It takes the body a certain amount of time to learn what to do with some vegetable products or, for that matter, with any food to which it is not accustomed. How long the transition takes depends on a person’s background and inherent strengths and weaknesses.
For people from societies with traditionally low levels of meat consumption – parts of Latin America, Ireland, the far east, or among certain agriculturally based Native American cultures – the process can be less of a physiological strain. Cravings for animal products are deeply rooted.
If protein and other requirements are easily met by vegetarian products, why do people crave meat? Is it because meat is food their bodies recognize? Our observation in working with people attempting to abandon animal products is that often they will return to these products for a combination of physical and psychological needs.
Animal products greatly support certain deep emotions and feelings of identification of the individualized self-ego). Until the ego is sufficiently developed, it is impossible and even undesirable to move beyond it. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to become fascinated with various levels of the ego, our desires for possessions, power, sensuality, and emotional stimulus.
Fatty foods like meats that become obstructive support stagnant ego positions and attachments. Ego development, however, cannot be maintained or halted by any class of food itself, but merely occurs more readily, smoothly, and harmoniously with vegetal foods.