Dear Old Hippy,
I am toxic. I have been on one large binge for the past three years. I
have gained about 60 pounds and I am sick and tried (literally). I want
to go back to being a vegetarian, but my life is full with meat and meat
eaters. I have been having a series of headaches, fatigue, and not so
frequent bowl movements. I have been to my doctor, and she said it was
my horrible diet, but I am other wise healthy. How can I cleanse my
body and start my new diet safely and on a low budget . Please Help!!!
You sound like you’re eating the typical American diet. This usually consists
of fast foods, fried foods, excessive protein, too many sweets and ice cream,
and a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables. These are comfort foods that fill you up,
make you fat, and in combination with a lack of exercise eventually lead to ill health.
The best way to start is to begin replacing red meat dishes with
substitutes. They don’t even have to be vegetarian at first. More fish
and chicken grilled or baked, without adding any fat. No deep fried foods,
cook them another way. No gravies or heavy sauces. Between meals snack
on fruits and veggies. These will help fill you up so you don’t eat as
much food at mealtime. Always have a salad course with dinner.
Whole grains and legumes are the start to a vegetarian diet. Don’t
forget tofu and TVP (texturized Vegetable Protein) – a soybean product that
looks and has the texture of meat. You can substitute these things for meat
in your recipes. They take some getting used to, but you feel SO GOOD when
you eat them. Stop drinking sodas! Make your own ice teas (black or
herbal) and get used to drinking them with little or no sugar, tastes great! –
this will save you big bucks too. And no more FAST FOOD, OK?
Getting others to accept these dietary changes is more difficult.
That’s why you must do a little at a time, not all at once. The place to
begin is the supermarket. Start reading those labels and see what’s inside
those prepackaged food. Once you start, you become slightly obsessed since
everything packaged has lots of additives. If you don’t know what
you’re eating – DON’T EAT IT! Yes, packaged products and fast food save time,
but so what? Cooking should be a joyful experience and it’s the only way to know
just what your getting! Once you’ve reached the limits of
supermarket food, find the Health Food Store nearest you and discover all the
wonderful vegetarian products available. Organic produce and bulk items are
their specialties. For more info about vegetarianism and recipes visit Hippyland’s Vegetarian Page.
Once you get used to making minor changes here and there, you’ll
notice major changes in how you feel. Once the weather starts getting nicer
get that exercise you need outdoors.
A Santé! (to your health!)
-The Old Hippy
Posted by: skip
Dear Old Hippy,
I was a vegetarian, and practically vegan, for almost 6 years. During this time, my health deteriorated rapidly, and I was in the hospital many, many times. I even was pronounced dead for nearly one minute, the last time around. My illness started when I got Epstein-Barr virus followed by the resulting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I already had asthma, which became the large Achilles Heel after I got the virus. I had become vegetarian because it seemed that eating meat would drag me down. I would sleep for 3 hours after eating a taco, or chicken
I was recently allergy tested, and found that I am allergic to beef, shellfish, and chicken.
Then I came across the Eat Right For Your (blood) Type diet, (by Dr. Peter D’Adamo). He and his father have found that only Blood Type A’s should be vegetarians! Type O’s can die if they don’t eat meat, and wheat can actually attack a Type O’s heart! I am a Type AB, the rarest form of blood, and newest (only 1000 years old!). I have been on the diet for about a month, and am trying hard to eat the meat that he recommends for my blood type: lamb, turkey and albacore tuna.
I find it is harder on me emotionally, because I want to remain vegetarian, but I am in poor health. When I have recently eaten the meat, my body feels much better. I think this diet can help me to greatly improve my health, and especially increase my fertility. We have been trying for almost 10 months, without luck. I want to have one child with my husband (we are newlyweds. I am 30, he is 42), and want to raise her to be a true hippy– a person who puts love, compassion and peace above all else.
Every time I eat meat, I say a prayer to the animal’s soul, thanking it
for its sacrifice that I may live healthier. I also thank the Great
Spirit for the knowledge I have gained by finding this book that may
help me. I also only eat 4-6 ounces of meat 3 times a week. I don’t
over do it, and I don’t take more than what my body needs.
My husband was vegetarian for 20 years also, and he found out he has to
eat beef, buffalo, and venison to get healthier. This has been hard on
him as well. However, his health (and possibly fertility) is also
We eat animals that were raised on organic meals only, in the right way
(even cage free range free eggs). We don’t buy from the evil cattle
rancher establishments, but from smaller farms where the cows were
raised healthier, with room to run, and don’t get hormonal injections,
or antibiotics, etc.
My biggest question and concern is: How do I get over judging myself on
this issue? I have advocated vegetarianism for years! How can I be a
hippy if I eat meat? (I suppose it is the same as taking drugs, it
isn’t a requirement, but it helps!) How can I live another day to
protest the establishment and promote love and peace, if I am not eating
the right things to promote my own health? Isn’t it more important that
I eat meat responsibly, get healthier, and stay alive to enjoy life, and
be a hippy in other ways? Also, isn’t it true that we are all just made
up of atoms? Animals, flowers, vegetables, the air we breathe, is just
made up of the same stuff, the same particles, the mind-stuff of our
creator, the Divine Mother of all life. Since this is true, could there
be another spiritual way to look at eating meat? Also, maybe it is the
animal’s karma to be eaten. Maybe in the cosmic scheme, an animal has
to sacrifice itself now so that it may evolve and advance spiritually
later? Maybe we are helping the animal if we have the right mindset?
If you can offer me some wisdom, Dear Old Hippy, and perhaps some
consolation, I would be very grateful.
Also, do you know of a natural way to increase fertility in men and
women? Children are so precious, and we want one very much!
Thank you very much for your wisdom and advice.
I applaud the degree of consciousness with which you are making your food
choices. We all need to be aware of the consequences of our decisions be
they what to eat or how to live. Each of us has an impact upon what happens
on this planet. As we mature we take more responsibility for our actions.
This leads us to the state you’re in now, a moral dilemma.
I’m not familiar with this diet you’re on. It sounds just like another fad
diet. I must say the biggest problem I’ve found with vegetarians (I
know a lot of them) is that some of them don’t eat right. That is they
favor certain vegetables over everything else and don’t get enough protein.
That could be your underlying problem and why you feel good when you eat
one of the meat items recommended.
If what was said in that book were true, then I guess all those vegetarians
in India (almost half the population I believe), and in Asia should really
be sick! In fact most are far healthier than Americans who eat meat daily,
especially those who favor fast food. They are healthier despite the lack
of refrigeration, lack of money for medical care, etc, etc. They are also
healthier because their lives require them to do a lot of physical labor.
Our couch potato society has turned us all soft and now we get diseases
like Epstein Barr and CFS. I use parenthesis since CFS has still to be
proven to have a specific vector that causes it. No offense, as I don’t
know your particular situation. Perhaps you get lots of physical activity,
but not enough protein.
I admire your determination to find an ethical reason to eat meat, despite
the pleadings of your conscience. However I don’t think you need to go to
such extremes to justify your actions. As a good friend of mine says It’s
just light going into light. That certainly is one way of looking at it.
Of course that friend had excellent health for the many years he was a
vegetarian. Then he started eating meat and immediately took sick and has
been sick on and off in the years since and continues to eat meat.
I too had the best health ever when I was a vegan. I only stopped because I
went traveling and it became difficult to find the protein sources I was
used to. The best sources for protein for vegetarians are the combination
of legumes and grains which form the complete amino acid chains (like beans
and rice together), Tofu and TVP (texturized vegetable protein from soybeans), and
dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt. Some vegetarians eat eggs as
The other real important health tip I have is to take megadoses of vitamins
B complex and C. Together these help you when you get stressed. CFS seems
like a disease where your body is similar to a stressed state where all your
vitamins are depleted. If you haven’t tried the vitamin therapy, give it a
try. I’m just guessing and I know a lot of research has been done in this
field without success, which leads me to believe they’re looking in the
wrong places for the answers.
By the way, I am a type O, and was never sick during the seven years when
I was a vegetarian and took megadoses of those vitamins (not even a
cold -unless I forgot to take the vitamins and got stressed).
If you’ve already tried what I recommend above, then I suggest you vary your
diet, and if tuna and chicken makes you feel better (physically), then go
for it. I’d avoid the lamb however. Fish is a relatively healthy protein
source without hormones (although tuna does have mercury). Chickens can be
OK if they’re free range, and not produced in a factory (but you know this).
The only way I know to increase fertility reliably is to increase one’s
level of physical activity. Of course if a person’s lifestyle includes
things that decrease fertility they should stop doing those things (like
drinking and smoking). In other words whatever makes you healthier usually
makes you more fertile.
I wish you the best in your endeavor to get well consciously and to conceive
The Old Hippy
Posted by: skip