Basic run-down of how we came to TF and why
Agreeing once again.
I am on the other side now, coming to a place of actual health and vitality after three decades of chronic illness. I've been on the path of healing since 1998 when the last straw was discovering 2 hard, quarter-sized, immoveable lumps in my breasts.
So I emptied my house. Completely. I started over using what I then learned from Dr. Hulda Clark, building on my previous understandings of microbiology and my concurrent research into pathogens and synthetic chemicals.
The grocery store was like a mine field for me then and coincidentally, my college issued an immediate ban on all solvents (I was in an applied arts college), which was enormously helpful- no more breathing in turps, benzene and toluene, etc... for 10 hrs a day.
Then I went all whole food, no cans, no packages at all of anything, so I discovered the farmer's market. I was 21 at that time, btw. Then after a few years, I became interested in raw foods and we did that for a while and by that time I had my dp and two babies as well. The raw foods were an eight month detox and we all felt super great at a point but then became listless and tired all the time even though we were eating lots and lots of super foods and all whole foods and mostly organic- about 70%. We were eating a mixture of raw and pasteurized milk and cheese for protein as well as lots of soaked nuts and seeds. The raw diet incidentally reduced our meat consumption though, and when we all started feeling low, I suspected that right away.
So we added back in meats, but the meat at the market was CAFO, although I didn't know about that then. After I couldn't even stomach the smell of the meat anymore raw or cooked, I started to suspect there was something wrong with the meat. Around the same time, I had stopped buying chicken because the breasts were as big as turkeys' and I was concerned about that seeming unnatural. I had no farm knowledge at all then; my dp and I started calling it frankenchicken, not having any idea that this term was already in use amongst those in the food-know. We had both read Frankenstein and associated it.
Then I began to search out organic meat. We added it in after another while without during which time we all felt terrible and our babies had black moons under their eyes despite eating so much fruit and vegetable.
We started being okay with cooking more foods since we were again eating meat and cooked it, which reduced the time I spent in the kitchen. I loved raw, but it was time consuming, which is just as well for prepapring me for TF.
Although I have the hang of it now and spend considerably less time because I usually have so many things on the go. Now it's more mental energy than physical, like the raw was.
So I became pg and birthed ds3 while in this transitional phase, still eating loads of veggies but also eating meat a few times each week and incidentally following many TF principles because I learned a lot about soaking and real oils and vinegars during our raw phase. I had a very hard time keeping on weight and was shaking all the time from hunger. I could eat all day, and still shake.
I still had all my endocrine problems during this whole time too.
Then we switched to eating only organic everything. And also began a traditional diet. We ate a pound of butter every day. A POUND! Dp lost ten pounds of weight in the first month while being terrified of putting on weight. I lost 15 lbs, but was still nursing and really not wanting to lose weight. To my surprise, losing that weight did not cause the hunger tremors I had before. Instead, I felt fine. Still chronically ill, but better.
Until about 6 months ago, I felt best eating meat three times a day and bone broth too. At breakfast, I ate eggs and red meat, lunch chicken or fish, and dinner a pile of red meat again. I ate lots of green veggies and little fruit.
Now, I am pg again, feel energetic, although I had morning sickness for the first time ever and ended up with a cold and yeast infection after five weeks of eating maybe once/day on a good day. I lost 12 lbs too. Very strange.
Anyway, I'm back on track, and eating lots and lots of liver seems to be what brought me back. My endocrine issues would not even be noticeable if it weren't for my experience in being able to recognise the symptoms. It is so mild that if it were all I ever experienced, I'd have no idea anything was wrong, and I am very sensitive.
I feel good for the first time in my whole life!!!
I am not eating as much meat as I did for a long time. Once or twice a day as long as I've had eggs is what I need now. I don't need to eat as much as I used to either, which is a weird change to experience during pg. Another thing that happened simultaneous to me becoming pg is that my joints tightened up so that my mucsle power doesn't pull them apart anymore. So I'm pg, eating less and have tighter joints than ever in my life.
And it's wonderful to be so huge in the belly already with an active little one in there and still be able to RUN! By this time in other pgs, I was in constant pain and walked as little as possible because my joints were so loose that they'd dislocate frequently just from standing. I have never been overweight either and have always taken advantage of times when I felt a bit better to go thorugh a massive body sculpting, which I didn't know was exacerbating my adrenal and thyroid insufficiency.
Anyway, we still eat lots of meat and fat and also lots of veggies, but it took about four years for us to find a balance of those that feels good for all of us. It's less meat than for a while, much more meat than before that, and for now just right. We don't buy any meat/poultry/fish from the grocery store though- ever. Or eggs.
I thought if I shared this, OP, it might make more sense why we emphasize meats and fats and not vegetables (even though we most certainly eat them), especially with as a couple of pps have mentioned, there are so many sickies on this forum.
Would it make sense now with this history to go back to a mainly vegetable diet? What would be the reason that my body wouldn't revert to the state of illness I was in if I did? Clearly the solution has been to change my diet back to what only two generations before me enjoyed. If this is what is needed by a human being- if this is our specialized diet- then what reasonable conclusion is there other than to eat accordingly?
If I were a panda, I'd eat bamboo, but I'm a human, so I eat meat, fat and vegetables and alittle grain in a certain proportion. The panda can't just switch to azalea flowers, and I can't just switch to veg*n eating or even just less meat than I need because then I'd have less than I need. And I'd be as sick as the panda eating azalea flowers.
The solution to the disappearing bamboo has never been to feed the panda corn, and that isn't the solution to the mismanagement of livestock and the earths fertile soils either, leading to human starvation and illness and large-scale devastation of the earth overall.
So the earth and its inhabitants are in peril. What can we do about this? Can we just go on doing what we're doing or start increasing substitution inputs? Can we just switch to organic CAFOs and monocropping? Can we just make everyone stop eating meat?
I think the solution is going to be a much more personal one, as in each person, and a redistribution of responsibility to the individual, where it always belonged.
Slaughtering my chickens and maybe goats this year will be both an experience of pain and also of gratitude. Certainly it isn't a question of suffering for me; everything that lives does so by the suffering of something/one else, and even if we don't like it, that's still the way it is (even if we eat veg*n we survive by the suffering of others). Eating not enough meat won't stop that, and neither will it fix the destruction of the earth. A radical change in the way we view ourselves on this earth will though, and that won't be possible if we're not even eating what we need to think clearly, let alone do the hard work that is no doubt ahead of us all. That and I do think we have a moral obligation to reduce suffering to the absolute minimal in endeavouring to survive/live, but I also think that cannot be achieved by eating less meat-- that's not even as effective as a band-aid. We have to change how we participate on this earth altogether, completely, a total overhaul.
Seriously, how much can we accomplish as the sickest, least primary/survival skilled, least connected to our true needs generations of human beings ever to live?
Okay. Off my soap box now.