My mother has been struggling with some health problems recently. She's been feeling depressed, low-energy, and lacking what she describes as "life-force" (she's very into eastern medicine). She has also lost a lot of weight and probably a fair amount of muscle mass. (
She eats a pretty paleo diet (though she doesn't necessarily subscribe to the eating philosophy) by avoiding toxic vegetable oils, gluten, and sugar. The only soy she eats is fermented (miso, tempeh, tamari). HOWEVER, she does not eat ANY red meat. In fact, she hasn't eaten red meat since her teens. She only eats chicken and fish, and not in huge quantities.
Is it possible that avoiding red meat could be at the root of her health difficulties?
She says she doesn't think she could go back to eating red meat after abstaining for so long. She finds it very unappealing. However, if it was the cause of her low-energy and depression, she might be able to push through it.