We always hear and read about the benefits of being a vegan or vegetarian. About being gluten-free, soy-free, no meat in our diet. We’re going to live longer, be healthier, and be toxin free. Those hormones in the meat are killing us, giving us cancer, it’s all SO TRAGIC.
Many people find the health benefits in plant-based diets such as weight loss, reduction in blood pressure, and possibly preventing diabetes. But, of course there’s a but, there is a caveat to this. MOST people do struggle to see the majority of benefits from this drastic switch.
Think about it. The easiest way to transition to a plant-based diet is to replace all your food with processed food alternatives to become staples of your diet, and this is where the pitfall happens.
Today, I thought I’d go over some benefits of being a carnivore, as our ancestors were, and indulging in beef, chicken, fish, and that steak we want but deprive ourselves of. Dairy products can also be added to this section, since a vegan diet will omit those too.
Dairy products, such as Kefir, are becoming very popular for many beneficial reasons. Kefir tastes great. It’s nice and thick, but easily poured. Kefir contains natural probiotics, vitamins (A and K), and conjugate linoleic acid (CLA). The contained probiotics are all the rage with maintaining healthy bacteria in our stomachs and boosting our immune system.
Fish such as salmon and sardines are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids. These are the beneficial fatty acids that help to lower blood pressure, boost your good cholesterol (HDL), and potentially improve brain health and depression symptoms. Remember all those studies that about the Mediterranean diet? Fish is a big part of that diet including sardines.
Any grass-fed animal meat, including organ meat such as the liver, will reduce one’s exposure to antibiotics and hormones. Yes, it costs more, but if you are truly worried, this is the way to go. Grass-fed meat is typically high in antioxidant content and vitamins C and E. Prescription Nutrition actually has protein from hormone-free, grass-fed cows.
Another great source of proteins and vitamins that few realize is pastured eggs. What’s a pastured egg? It is from a free-range chicken. Since the chicken is exposed to direct sunlight, it actually passes through a higher level of vitamin D to the egg itself. Vitamin D has many positive health benefits, especially as we age and in women. These eggs can usually be found in local farmer markets for the same price as conventional eggs at large grocery stores.
Some food for thought as we never hear the benefits of being a meat eater. In the end, what works best for you is what you should do. It is your health, your choice.