Many people have hopped onto the vegetarian wagon simply because they think that’s the ultimate way to stay healthy. While being a vegan or vegetarian has many health benefits, it doesn’t mean that’s the only way to keep your body healthy. The reality is, there are many meat eaters out there, and that is a lifestyle you can’t give up on whim. Giving up meat involves a certain commitment that is just not in everybody, and I don’t think it’s fair for meat eaters to be pressured into giving up something they enjoy. There are plenty of ways to continue eating meat and stay just as healthy as any vegan or vegetarian.
The key to eating meat and being healthy about it is keeping it fresh. The last thing you should put in your body is anything processed, especially if it comes out of a box. Realistically, if you’re struggling with money and finding it hard to simply buy groceries it’s going to be even harder buying organic, because let’s face it, organic grocery shopping is much more expensive than regular grocery shopping. So what I would recommend is going to a butcher shop if there is one in your area instead of buying the frozen meats at your local grocery store. A lot of the meat that are in butcher shops aren’t processed or filled with hormones so that is always an option. If you can afford it easily enough, go ahead and buy your meat organic, You’ll find that the taste of the meat may be significantly different because the animals has different diets (grass fed).
The more lean your meat is, the better. You don’t want any extra fat adding to the calories you consume. Eating fatty meats contributes to clogging your arteries, and giving you high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You don’t want to worry about that when you’re eating so when you’re buying your meat, make sure it’s lean. Lean meat does cost more, so if that’s a problem for you, simply buy your regular meats, and cut all the excess fat off. This is especially easy to do with pork because the fat on there is as clear as day. (note – if you’re buying meat from animals that are grass fed, that will give you less fat as well.)
You’re not going to get diseases by frying your food every once in a while, but for the most part bake, broil, or roast your meat as it is a lot healthier. Use a rack so that the extra fat drips off of it. This will help you with eating more leaner meats as well. If you want to fry your food at some point or another, there are healthy ways to do it. Be careful about what oils you buy, as some are more healthier than others. Canola oil is a good oil to use, but don’t overdo it, otherwise you’ll be eating too many calories. You can always use a non-stick, no calorie spray as well.
No Meat Day:
Being a meat eater doesn’t mean you have to eat it everyday. Choose at least one or two days each week for a non-meat day. Many people are doing what is called “Meatless Mondays.” Every Monday when you’re preparing your meals, keep in mind that you want to exclude meat on this day. This is even more beneficial if you’ve had meat and some other guilty pleasures during your weekend. Don’t fret. If you love meat that much, there are plenty of natural meat substitutes that many vegans and vegetarians love, and they taste like meat. Look up some of them on the web or your local grocery store.
Fasting every now and then is a great way to cleanse your body from any toxins that have built up, and this way you can cleanse your colon by, not only temporarily eliminating meat, but solid foods in general. You can fast and cleanse from anywhere between three and seven days. Some have done more but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re being guided by a nutritionist and/or your doctor. You’ll experience a jolt of energy and rapid weight loss at the same time.
Don’t pig out when your fast is over. Eat a light lean meal. Being that your stomach will have shrunk, it’s more than likely that you won’t be able to eat that much anyway, yet you’ll still feel completely satisfied. Fasting and cleansing takes a certain amount of willpower so do some research on the different types of fasts that you can do. If you can’t handle a liquid fast, you can do an all fruit fast. For that, I would recommend eating apples and/or oranges (or any other citrus fruit.) Keep in mind that not every fruit is suitable for a fruit fast. Bananas are a no no. It’s hard, I know. I love bananas too.
Apart from your eating habits, you still have to take what you drink into consideration. Fruit juices with added sugar are a big no no. Only stick with fresh squeezed juices, or you can buy fruit juices that DO NOT contain added sugar or preservatives. Always read the nutrition panel before buying anything.
Even when you’re fasting, you can drink natural green teas, as green tea reduces your risk of all diseases, and it helps burn fat. Don’t sweeten it. Yes, it’s nasty, but you can always use a natural sweetener, such as pure maple syrup, raw sugar, or raw honey. You can do this while fasting, and you can also drink lemon water. Use fresh squeezed lemon juice only. Don’t even think about using the bottled lemon juice as it isn’t healthy. Juicing fruits and vegetables is also another option. Don’t forget your water (at least two liters a day is sufficient.)
No matter what your eating habits are, everybody should exercise. Doing strength training, cardio, and flexibility is essential to keeping your body healthy and strong. Also doing meditation is good for your physical health and mental health. If you’re unsure about meditation, you can always do yoga as that is also a form of meditation. You should exercise at least five or six days a week for about an hour. You can do less if you’re a beginner. The key is keeping your body in motion throughout the day.
Don’t forget your vegetables. Even meat eaters need to stay green. Anything with deep, rich green or purple colors are good as well as carrots and much more. Don’t forget your fresh fruits as well. Don’t used canned. Don’t overeat. Eat until you’re satisfied, not until you’re full. You can always eat again in a couple or a few hours. That’s why you should keep your meals small.