The Meat Fast Experiment

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Me and Meat

During most part of my life I am what you would have considered as a Hard Core Carnivore’, I’m sure my first word was not Mum but MEAT’. My entire family are meat eaters the thought of cooking a meal without meat for the family was considered as a heinous crime. I remember many, many years when I started my health & fitness journey, I lovingly prepared a dish without meat, my husband at the time looked at the plate, then looked at me, looked at the plate AGAIN and uttered ‘where’s the real food?

Over the years I’ve notice more and more people turning to vegetarianism or at least eating strictly fish/sea food. Admittedly I was initially sceptical and thought that it was perhaps a FFF’ (Fad, Fashion & Faze), however the more research did the more I found myself paying attention to reducing my meat intake so this year I did a little experiment on myself. During the month of April I opted to have no red meat with any of my meals, which did prove difficult at first; I would automatically head straight to the red meat counter or when eating out I would select either lamb or beef for a main course.

No Meat Experiment: Vegetarianism

When the month of April came to an end I decided to introduce red meat back into my eating…..BIG MISTAKE! I felt heavy and sluggish, I also noticed that my mood changed I became less enthusiastic, a can’t be bothered’ attitude. I was totally surprised by two facts:

1) how quickly my body adjusted to NOT consuming red meat and;

2) what red meat had been doing to my body all this time, which scared me…

So what are some of the side effects from eating red meat?

1) Body Odour. Researchers found that red meat consumption negatively influences on body odour

2) Acne. Foods that are high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids increase the sebum production in the body, which in turn increases acne. Researchers suggest that there is a link between milk consumption and acne.

3) Candidiasis (aka Yeast infections) are caused by an overgrowth of the normal yeast in the body, so foods that affect the yeast levels may contribute to a yeast infection.

4) Heartburn and Acid Reflux. There is a relatively long list of foods that cause heartburn. Some foods cause the lower esophageal sphincter – a muscle that helps to keep stomach contents out of the esophagus – to become weaker, and some cause the stomach to produce more acid than usual. Both of these problems can increase acid reflux.

5) High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia). Cholesterol is found mostly in animal foods. Consumption of cholesterol-rich foods can elevate blood cholesterol level, which may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

6) Kidney stones. People whose diets are high in animal protein and low in fibre and fluids may be at higher risk for stones.

7) Memory and Cognition Impairment. Among older adults whose diets are high in saturated fats and trans fats, a high intake of foods containing copper may cause a fast decline in their ability to think, learn, and remember, according to the study from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.

8) Edema and Water Retention. Foods high in salt, sodium or sugar may cause the body to retain considerable fluids and worsen edema. The body needs a constant concentration of salt in its tissues. When excess salt is taken in, the body dilutes it by retaining fluid.

9) Migraine and Headache. Foods may trigger not only migraine but also tension type headache, which feels like tightening of a band around the head, making the whole head ache.

10) Shorten life span click here

So what alternative is there to meat?

Dr. Michael Roizen quotes ‘Study after study has shown that a diet low in animal protein and rich in fruits, vegetables, and fibre is vital to keeping a person young. Decreasing red meat consumption to once a week or less reduces aging of both the cardiovascular and immune systems’…however he continues with ‘vegetarians need to be careful. They run the risk of not getting the appropriate variety of foods, thereby missing out on proteins and nutrients that are more plentiful in animal products.’

He suggests that vegetarians eat Quinoa because it is high quality protein, in fact it is regarded as a Protein Powerhouse with the nine essential amino acids, and the protein balance is similar to milk.

I can now say that I have completely eliminated red meat from my shopping and diet; I am still eating poultry, fish and sea food however with so much research being churned out about meat in general, I will eventually remove all meats from my daily intake.

If you no longer eat red meat I would love to hear of the health benefits you’ve noticed.

Signing out…


One Response to “The Meat Fast Experiment”

  1. Interesting article Bella-Marie. I have been a ‘mostly’ vegetarian with no red meat for over the last 20 years so it is interesting to hear your story, going from meat feasting to no meat! Very interesting. Your post inspired a conversation on Facebook, where I got another interesting perspective on the topic. It has increased my interest in the blood type diet theory. Are you familiar with this? Here is the article the lady I was talking to wrote a few years back. She went in the totally opposite direction after being a vegetarian for 12 years she turned to meat…interesting read. I guess as we say at pH, it’s all about balance and finding what works for you as an individual.

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