January 29, 2013 by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND
After a two-year bout with veganism in my 20s that caused my cholesterol to plummet to dangerously low levels and left me with multiple daily episodes of low blood sugar and scary low body weight, I vowed never to dabble in any kind of “fad” diet again. (I know, I know, veganism isn’t really a fad, but it is an extreme diet by most estimates.)
Eating meat makes me feel good
I was in my first year of naturopathic medical school, taking an Intro to Chinese Medicine course, when several of my colleagues and I were jostled out of our delusions of vegan grandeur and made to realize that the way we were eating was actually contributing to our extreme med school fatigue, instead of easing it.
- Allergic conditions, including food and environmental allergies.
- Inflammatory conditions, like Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Overweight and obesity.
- Digestive problems, like celiac disease, acid reflux, leaky gut, indigestion, gas, and bloating.
- Autoimmune diseases, like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.