Always listen to the body. The body knows what it needs. Does it need excercise, a good rest, and when you are hungry, does it need a tomato, spinach, potatoes, a healthy portion of protein?
There is so much talk today about what you 'should' and 'shouldn't" consume. Well, consuming is eating. And eating is also for pleasure. And a healthy body will take pleasure from eating healthy foods. But what is healthy for you may or may not be healthy for the next body. And what is healthy to another may or may not be healthiest for you.
Just as we are, our bodies are individual. You cannot sometimes just pick up somebody else's way of eating just because it works for them. Maybe your body is different.
Some bodies do wonderfully on raw vegan foods. Others definitely need animal protein to be well. Who is to say? Who is to judge? Only you know. And you know because the body will tell you.
For me, I love milk. Yes, good old fashioned cows milk. I do not like cow's milk that is processed in cruel ways, in inhumane ways, or unnatural ways. And I advocate and take action against the commercial production of mass quantities of milk taken from cows in unnatural and inhumane ways. It hurts the cows. And that makes me angry and sad. It must stop.
But my body loves milk.
Everyone tells me: don't drink the (cow's) milk. if you must, drink goat milk. for your digestion, for whatever, cow's milk is not good.
However, my body sometimes craves cows milk. And when I respond to this, I feel good. I feel better. And stronger. My bones feel good. My body feels vibrant. Sometimes I must drink cow's milk. From humane natural farms. And when I do I feel really wonderful.
Other times I drink Oat milk. Oat Dream brand. I love it. Yes, it is vegetarian, which I love. I was a vegetarian for many years, but my body was always weak. I had difficulty feeling satisfied and satiated when I ate. I tried to eat enough protein, calcium, etc. But it never did well for my body.
My body craved chicken. I will eat chicken, turkey and some fish, though you do have to watch the mercury build up these days. But my body needs animal protein at times.
It was very difficult for me to go back to eating meat. I felt horrible. I had visions of the animals and it was traumatic for me. But now I buy chicken from the natural grocers. From humane farms. You can get it on sale and it is affordable. And I picture myself in God's divine plan, part animal, yes. I see the dolphins, how they eat fish. I see other animals that I love and they too must hunt to survive and live healthy. I bless my food, the mysterious chain of life and giving. I give thanks to the chickens that have given their lifetime that I may eat and I surrender to that mystery.
I won't eat cows, no beef. Definitely NEVER veal (baby calves, if you have not already, take this one off of your list immediately), no lobster (too cruel for words), and never order foi-grois (so cruel), and that is all I can say right now. But I will eat fowl (chicken and turkey), and yes, I love them too, but I have come to love them in a greater way as well. It is still hard. But my body needs this to be healthy. Some do say it is my blood type.
In any case, my body knows what it needs to be well. I can listen and respond to it, and I can do that in healthy ways. If it craves sugar, I find many healthy ways to nurture and enjoy it that way. If my body craves sugars or salt, then it needs those things to balance itself. And I lovingly respond.
And when I drink cow's milk, when my body calls for it, I know I am doing the right thing for me.
Listen to your body. The body always knows.
Just like your own intuition, your body tells you what is Truth for you.