WHEN HALLELUJAH BECOMES “WHAT HAPPENED?” CRASHING ON THE VEGAN DIET
By Gregory L. Westbrook
Weight of Wisdom Workshop
Gregory Westbrook gives us a firsthand account of what happens when you switch to a strict vegan diet. He and his family experienced a wide range of symptoms, which sound familiar if you have listened to the experiences of other vegans. There is often a short-lived initial period where you feel great, especially if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). These short term results explain how people get drawn into the trap. But what follows are anxiety attacks, quickly deteriorating teeth, muscle wasting, loss of energy … just about everything but spontaneous combustion. Adding back dairy and eggs made a big difference for the author and his family but what made the most dramatic difference for the whole family was adding that politically incorrect food, red meat.
Mr. Westbrook is an engineer and you can see the engineering approach in the book. Graphs and surveys abound. He also goes into some detail about various gradations of veganism from an Old Testament perspective. There is the Genesis 1:29 diet, which is believed to be the diet in the Garden of Eden—all raw and no animal products. The Genesis 9:3 diet came after the great flood and included kosher meat. The Hallelujah Diet is defined as the Genesis 1:29 diet (vegan) with a small amount of butter and 85 percent raw food. For those who have experienced that diet, the “Hallelujah” part comes when you get off the diet and go back to eating real food. One thing that is clear in this book is that you have to take a small handful of Old Testament verses out of context and ignore a lot of other verses in order to Biblically justify a vegan diet. Likewise you have to take small fragments of science out of context and ignore a lot of other facts to scientifically justify a vegan diet. A pattern emerges. The THUMB IS UP for this one
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2009.