Why I love Meat
I love meat, always have and always will. Nobody can talk me out of it, I’m a born Carnivore. Before we get to the meat of the subject, let’s talk about portions for a moment. Each of us is unique, each of us has a different body type and metabolism. Some of you may want to lose wieght, gain wieght, bulk up, tone, slim or just be healthier. If you are looking to lose wieght, eat proportionately. This means instead of eating a 12 oz. steak, get a 6 oz. You may want to order the 12 oz and split it with your other half or friend, or simply make two meals out of it and that’s ok. If you want to gain or bulk up then yes order the bigger steak, don’t forget the vegetables and potato. Most experts will recommend 4 oz. of meat, to me that’s a bit small so I recommend 6 oz with a salad and a vegetable. Eating healthier does not mean starvation, it means better choices and whole organic foods.
The importance of meat in our diet dates back from ancient times. The obesity crisis in America is not because of our consumption of meat, it is because of processed foods and fast foods. There are tons of people who will disagree with me and tons that will agree with me, I am here to let you know what should be equal in our diets. Life is a balance and we need to learn how to handle both sides of everything. Our food is no different. I am not against vegetables at all unless it is GMO crops. I eat my vegetables daily with my meat. I eat clean at least once a week with a swordfish steak and broccoli. Our ancestors were hunters and gatherers, the men hunted for meat to feed the tribe, and the women would gather berries, plants and herbs to add to the meals.
We were constantly moving and that’s the key, we need to move more. I don’t mean to never sit and relax but we are a society of lazy, overstressed people. The media likes to tell us that eating hamburgers, steaks, hams, etc. will cause us to have a heart attack. What they don’t tell you is the differences between organic meat farms, commercial meat farms and wild game meat. Let me tell you how excited I am to try some wild game meat. My husband is an avid hunter and has had many different meats. Wild game meat is leaner, healthier, free of hormones, free of GMO feed, free of pesticides and a great source of minerals, vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. If you are not able to hunt for food, that’s fine. Grocery stores are becoming more aware of the demand for organic food including meats from USDA certified farms. If you haven’t tried an organic steak, it’s a must. It has more flavor and is cleaner. Yes, it is more expensive but that is not the question you should ask, you should ask why the other food is so cheap. I discuss this on the article Why Eat Organic Foods?. Meats supply our bodies with necessary iron that cannot be found in plants in the same quantity. Some experts will lead you to believe that in “healthier” countries, the people consume rice, corn and other plants with very little to no meat at all. This is not true.
In Asian cultures they consume a larger amount of fish, pork, and chicken with the vegetables and starches. In some South American cultures, it is common to eat monkey as a source of meat, yuck. I personally can’t do this but I know it is very disrespectful to some cultures if you are invited to eat and don’t partake. Every culture has some form of meat or animal protein they consume relatively regularly. Some butcher chops will have “specialty” meats for example if you live in the Southern States, you may find gator, Rabbit, Wild Boar or Rattlesnake. Bison, Pronghorn and Hare may show up in some western states. I’ve seen Rabbit, Goat, Bison and Gator meats in one of our shops. The earth provides all the food, medicine, shelter and protection we need. It’s our job to learn how to use this and give honor and respect to the animals we eat like the Native American Indians did when they inhabited the land.