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    Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:41 am Email this article

    ​​Over the years I have noticed many fat vegetarian women. Like you, I would have thought vegetarians would be lean. I don’t know why I thought that. Pretty dumb really. The idea was a holdover from the days of thinking that calories matter. Fat has 9 calories/gram, carbs only 3.5. But of course you know now that calories have nothing to with getting fat. Insulin matters more. Read The Obesity Code by Jason Fung if you still don’t know this.

    Vegetarians might be lean if they were really eating mostly vegetables, but they aren’t. They are eating mostly grains. You can live like that, for a while–a billion people do–but you can’t be healthy doing it. Watch author Lierra Keith at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFm2QLLuh6I&sns=em. You can type all that in, or just google Lierra Keith and click on the video from PaleoHacks. Nothing you will ever read is as good as her book The Vegetarian Myth. Nothing you will ever hear is as well-expressed as her video.

    The gist is this. Human beings have descended from paleolithic hominids who ate ruminants (cows, buffalos etc, i.e. red meat.) They had only seasonal access to fruits and vegetables, and they never ate grain. They did not eat birds because they couldn’t catch them, and they had rare access to fish. Your DNA came from those paleolithic hominids. You are built like them. If you try to eat too differently from them, you will get sick.

    Your objection to killing animals is a reflection of a faulty understanding of life. Death is a part of life. Life is a cycle of birth, growth, decay and death. You cannot escape this, and you must not interrupt it, for then you get Midwest farms where the earth is stripped and sterilized, and contaminated water runs into the rivers. Where cows are kept on feedlots and fed corn, and chickens are so packed they cannot spread their wings. Where the average lifespan of Americans is now getting shorter.

    Killing animals for food is not unkind. If the desire is to ease suffering, why is death by allowing animals to get old and sick any kinder than a quick cut to the neck? And you have no choice–you have to eat red meat because you are built for it.

    The fundamental problem–Lierra knows this, though she is cautious about saying it–is that there are too many people. The only way we have managed to feed so many is by using fossil fuels to make fertilizer, but fossil fuels will run out. And we have destroyed the planet.

    There is a way out, explained in Chapter 5 of Lierra’s book.

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