According to Psychology Today, roughly 75% of vegetarians eventually return to eating meat with 9 years being the average length of time of abstinence.
The most common reason former vegetarians cited as the reason they returned to meat was declining health.
Other former vegetarians cited persistent physical weakness despite eating a whole foods, plant based diet while others returned to meat at the recommendation of their doctor.
Because I thought I was doing the ‘right thing’ for my health and the health of my children; back in1975 I made the decision that we would all become low-fat vegetarians. I devoted myself to studying and completely absorbing vegetarianism and became a focused and zealous cook. I learned how to combine all of the proteins, amino acids, grains and vegetables in order to make certain that my family and I were obtaining all of the ‘necessary nutrients’ for optimal health;
…we ate only plant foods, whole grains, and that included a lot of GMO soy, gluten/gliadin and GMO vegetable oils.
Back then pre-prepared vegetarian food was not available in the grocery stores so I made absolutely everything that went into our mouths from scratch. I was convinced that I was doing the best thing for my family. Main stream media and the federal government was preaching, (just as they are today!) that vegetarianism was the healthiest way to eat and that it would sustain peoples all over the globe if only everyone ate plant foods instead of meat – It was the moral and conscience thing to do!
I wish I could tell you that all of my research, efforts and determinations produced excellent health for myself and my family…
…unfortunately what I learned first-hand was that low-fat vegetarianism consuming ‘healthy’ whole grains was the fastest way to completely lose and break the health of growing children and of thriving adults.
Every single one of us developed an auto-immune disease that we will all have to deal with for the rest of our lives.
My children are grown adults now and their health was so supremely compromised by eating a ‘properly prepared, ‘healthy’ whole grain, low-fat vegetarian diet’ growing up that my non-overweight, athletic son’s immune system decided to attack and devour his pancreas and he developed *Late Onset Adult Diabetes (LADA) in his early 30’s.
*LADA is an autoimmune disease and is a form of Type I Diabetes, the same as Juvenile Diabetes that a baby is born with or develops as a young child. It is not the same thing as Type II Diabetes which should really be called DIAOBESITY because that form of Diabetes is caused by eating too many refined carbs, processed food and being overweight…none of which applied to my son.
My daughter developed serious allergies and an IGA deficiency, which also is a debilitating autoimmune disorder. I didn’t know or understand it at the time but she was also a GAPS baby/child and even today in her 30’s is constantly working at re-balancing her life-long gut disbiosis.
I personally slaughtered my thyroid and adrenal glands and destroyed any hormonal balance I once had; I will be slogging with these issues for the rest of my life.
Anyone would have thought that my children and I went around licking the counter- tops and shopping-cart handles at the supermarket; because we were ALWAYS sick with one virus after another, my children and I constantly had stomach, ear and upper respiratory infections.
Being a vegetarian taught me a lot….of what NOT to do! Oh, if only I could only go back in time and re-do that big decision to become vegetarian.
This is THE REASON I am so adamant about the teachings of Weston A. Price and the importance of eating a traditional diet that truly does contain ALL of the protein, vitamins (especially fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K), minerals, nutrient dense animal foods and critical fermented foods one needs for optimal health FOR LIFE.
Surveys have shown that another big reason that vegetarians returned to meat was due to irresistible cravings. This occurred even among long-term vegetarians, they talked about their protein cravings or how the smell of cooking bacon drove them crazy.
One survey participant wrote:
“I just felt hungry all the time and that hunger would not be satisfied unless I ate meat.”
Another put it more humorously:
“Starving college student + First night back home with the folks + Fifty or so blazin’ buffalo wings waiting in the kitchen = Surrender.”
Sustainably Raised, Grassfed Meats Prove Enticing to Vegetarians
About half of vegetarians originally gave up meat for ethical reasons. Pictures of confined animals standing on concrete in their own excrement and the stench of factory farms on country roads from 5 miles away is no doubt plenty of reason to turn away from meat.
Some former vegetarians, however, have recognized and embraced the grassfed movement back to sustainable and humanely raised, cruelty free meats as a real ethical alternative.
Some of these meat eating converts view buying grassfed beef and other sustainably raised animal foods as a new form of activism similar to their boycott of factory farmed meats when they were vegetarians.
Berlin Reed, a long term vegetarian with the tattoo “vegan” on his neck is one of these. Now known as “the ethical butcher”, he believes that promoting customer contact with butchers, which has been lost in recent decades with the rise of factory farming, is the key to an improved and sustainable meat system.
Omnivores Healthier Than Vegetarians
The article in Psychology Today ended on a baffled note with the author wondering if meat eating could potentially be in our genes?
The results of this survey are not surprising and are in fact a testament to the research of Dr. Weston A. Price.
Dr. Price traveled the world in the 1920′s and 1930′s visiting 14 isolated cultures in the process. During this adventure which he documented in great detail with amazing pictures in his masterpiece book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price concluded that while the diets of the natives varied widely, nutrient dense animal foods high in the fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K (also known as Activator X) were the common denominator. Consumption of these animal foods were revered in these communities as they bestowed vibrant health, ease of fertility, healthy children, and a high resistance to chronic and infectious diseases.
This discovery was surprising to Dr. Price who had expected to find the vegetarian cultures to be the healthiest cultures of all. But, the vegetarian cultures he examined displayed much more degeneration than the omnivore cultures…
…and he could not deny that the health of the indigenous omnivores exceeded that of the vegetarian cultures.
Therefore, in the famous words of Pink Floyd, “Eat yer meat!”,
And, while you’re at it make sure it’s grassfed because even meat eaters HATE FACTORY FARMS!!!!
and I’d like to add; “AVOID ALL GRAINS!” But that’s another topic for another day. Stay tuned.