Most people are surprised when they discover that I eat meat. “But I thought you were into nutrition?” they ask…Well, I am! And the way I see it, animal protein can be a healthy part of a balanced diet, and especially critical for certain metabolic types to include regularly.
Half of you reading these words right now are probably completely appalled: what about the poor, tortured animals? What about colon cancer? What about heart disease and saturated fat? What about the impact on the environment? This is a loaded issue, and some people can cling to their beliefs around meat eating much as they would to their religious beliefs.
Believe me, I am not an advocate of factory farming by any means. There is a huge difference in the quality of most meat commercially available in this day and age compared to what our ancestors were eating. But over the years of seeing many clients with all sorts of health issues, it is safe to say that those who completely avoid animal products are suffering the most. To make matters worse are those who also virtually eliminate fat.
So what about the latest headline in the Washington Post? Daily Red Meat Raises Chances of Dying Early.
From this article, it would seem evident that minimizing your red meat consumption will increase your lifespan. And certainly this is true of the hormone ridden, tortured factory farmed meats most commonly available. Also, we’ve know since the ’70s that any kind of processed meats with sodium nitrate can lead to stomach cancer. What irks me about this article is that all meat is lumped together as “bad.” It is yet again an example of how Americans tend to take things to the extreme. What about other lifestyle factors involved? Were these people eating 7-10 servings of vegetables and fruits daily? When they ate their daily hamburger were they getting fries with that? How about an extra large soda? Were they exercising on a daily basis?
As for the environmental concern, personally I’m more troubled by the huge amounts of genetically modified soybeans, corn, and wheat that are being grown throughout the country and now world, potentially disrupting the delicate balance of our various ecosystems, killing the bumblebees and butterflies, etc, etc.
That being said, I am never one to force others to eat things that they don’t want to! If eating meat doesn’t resonate for you, then I will teach you what you need to know in order to properly nourish yourself. Hopefully, if I do your metabolic typing test
, you will test to be one of the more “vegetarian-friendly” metabolic types.
Finally, though I am a fan of including the right kinds of animal protein in moderation into a balanced diet, there can certainly be some benefit in giving it up for a short period of time in order to give the digestive system a rest and to do a detoxification or a cleanse.
What are your thoughts on the issue? I’d love to hear from you…