My acupuncturist has advised me to eat some meat.
- She told me she didn’t eat meat for 14 years and found there was a cumulative effect of poor health, nothing she noticed right away or on its own.
- She urged me to think about how the human body is built, that our teeth and digestive systems are designed to eat flesh.
- She pointed out that there are benefits from meat, occasionally and in small amounts, that we can’t get from other sources.
- She also talked with me about the climate we live in, and during these cold, wet months our bodies need to eat warmth in order to flourish.
- She provided me with a hand out, told me it was of course my decision, but she’d been down this path and really felt I should reconsider.
So, here I am, in limbo. Once you make the statement “I don’t think meat will ever be a part of my diet again”, whaddya do? It’s not that I haven’t had meat at all. There were some occasions over the holidays, a little turkey here, a little pot roast there. I didn’t claim to be a strict vegetarian, but I was making more intentional choices around consuming meat, and for me that meant little to none.