People of all eating lifestyles debate about the best sources of protein on a regular basis. Since my approach to nutrition is all about balance, I would like to share my thoughts on consuming meat. Don’t worry, I’ve shared my thoughts about soy from the exact same perspective in another post entitled The Truth About Soy. Since I don’t get paid to sell soybeans or meat, I’m free to share the truth about both.
Some studies show that meat consumption promotes an acidic environment in the body. It also produces mucus which can cause problems in the vaginal lining along with many of our organs. In addition, meat consumption increases the likeliness of hot flashes, heart disease, colon cancer, and stomach cancer. I believe this is based on over consumption of meat. In ancient times, most people didn’t eat the lean meat. They ate the organs and made broths from the bones to get the benefits of the nutrients found in the marrow.
We’ve all seen the documentaries about abused animals which opened my eyes to how important it is to know the source of the meat you consume or not to consume it at all. If you believe that an animal is a living being with a mind, body, soul, and spirit, then you must know the energy that’s released when the animal is killed and processed. This is why the Jewish religion established kosher laws in regards to care of animals and processing meat. The people of Islam honor halal laws for the exact same reason. For those who eat meat, this is yet another reason why it’s so important to bless your food.
The quality of meat is another concern. If you do choose to eat meat, consume it in the least processed form possible. Once it becomes lunch meat, hot dogs, bacon, or sausage, the quality has been compromised. Of course, you can make your own sausage and bacon or buy from local, natural, organic farmers. Many women on diets eat turkey lunch meat sandwiches to save on calories and fat, yet they aren’t considering the nitrates and chemicals used to process the meat. Many studies show the link between processed meat and stomach and colon cancer. Do the research to learn for yourself.
The way an animal is fed is yet another element that plays into meat quality. Make sure the meat is from animals who forage. In other words, cows who eat grass and chickens and turkeys who eat bugs and worms from the ground. We call this free range or pastured. Sometimes, farmers substitute herbs during the colder seasons. This is a reasonable and sustainable practice. Much better than the alternative which usually involves feeding the animals genetically modified soy and corn feed. Soy and corn are cash crops and tend to not be the best quality, especially in animal feed. This even applies to animal by products such as milk, butter, cheese, and eggs. If you live somewhere where purchasing raw milk is legal and the farm is ethical and has pastured animals, that’s the best way to go. Also, be sure that the animals aren’t given antibiotics or growth hormones. There are natural ways to care for animals and prevent the spread of disease among them. Many local grocery stores are starting to carry better quality meat at affordable prices. I’ve also found that our downtown market and farmer’s market tend to carry this kind, as well.
Now, let’s talk about fish. Fish is the most alkaline meat you can consume. Especially if the fish is wild caught and frozen immediately afterwards. The fish farming industry has produced a lower quality of fish than what many of us grew up eating. If you can catch your own from a fresh lake or out at sea, that would be the best source. It’s best to consume wild caught salmon or white fish. Shrimp and crab are scavengers. Catfish are even worse since its probably the most farmed fish with the hybrid tilapia running a close second. If you eat any of these food items, please eliminate or limit your consumption to reduce the amount of toxins in your body.
Eating pork is a controversial subject. Rumor has it that the pig is a cross between an African dog, cat, and wild African rat. Some say the animal was created in Ancient Egypt to consume the garbage and dead bodies after wars. Since pigs have no conventional circulatory system or sweat glands, they tend to be full of disease. If you are eating pork, it’s a decent source of fat yet with all that we know about it, it’s for your pleasure not for health reasons.
Do I advocate for the consumption of meat? In my opinion, it’s a free country and you can eat whatever you want. If you do consume it, in addition to making sure it’s pastured (AKA free range), antibiotic free, and hormone free, also make sure the serving is no bigger than the size of your fist. Why? Not only does meat produce acid and mucus, it’s also a low vibration food. Why? It takes a great deal of energy to digest. When your body is busy digesting excessive amounts of meat, it takes energy away from your healing process. It’s best to eat meat for your lunchtime meal, as it gives your body the opportunity to digest it fully.
So the choice is yours and don’t let anyone bully you into going one way or the other.
Peace and blessings.