Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

To Meat or Not to Meat?


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Guest post by Baby Boomer Talk Online weight loss and fitness expert Jon Benson.

Are vegetarians healthier than those
who eat meat?

Which plan should you be following?

Meat. It does a body good.

No wait, that’s milk.

Too bad most milk does a body bad. Of course
that makes for poor advertising. But I digress.

Should you eat meat?

Countless debates have raged over the issue
of consuming animal flesh for food.

My take on the issue is based on opinion,
personal experience and clinical fact.

What Our Ancestors Ate

There a dozen books on the subject of
“Paleolithic nutrition”, or eating the way our
ancestors ate.

While the details remain open to debate, most
authorities agree that the caveman ate his fair
share of meat.

In his book “The Warrior Diet”, Ori Hofmekler
makes some rather bold claims regarding this
fact. He points out that the caveman ate not only
the meat from wild game, but also the intestines,
eyes, liver…you name it.

That is pretty gross to me, but there was not a
Denny’s around the corner. And I am not sure
that would be much better, come to think of it.

But there is a catch.

The meat from those days, even the meat from
as little as a hundred years ago, has changed
quite a bit.

Cows are fed hormones these days. Just as bad,
they are fed excessive amounts of grain.

Cows are herbivores. They are not designed to
eat grain.

Grain contributes to major problems in the fat
distribution within the meat.

Once, the Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio (these are
essential fatty acids) was about 1:1 or 1:2. Now,
with the advent of engineered cattle, it is more
like 1:20 or higher.

This is the primary reason that excessive beef
can cause heart issues. It is not the meat itself
as much as what we humans have done to the

Yea or Nay on Meat?

So am I saying not to eat meat? No. However,
I am also saying that only certain people should
eat meat.

There is ample evidence that we have evolved
over time to eat meat. Our teeth are designed to
tear flesh, for example. Our digestive system is
more like a canine than any other animal, and
we all know what dogs prefer.

Others should definitely not eat meat. Those of
you with religious or spiritual convictions on the
matter, and some folks who simply do not digest
and utilize animal products very well should
obviously avoid meat entirely.

Others may simply not like the taste.

But some people actually need meat to feel
healthy and strong. I am definitely in that camp.

How do you tell if your body is more of a meat-
eater or more of a plant and starch-eater?

Start by role modeling.

I cover role modeling in my book in detail –

Making Meat Work For You

Some people can eat a lot of meat, like myself,
and stay lean and healthy. If this is your style
of eating, you must make sure to balance out
the Omega 3 and 6 ratios.

Try to get grass-fed beef whenever possible.
Always go for the free-range chicken as well.
The closer you can get to game meat, the better.
Unless you have issues with gout. If so, avoid
game meat and limit red meat.

I had gout and eat red meat all the time. My
meat consumption has increased if anything
and I am freee of gout completely. I have been
for some time.

It is always better to err on the side of caution
however, so be sure to check with your doc.

Also be sure to take plenty of fish or krill oil.
I prefer krill oil. I consume up to 2 grams per
day. Fish oil is very effective and healthy at
2-6 grams per day.


Others should consider using meat only as a
way to flavor their foods. Just a few ounces here
and there is enough to do the trick.

I too experimented with a nutrition plan that
was almost devoid of meat for several years.
I detail it in my book.

In short, I found that using beef for flavoring only
once or twice per week and relying on fish and
eggs, plus whey protein, made my nutrition plan
effective and tasty.

My body eventually went back to its original
pattern of wanting more meat and far less carbs.
I listened, and I am glad I did. But not everyone
is like me. Many of you will be healthier using
a balanced approach like my former plan.

“What If I Am A Vegetarian?”

Vegetarians who consume milk, fish and eggs
have an easier time in getting whole proteins.

If you do not, you should look into supplementing
with at least one 20-gram protein shake per day
made from a very high-quality soy source.

Hemp is also good protein.

Since there are a dozen vegetarians in Fit Over
40, I will refer you to my book for more details
on how they get their protein needs met –

Also, if you are vegan or vegetarian, be sure you
are taking in sufficient fat. Your body requires
between twenty and thirty percent fat to maintain
hormone and skin health.

Finally, I highly suggest you consume actual
vegetables. Most vegetarians are really more
“starchitarians.” They eat more starch than any
other food, including vegetables.

That is unhealthy for most people. Some can do
okay on a plan like that, but I think it is common
sense to say “eat more vegetables than starch.”

That goes for you meat-eaters too!

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Jon Benson Creator,

P.S. What makes Fit Over 40 so powerful is the
fact that so many different plans are covered.

Vegan. Vegetarian. Meat-eaters. Men. Women.
Everyone is profiled. And the plans that really
works are covered.

It is not enough to just be a vegetarian, vegan
or high-protein man or woman if you want to
be truly healthy.

You must combine whatever nutrition plan you
enjoy the most with the correct form of exercise
and cardio work.

Too much is bad. Too little is worse. The answer
is in balance.

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