Are there people who think they need meat at every meal? Yes. Yes, there are. People like me who, after trying full-blown veganism for "health reasons" and found only weight gain and bloating, did a lot of research and ended up switching to a diet modeled after our hunter-gatherer ancestors. That means that, instead of meat, I've cut out grains, sugars, legumes, and dairy, and eat a diet of meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. You know that advice about sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store? That's me, to the most extreme level.
Of the two options, veggies and meat or veggies and grains, I get more nutrients eating veggies and meat. Grains just don't have nutritional value for humans. If they did, grains wouldn't have been fortified with minerals at the turn of the 20th century so people would stop coming down with diseases like scurvy! If they did, then Total cereal wouldn't need to fortify with 100% of your daily value of everything under the sun! A human should be able to get proper nutrition *without* supplementation, and to do that, one needs a diet with meat, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Of course, one also needs to be open to eating organ meats and such, and, well, that's definitely a touchy subject...
So, yes, actually there is an entire philosophy out there that centers around primarily meat and vegetables, followed by some fruits and nuts. But by the same token, there are actually people who can follow the Paleo diet and still be vegetarian or even vegan. They are not mutually exclusive, you'll just be eating a lot more nuts and perhaps some cheese.
I would like to also say that, as an avid meat-eater, I still eat WAY more fresh vegetables than the average vegetarian! How's that for irony?
Now, playing my own devil's advocate, I will admit that for people who just generally eat an unhealthy diet, throwing in a vegetarian meal can be an excellent way to get the vegetables that they otherwise are shunning. But please, pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease DON'T take it as an open invitation to eat platefuls of pasta with jarred tomato sauce. That's no better, in the end.
It's about whole foods in their natural form, whatever diet you choose.
- 2/27/2010 8:15:59 PM