Human beings are omnivores, which means that (in theory) we can eat just about anything we want! So why do we want to stick to one thing? Why do some people become emphatic about forgoing all animal products while others recommend bacon for every meal? Why do some folks claim raw food is the only way to go, while ancient healing practices, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, place a heavy emphasis on cooking?
The fact of the matter is we were meant to eat in all sorts of ways. We absolutely should be vegans, but also carnivores. We should eat our food raw, but also cooked. Why take the extremist route and focus on eating one way?
The fact of the matter is, you need to eat different ways at different times. So let’s take a look at which eating styles will benefit you best and when!
You need to eat differently than anyone else.
Remember that whole "one person's food is another person's poison" business? You have a completely different biochemical makeup than anyone else, which means your body metabolizes and oxidizes food in a unique way. In Ayurveda, a person's ability to digest and assimilate raw or cooked food, vegan or animal protein sources depends highly on that individual’s constitution, or dosha. Those with pitta characteristics (fast oxidizers) should emphasize a diet focused on more animal proteins and less carbohydrates. Those with vata or kapha characteristics (slow oxidizers) would do best on a diet focused on more carbohydrates and less animal proteins.
Our own bio-individuality is what makes some thrive on a paleo diet, while others flourish on a vegan plan. Many more need a little of both.