Many of the points you bring up I have already covered but I will entertain you for a bit since you mention my name twice.
Sorry, is my fault. The reference to ham, I mean. It was an answer to something you stated in a post on page 2 or 3. I should have quoted your words or just avoid to mention it.
The rest of the post, actually, was not about your suggestions, which I find agreeable, but came from some of the comments that other members posted. The Thread started as a way to help somebody to overcome a medical problem through a correct diet. Excellent. But some of the posters took it as a general ban over some categories of food and I don't agree with that. Milk is not only calcium just like meat is not only proteins. They provide a wide spectrum of elements that are necessary for us, including fat. Fat, if assumed moderately by a healthy person, is not dangerous.
I reported my experience because I read that eliminating meat was a way of recovering lost energies. That is false. It depends on the single person. People that usually consume "Junk" Meat will most surely benefit from wiping it from their diet. But healthy individuals need meat: dropping it forces us to find alternative ways to get the necessary elements.
An example could be the sanitary emergencies that they have here in Indonesia. Most of the population is vegetarian by need rather than by choice (the poor can't even afford chicken) and the excessive consumption of rice and soy creates serious endemic sicknesses. The Government even invested huge amounts of money to buy cows from Australia and put them on the market at affordable prices.
My point is: a balanced diet that includes all the possible foods in a moderate way and in their fresh and natural form is never dangerous or poisoning. If somebody wants to completely take out from their diet some basic foods, they have to be aware that they must substitute them with something equivalent or with pills.
Ok JB, I have a question and perhaps this is not the thread for my question but I think it relates. What foods would you seek out for more vitamin D? I have been told that my vitamin D levels are deficient. I take a supplement for it (Pills). I completely believe that natural foods and herbs are the answer to cure any ailment. I however couldn't ever give up meat. I just try not to eat processed meat. I hunt for mine. All Natural! I also like to grow my own fruits and vegetables because I believe a lot of store bought produce has hormones, pesticides etc., and there is not a good source for organic's in Wyoming. Also what could you use to supplement milk with for calcium?
If you are getting adequate amounts of morning sunlight then it should not be an issue but milk is also known to have a lot of Vitamin D, to be safe any good multiple vitamin you take should have Vitamin D as part of its' offering. For more depth into that please see these Threads:
* Vitamin D Supplements
* Have you had your vitamin D today?
* D Vitamin
Back in the day (15+ years ago), I used Proactive. I have found my skin is extremely sensitive so I can't use anything with perfumes or dyes. I still have occasional breakouts, but nothing as bad as it once was. Typically it's around my collar, chest, and back that they now occur. Simple (The brand) face wash is really nice - I use Neutrogena body wash, but if Simple ever comes out with a body wash, I will switch to it without hesitation.
There are some interesting suggestions here that I will research more but I want to say that drinking lots of clean water helps a lot. I'm saying clean water because a lot of people think that drinking juice, soda and milk counts towards your water intake and its the opposite! You will need to drink even more water to flush the sugar and chemicals from those extra drinks. Water alone is the best drink and it can rid your body of the toxins that cause unsightly skin, etc.