There will be hundreds of people being plied with misinformation as #veganuary comes into full effect. Starting the year with nutrient dense, good protein sources which contribute to topsoil preservation, actually positively impacting the environment isn’t going to happen by going vegan. Check out what’s your beef with a healthy life and environment for more on why eating meat is NOT problematic.
We cannot however over emphasise the importance of eating nose to tail. The whole animal. Red muscle meat is nutrient dense and a great balance of protein and fat but doesn’t contain all the nutrients we need for optimal health. Go and check out #organuary on your favourite social media site. Add some liver and kidney to your regular diet, knaw on some bones, get that collagen in by cooking the carcass of your roast dinner and making stock.
Plants don’t supply us with nearly as many of the nutrients as we think they do. They are delicious, eat them, BUT, also find the ones that cause you problems and leave them out. Don’t rely on them solely for complete nutrition. Just for example, the beta carotene in a carrot is not as available or effective at doing Vitamin A things, and therefore nowhere near as beneficial to our bodies as Retinol from liver or oily fishy. Let’s not kid ourselves that it is. The iron in spinach starts to decrease in amount drastically as soon as it’s picked and isn’t in the form of iron our bodies most readily utilises. It’s also bound to oxalic acid which can cause loads of issues including reducing its absoprtion. The iron in red meat doesn’t behave like this.
You won’t find optimal or even adequate health in plant only nutrition without considerable effort. And the environmental impact? – well, decimate the topsoil much more with monocropping and no ruminant animals and were running hard in a direction that we’re all trying to steer clear of (pun intended) a dying planet.
Eat some liver! It’s cheap, accessible and FULL of the missing bits.
Vitamin C – YES!
Without those B vitamins for example, major processes become sluggish or don’t work. Things like:
•Making neurotransmitters – so your brain works right
•Making seratonin and histamine as well as loads of other things we rely on for symptom free lives – stable good mood, good sleep- which as anyone who follows this site and that wants to be resilient knows is a keystone of health.
•The methionine cycle – there are huge implications for cardiovascular disease and cognitive issues if it’s not working right. We need this to be working optimally for healthspan and longevity.
•Making healthy red blood cells.
If you don’t want to eat a plate of liver, get some, prep it by cutting it into pieces, freeze it flat then shove it into freezer bags, adds few chunks to your daily meal.
Before you know it you’ve consumed enough to of the nutrients that you get in liver to meet your needs without even knowing it.
Supplements are a minefield, the industry isn’t regulated so it can be hard to know what you’re really getting. Striving to eat what you need in real food is always your best bet. A couple of brands stand out in this arena specifically for liver consumption and are worth checking out for other stuff, if you’re travelling or just really cant cope with organ meat. They are Ancestral Supplements and Hunterandgatherfoods. Though actual liver is really so much cheaper and you cant make paté out of supplements…
Go #organuary for a month then make it part of your life- eat nutrient dense, do some lifting, set a sleep schedule, get after it.
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