The Meat Fix: How a Lifetime of Healthy Eating Nearly Killed Me!
By John Nicholson
Dialogue Press, 2012
Funny, angry, insightful, informative and narrative—these are the five words I would use to describe The Meat Fix by John Nicholson. It is a unique book and a welcome and important addition to the growing number of books advising fellow humans that the dietary messages coming from our governments are terribly, dangerously wrong. From Dr. Kaayla Daniel to Barry Groves to Mark Sisson to Dr. Malcolm Kendrick—there is no shortage of outstanding literature, whether on general dietary advice or specific tomes on soy or cholesterol. What is unique about this contribution is the raw, personal nature of the writing and the nothing-spared approach Nicholson has to telling his story.
And it is a story—a story of a young couple who left the modern world to live closer to nature, who decided that they couldn’t kill the animals in their new environment and so it would be unethical to eat animal products if they could not kill themselves. They became vegan. The book becomes the most graphic documentary of what happened next that you may ever read.
In the brilliant The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith only touches on the legacy of damage that her veganism left. If you want a blow-by-blow account of how a vegan deteriorates physically, mentally and emotionally—Nicholson delivers. Sometimes crude, often painful, always heartfelt. If you don’t want to become intimately acquainted with conditions such as hemorrhoids and the bowel consequences of eating “more fibre than a horse,” then don’t read this book—or skip the passages that spell it out.
If you don’t like swear words, then don’t read this book. However, destroying one’s body from the inside out, because you thought you were the role model for healthy eating, is likely to make one pretty angry and the cursing made me laugh rather than cringe.
My husband read this book first and my curiosity was aroused when I heard him laughing on several occasions. “Bloke humor,” I thought, but then I read it and heard myself laughing out loud. It’s very much a case of “You’ve got to laugh or you’d cry.”
Nicholson shares the conditions he and his life partner, Dawn, developed by eating fruit, vegetables, healthy whole grains and soy. As Nicholson says, “I would wager that no one reading this, not one person, has eaten more soya foods than me.” The prize for this “exemplary” behaviour? Irritable bowel syndrome; acid reflux; no energy; no libido; obesity; forgetfulness; headaches; bloating; muscle loss; sleep loss; impaired mood; and everything that could go wrong with one’s gut having done so.
The couple’s interactions with the British medical profession are horrific and funny at the same time. They became their own healers and worked out what they needed to do. Dawn was the first to suggest that maybe meat could be their fix and, if a vegan or vegetarian has ever wondered—how do you start eating animals again—this book will tell you. What do you buy? From where? What does it taste like? How will you feel? What happens next? From vegan to virtually Paleo, the whole journey is shared.
As “the meat fix” was prescribed and administered, Nicholson learned a vast amount along the way. The book moves from his experience of medical conditions to his learning about nutrition. He does a fine job of covering the key factors in the main areas of debate taking in fat generally, saturated fat specifically, as well as cholesterol, sugar, soy, salt, five-a-day and all the nutritional myths that need slaying.
While The Meat Fix is not intended to be a diet book, Nicholson’s final chapter is an excellent summary of what to eat and what not to eat—no government plates or pyramids, just the facts about what should be in your consideration set and what shouldn’t be.
We then have a postscript “. . . And in the end,” which is the best summary of the conflict of interest-blocking change that I have yet seen. “If you’re a government do you really want to push a message that might keep the population healthier but would also undoubtedly mean the collapse or decline of a lot of the food processing and agrarian industries, which employ a lot of people and give up a lot of tax dollars?” Quite so.
The biggest problem with this book is that the people who most need to read it—the Nicholsons “before”—are those least likely to read it. The Nicholsons “after,” or the we-were-never-as-daft-as-the-Nicholsons-in-the-first-place, are those most likely to read and appreciate this narrative. This is no fault of the book, of course —it’s the price that some people will pay for not listening to their bodies or not rethinking beliefs when more information becomes available. The Weston A. Price Foundation knows all about this. As Sally Fallon Morell says: “It’s no longer the survival of the fittest; it’s the survival of the wisest!”
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Summer 2012.🖨️ Print post
Go vegan and save the planet
What a selfish book… There is no way this planet will ever fix its problems and survive if people continue to eat like this.
A healthy vegan diet does not consist of lots of soy products.. They are infact high in fat so should only be used in moderation.
Protien is not needed in large quantities, WHO recommends eating 0.6grams per Kg of your body weight… So approx 50g per day.
Eating potatoes all day will get you enough protein.
Infact too much protein leads to acidity in the body, causing osteoporosis… And this may be why this guy seemed to have so mad reflux and gastric irritation.
Too much fibre is a myth…unless your taking supplements of fibre without drinking enough fluids… If you take supplements you need to follow with lots of water.. Otherwise it does clog you up. But eating plenty of veges will not cause haemorriods and constipation.
I think this guy was eating what he thought was a healthy vegan diet, but got some things wrong… So now he eats a low carb meaty diet he probably does eat so much soy any more and feels alot better… Good for him, but it doesn’t mean that the vegan diet is bad for you and that eating meat is good for you… This is NOTa case controlled randomized trial! If you want to loo at the real evidence…. The less meat you eat the longer uni live… Vegetarians live 10 -12 years longer than meat eaters.
Meat eating required so many resources and causes much more green house emissions than a vegan diet… Your doing more the enviroment by going vegan, than by driving an electric car.
If you want to know about how to eat a healthy vegan diet go to:
This is real evidence based medicine with trials and scientific data.
It might not be what you want to hear but it’s the truth, so get used to it.
A happy skinny healthy vegan
Since when will “going vegan” ever “save the planet”?? A planet can be “saved” by people not eating meat? Did you ever stop to consider what that marketing slogan MEANT before you started regurgitating it everywhere? And why is a vegan reading the Weston Price website anyway unless they’re just around for a bit of a troll’s tour?
I tried the vegan diet. It lead to IBS, chronic indigestion, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and a host of other problems talked about in the book that I instantly identified in myself. That’s because I had replaced MOST of the meat and natural fats in my diet with Frankenstein foods – vegetable oils, margarines, store-bought factory foods and lets not forget all that vegan fibre! And we won’t go into the B-12 problem and the ill-health MOST vegans experience after a year or so of eating abnormally.
Do yourself a favor – eat meat, ignore the virulent, militant vegans!