Why I Eat Meat and Why I Want to Talk About It on My Blog

So, I just bought my very first bulk delivery of healthy grass fed beef straight from a nearby farm, which I’m super excited about. They also gave me the organ meats and soup bones for only ten bucks. I made a big pot of mineral rich bone broth yesterday and after it had simmered for 24 hours, I ate the bone marrow out of the bones. And today I had my very first ‘raw liver shot’ (swallowing raw liver out of a shotglass).

Grossed out yet?

I fully believe that naturally raised, healthy, unadulterated animal products are incredibly nutrient dense. I believe they are what humans have been eating since the dawn of time and therefore what we should be eating now. I believe that important fat soluble vitamins such as A,D,E and K, Essential Fatty Acids, and certain minerals are most available to humans from pastured eggs, grass fed animals and particularly their organs, wild fish and seafood, and raw milk and butter. I believe many of these particular nutrients are vital for healthy skin. Every day I become more convinced of this.

I say that ‘I believe’ this to be true, because frankly I don’t think anyone really knows the ultimate truths about nutrition – or life for that matter. Most of what we believe about life is just an illusion anyway.

So the best I can say on the matter is that I believe this to be true because I feel I have done a lot of research, looked at both sides, been on both sides, and what I believe about nutrition now makes perfect logical sense to me and at this point, I won’t be convinced away from the healthfulness of natural animal products by anyone who cares to argue me on it (please don’t tell me to read the China Study, I have, and it’s not going to work).

However, I realize lots of other people don’t believe this to be true about meat and animal products being nutritious and health beneficial. And even if they do believe it, some people, including a lot of my readers, may still have strong objections to the eating of meat due to spiritual, ethical, or just squeamish reasons.

And this is where I am getting a bit hung up. 

I am a person with beliefs and views and actions and a path which will never be the same as everyone else’s. Hey – I’m fine with that. But because I am a person with a path AND a blog, I kind of have to make a choice. I want to talk about eating meat and animal products (I mean, in addition to vegetables and plant based foods) because it’s what I am experiencing. I want to talk about everything that they do on traditional foods and paleo blogs, because that is the kind of stuff I love reading about and am experimenting with every day – buying bulk meat from farms, making bone broth, eating organ meats. I want to share my experiences with you! In detail! Because I think these things could help you be healthy and get rid of your acne!

But I’m kind of hesitant to begin talking about this stuff in graphic detail because for one, the principle topic of my blog is acne, not traditional foods or the paleo diet. Obviously vegans and vegetarians aren’t going to frequent those kinds of blogs because they don’t eat meat, but everyone gets acne, including vegetarians and vegans, so I don’t want to go around alienating anyone and making them feel unwelcome by spouting off about dead animals all the time.

The incident that spurred me to write this post was that right after I got my delivery of beef, I decided I should make a video to show you how much meat I got for my money, and what it might look like if you were to order a bulk batch of grass fed. If it were me, I’d find that video extremely interesting.

Anyway, I made the video, but then I thought…. ‘should I post this?’

Talking about meat in an off hand kind of way is one thing, but here I was showing you my pile of raw meat, and I thought… is this going to be too ‘in the face’ of my vegetarian readers?

So then I thought… well maybe I’ll just write a long article about how to buy grass fed beef from a farm and ask at the end if you wanted to see the video, but then in the article, I found myself talking about dead cow carcasses and stuff and I still was like…. .. alright……….. this still might be too much.

I feel it’s a tough spot to be in – I respect everyone’s right to believe and do whatever they want to. I’m never going to tell anyone that I am 100% right and that they have to do exactly what I do. I completely accept that everything that I think is not necessarily the truth, it’s just my opinion, and everyone’s got one of those – I fully respect your right to have yours.

But I also don’t want to censor myself on what I think and do in order to please everyone (because we all know you can’t please everyone). In fact, I kind of WANT to shock some of you just for fun… I mean, I’m pretty sure most regular meat eaters are still going to be grossed out by the idea of chucking down some raw liver, but maybe over time, you’ll warm up to the idea and realize how much it could benefit you (yes it’s gross, but raw grass fed liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the entire planet, so get over it).

In the end, I feel I have good reasons to believe that eating local, humanely raised meat from small mixed farms is nutritious, ethical, environmentally sound, and yes, and even quite spiritually sound (obviously spirituality is a very individual thing though). Many, many people’s opinions differ from mine here, so, yes, I’m probably going to get yelled at for making statements like that. However, explaining what I think about all that would definitely need it’s own post. I’ll write it if you want me to.

So while I feel fairly secure and backed up in my stance on the issue of humane meat eating, I suppose the part that makes me feel guilty about all this is that 90% of meat eaters don’t eat local, humanely raised meat and animal products, so the question is – is it really right to recommend meat at all if I know that most people are going to eat meat but not eat local, humane meat?

And the truth is that what makes me feel the guiltiest and most hesitant of all to talk the meat talk is always an ego one, to be sure – I don’t yet eat the best, most ethical meat 100% of the time either, although I am slowly but surely making my way toward that one step at at a time.

Anyway. What do you think? Are you a vegetarian or a meat eater? Do you care what I write or show you on videos, or do you just read my blog to get my opinion, and therefore welcome everything? Would you be put off by me talking about meat a lot?

photo by cchdoh1

Comments

  1. HOLLY says

    yes, i eat meat (large percentage of my diet)

    yes, i would welcome a video discussing eating meat

    yes, i appreciate all of your research and the experiences you share

    thank you so much for such an informative blog and the helpful videos!

  2. Sarah says

    Hello!

    I am a vegetarian, and will never go back to eating meat for many reasons, but I am only ever open to meat eaters if they eat humane, local meat as you talked about. (that said, I don’t believe that eating any meat is humane because you have to kill the animal but it seems you are getting the most humane available) And while I disagree with eating meat, I am interested in seeing how you get your meat. I would be much happier if everyone would just get their meat like you do! And not get the extremely low quality mass produced kind. So while I am forever a vegetarian, I would like to see how the ‘sustainably responsible and aware’ meat eaters get their meat! Also, I like how you are very level minded about the whole subject. It is very refreshing.

    • Sara says

      I was raised a vegetarian. We ate an all organic diet with plenty of tofu, beans, nuts, whole grains, fresh vegetables, cultured and fermented foods, and so on. I was not allowed white flour, white sugar, or chocolate. I was never vaccinated, exercised often (bike rides, dance classes, gymnastics, etc). Yet, I still suffered from anemia, fatigue, poor eyesight, weak teeth, and other ailments. In my late teens I began eating some meat and I realized that my energy improved. Within a year I was no longer anemic.
      Over the years, in my quest for perfect health, I went back to vegetarianism, and even a few attempts at veganism… each time I did, after a couple months, I exprienced low energy, PMS, headaches, and a decline in overall health.
      Once I tried a raw food vegan diet for one year… it was horrible for me! My hair began falling out in clumps at 9 months, spots in my vision, the worst PMS ever, back aches, and much more. I started to eat some fish and cultured dairy, along with cooked foods, and my energy sky rocketed!
      Since then I have stayed on a diet that includes (organic and locally raised) eggs, raw dairy, and meat. I only eat meat or fish about 1-2 x a week, and organ meats 2 x a month, but I feel strong, healthy, and able to live fully.
      I have thought long and hard about the ethics and morals, and my conclusion is the life force flows through all living matter – carrots and cows. We make sacrifices whenever we eat a salad, as well as a chicken. If my health declines because I am not giving my body what it needs, how is that being kind to myself?
      I believe that this is the same issue the Dalai Lama has – he needs to eat meat, and does… and obviously he is a compassionate man with a deep spiritual nature.
      Let us not judge, and let us not expect that one diet works for everyone!

      • Tracy says

        Thanks for your story Sara… I hear so many tales that are so similar to this when it comes to vegan and vegetarian diets!

  3. J.D says

    Honestly, I probably won’t be back to your blog after this. Most of this post is misinformation and I don’t want to support that. I’m sure I won’t be the only one.

    • Alexa says

      That’s really too bad, since Tracy writes about so many helpful and informative topics. Abandoning a friend just because they believe something different than you about one topic seems too narrow minded to be a healthy response to individuality. This is especially shocking to me since this entire article was about trying to prevent discrimination and isolating anyone’s particular feelings.

    • Kristin says

      I challenge you to to site something in this post that is in fact misinformation. Tracy is very well-informed and I doubt you can find a statement that she wouldn’t be able show a source for. This isn’t a conspiracy against vegetarianism, it’s scientific fact that meat is nutrient dense and very much a part of man’s diet throughout the ages.

    • Sampson says

      You’re so brainwashed JD, it’s unfortunate. :(

      Meat is nothing to fear. I pray that one day you realize that, for the sake of your health.

      I refuse to believe anyone can be optimally healthy as a vegetarian. I’d apologize for that statement, but I’m not incorrect.

      In an ideal world, only females MIGHT be able to benefit to a satisfactory degree from a vegetarian (not vegan) diet, because of a better ALA->EPA/DHA conversion rate than males. But we still don’t know whether or not that will be sufficient. Either way, unless you have a moral problem with eating fish or land meat, why would you abstain from it?

      You don’t have to eat “land meat” to be healthy, but you do have to eat seafood at the very least for the protein, omega-3s, B12 and a host of minerals that may be missing from the diet due to soil conditions/variety in plants. However, this is operating under the premise that you are a full vegetarian otherwise. If you’re not, eating fish AND land meat contributes to your omega-3s (which you don’t actually need that much of) intake as well.

      • Sampson says

        And of course, this should go without saying but, this doesn’t apply to genetic differences that vary from human to human. Just speaking generally and I think most people would agree that humans evolved to eat meat.

  4. Kitiara says

    I personally love to eat meat. I did try the vegetarian route a few years back, but ugh. It wasn’t worth it.

    I do worry about the regular meat I buy in the grocery store… So I’d love to know how to purchase locally, humanely raised meat. I’d be perfectly fine if you shared information on that, in any form.

    Post what you think is important Tracy! You can’t make *everyone* happy.

  5. Marzipan says

    I am a really enthusiastic vegan, tho quite freshly in this business, but your statements about eating local and humane meat sound quite okay to me. tho I would still probably decline a dish of beef-next-door myself, i do see why saying no does not have to be the only choice.
    if i will ever go back to eating meat, that kind of meat would be the only kind i would eat.

  6. says

    I feel that, as a vegan- I probably won’t be tuning in for episodes pertaining to piles of raw meat. However, that shouldn’t matter. This is your blog, you are free to say and do whatever you want on it. If you want to be extra sensitive, you could label the episode with something explaining what’s going on so people can pick and choose which episodes they’ll want to watch.
    No need to worry about it too much- I dated a paleo guy a while back and realized that there are almost as many paleo-eating people as there are vegans. You may lose an audience, but you might also gain a whole new one.

  7. Kelsey says

    Hey Tracy! Never commented before so first off, thanks for all your help and information you provide- you have taught me so much and I really appreciate all the work you do!

    I was really interested in this post- being a vegetarian for 3 years (and vegan for part of that) I recently started eating meat again the past few months (after my acne was continually getting worse, the “healthier” I felt like I was being) Trying my best to consume only grass fed, ethically raised meat- I would really love to hear about your experiences with the delivery from the farm, and the other benefits of animal products, and..parts.
    And I was a hardcore vegetarian for a while, and honestly, I think my vegetarian self would find this interesting. I still read about the benefits of plant based diets even though my skin and body are doing well consuming meat, because the more information we know the better decision we can make for our bodies. I think people just have to learn how to be open minded to information- its up to them to use it or not- but you cant change what other people do. And it is what you are currently doing- and I personally would love to hear about your experiences!

    Sorry- did not mean for such a long comment- hope it helps!

  8. jacksteel says

    Please post your video! We just picked up a bunch of (frozen) grass fed beef and would like to compare. It’s kind of liberating to meet the farmer who actually raises your food and to see how the animals are treated. We didn’t get any bones, but it did include some liver, heart and tongue.

  9. Jesse Moffett says

    the whole article seems to be about how you feel this is right for you and you don’t want to offend people but you give no evidence as to why eating meat is healthy accept that we have been doing it from the dawn of time. I’m open to your views, I just want facts to back them up.

    I don’t eat meat, but I understand we all have different needs and I respect what you feel is right for you.

    Have you seen the movie forks over knives?

    Blessings,
    Jess

    • Tracy says

      Hi Jesse – Thanks for your feedback. Yes, I was purposely focusing in this article on why I feel it’s right for me and not more. I did say that I was willing to write a post expanding on my views of why I feel it’s nutritious/ethical/etc if people want me to.

      In the meantime – if you want to know why I think it’s nutritious, please feel free to research the philosophies and studies behind the Weston A Price foundation, Paleo, and traditional foods so that you can get a good well rounded look at the arguments opposite those of movies such as Forks Over Knives. I’m not saying by any means that you have to agree with them, but I think that it is a really good idea to see the points behind each side in order to come to a well-informed conclusion that makes senses to you.

      So, yes, I’ve seen Forks Over Knives and read the China Study (which Forks Over Knives was inspired by), and when I did, well… I mean, obviously it’s presented in a VERY convincing way. When I read it, I was certainly more than convinced. So I went vegan for a while…. at that time, it made perfect sense to me, because I hadn’t looked at the other side.

      I think T. Colin Campbell has a great message that the way we eat and live is behind the diseases of affluence and that the government, food agencies, and food corporations are lying to us and slowly killing us. However, I personally think he cherry picked data to support his agenda. He took a certain protein from milk (casein), in isolation, showed that it caused cancer to grow, and then unilaterally applied that to all animal proteins without testing. What if whole raw milk also contained other compounds and substances that protect against cancer and countered the cancerous effects of casein? Testing a certain protein in isolation is never getting the full picture. And as for the actual China Study, there are way too many variables to say for certain that the reason people are healthier in a certain part of the country is for certain the amount of meat they eat. What about pollution, exercise, etc…. it’s not exactly a controlled study. Anyway…. I’d really suggest reading a well done critique of the China study by a person named Denise Minger… it’s long but there is a great summary at the end of it…. http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/

      Anyway… I purposely said in my article here that what I think is only my opinion, and I have no way to say for sure that it is fact. No matter what your nutritonal views, you can find convincing arguments and data that will back up and validate your opinion. The paleo/wapf/traditional foods side could easily be cherry picking data to support their views and convince us of some half-truth. However, after looking at both sides extensively (both with superb arguments), humane meat eating just seems to make a lot more logical sense to me for quite a few reasons, one being that our species evolved as omnivorous hunter gatherers, and also that nearly all wild, free, natural, beautiful tribes that live harmoniously with the earth and land eat meat and value it highly as a nutritious food source. There are absolutely no documented vegan societies that have survived through generations, so I feel that is a bit of a red flag.

      Anyway… thats what I think :) Thanks again for the feedback.

  10. Hannah says

    This could not be a more timely post! I’m in the middle of reading “The China Study” and was fixing to tell all of my family members to stop eating animal products. (a bit of an exaggeration…) I have researched the heck out of reasons for eating vegan, and I feel there are numerous benefits to a plant based diet. However, I am also becoming more and more interested in traditional foods and think those reasons have a lot of weight, too.

    At this point in time, I am eating vegan (except for times with friends and family, when I don’t really have another option) However, I am going to do more heavy research on the side of meat eating. Thanks for the post and for sticking to your convictions!

    • Tracy says

      Hi Hannah :)
      I felt the same way after reading the China Study… it’s certainly got good arguments… both sides do! See what I wrote to Jesse about the China Study above and be sure to read the critique that I linked to – just to get a well rounded picture.

  11. says

    Great read Tracy! Looks like you have a mixed bag with your readers but most of the comments are in favor with what you are doing.

    No matter what you do you are going to lose readers and gain readers for various reasons.

    I think blogging based on your own experiences is BEST. So, if you are eating nutrient dense animal products then you should blog about it if this excites you.

    Blog about what makes you come alive and what you think can help people.

    Sure, you are not perfect as in eating the top quality animal products but in this modern world, it would be stressful to be that strict. I’m working on it myself and I think millions are on the same path.

    Do what makes you come alive! Why? We need more people to come alive! That’s it!

  12. f. says

    Well, I love your blog b e c a u s e you are trying out so many things and are investigating – this is what makes your blog more believable and honest than many of the others out there. I am a vegetarian myself, plus, I do not eat dairy. However, I am not disgusted by meat and never will be. I do not judge people for having meat – might judge them for having the wrong kind of meat or too much of it or whatever. The way you are having it, is great. And hey, ever seen a lion having supper? It’s not exactly what we’d call manners, so… that’s nature! So: Post it!

  13. Ashley Z says

    Omnivore here, and I would love to hear more about this topic! I agree with prev posters, this is your blog, talk about your life and interests! I think that most herbivores would agree that if someone going to eat meat, that this would be the best way to do it (whether they agree with the actual way of life or not). I think it was very nice of you to ask your readers. The vote here is “post, please!”

  14. Shelby says

    Hi Tracy! Just wanted to say I am 100% supportive in everything you just blogged about. I have gotten local grass fed beef in the past and believe its the way to go. I have done alot of research and would love to learn more. An open mind helps us grow!!

  15. Dee says

    Hi Tracy! No one will ever be able to please everyone so dont ever censor yourself in an attempt to not offend. By you censoring yourself you are belittling the moral relationships you have cultivated within your inner world. Plus you are very pragmatic and compassionate with your readers and i think those that frequent your site feel that. ANYWAYS I was a vegetarian a few years back and thats when my acne started! Fuuny right? I was not a glowing healthy vegetarian, although i stuck it out passionately for seven years and my health suffered because of it. So that made me open my mind and suspend all judgment to try something different and heal myself. Now, i eat what makes me feel healthy and strong and good quality meat is one of those things. ( plus even though i squirm and get sad when i watch ‘the nature of things’ and see eagles eating bunnies and all that stuff, I find comfort in knowing its beyond any human control of mine and the universe knows better than me).

  16. Khristina Petrovic says

    I would be interested in seeing your video! I was just looking into buying a 1/4 or 1/2 a cow then realized I only really eat beef once or twice a week. I am still looking into buying meat (mostly chicken).

  17. bunny says

    I was a vegetarian for two years and would be again for the animals …except that the diet leaves me feeling like I am malnourished. Yes I can eat tons of food still, but filling up on veggies and grains instead of proteins wasn’t for me. It sure did nothing for my skin to cut all animal products and substitute it for grains. I also have more energy now. I feel bad about it but if this is right for my body then perhaps this is the way humans were made to eat. And if so then I can’t apologize for that, Its how I was made.

  18. bunnyb says

    You should post what you want, and what’s true. You know what works for you and it might alienate some vegans/vegt. but if its what turned your health around maybe its the right way. Maybe a vegetarian out there like I once was will see your post and once again question what is really the right way to eat.

  19. says

    Tracy,

    I appreciate you sharing a bit about your philosophy on meat-eating and the nutritional benefits of doing so. I would like to learn more about the benefits of eating specific meats and the appropriate quantity to consume per day/week (ie. how much is too much? is there a safe amount?).

    I have been eating meat all of my life and only recently started cutting back on my meat consumption for ethical reasons. I have stopped eating meat during lunchtime and have tried limiting my meat consumption during the week. I really don’t want to eat meat anymore because I love animals so much. However, there is only one major factor that has prevented me from cutting it out of my diet completely. Like Bunny mentioned, I am not sure that I would feel healthy and/or energized if I stopped eating it altogether. If I were to stop eating meat, it just doesn’t seem plausible that my body would be getting all of the nutrients it needs. I’m so torn about this, and I’m glad you posted on the subject. I definitely welcome your insight.

    • Anna says

      Hi Beth,

      You really can get all the nutrients you need on a vegetarian/vegan diet. There are so many good resources out there, check out Vegan for Dummies, The Kind Diet, the Engine II diet, etc.

      Just my 2 cents, coming from someone who has so much more energy eating vegan than I ever did eating meat.

  20. Bernadette says

    I am currently half way through The China Study and have already noticed before reading this post that it is incredibly one sided. I still feel it has some good points however. I have yet to read about the Weston A Price foundation involving the Paleo diet, and will be sure to do so once I’m finished with Cambell.

    Anyway, how I see things at the moment is that being healthy in all ways will leave no room for acne. As far as I’m concerned the Blue Zone people know how to do that best. Here’s a TED Talk on them, http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100.html
    Unfortunately it doesn’t go deep into diet, however towards the end of the talk it gives a brief summary of the lifestyle these people lead.

    Keep posting Tracy, as far as I’m concerned you have something to share with us that we have not yet grasped, which is how to clear your skin. I look forward to all your posts,

    Cheers

    • Tracy says

      Hi Bernadette,
      I do find the Blue Zones interesting in that a lot of them don’t eat much meat and eat a mostly high carbohydrate diet (except the Okinawans – they downplayed how much pork and pork fat they eat). The Blue Zones remind me that maybe the specifics of diet just doesn’t actually matter THAT much… these people get lots of exercise and most importantly, feel respected, cared for, and have close ties with their communities.

  21. Tamar says

    I think there’s a consensus here Tracy, post what is relevant to you and your health. The majority of your readers are grateful that you take time to research, experiment and post in the first place. Also, as for me, I’ve been leaning toward vegetarianism, but my acne has gotten worse. So this seems appropriately timed. I’d like to know how to get humane meat because it has always seemed too complicated or too much work.

  22. Alexa says

    Hi Tracy,
    I am interested in anything you are willing to teach. Currently, I am learning about many contaminants at college, and many terrible chemicals that are fat soluble.

    Knowing how to buy local food and the potential for contamination in these animals compared to mass produced animals is interesting to me.

    I may not eat very much beef a month, but I’d still like to know how to get a hold of local meat more easily and the value that you have been able to find for your meat.

    Thanks

  23. mark says

    Going back to eating meat after being a vegan and vegetarian, has made me realize how important hem iron and other nutrients from fish seafood, liver, and lamb are, for brain, nerve function, and skin repair. Of course the key to eating these foods is moderation, with a mix of carbs from a lot fruits and a lot of dark greens. I still feel milk is the root of a lot of health problems and continue to stay away from most dairy, except for some goat cheeses.

  24. Danielle says

    Hi Tracy,

    Thank you for writing such an honest and varied-in-content blog. I have stumbled upon 100x more useful information regarding acne, nutrition, health, etc. here at your blog than I ever did in school, at the doctor’s, etc. Please continue to write your honest opinions and don’t worry about appeasing every single person out there – it won’t ever happen.

    I recently (about a month ago) came back to meat-eating after begin vegetarian for 5 years and I truly FEEL like I am on the path to being 10x healthier than I ever felt (and I considered myself to be a very healthy eater at that point) while eating just vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, etc. Up until a month ago, I had been starting to research a number of different ways of eating (to get rid of candida, specifically) and going back to eating meat just felt like what my body was asking for. I had told myself that I would only eat meat again if I could be sure that it was grass-fed, pastured, free range, etc, and that’s my number one priority when it comes to food selection and preparation. Sure, I still feel badly about eating animals, but it happens everywhere in nature and I do feel better that I am not eating conventional meat.

    However, I would like to take the next step and find a local, humane source/farmer from which I can buy directly. What is this route like, cost-wise, in comparison to buying grass fed/humane at a grocery store?

    Thanks!
    Danielle

  25. Kristin says

    Hi Tracy,

    I’m was a vegan for a long time, but now after many months of transforming my diet for health reasons, I’m paleo! And I’m feeling really excellent. I would love to hear about your experiences and I think anyone who disagrees with eating meat should be able to look past the occasional blog or video. I know I appreciate everything that you have done to encourage a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Thank you and keep it up! :)

  26. says

    You’ll get some haters with this post, but I love that you’re honest. I’m a meat eater, I have been on a zero-carb diet before (though it didn’t work that well). For six months I’ve been recovering from depression and hypoglycemia caused by a (raw!) vegan diet.

    I eat lots and lots of muscle meat, though I also eat lots of wild salmon and beef liver. If I wouldn’t eat this way, my skin wouldn’t be as good compared to what it used to be.

    You’ve learned me a lot last year, Tracy, and I’m very grateful for that. Some weird thing I noticed, though, is zinc supplementation : it does nothing for me. Nothing. Selenium, though, works very well : it makes my cheeks very soft :).

    I’m so lucky to have a grass-fed butcher that mostly cares about nature and health. And the awesome thing is that I live very close to the shop, and it’s the only grass-fed butcher in the country that I know of …. Couldn’t be more lucky.

    Thanks Tracy!

    PS. For those searching for free help, I really recommend paleohacks.com. It’s the only forum I feel really good on. And the great thing is : while the website name is paleohacks, the people are really interested in all kinds of diets.

    PPS. A lot of people wonder how to NOT lose weight on a candida diet. I’d like to tell those : eat bone broth, lots of coconut oil, … Especially bone broth.

    PPPS. Gelatin is awesome! (for skin, for digestion,…) Since I started taking 1tbsp gelatin every morning, I go to the toilet every day. I usually only went every 3 days.

    • Tracy says

      Thanks for the tips Mark! I do browse paleohacks on occasion .. it does seem like a good forum!

      As for gelatin.. lol, I keep overboiling my broth or something because it won’t gel up lately. I’ve successfully made geled bone broth in the past though!! I gotta get my technique down. Either way, when I do, I want to start taking a tblsp of it with every meal…. supposedly it’s amazing for healing and soothing a leaky gut.

  27. Jay says

    Anyone who searches for truth has my support… here are some of my inspirations.

    Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon and traditional diets… http://www.westonaprice.org/

    David Wolfe, superfoods and raw vegan…
    http://www.davidwolfe.com

    Aajonus Vonderplanitz, raw animal foods… http://www.wewant2live.com

    Supreme Master Ching Hai, spiritual veganism…
    http://www.godsdirectcontact.org

    Herbert Shelton, natural living…
    http://www.naturalhygienesociety.org

    Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden…
    http://www.backtoedenfilm.com

    Viktor Schauberger, Living Water…
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Schauberger

    want more? email me! phxecohood@yahoo.com

  28. Jules says

    I would love the receipe of your bone broth! I thought about making some lately…would be great!!! no problems about more meat posts btw. I grew up as a daughter of a hunter and sister of a fisherman… couldn’t imagine a life without game on my plate now and then ;)

    • Tracy says

      Me too… my dad hunts and fishes… when I was a kid, I always ate it without complaining but I was slightly weirded out by the idea of hunting something. But now I’m like ‘AWESOME Dad, go get me a deer’ – wild meat trumps farmed anything as far as healthfulness goes! And the animal got to live a wild, free life, so that’s tops in my book. (Speaking of which, I’ve been eating a lot of kangaroo since coming to Australia because it’s cheap, wild, and can be bought at the grocery store)

  29. says

    Nice post Tracy.

    I’m a vegetarian and also dairy-free but I’m also currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the more I read, the more I agree that grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free does have a lot of useful nutrients to offer.

    I still trip over the ethics of raising animals in captivity and then slaughtering them for our food, but I am becoming more open to the idea of potentially incorporating a small amount of very clean meat back into my diet.

    I think the problem with meat these days is two-fold: one, people just eat WAY too much of it and that’s not good for anyone’s health; and two, the factory farmed, torturned, drug-laden stuff they’re selling in the meat section at the grocery store is toxic and shouldn’t be consumed by anyone in any amount.

    I applaud you for being honest about where you’re at and what you’ve learned and think that you should always remain true to yourself on this blog. We come to read and watch you and I think if you shy away from that – whatever it is – you risk diluting what makes this blog so great.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Sara,

      Definitely agree with your statements about too much and the horrible factory farming. The way that most people eat meat is really problematic, for sure.

      The way I see it though is that modern conventional agriculture for plants and grains is also extremely problematic (ie, horrible – polluting, depleting soil due to monocropping, companies like monsanto, GMO, clear cutting).

      I think that meat tends to get the brunt of everything because of the ethical (animal torture), the misconstrued health issues (although they are likely legitimate for conventional meat), and the fact that it uses land for grain AND for housing the animals.

      Anyway…. I don’t think it’s fair though – I’d like to see a push less for the total axing of meat as a solution to our problems, and more of a move toward local, sustainable mixed farming, where the animals are treated well and live in harmony with the plants (manure helps them grow). This takes care of the problems of modern plant agriculture as well as factory farming.

      Sorry, I know that wasn’t directly about what you said, I just ended up on a tangent.

      Thanks for your comment, Sara!

      • says

        Nope, I think you’re right on and I totally agree with you. I would certainly be open to eating a moderate amount of meat (not every day, maybe not even every other day, but perhaps 2-3 times a week) if it was raised on a “real” farm with most of its time spent out at pasture, no antibiotics or other drugs unless a health situation required it, and as humane a slaughter as possible.

        Sadly though it’s hard to find that anymore these days – but not impossible. It sounds like you’ve really sourced out your meat supplier well and if more people would do that the market might take notice.

  30. Anna says

    Hi Tracy!

    I am a vegeterian/95% vegan, and I still love your blog. Like you, I started researching nutrition in order to clear up my acne. In the past I have had success clearing my acne with a paleo diet, and also with a whole foods vegan diet. I stuck with the vegan diet because of moral/environmental reasons and because that’s the diet that makes me feel the best – I have tons of energy, while I always felt exhausted on a paleo diet. I think my body just thrives on a lower fat diet.

    I think if you look at the research of cultures that have thrived, through Weston Price and Colin Campbell’s research, you have to conclude that there are a variety of foods on which cultures have thrived – from paleo to mostly vegan. However, none of these diets include processed foods, refined grains, or sugars – this is why I like to read your blog, because even though I’m vegan, so many of the foods we eat are the same – salads, green smoothies, veggies, etc.

    If you write about how to get meat in a humane way, that’s probably good for the 90% who eat inhumane meat that wrecking our environment. I will not be reading those posts, so as long as you keep diversity in your posting, I will keep reading!

    • Tracy says

      Hi Anna, that’s a great a vegan diet is working for you – it’s funny because most say the opposite, that paleo gave them a lot more energy than vegan, but I love hearing from people like you – just reminds me how different everyone is and you just have to do what makes you feel good, adjust if you encounter problems, and live your life to the fullest!

  31. Tommie says

    Tracy! I do not oppose your videos in any way! I agree that grass-fed animal products are very nutritious. To me personally eating REAL food is not a diet, it is a way of life. Meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds are all you need to survive. In life every organism thrives on other living things. Personally, I’m very intrigued to see some of these videos for the fact you do such a great job ;). Native Americans looked like some of the healthiest people ever, and they would hunt and eat bison, so that tells me all I need to know. To me it seems like you have to eat a lot of fruits/veggies to be full, but with quality meat I seem to be more satisfied with less product.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Tommie! Good to see ya :)
      Funny you say that, I’ve been thinking about that a lot – nutrient density. If you choose to eat only the absolutely most nutrient dense foods available, you’d need to eat way less food in general. This is good, of course, for the environment, and your health, and your pocket book. I got to thinking about this once I started eating the raw liver, and I want to see where I can take it.

  32. Mary says

    I’m not vegetarian, but I lean vegetarian and feel I may end up there someday, just because I don’t find hunks of cooked animal muscle to be appetizing at all. However, I don’t mind at all you blogging about it. I realize meat is healthy. It’s good to inform those who do eat meat about how to buy GOOD meat.

  33. Kendra says

    Hey Tracey!

    I would like to say that I 100% agree with you on the nutritional values of eating meat. I was convinced for a long time that eating a mainly vegetarian diet was the healthiest. But I did a bunch of research and I realised that meat is actually extremely healthy. Did you know that when humans made tools and started eating meat, was when the brain started evolving to get us to where we are now? It’s super interesting. Humans have been eating meat for a long time and therefore out bodies are adapted to processing it and extracting the nutrients from it. I am lucky to live in a place (Nelson,BC) where local organic meats are readily available. These days I eat meat almost everyday with vegies and I feel great. I am extremely active so I believe that this is the absolute best diet for me. Eating good meat is healthy! But it’s a preference and you really have to just go with how you feel. If it makes you feel good, DO IT!!

    • Tracy says

      Hi Kendra!
      Yes I did know that about the brain, and I find it very interesting – certainly makes it hard to deny that it’s healthy! Also, that’s cool you live in Nelson.. I love Nelson :) I’m glad to hear there are lots of places to get good meat up there.

    • Ana Karenina says

      I would not call where we are now evolution…look around you and tell me how we treat this earth and our fellow earthlings…how we treat one another…:) We are not using our brain in the right direction…some of us have seen the light while most of us are so numb…may love bring light to the cold hearted. Blessings

      • Ana Karenina says

        What made us come to where we are now was pure greed. Humans living in tribes have also evolved and look how they still live, in perfect harmony with their environment. The same goes to animals in the wild…we need a true wake up call and worry not about acne…we need to nurture our hearts so we can save this beautiful Earth which is the home to us all inclusive our children.

  34. suzanne says

    I would love to see your video! I l am so lucky to have a few amazing farms nearby where I get grassfed beef, raw dairy, truly awesome eggs and chicken, etc. But I’ve never done a raw liver shot. Sounds fantastic! Could you please describe how to prepare it?

    • Tracy says

      Hi Suzanne,
      According to WAPF, you should freeze the liver for 14 days to ensure that it kills any parasites. Then you can take it out of the freezer frozen (it’s easier if you cut it into small portions before freezing), and grate it into tiny pieces on a cheese grater. 1 ounce 3 weeks per week is supposed to be good, so shave enough off to fill a shot glass… although I find it easier to actually take it out of a larger glass. Anyway, put it in your cup, and if you have raw milk, just fill the cup half way, and just swallow it back like a drink! I don’t have raw milk at the moment, but I imagine it would cover the taste completely… I’ve been using strong lemon water, which works pretty good, but not 100%. It’s definitely enough to get it down without being too horrible. Honestly, I’ve been feeling super since I got my grass fed beef and also started taking the raw liver shots.!

  35. Christa says

    Hi Tracy! :) I’m vegan but would support you making blog posts about meat. I know that not everyone has the same lifestyle as me and I really admire the fact that you get your meat directly from the farmer. Definitely the best way to go next to raising it yourself. Thanks for sharing :)

  36. ben says

    hey!

    i just wanted to give some feedback as a vegan. first of all, i’m surprised about this post but i totally respect it and yes, i like the fact that you buy local. everyone has to make his own decisions about diet. i couldnt eat meat anymore, because i’m to sorry for the animals. so i’ve become a vegetarian six years ago and since that day i haven’t been really sick. i was just one day in bed because of a sunstroke after a hard day, makin firewood in the bloody sun. i dont want to say its because i’ve gone veg. i just want to say, that i think, that there is no lack of anything (i make blood tests every year). now i’m vegan for three years. i dont have acne (and by the way, i dont know vegans with acne, but thats maybe just because i dont know veggie teens). i have never been fitter then these days. when i get 30 in june, i’ll run my first half marathon :-) so, for me, a vegan diet works, but i can imagine, that it doesnt work for everyone.

    have a good day

    greetings from europe

  37. Ana Karenina says

    Hi, while i appreciate your efforts to buy local flesh from nearby farms and support that rather than the factory farmed animals, i also have to say that i believe those who eat the flesh should make the killing, hunt the animal. As you have said, we have been doing that since the dawn of time, but they would go kill the animal…you may say these are modern times and this is what we get these days…but i challenge every flesh eater to do the appropriate thing…to experience it. When i decided to stop eating animals was out of compassion and respect for their lives and i felt this was a selfless decision…the cost for our health is very high if we have to continue life taking. I send blessings of light to those who chose the green way, i am so proud of them my heart fills with joy and love.

  38. Ana Karenina says

    I forgot to say that there is no humane way of taking life, no painless death unless you give the victim a lethal injection and i believe this is not the way animals are being killed. Life is precious and i wonder how can one be healthy spiritually when one’s physical health depends on another being’s death. It is beyond me.
    You are a free being and therefore you may share the information you have with others, but i still believe your reasons are not selfless, you buy your flesh from non factory farmed animals for your own health and not for the animal’s sake. Blessings of light, kindness and compassion.

    • Cora says

      So you’re saying that many many animals in the animal kingdom (most, really) are “spiritually unhealthy” because their well being depends on the death of another? Is a lion unhealthy? Is a shark? Is a snake? These are some of the strongest most beautiful creatures on earth, they sure don’t look unhealthy or unhappy to me.

      Death, and taking life is a PART of life. Whether you are vegan or not. Plants are life too.

  39. Molly Rose says

    Hello Tracy, I just wanted to say that I REALLY appreciate all the information you share with us on your blog, so keep up the good work! You are keeping the debate happy and respectful and that is what is most important. In peoples quest for health we often turn on one another, and what does that accomplish?

    If anyone is interested in reading about the anthropological development of going from vegan apes to omnivore humans, check out “Sex, Time and Power” by Leonard Shlain. I highly highly recommend it.

    I have been vegetarian, vegan, 100% raw, SAD diet, paleo… I’ve tried it all! I now know, from my own body and mind, as well as endless research, that an organic, balanced diet is the best kind and what humans are meant to eat. I don’t believe we should consume any one thing in large quantities, again it’s all about balance. I have learned that most diets find the “fault” in one type of food, so they rule it out completely and swing in the extreme other direction. So what I have done is designed a diet for myself that has the best of every kind. I eat local, organic, fresh meat once a week, seafood 1-2 times a week (I live on the ocean), and a few eggs a week. I also eat a little diary but I always get raw, local goats milk and kefir. I also eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and use a bamboo steamer for things like sweet potatoes, squash, asparagus, eggplant and corn. I always soak my nuts, seed, and beans. I eat a little bit of grains, but I keep it to a few times a week. And of course I make sure to eat a lot and get plenty of calories, and plenty of fresh filtered water! Most of all I just relax and enjoy myself, the food, and my loved ones!

    PEACE

  40. ync says

    Hi,

    Meat and by products (i.e. offal), in moderation, do have a place in a healthy diet. A lot of these foods are nutrient dense and calorie dense too. That is fine, but it is also important to match energy intake with expenditure i.e. to lead a physically active lifestyle like our primitive ancestors did.

    • Tracy says

      You’re right, I talk too much about nutrition and not enough about exercise! I’m trying to follow a primal fitness plan at the moment, but I still think I spend too much time sitting :(

  41. ync says

    Hi Tracy,

    No, I think you are correct in talking about nutrition. It really is important and very often neglected.

    Do you take any supplements or rely solely on foods?

    Anyway, good luck with the fitness plan.

  42. Martha says

    Tracey,
    Kudos to you for putting yourself on the chopping block with a very controversial topic.

    I was a confirmed meat eater for the first 40 years of my life. I ate animal products from responsible, “humane” farmers so I could absolve myself of guilt. I have struggled with chronic fatugue and acne for as long as I can remember. At 40, after doing considerable reading about vegan diets, I made the switch. Since then, I have never felt more energenic and my acne has seriously subsisded.

    I suggest 2 things to think about before you write off veganism.

    1. Watch the movie “Forks Over Knives”. You will be stunned. A scientifically based approached as to why a plant based diet is superior to animal based. I do love your blog but I’m a fact kind of girl… YOU show me the studies and I will believe you. Anectdotal evidence as you present just doesn’t cut it. You say you read the China study but it “just wont work for you” Why? can you back that up with evidence to support your theory?

    2. Here’s where I go anecdotal and a bit airey fairey. Go to any “humane” farmer and watch an animal be killed. I have. No matter how humane the approach is… the animal is still fearful and anxious. If I then eat that animal, where do you think that fear and anxiety go? Where does that bad energy go? Pre vegan I was anxious and fearful, post vegan… no more. What does that tell you?

    Just saying… I still love you and your blog. keep on doing what your doing. You are making a difference.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Martha!

      Thanks for your thoughts. I’m glad that veganism has worked out for you :)

      I’m not going to compile a list right now of studies and science behind why I believe animal products are healthy because it’s just going to take up too much of my morning, time I don’t have at the moment (but it’s a great idea for a blog post though that I may do sometime in the future), but I would recommend you research evolutionary biology, and all the studies and philosophies behind the Weston A Price foundation and the paleo diets. As for Forks Over Knives and the China Study specifically, read over this critique… it’s long so you can just read the summary at the end if you don’t have time. http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/

      As for your second point, I understand that and totally respect your point of view. Maybe veganism works for you so well not because of the actual nutritional components, but on an energetic level, since you clearly were never okay with eating animals?

      The way I see that is that we’re all in a circle of life… the animal nourishes us, and when we die, we become food for bacteria, bugs etc. I don’t particularly like it that they were scared when they died, but if you look to nature, do you think animals getting ripped to shreds by a lion aren’t scared shitless? You can say that we are more intelligent and that animals dont have a choice… but the way I see it, we are animals too. Tribes of humans who live off the land and are one with the earth live closest to how nature intended…. they live the most like animals do in the wild… therefore they hunt animals. I feel like that is how humans SHOULD be living… in nature, one with the earth – I don’t feel that we are somehow more intelligent or “better” than the animals, because thinking that way is how we have gotten ourselves into this modern mess that is ruining our earth.

      Anyway! Thanks again for the comment :)

  43. Nefer says

    YOU are what YOU eat…Eat meat and you feel, behave and think like an animal…Eat PEACE FOOD ( greens and so on ) and you behave like a plant…peaceful, silent, beautiful and strong…

    When I ate meat, cheese, milk and all that unhealty stuff ( sry guys, but it IS unhealthy, no matter what kind of alibi/apology weak people tell themselves or against other people and if anybody was getting “sick” because of a vegan or vegetarian diet, they just fed themselves wrong! First you have to clean and detox your whole body and intestine, by the way, TOFU is BAD either, it agglutinates your intestine PLUS you can NOT absorb all the nutrients anymore! By trying to solve this “health problems” by eating meat, you re just absorbing such high amouts of animal proteins, which a rushing through your body and you just feel the ANIMAL TESTOSTERON…it DON T makes YOU strong! YOu just feel the animal hormos, that s it! It s scientifical proven, that milk and meat are unhealthy…Just watch all the old people on this planet, OMG, it s NOT normal, to look OLD, sick and aged ( please google MIMI KIRK, a beautiful RAW FOOD woman over 70 years old!!) ! Just watch some “old” RAW FOODERS, they look really great, fit, young and still sexy )

    I was an overweight and non stop sick young woman with acne all the time ( nothing helped, in my opinion cosmetics are a waste of time and money, because when you eat and live healthy, you don t need them anymore, that s my experience )…Then I became a vegetarian…I became more slim, healthier and sporty…I was more aware and felt great, I had so much energy and my health problems ALL disappeard…Then I became a vegan…Wow, more energy, better and hot body AND since then not a SINGLE cold, fever or sickness anymore…The last time, I had to join a doctor was 4 years ago!…I NEVER take pills, medicine and so on, the pharma industry just makes YOU sick with their fake drugs!…

    NOW I m a RAW FOODER and I lost more weight, my skin is GLOWING( acne, wrinkles and so on just disapears when you become a RAW FOODER, just check out the skins of all the 100% RAW FOODERS, THEY don t have do deal with acne anymore, theire skins are soo beautiful and perfect!!!)

    If you are embittered by all that toxic “food”, you re skin WILL show it to YOU…Because the cells are so full with all the toxics, that the skin needs to express and release that toxics through the skin. That s the true reason of SKIN CANCER, liver spot s, acne, aged skin and so on…IF youre clean from INSIDE, you re skin will GLOW and will have NO acne, spot s, liver spot s and so on…

    Just read Markus Rothkranz books, I highly recommend it to you, this man is nearly in his fifties and he looks like supermann ( he s a RAW FOODER ). When he ate “normal” like meat and so on he looked and was soo sick at the age of 27!!!

    I m sooo lucky and have reached my perfect body weight, have a incredible amount of energy, need lack of sleep, I m very sensitiv and clairvoyant now…

    PLEASE never forgot, whenever you change your diet into RAW, VEGAN or VEGETARIAN diet, your body first is going to DETOX and most people think, that detoxing is SICKNESS…IF you re suffering from PMS, just start to drink fresh, blended BEETROOT JUICE or smoothie and the PMS or cromps will disappear…Most of the Vegetarians have a immens lack of knowledge about food and then they compensate that lack of knowledge by gettinbg back to their old kind of eating habits and lend the fake power from animals…What do you think cows and bulls are eating?? GRASS!! YES!!! And they are still strong!! :)

    I would never, ever tell somebody to become a RAW VEGAN,VEGETARIAN or so, BECAUSE, if you don t think, you re worth it, to stay beautiful, shining, glowing, healthy and ageless, it s your decision, but please don t mourn and cry, when you re start suffering from heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and so on, in your later 40ies, 50ies and so on or maybe earlier…

    I just observed people and I came to know, that the most beautiful, healthy, peaceful, shining and glowing people are vegans, vegetarians or raw fooders…they smell good, they look good and they are very high sensitive adn lovely persons…But it s all up to you, I don t want to disturb you and you re eating habits because at the end I need to take care for myself and I ll love animals, this planet and I NOT EVER eating “meat” again…

    WE re all brothers and sisters…WE have the same MOTHER – MOTHER EARTH…

    I became sooo more healthier, lucky, slim, super consciouss and AWARE, that I would never, ever return back to a NON VEGAN diet! That s evolution…We don t need meat anymore…Just the worms and parasits inside of your intestine needs it…Did you know that eating meat gives birth to billions of BAD parasits and worms born into your intstine and that they force you to eat BAD, beause otherwise they would die??

    Meat molders in your intestine ( cooking will NOT kill them, because the meat needs days to be digested in your intestine and during that all that bad worms and parasits get born ) and is a great hatchery for worms and parasits which are living in your BLOOD, your ORGANS, CELLS and they even like your BRAIN…They shit into your BLOOD, they eat your brain and the more meat you eat, the more bad parastits and worms you have and the more SICK you get…I m sorry, but that s so true, just do some researches on that topic…: http://www.markusrothkranz.com/parasites1/parasites2.html

    I mean, just watch all that people who are eating bad…They look so unhealty and dumb…I m sorry, but that s the sad truth…

    But as I said, it s up to you…Do what you want…I / we found our way…All of us ( friends, family ) started a vegan ( and part time raw food diet ) diet many, many years ago and we ALL are looking much more younger, we are healthy, we are slimer and we have so much energy!! None of us joins a doctor!

    GOOD LUCK

    LOT S OF LOVE

    Nefer

  44. Tori says

    Hi!, im a vegetarian,
    and while i found this really interesting; it kindof sucks for me because i cant find support from it:/ i went veg in 5th grade because well..i hated meat! and i never once in my life have wanted or missed it..so i guess that might be because my body just doesnt want it. I think all body types are different and some may benefit or not benefit from it. i used to think differently because back then when vegetarianism was more discouraged, i was picked on alot and because of that i began to reject heavy meat eaters. I think differently now becuase ive grew stronger and simply dont care anymore. I found your view interesting that you think we as humans are actually meant to eat animals, i heard a view once that humans only adapted canine teeth When they started to eat animals but the first humans were actually without them and meant to eat plant based. Im also a more sensitve person and everytime i look in the eyes of any animal ( even fishes) i just cant imagine eating them. its like if i wouldnt eat a human, then i woudlnt eat an animal. I find it also hypocritical when people choose some as pets and others as dinner. if not a dog why a cow? ( this is different for some asains though since they do eat dog) mehh:/ sometimes i slightly consider just closing eyes and eating fish quickly since its healthy…but i havent gotten to that point in time yet where i feel comfortable at all doing that. BTW if youve ever gone Veg and created health problems..its not becuase you lacked meat..but more likely becuase you lack a proper diet in the first place…lay off the bread! eat plants, good grains, sprouts and nut/legume/ egg proteins and you REALLY shouldnt have a problem…trust me..i went through the health problems too and that was becuase i wasnt eating as good as i could so i changed my diet…and im soo healthy and filled with energy.

  45. Fiona says

    Hey Tracy – I just wanted to share my story with you. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years. Before becoming a vegetarian, I suffered from terrible digestive problems. I was constantly bloated and constipated, and I had stomach cramps so bad they would keep me in bed all day! Also, during that time my immunities were horrible – it felt like I caught every sickness that came around and could never get healthy. I tried so many different diets and had so many test run, but no doctor could give me a good explanation. Finally, at the suggestion of my mother, I tried becoming veggie and OH MAN! I will never go back! almost instantly i became regular as clockwork and I dont even remember the last time I was sick.

    I was wondering, in all your research, have you found any health benefits from meat eating that cannot also be gained from a balanced and health concious vegetarian diet? Thanks!

    • Tracy says

      Hi Fiona,
      I’m really happy you’ve found something that makes you feel good! Good for you :D
      I’m not saying, actually, that vegetarianism can’t be healthy (I’m pretty leery about purely vegan diets though), but just that meat IS nutrient dense and full of good stuff (the natural kind, anyway) that our body does need. But so are eggs, good dairy products, and butter, so it’s definitely possible to be a healthy vegetarian. Some people just can’t do vegetarianism though and really do need the meat. They feel good for a while, but then their bodies tell them they just have to eat it, and they feel way better after adding actual meat back in.
      Other people’s bodies are much better suited to vegetarianism and do super well on it forever, if it’s a healthy vegetarian diet (ie, not a junk food, processed vegetables and mounds of soy kind of diet). So I guess that’s you! Do what makes you feel good.

  46. Melanie says

    I am only commenting because you asked– I try really hard not to be the person that people dread to hear talk.

    I respect you for making an educated decision! I am not offended by your thought out decision to eat meat.

    That being said, I won’t be back to this site or your videos, and I will not (as I was considering) download your ebook.

    My skin looks AMAZING on a low-fat vegan diet, better than it ever did when I ate animal products.

    I tried a lot of things on my acne, and within two days of eliminating processed oils from my vegan diet, my skin was glowing.

    I lose respect for health claims that advocate animal products, but not always the people making the claims. I am happy your health has been restored, but I have seen much greater healing with a high-starch, plant based diet that has no long term risk of causing cancer, heart disease, ect.

    I think you are beautiful!

  47. says

    My diet is 99.9% vegan except for occasionally raw honey and I never felt better. I know a lot of people say it’s not healthy but when I eat meat I had extremely low energy and digestive issues(I don’t eat gluten, sugar or processed food), when I ate dairy I broke out all of the time plus I’m lactose intolerant…I have an allergy to eggs, and fish make my sweat and other areas smell “fishy” And it was all local organic raised meat and raw diary as well. I think every one is different and I kind of find it sad that there is so much debate and separation when it comes to what one chooses to eat.

    Being a vegan isn’t for everyone. Being a vegetarian isn’t for everyone. And eating meat isn’t for everyone. Just because it didn’t work for you doesn’t mean it won’t work for others and vice versa. Just because cilivations have been eating a certain way for years again doesn’t mean it is “correct” for everyone. We all are different.

    I find nothing wrong with eating meat for someone who feels they do better with it in their diet. I admire when someone like you Tracy actually makes an effort to make sure your meat is local and humanely raised. Eating whole and natural (whether that includes wild meat, organic meat or no meat) is for everyone. I personally dislike it when people tell me that it’s not healthy to eat vegan when my body tells me otherwise. And I’m sure others don’t like it when vegans or vegetarians tell others what they shouldn’t eat.

    Bottom line I can not say what is healthy and unhealthy because everyone is different…no matter how long I been studying health or what degrees I have…a person own body is their highest authority. I feel we should really let go of the judgement. I will take health advice from anyone as long as they are coming from a place of open mindedness, non judgement and have a willingness to help ALL people despite what the “think” one should or shouldn’t eat.

  48. Sam says

    I’m vegan, because that’s what works for me! I don’t think it’s fair to be offended by you posting those videos because we have the choice to not watch, and you have the right to your opinion! Plus, it’s always interesting to listen to another persons thoughts. Thank you for being considerate :)

  49. Caye says

    I was a vegetarian for a long time, but when I developed my food allergies – dairy, eggs and soy, along with several other intolerances – I really began to struggle. I was eating so many grains just to fill my poor hungry stomach. I also tested positive for a vitamin D deficiency. I know I can get those things from processed, fortified foods, but I don’t want to, and those things are often full of crap I can’t eat anyway. My compromise is to eat wild-caught seafood. I know it’s still meat – I’ve been chewed out by several rude people who think I’m too dumb to realize that. I don’t like that something died, but I feel it’d be foolish not to listen to my body. I just hate the part where I have to handle it raw. Blech.

    Ok, that was a lot about me. Sorry. What I’m getting to is that while I don’t like looking at dead flesh and probably wouldn’t watch that video, I think health needs vary from person to person. Some people are healthier with animal products in their diet. I think you have every right to talk about this on your blog – maybe even a responsibility. Not that you’re obligated to us or anything (hah), but this is YOUR blog, about what’s helped YOU – and you started it for our benefit, right? It doesn’t seem right to hold back something that’s really helped you, and I’m glad you’re not. We can take the information and do what we will with each piece of it based on our own needs and beliefs. I’m intolerant to some of the foods you recommend and I don’t share your feelings about birth control pills – but none of that makes your blog any less of a great resource. And it’s not like you’re going VEGANISM SUCKS VEGHEADS ARE STUPID YOU NEED MEAT OR YOU’LL DIE AGHHH. You’re considerate. Personally, I really appreciate how transparent you are with us. Keep on keeping on.

  50. Samantha says

    Tracy, I have a question I have been thinking over and have no idea who I would ask. I have to carefully budget my groceries and buying ALL organic is not an option. For fruits and vegetables I usually buy the dirty dozen organic. For meats I shop at Whole Foods but I am going to have to cut back and buy “regular” meat at the grocery store. I guess what I’m trying to figure out is what meat can I go ahead and buy cheaper and what meat MUST I buy organic. I hate to skimp but sometimes there is no choice and I’d rather skimp properly Lol.

    • Tracy says

      Hi Samantha – I know money is tight! Unfortunately I don’t know which meats are less bad to buy unorganic. I say if you can’t afford organic meat, just eat less meat, and don’t worry over the stuff you do eat. We all can only do the best we can do.

  51. George says

    great blog Tracy! I am fortunate to have a source of grass fed bison nearby ( Alberta, Canada) I have bone broth everyday and marrow when I make a batch…. do you add vinegar? Its needed to get the minerals out of the bones…. I just ordered some bison liver and looking forward to adding it to my daily regime …
    all the best to you!

    • Tracy says

      Hi George,
      Yes actually I just made a pot of broth with some big beef bones.. had some deeelicious marrow, yum. And yes I add the vinegar to the pot for the minerals! As for bison liver, I bought some dried jerky treats for my dog that are 100% pure bison liver.. I’ve been considering eating some for the nutrients lol

  52. says

    Hi Tracy!

    Sorry to dig up this old post, but it’s new to me and very relevant to my life at the moment. I recently had an epiphany that my acne went from moderate to severe cystic during the few months I stopped eating meat. Though I started eating lots of meat again ten months ago, I just realized that I’ve really been eating it only 1-4 times per month for the last 2 months. My skin has started looking progressively worse again. I don’t know if there’s a connection, but I’m really looking into it – especially because I’m resistant to it! Resistance to something always signals the need to take a closer look at it. ;)

    Anyway, I was just wondering how often do you eat meat these days? Every day? I just have no idea where to start. I’m also wondering how you feel about sprouted grains, legumes, and root vegetables like potatoes. My body really hated being low carb, and I’m trying to find a balance. I know we’re all different, but I’d really love to hear about your experience… :)

    Thank you, friend! You are wonderful! xo

    • Tracy says

      Hi Desi,
      Yeah I eat meat pretty much every day, mostly because we bought half a grass fed cow and have sooo much of it, and well, I feel good knowing I’m eating good meat. I don’t know if it’s “too much” or “too little”, it’s just… what it is, I guess! As for sprouted grains, legumes, and potatoes…. go for it. I eat all these things, and if you find something doesn’t make you feel good, then you will be able to tell.

  53. Adel-Alexander Aldilemi says

    Hey Tracy! I was wondering.. How do you cook your meat? Do you eat it raw or? I know cooking destroys some of the nutrients and vitamins in food.. So I just wanted to know the best way to preserve the vitamins and all the healthy stuff in food! :p

    • Tracy says

      No, I cook it. If it’s a steak I’ll eat it rare. Yes, maybe it’s not
      “optimal” for nutrients, buuuut.. I don’t care hahah. I don’t want to eat raw meat, raw meat is definitely not as pleasing to the senses

  54. Kate says

    I appreciate this post – I was a vegetarian for 11 years and just started to incorporate chicken into my diet. It is still hard and I feel guilty and like a “failure” quite often, but ultimately my health is the most important thing to me. I have felt exhausted regularly, struggled with acne, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, psoriasis and thyroid issues. I visited a naturopathic doctor last year who strongly suggested I eat meat, and I was horrified. I did everything I could to avoid resorting to that. Finally when doing more research, I realized it is likely I have a zinc deficiency along with some others. After starting to eat chicken broth (haven’t gotten to the solid meat stage) I already feel more alert and energetic. It makes me sad in some ways that I may have wasted a lot of time feeling sick, but I accepted it because I so badly wanted to stick to my vegetarian diet. I think some people can thrive on a veg diet and others can’t. Also, as we change and grow what may have worked for us at one point may not anymore. I would definitely like to see more posts about your tips on buying local meat – I also am committed to only doing this and eating it maybe once a week or so. thanks for your post!

    • Tracy says

      Hi Kate,
      I know something like that can be so difficult.. I’m sorry that you ended up having to go the meat way against what you wanted.. I hope it gets easier for you my lovely!

  55. Kit says

    I like this post. I was a whole-foods, soy-free vegan for two years, and despite being the “healthiest” eater I knew and eating tons of produce, I ended up with a leaky gut, multiple food allergies, IBS and hair loss. I healed with the help of a naturopath, who put me on – guess what? – meat and seafood, homemade bone broth, cod liver oil, etc.

    I still feel guilty sometimes, as I’m so drawn to the ethical side of the veg*n argument, and a few people have said terrible things to me about my choice to return to animal productions, which doesn’t help. And you know, from what I’ve seen, some people do great on a veg diet. I know I felt amazing for a bit at first. But my health fell to pieces while eating that way, and I’m doing much, much better on my current paleoish diet. It is what it is, and “it” is different for everyone.

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