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Food Snubbing: Red Meat

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wow! It's been a while since I blogged! Life has been coming at me full force, to include visiting my two beautiful new grandchildren out of state and dealing with injuries pretty much from the top (shoulder) to the bottom (sprained foot and ankle) of me. But I promised I'd finish up my "Food Snubbing" series with one on red meat, so here we are.

Before I commence, here are a couple of pics of my beautiful little grandbabies. (Yes, I am taking advantage of a captive audience for the sole purpose of bragging.):

First, Gideon James, who was born May 6th (he loves his Grandma!):

And secondly, but certainly not least, miss Melody Lynne, who was born January 16th:

I think those are two of the most fantabulous humans God ever created!

Okay, on to the subject of red meat:

First of all, if you are a vegetarian, this blog is not going to be one you will get any good out of, whatsoever. You saw the pics of my grandbabies, so leave me a comment on how sweet they are and move on to a blog that is relevant to you. :-D

For everyone else........

The main reason I hear for people avoiding red meat is the fat content. There ARE many cuts of red meat that have fat marbled throughout. These, as with all fatty foods, should be eaten sparingly. But there are many cuts of read meat that actually have a very reasonable, if not downright low, fat content. Of course, 93% and higher lean ground beef is one of them, but also top round and eye of round are leaner cuts. Sirloin isn't too bad, either, as long as you cut the fat off of the outside.

The trick with red meat is to take a look at the piece of meat itself and see how much fat is marbeled throughout. The more solid red color it is, generally the leaner. If there are little flecks of white in there, that's fat. So choose according to your diet needs.

Plus, I'm not sure fat from organic meat is all that bad for you. I have to seriously wonder if this kind of fat, like butter, will wind up being placed in the "Not-as-bad-as-we-once-thought
" category, since it's a naturally occurring fat the way God made it to be. However, fat from any source (healthy or not) is still calorie-dense, so keep this in mind with respect for your total caloric need according to your goals.

Did you note I said "organic" in the above paragraph? This is important, as is grass-fed. When grazing animals are eating what grazing animals are naturally inclined to eat (mostly grass and green stuff), there are important components in their meat that are good for us and we simply can't get in non-grass-fed critters. Additionally, when animals are pumped full of antibiotics (to keep them from getting sick in their over-stuffed quarters) and growth hormones (so they can butcher them sooner), and/or when they are fed non-organic feed, these components are subsequently in their meat. When we ingest them we have them entering our own bodies and wreaking havoc in our cells.

The takeaway? Buy organic and/or grass fed meats, of all kinds, as often as possible.

I tend to have a low iron level. Not low enough to make me anemic, but low enough to make me hormonal, grumpy, and hard to live with. I take supplements, but the iron in natural sources absorbs better into my system and does me more good. Red meat is a very high source of iron. For this reason I try to eat a lean source of it at least every-other day. (And my cholesterol levels are excellent, as is my blood pressure.)

Also, red meat is high in B-vitamins, which directly contribute to energy. I once tried to go vegetarian. I called my sister, who was a vegetarian at the time, and told her about the headaches, low energy, and crankiness I was experiencing. She said "Take B Vitamins- make sure it's full spectrum...." and proceeded to list off all the supplements I should now add to my diet, in the absence of meat. I listened, then replied "Or I could just eat some meat". Guess what was in my next meal? Yep. Red meat. Problem solved.

I'm not saying everyone should eat red meat. Obviously humans can survive without it. I'm just saying don't put it on your "Bad Food" list without really knowing that it is bad for YOU, particularly if you enjoy it.

Good-quality beef doesn't scare me. Poptarts do.

Ending note: I realize not everyone is going to agree with my viewpoint on red meat, or any other of the foods I've blogged about in my "Food Snubbing" series. That's okay- You certainly have the right to your own opinion. I've mulled these subjects over and observed "studies" and "evidence" for many years before I stuck my neck out and blogged about them. So unless I see conclusive evidence to prove otherwise, and by that I mean scientific proof from more than one source, I am more than likely not going to change my position.

And with that, my Food Snubbing blog series is concluded. If you want to read any of the others, check the last several blogs right before this one. And please leave comments- I enjoy hearing from you!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    I've noticed recently I craving for red meat and I think it has to do with the iron you mentioned, althought it may be the B Vitamines. Who knows?

    When my son was a baby, I used to put him on my shins sometimes and do crunches. He loved flying around on my feet!
    1749 days ago
    Love the pix of those sweet little people!! They are worth bragging about!

    Good thoughts on the red meat topic! Perfect!
    1761 days ago
  • KARENE10
    Your grandbabies are adorable! I try to limit my red meat to a couple times a month. Thanks for all the information:)
    1761 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Great looking family there!

    Grass fed or grain fed, still animal protein. I'm reading Dr Shinya's The Enzyme Factor. He has a unique perspective of doing endoscopy on hundreds of thousands of people both in the U.S. and Japan. So he got to see plenty of people's stomach and colons. He can always tell women with fibrocystic which can lead to breast cancer that they love coffee, eat lots of dairy products and meats. His advice is to limit animal protein to 15% and cut back or eliminate diary and coffee. Even green tea is not good for the stomach lining. And he got to look at the tea masters' stomach to make the statement.
    1763 days ago
  • IRP1114
    Awww super cute babies : ) I am so happy you got to spend some quality time with them! Yay : )!!!

    As for the red meat totally agree. Great blog! I like to tell people they should compare the price of grass fed organic meats to fish instead of the grain fed meat because it is actually more comparable when it comes to the benefits we get from it. Grain fed beef can actually be worse for us and make us fatter! On the other hand the grass fed beef has many benefits (and I am not afraid of the fat in it at all. I don't necessarily enjoy chewing on fatty pieces but I don't stress over keeping my fat grams or dietary cholesterol down) Possibly even more beneficial than fish itself because with fish we have to worry about the toxins they accumulate in them.

    Hope you recover from your injuries quickly so you can get back to the training you love! emoticon
    1764 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/25/2013 6:51:47 PM
    Thank you for this :) it just helped make me feel a lot better about having the odd steak that I really do enjoy! I also went veggie for a while - vegan in fact after a couple of months of vegetarian but I literally started dreaming about eating meat :| took that as a sign that my body wasn't too charmed with what I was upto... I didn't do it for health reasons I did it for animal loving reasons so I was sad that I had to change back - but it just didn't agree with my body!
    P.S: I LOVE the pics - you look so in love with them :)
    1764 days ago
    Love the picture's of the grandchildren you look so happy with them!

    Lets start off that I like red meat but it really does not like me. I eat red meat maybe 4 times a year as a treat and yes I eat very lean meats when I do. But I do control all other meats and fish's too. I do eat organic as much as possible. I have high cholesterol and I can tell from blood work that it affects my numbers. For me it is generic and this is what I have too to keep normal numbers.

    Thanks for info!

    1764 days ago
    Right on!! ;-)
    1764 days ago
    Finally getting over here:)

    Let's start with those beautiful grandbabies. Precious. They are both enthralled by their grandma. Happy you have been blessed.

    On to the red meat. Although I don't eat it anymore, but I will still comment. Sometimes it is hard to even put out there that the boyfriend and I are transitioning to vegetarian and hoping for vegan. I am often attacked for it. Strange since when I don't critique others choices. For us it was a personal, ethical decision. We started by eliminating our 4-legged friends.

    I don't think red meat is evil. I have always kind of had a textural problem with it and it often triggers my ED brain to want to purge. If I was to choose between meats I prefer red meat. This has posed a problem for me since I can't stomach poultry too much. The transition has meant feeling less energy. Am I not eating enough protein elsewhere? Maybe, but either way my body seems to respond better to animal protein. Yes, I have watched Forks Over Knives and was moved by it, do believe we probably don't need near as much protein as we were told for years, BUT I think everyone's body is different. As someone who already suffers from pernicious anemia, I supplement a lot to make up for the loss from Bs I am missing in meat and am being told that with all of the supplementation the next bit is weekly shots. I was low even when eating meat though.

    Chicken and pork are also high on my list of allergens (through testing). Yes, I should probably avoid them all together, instead I just don't eat daily or in large amounts. I did however notice that I did not have reactions with some organic meats. As someone who is allergic to several antibiotics (anaphylaxis), I kind of question whether my reactions are really due to the animal proteins or the antibiotics that are pumped into animals. I KNOW this may not be true, just something I question:)

    I hope to continue my quest to go vegan, BUT if my body suffers I will probably be incorporating meat back in and yes, red meat. I will keep listening to my body and working on it:) Sorry for the long post from a non red meat eater. LOL
    1764 days ago
    I eat red meat ,once a week. My body needs it. I take my vitamin pak everyday. Love your pic of your grandbabies!
    1764 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/25/2013 12:02:39 PM
    Grandbabies are darling! I think that grass-fed beef is not a bad thing. CLA is connected with the fat as I recall. We have a farm nearby where they raise grass-fed beef. It tastes better. I'm trying to be vegetarian but not completely successful because of the vicissitudes of my life at present (will blog on that shortly). My reasons for vegetarianism is for the earth- and animal-sparing factors, not necessarily because it's healthier. A person can eat a little meat and be healthy. Eating lots of meat is not a good idea. Meat has minerals that people benefit from. I just don't like what goes on in feedlots and packing houses. The animals from the farm nearby don't get treated like that.

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    Comment edited on: 7/25/2013 9:24:08 AM
  • BERRY4
    My husband cracked a joke with a person who was going on about not eating red meat. He said, "I don't eat red meat either. I cook it!"
    1765 days ago
    What lovely grandbabies! How precious!

    I have loved the food snubbing series and this one is no exception. I do love good, lean red meat - can't help it. We are fortunate to live in the heartland where we can get organic grass fed beef (half of a half) on a regular basis from a local farmer. The store bought stuff doesn't compare.

    Thanks again for your blog series, and looking forward to the next subject you choose!
    1765 days ago
    I wasn't trying to beocme vegetarian but was incorporating more vegetarian meals into my plan. I too noticed the lack of energy and moodiness. I now try to get some red meat now and again.

    Great blog! Beautiful Grandbabies!

    1765 days ago
    On the whole "maybe it's not as bad as we used to think..." thing, I just had the same conversation with my mother in law. I'm just not positive that it deserves the bad reputation either, though I certainly don't have all the answers. :)

    And, adorable munchkins!
    1765 days ago
    Good post but I will somewhat disagree with the "eat organic" mantra. What passes for organic in this country really isn't and retailers take that label as an excuse to charge 2 or 3 times the price.
    1765 days ago
    PopTarts are very scary!!! As are all the very decorated plastic wrapped "PUT IT IN YOUR KIDS LUNCH BOX" snacks. ** SCARY **
    1765 days ago
    I'm a very devoted carnivore.

    I LOVE red meat. Especially the fatty, yummy ribeye.

    I will never voluntarily give it up. What I HAVE done, however, is limit it. Instead of three or four times a week, we have it a couple of times a month.

    I am tired of the demonization of red meat. It's yummy, it serves a valid purpose, and if you don't wanna eat it? Don't! Don't make snide comments about me enjoying it, you know?
    1765 days ago
    That was really helpful thanks
    1765 days ago
    Thanks for the info on red meat!!

    Your grandbabies are soooo adorable!! Congratulations!! emoticon
    1765 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    Great stuff!!

    1766 days ago
    Your grandbabies are adorable and you couldn't look happier! So nice to see!
    We just got back from CO and I had buffalo burgers twice, yum!
    1766 days ago
    Cute babies. I am still reading about this dr said cholesterol was up. But I told him I was not going on any more pills.
    1766 days ago
    Great post! First of all, the grandbabies are TOOO cute and you definitely get the award for hottest grandma! :D

    I don't eat meat... I'm not a vegetarian, I just don't like the taste or texture of meat. Never did. Meat to me is like donuts... I know people love it, I just don't understand why. I totally agree with what you wrote about organic, grass fed meat, and since I don't even like the taste of it, to me, it's a waste to spend all that money on something I don't like. But I do think that if people are going to eat meat (not just red meat, all meat), then they need to be very picky about where it comes from and how it's raised. A good piece of organic grass fed beef is far better than any "frankenfood" alternative that someone might think is "healthy".

    Also agree that eating veg isn't for everyone. Just like some body types are made for lifting and some are made for running, I do think that some folks just need a more protein based diet. My BF is a great example... he stopped eating like me (mostly carbs, because I'm always training for a marathon!) and added in more protein in place of the carbs.... lost 45 pounds in 6 months!

    Thanks for a great series of blogs!

    1766 days ago
    Wow, what an informative blog! Thanks for the education.

    1766 days ago
  • TKELS78
    Have you seen the documentry "Forks Over Knives"?
    1766 days ago
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