Tuesday, July 5, 2011

So I started eating meat again... (from a former vegetarian)

This is a great article from a former vegetarian.  After dealing with several health problems, he decided to reintroduced meat products back into his diet and his body flourished...

Click here to read "So I started eating meat again"...

I completely understand those of you that choose to avoid meat products due to your beliefs in animal rights.  And although you can survive and compete without meat, the conditions certainly are not ideal.  The fact is, humans are omnivores and animal protein plays an important role in our nutrition, hormone production and our desired physical appearance (increased muscle and decreased body fat).

Soy based protein seems to be the preferred option of vegetarians, however, many of soy’s health benefits have been linked to isoflavones—plant compounds that mimic estrogen. Other studies suggest that eating large amounts of those estrogenic compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger premature puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children. (See Could Eating Too Much Soy be Bad for you?

If you still can't stomach the thought of reintroducing beef or poultry into your diet, here are a few ideas to increase your overall amount of protein.

  • Instead protesting meat products all together, choose one day per week to consume a serving.  It's not ideal but at least you'll be getting a small portion of the amino acids your body requires.
  • Try adding eggs & egg whites to your diet.
  • Try adding fish to your diet. (canned tuna, fresh filets, sushi, etc)
  • Try adding an Egg based Protein Powder into your diet. 
Thanks to Anna (A Vegetarian) for sending this article over!

Note: I'm well aware too much of any one thing can be bad for you including meat products. The above link is provided to identify a few of the potential risks of elevated soy consumption.  Moderation and balance seems to be the key in any healthy diet.  But just like increasing body fat, if you're after a very specific short term result like a reduction of body fat, or increase in muscle mass sometimes you might need to shift things out of balance for a small period of time before resuming a more balanced diet. 

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