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Meat Withdrawal Symptoms: What To Do When You Go Plant-Based

The phrase “meat withdrawal symptoms” makes a minor issue sound like a great, big problem. In fact, if you’re eating a healthy diet, you won’t experience very many issues at all. Here’s a little bit more about cutting meat out of your diet and what you can expect when you take the leap to a healthier you.

Why Going Meatless Benefits Your Health

Research confirms that in three to six months of cutting meat out of your diet, you can eliminate several health problems, including:

  • Heart Disease — Overconsumption of meat causes heart disease. In the blog article,Ten Proven Reasons Why Meat Ruins Your Body” there are 11 studies cited that includes over 745,000 people from several countries who were studied in these prospective cohort studies, with a combined 11 million people-years of follow-up. That is an absolute mountain of consistent data showing that eating meat results in more cardiovascular death.
  • Obesity — Most people eat far too much meat and bread and not enough fruits and vegetables. People following the Hallelujah Diet consumed 11.5 servings of vegetables and 6.5 servings of fruit daily. So, most people get less than that. Naturally, this leads to weight gain and obesity. It’s not the fat that makes you fat — it’s the excess calories and the extra refined carbohydrates. Fortunately, when you switch over to a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic whole grains and legumes, you cut out the extra fat, the excess protein, and a lot of sugars. This goes a long way in reducing obesity.

overweight person eating large hamburger

  • Cancer Reduction — Studies show that those who follow plant-based diets have a much lower cancer risk than people who eat Some scientists have suspected that is the overuse of growth hormones and antibiotics within the meat that is causing the surge in cancer. However, there have been studies of people eating very clean diets who still had excessive rates of cancer due to their high “clean” meat consumption. The link between meat and cancer goes back further in time and farther in global scope than the use of antibiotics and hormone injections and feedlot beef production in the USA. So far, the mechanisms for provoking disease do not include antibiotics or unnatural growth hormones. No, the problems with meat apply to “clean” meat as well as feedlot meat.
  • Depression Avoidance — Changing your hormones increases your risk of depression. Meat tends to suppress serotonin and dopamine production, making you feel sadder and more withdrawn.

How to Avoid Craving Meat

When we start cutting meat out of our diet, it can be a challenge. We don’t need meat, and we act like we’re addicted to it causing the meat withdrawal symptoms. But the body likes what it is accustomed to, and if you cut out meat, you might find yourself craving meat.

This is one craving you don’t need to give into. As you fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, organic whole grains and legumes, your body will obtain protein from these sources. You do not need to pay attention to your protein consumption unless you are overly concerned about it. Or you can use Hallelujah Diet Organic Essential Protein to waylay your concern. Regardless, it is almost impossible to not get enough protein if you are getting enough calories to meet the body’s energy needs on a plant-based diet.

Problems with Going Meatless

  • Not Getting Enough Vitamin B12 — Deficiency of the B12 vitamin in vegetarians and vegans and can cause fatigue, depression, and delayed healing response. You can easily supplement your lack of this essential vitamin with a B12 supplement.
  • Bone Loss — Some people may be concerned that going meatless will cause greater rates of bone loss. However, a study comparing vegans and omnivores found that bone loss was great among the omnivores and that bone loss was association with corticosteroid use and high intake of animal protein.

senior couple performing stretch exercises

If you’re going meatless, be sure to get regular bone density checks and supplement appropriately with bone health supplements that contain vitamin D3 and K2. Eating organic whole grains is important, as a high phytate diet is protective to bone density. Vitamin C, found at high levels in the Hallelujah Diet, is also protective for your bones. In general, a more alkaline diet protects your bones as well. And be sure to do weight-bearing exercises regularly, as this increases bone strength. So, your fears about increased bone loss on a meat-less diet are actually unfounded. You are likely to have better bone health by going meatless.

Conclusion: Worth the Withdrawal

Going meatless is a great way to improve your health. There are a few issues that can occur, but if you follow the guidelines mentioned above you will do fine and the gains are well worth it. Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor so you can monitor any problems and you’ll be able to enjoy health for the rest of your long life.


  1. Please don’t put stereotypical visuals of a fat person eating a gigantic burger. As someone who is obese, I know there are many causes, so.e medical, some personal. Don’t do it. Stick to the positives.

  2. carolyn b. calhoun October 30, 2018

    Going meatless is one of the best things you can do for your health. The cravings for meat are real, as I have experienced myself. BUT, the benefits far outweigh the withdrawal symptoms. If I can be of any help to anyone beginning the meatless lifestyle…YOU CAN DO THIS. The end results will be well worth it. Thanks for this blog.

    • As for me, I was surprised to find that I had virtually no cravings for meat at all. And, to add to the mix my son works for KFC and brings home leftovers at the end of the night. And, twisted sense of humour here… KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Cat… I know… eeeeewww… but, back in the day not too long after KFC arrived in NZ one of my co-workers commented on how at Homestead Chicken (a NZ version of KFC and far, far nicer btw) always had cats outside the premises. KFC however had none. Hence the joke.

  3. nice information for my health.

  4. Helpful information to take Vit D3 K2 and have bone density checked.

    The picture of the man eating the burger is funny. The picture of the salad looks delicious. The vegetables are health promoting and can be prepared in a way that taste good.

    The information about weight bearing exercise is very important also and a good reminder.

  5. Angela M Solomon November 16, 2018

    Great advice on how to kick start your way to eating healthier!

  6. Thanks for the article and the information to help us get started and what to expect when giving up meat in our diet.

  7. Jennifer August 19, 2020

    Great article. Its a good reminder on why its so good for our health not to eat meat.

  8. Annette Whitworth August 20, 2020

    This was some good advice on how when a person is going meatless. Great information on other supplements you can take while making the lifestyle change over from not eating meat. I like the information on how you can benefits from having good health when you delete eating meat. Thanks

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