Vegetarianism, when appropriate for your constitution and health condition and when approached with adequate self-education, self-awareness and diet diversity, CAN be a cleansing, health supporting choice. However, long term or during a candida cleanse, and depending on your constitution, it can have it's deficiencies as well.
While I support a vegetarian, and even vegan diet for some people, I have found that there are many people who thrive on high fat, low carb, moderate protein diets that include organic flesh foods and other animal products.
A vegetarian diet can create a challenge maintaining balanced blood sugar and stable weight. If you're trying to remain aware of food sensitivities, candida diet specifics, food combining and a four-day rotation, eating vegetarian will be complex. If you can include ample sprouted nuts and seeds that are then dried or roasted, and supplementing with many healthy fat based foods, you may be able to keep your blood sugar, mood, energy and mental health balanced. However, you may also not be able to.
I share the following for the sake of those who are ‘teetering’ on the edge of choosing animal products and sticking to vegetarianism. This can be an uncomfortable ‘fence’ to sit on as we may feel very strongly about our desire to eat compassionately. I passionately support vegetarianism for health, and ethical reasons.
I was vegetarian myself for ten years and for five of those I too was vegan. I loved the diversity of foods and flavors that I was exposed to and I really enjoyed the spiritual aspects. I became much more sensitive to life and living creatures.
When I discovered (through unrelenting, an initially simultaneously-revolting-to-me cravings), that I had to return to meat eating, finding meat that I was ethically comfortable with and thought was healthful took a significant effort.
Sourcing good meat usually involves some travel, buying in bulk and building a relationship with a local farmer. Only a very small percent of meat, egg and dairy production is actually free of cruelty, unhealthy living conditions and GMO feed - so source your food carefully. You are not only 'what you eat' but you are 'what your food eats too'.
I hope that this post can help save some of you from self-torment if you are struggling in that place where your common sense and or your body are fighting with your belief system. If on some level you feel strongly that for you, for right now, the choice to eat animal products may be the right choice, this may be a source of deep wisdom that you need to listen to even if the idea is difficult to accept on other levels.
Accepting the choice to eat animal products can be a tough switch for some of us. However, in some cases it may be the best choice for us at least on a temporary basis. I cannot condone the tactics used by the animal agriculture industry but I do support the more humane livestock treatment employed by organic farms, especially small, diverse farms practicing a holistic farming method called agroecology in which animals play a key role in closed loop nutrient utilization cycles. This approach makes extraordinarily efficient use of resources and can minimize inputs and the transportation and production footprints related to them. For our own nutrient needs, the higher protein content and highly available nutrients (especially protein, lysine, taurine and iron) of truly healthy meat can enhance healing.
As I always say, when we are healing, the most powerful tool we have is the development of the skill of learning to listen to our bodies. When it comes to this decision, use your mind to explore your best options, but use your body and heart to decide what you need in order to enhance your own healing.
Also see 'Animal Products' in Healthy Eating Tips.