Once upon a time there was this girl named Colleen, and she was a vegetarian. She was locked in a tower of tiredness. Well, one day an energetic Queen came along, whose name was also Colleen. This Colleen was feeling happily hangry. She saved the vegetarian by eating her, and the energetic Queen lived happily ever after. The End.
Trust me, I have nothing against vegetarianism, I love vegetarians! It means that I don’t have to share my food. I lived that way for a loooong time, so I totally get it. However, I had to make changes in my diet because I lived in this perpetual cloud of lethargy and seemed to live by the mantra “I’m so tired.”
Eating meat again has been a big part of my journey. I slowly started introducing grass-fed hormone free, nitrate free, sugar free, organic, crap free super happy dead animals back into my diet and over a couple of weeks I could feel a huge change. My energy changed, my skin got better, I lost weight, I was sleeping better, I truly felt my overall being become better and happier. Plus… holy moly, give up bacon, rotisserie chicken, and steak for 10 years and then eat it again. WHOA MOMMMA! Meat good.
My body had been devoid of complete proteins and essential amino acids for 10 years! I wasn’t getting enough vitamin A, D, B6, B12, and many mineral proteins. To make matters worse, vegetarian diets lack fat-soluble catalysts needed for mineral absorption, so that means the nutrition I was getting wasn’t getting properly absorbed for optimal use. I thought eating legumes and grains would substitute the void in these imbalances but unless they are soaked (which they are usually not) the phytates block absorption of calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium. These minerals are also much more easily absorbed from animal proteins. As for sleep, your body receives a nice dose of tryptophan from animal protein which is an amino acid that produces melanin, ZZzzz. I can go on and on about the imbalances my personal body went through with years of inadequate nutrition. With all of the research and study of proteins and their nutritional benefits that I’ve been doing I’ve put the puzzle pieces together and am now on the path to health.
With that said, do what works best for you and if you do eat meat, quality is everything. Eating processed meat is terrible and you can count on a future full of shitty health if you keep eating that crap. Ok, phew.. now this