improvements over the nearly 4 years I’ve been eating a plant based diet, both subjectively and objectively according to my health screenings.
-I was in excellent health when I started the experiment.
-The symptoms I experienced were classic underfat symptoms.
-After upping my calories and gaining a few pounds all those symptoms are resolving themselves, without the inclusion of meat in my diet.
The logical conclusion, then, is that my symptoms were a result of underfat, not of meat deficiency.
Nothing against meat. Or meat eaters! Anyone who’s been following me for a while should know that I eat the way I do because it’s what works FOR ME and that I’m not a vegan evangelist or dogmatist. Just living my life, eating my food, and promoting the important message: eat real food! Move around a lot! Lift heavy things! And be kind to yourself and others.