Vegetarian and vegan diets are often recommended for “heart health.” These diets contain many important nutrients and help you avoid some of the excesses of the Standard American Diet (SAD). The problem is, you also miss out on some of the important nutrients you need to live.
Chinese Medicine suggests that a healthy diet includes more warming or cooked foods than the typical American vegetarian diet includes. Chinese Medicine sees the Stomach and intestines as a environment that needs heat to properly digest food. Probiotics add to this heat while too many cold or raw foods cool it down.
Rather than eating a lot of uncooked fruits and vegetables, try cooking those veggies, and adding plenty of bean based dishes, tofu and tempeh (both cooked!) and don’t be afraid to add spices. Cultured foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and nato can be sources of Vitamin B12 when prepared properly, plus they taste great. Another way to make that food more warming and better for your digestion is to add warming herbs like ginger, garlic, onions, rosemary, pepper, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Good luck on your journey to better health!