Originally Posted by Chicharronita
...In the further interest of being healthy, I made myself go for walks every day, for at least 1/2 an hour. I felt even more exhausted. I needed to take a nap after work.
I'm not discounting the possibility that some people are sensitive to soy (or other foods) ... I can't eat wheat during my menstrual period. People have different dietary needs and what one person thrives on, another might not. But for an average person without dietary intolerances or abnormally low iron absorbtion (for example) it is a different matter.
|Sounds really painful, the way you put it (although it's probably true). Even so, the people Price studied were cheerfully doing the hard work. I doubt I could do that, and I certainly couldn't have done it on my previous diet.
Here's a fact that you have to consider. Hard work, when it is getting you food, shelter and clothing, directly and immediately, is IMMENSELY satisfying. We could very easily get any of the food in our garden from a grocery store, a farmer's market or a CSA, but we grow it our self, and it is hard work, because it is satisfying. Imagine the feeling of standing up from thinning a row of carrots, looking at the wheat that is ripening, seeing the chickens in the tractor picking at the bugs, a clothesline full of handmade clothes drying in the sun, with a pot of homegrown stew on the stove and a pantry full of the things that you have grown and put up. I get a glimpse of that feeling, and it makes me happy to get up in the morning and start working. Working out at a gym or just taking a walk for the sake of exercise does not have nearly the same effect as bicycling to work every day does. Yeah, the first time I did the 2 mile ride to my office (weighing nearly 400 pounds) I thought I was gonna die! But that warm gooey feeling of getting there under my own power was amazing. I lost over 125 pounds in that year, (then got pregnant
What I'm trying to say is that are major NON-DIETARY factors that are not being considered in this theory.
I'm not a fanatical vegetarian, even though I'm mostly vegan. I feel that leather shoes are superior to and more sustainable than alternatives, so I wear them. I don't think there's anything really wrong with eating meat once in a while (I don't like the stuff, myself), and I think a little bit of eggs and dairy are pretty harmless. But the earth just can't handle animal based meals for an everyday thing. Certainly not for an every meal thing.