Plant-Based vs. Animal-Based Diet
There's a lot of movement towards eating a vegetarian or vegan diet and not eating meat. We love the focus on eating more vegetables, greens, and real foods. But for us to be able to maintain our healthy lifestyles, we need meat. A lot of the negative light shed on eating meat comes from factory-farmed, low-quality meat, and overconsumption per meal. And honestly, they're right. Both of those things are unhealthy. So, how do you know which one is best? Our answer is eating a mixture of both. A diet that focuses on mostly vegetables, along with grass-fed meat, and healthy fats, is the ultimate diet.
60, 20, 20
Our goal with every meal is to eat as many vegetables as we can. To achieve that, we make sure our plates are 60% vegetables, 20% grass-fed protein, and 20% healthy fats.
When choosing your meat, you want it to be local, organic, grass-fed, and grass-finished. This means the animal can roam freely, breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and eat natural foods (grass).
Picking a style of eating that will work for you for the long-haul is very personal. There's a lot of that goes into making those choices, and everyone's body responds differently. So, do your research and find what works for you.
Things to consider on a plant-based diet:
Do you consume a lot of refined carbs?
Do you still eat a lot of processed foods?
What other foods do you eat to replace meat/fish-based proteins?
Do you get enough healthy fats for your brain and body?
Is your produce organic and local?
Things to consider on an animal-based diet:
Is your meat grass-fed?
Do you eat the whole animal? This includes organs (especially the liver), bones (for bone broth), and the fatty parts.
Do you consume large amounts of meat at one sitting?
Connect Locally to better know your food
If you are really serious about your health, get connected with local farmers when it comes to your vegetables and meat. Know where your food comes from. Know how they grow the vegetables and what type of lifestyle the animals are living. Here is a preview of the animal lifestyle at the place we get our meat from.
Put your focus on the veggies first, and the rest will follow.
P.S. If you want more research on this topic, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration Health by Weston A. Price is a fantastic book
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