Really, eat more meat? OK, I promise I’m not trying to confuse you by saying eat your fruits and veggies in tip #2 and then turning around and saying eat more meat on tip #7. The truth is we humans are omnivores, our bodies function best when we eat both animal and plants. Most people today are not eating enough vegetables and few are eating enough quality meat. So yes, “Eat More Meat”, but let’s go a little deeper.
Our digestive system is different than that of an herbivore. We do not have 4 stomachs like a cow and are not able to break down all plant material like cellulose the main fiber in plants. We need what meat has to offer.
10 Reasons to Eat More Meat
- Meat Contains B Vitamins: Especially B12 that is not easily consumed from plants.
- Grass-fed meat: Contains up to 5 times as much omega-3 as meat from grain-fed animals.
- DHA and EPA: The active forms of omega-3 in the human body and found primarily in animal foods.
- Creatine: Forms an energy reserve in the muscles and brain and is found only in animal foods.
- Carnosine: An anti-oxidant that provides protection against many degenerative processes.
- Unprocessed Meat: Does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. (The opposite has been found)
- High Quality Protein: Contains all the amino acids that we need for strong muscles and bones.
- Stabilize Blood Sugar: Meat helps keep blood sugar levels stabilize due to its fat and high protein content.
- Help Balance Neurotransmitters: eating meat has been shown to help decrease depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
- Long Lasting Energy: Best source of iron and nutrients for energy.
I am sure we could add 10 more reasons if we added how great a steak tastes, or maybe some roasted chicken or a tender pot roast. Anyone else getting hungry? Many of us love meat and truth be told meat loves us back with a bunch of great health benefits listed above.
Just remember that the kind of meat you eat is IMPORTANT
- DO NOT EAT PROCESSED MEAT (that’s not real meat)
- DO NOT EAT MEAT PUMPED FULL OF SUGAR, SALT, ADDITIVES
- DO NOT EAT MEAT FULL OF NITRATES, HORMONES OR PESTICIDES
- DO NOT EAT MEAT WITH ANTIBIOTICS AND PRESERVATIVES
DO EAT: FRESH, WHOLE CUTS OF MEAT LIKE STEAKS, ROASTS, LEGS, THIGHS, BREASTS OR GROUND
- DO EAT ORGANIC
- DO EAT GRASS-FED
- DO EAT FREE-RANGE
You do not have to eat a 12 oz. steak to get the health benefits of eating more meat. A piece of good quality meat the size of your palm is all you need at a meal. Add your fruit and veggies to the meal and you will have a wonderful tasting meal that is delicious and nutritious.
Putting It All Together
Remember that food is truly the foundation of a healthy body. What you choose to eat each day is making a choice to living a proactive lifestyle.
If you are not sure how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
If you are interested in learning more ways to get protein and nutrients in your diet join our Growing E-Course, we go into much more detail and sources. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
***Remember that you are your own best health adviser. Not sure about adding more meat to your diet? Then please do your own research and see if it is right for you and your family. The most recent research I have found can be linked around the results of both the Paleo and Ketogenic Diets. These diets have helped thousands of people with diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. change their lifestyle and their future.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.