WHY We Need BOTH Meats ~ (Includes Eggs & Dairy) AND Sweets ~ Fruit & Honey For OPTIMAL LONG-TERM Health

In Meats & Sweets ~ A High Vitality Diet, Don explains why we benefit from eating both meats ~ which includes eggs and dairy foods ~ and sweets, primarily fructose containing foods such as fruits and honey. Our physiology is adapted to eating both meats and fruits, providing options based on seasonal availability of different foods. The animal foods portion of the diet will provide the bulk of essential nutrients, and help to maintain bone health and lean muscle mass, while the fruits which contain a blend of fructose and glucose will feed the brain and liver, and support optimal blood sugar metabolism, gut health, thyroid support, and more. Meats which are higher in sodium 'pear' perfectly (pun intended) with potassium-rich, colorful, enticing juicy fruits ~ as Nature or God intended.

In chapter two, The Sweets ~ Fruits and Honey, Don writes:

Fruit is rich in fructose, glucose, sucrose and minerals that support metabolism and health. A high intake of fruit protects against or improves intestinal flora and many degenerative conditions including:

  • intestinal dysbiosis and colonic gastrointestinal diseases, such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and diverticular diseases
  • overweight and obesity
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • colorectal and lung cancers
  • premature and degenerative aging 
  • asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • depression and other mental and behavioral disorders including autism spectrum disorder
  • low bone mineral density (osteoporosis)
  • seborrheic dermatitis
Additionally, "honey intake reduces blood sugar levels and prevents excessive weight gain.  It also improves lipid metabolism by reducing total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which leads to decreased risk of atherogenesis.  Honey also enhances insulin sensitivity that further stabilizes blood glucose levels and protects the pancreas from overstimulation brought on by insulin resistance.  Furthermore, antioxidative properties of honey help in reducing oxidative stress.  Lastly, honey protects the vasculature from endothelial dysfunction and remodeling." (I list his references at the end.)

While both meats and sweets are Tier 1 level foods for which we recommend getting the bulk of your calories, there is still an upper and lower limit to each. One can have too little or too much protein ~ also discussed in Meats & Sweets.

Avoiding animal foods or meats will eventually lead to a subclinical protein deficiency. After over five years vegan, we had many signs of nutrient deficiency: premature aging, greying, wrinkling; loss of lean muscle mass; decreased visual acuity, diminished cognitive functioning, poor moods, slow wound healing, ongoing tendonitis, and more. 

On the flip side, we also both experienced the upper limit to protein. Over consumption led to loose stools or diarrhea, poor sleep, increased irritability. For some, too much animal protein may initially cause constipation, although meats are considered very highly digestible and absorbable foods. Poor digestion of meats is usually indicative of deficiency of hydrochloric acid (HCL). Too much fat can impair blood sugar metabolism as well.

I list some supplements below that help improve digestion of protein and fat.

Don's super easy and delicious Slow Roasted Pulled Beef made using a little
grape juice and good quality balsamic vinegar ~ Recipe in Meats & Sweets 
Seen here w/ a little leftover coleslaw we enjoyed during a picnic over the weekend

There are no dietary one-size-fits-all rules, but that doesn't mean we are all 'different' and require completely different diets.

While the notion that 'we are all different' can seem like a given, we are still the same species. We still have a set of foods for which we are best adapted to eating for optimal health. You can eat a variety of foods to help you to survive; surviving is not the same as thriving.

I am guessing if you are like us, you want to thrive, not just survive! You can survive for extended periods eating only plant or only animal foods. Sometimes it can be very beneficial to eliminate certain foods to help identify potential food triggers, and recover digestive health.

The question is whether that is optimal. A few outliers may be better suited than others to survive as a strict vegan or strict Carnivore for longer durations, however, how they are doing (mentally and physically) in their later decades will be the real determinant as to the effects of their diets.

While many people seem to like having a strict set of rules of what to eat, and what to avoid, I want to emphasize that:

  • Each person will need to find the right quantities of protein, fat, and carbs, and which combinations of meats (including eggs and dairy), and fruits (whether whole, juiced, or honey) will help them feel their best. 
  • Each person will need to determine if they tolerate many vegetables, and whether to include grains or other Tier 3 foods we recommend avoiding, or keeping to a minimum. 
Some people enjoy eating white rice, or potatoes, which is totally fine if that is contributing to their overall satisfaction and well being. However, we caution against consuming only glucose containing carbs (breads, grains, pastas, etc.) as opposed to including some amount of fruit, orange or grape juice, other juices, and/or honey, for the reasons explained above, and in Meats & Sweets. The problem is, you may not be able to discern the effects until down the road, when more serious physical degeneration and cognitive decline begin to manifest.

I've personally observed many seniors dealing with bone degeneration and cognitive decline to know which choices I am making. Assisted living and memory care facilities are quickly filling up with the older boomers and earlier generations. Folks who were once highly intelligent, holding highly skilled positions are now sitting in these facilities with very little memory of their former glory.

Many boomer aged women follow the nutritional advice of the day, as advised on morning shows, Dr. Oz, and elsewhere, and now consume fewer eggs, and minimal if any dairy and meat. They have proudly eliminated the ultimate evil 'sugar' in all forms, and instead consume lots of salads and vegetables, whole grains and grain products, and maybe some chicken and/or salmon. Fruit consumption is minimal.  And, although they are eating what they believe to be a 'healthy' diet, their joints ache, their digestion is off, they are chronically cold, and they have diminished vitality. Been there, done that!

Chili made using a little pumpkin purée, followed by a sweet, refreshing
orange w/ ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey

No matter what, each person will need to find their own sweet spot of foods. 

The amount of protein, fat, and carbs will vary for each individual. You must determine what combination and quantities of the three tiers of foods will help you best maintain:

  • Healthy regular elimination 
  • Endocrine system balance with optimally functioning thyroid, including healthy hunger and metabolism, body temperature regulation, and ability to maintain an ideal body weight
  • Satisfaction from foods without ongoing urges to binge, or inadvertently over or under eat
  • Good sleep
  • Balanced moods
  • Mental clarity and focus 
  • Improvement of deeper issues over time, including vision, and chronic imbalances. 

For those who introduce fruit after going very low carb, the immediate bloating and GI distress indicates that there is some healing to do –– not necessarily that fruit is 'bad' or all carbs are 'bad.'

For those who avoided meat, especially beef, or who have been on a low-fat diet for an extended period, additional supplementation of enzymes with HCL, or bitters, including Swedish Bitters, artichoke extract, and/or ox bile may be needed for a while if the stomach acid is too low, and/or the gall bladder is not adequately functioning to emulsify fats. The bitter herbs and ox bile extract will help improve bile flow, which will improve digestion and elimination.  I included links below to products we suggest in these situations. 

Digestive health is the corner stone of whole body health. If you have healthy digestion and regular healthy elimination, you will have a healthy immune system, and greater overall vitality. Many people have some type of gastrointestinal dysfunction, which can take time to heal. Years of consuming high-fiber whole grains and beans never healed my constipation, it made it worse. 

Whether you enjoy eating vegetables or not, they are not providing the endless fountain of nutritional support that the purveyors of nutritional information would have you believe. Eating lots of whole grains and beans, or nuts and seeds are not ideal for gut health either, so we caution consuming these foods as per individual tolerance.


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Below are products Don and I have used. As for the bitters, Swedish Bitters can usually be found anywhere supplements are sold. The higher cost bottle shown is more than 3 times the size of the one next to it (16.9 fl. oz., vs. 3.38), so it is a better value. As for taste, we both prefer the Grape Bitters. Price shown is for 8 oz.

Click on either of the two links below for extended options for both Ox Bile Extract, or Digestive Enzymes.  Nature's Sunshine also has a good quality Food Enzymes.

Any purchases made through the links may amount to a small commission for me, no extra cost to you, and is greatly appreciated!!!  Every little bit helps!

Ox Bile Extract Digestive Enzymes with HCL

References numbers used replicate those used in Meats & Sweets:

102 - Singh RK, Chang HW, Yan D, et al. Influence of diet on the gut micro biome and implications for human health. J Trans Med. 2017;15(1):73. Published 2017 Apr 8. doi: 10.1186/s12967-017-1175-y <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5385025/>

103 - Dreher ML. Whole Fruits and Fruit Fiber Emerging Health Effects. Nutrients 2018;10(12):1833. Published 2018 Nov 28. doi:10.3390/nu10121833 <https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30487459-whole-fruits-and-fruit-fiber-emerging-health-effects/> (I see this URL is missing from the book)

104 - Ramli NZ, Chin KY, Zarkasi KA, Ahmad F. A Review on the Protective Effects of Honey against Metabolic Syndrome. Nutrients. 2018;10(8):1009. Published 2018 Aug 2. doi:10.3390/nu10081009. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6115915/>