Updated: Dec 17, 2021
Coated meat, stew, bacon… are part of many traditional cuisines, aren’t they? People have been trying to pay more attention to eating healthier for a while now, but there are always newer and newer recommendations coming up and we’re just feeling puzzled. No wonder, as nowadays we often hear not to eat red meat, and animal fat is not good, and a vegan lifestyle is a more ethical choice for our environment anyway. So don’t be surprised if we’re completely confused about this subject.
The worst thing we can do in this situation is to have anxiety and guilt, these feelings never lead to a good journey. What really works in such cases, is to be thoroughly informed, to receive expert advice based on how our body works, know our capabilities, and to strive for balance on both a physical and mental level - that is, a lifestyle change. To help you navigate the thick of nutritional trends, I have gathered a bunch of my thoughts and experiences for you.
About meat consumption in general
Firstly, quality and source are important factors when we eat meat. After all, the meat of animals raised on pasture represents a category that carries even better quality in terms of energy. Let us recognize that this form also represents an ethically higher level of animal husbandry than large-scale breeding. I think, if we try to gradually return to the natural ways, over time this quality will be available at the butcher, in the butchers and on the shelves of the larger stores, we have already done a lot to bring nature and our people back into harmony. The main issue I see is that meat is unhealthy because it is obtained from the meat of animals that have been separated from nature, kept in cruel conditions, and treated (e.g., hormones, antibiotics).The reason behind this is not the excessive consumption of meat, - of course, it also contributes to it -, but rather profit, and human greed. Cold cuts, which are popular with consumers, for example, especially in-store products, are, unfortunately, full of all kinds of additives and preservatives. One such commonly used flavor enhancer to which many are sensitive is sodium glutamate (MSG). This type of allergy can be easily detected with a test that I also use among my guests. So, from the point of view of our health, it is not the consumption of meat that is the basic concern, but the additives used by the food industry. That is why it would be good if we became much more aware of this subject as well. So red meat is not harmful! Of course I'm talking about quality meat products,keeping in mind the consumption I have always mentioned. By the way, I recommend meat in my practice mostly for therapeutic purposes, supplementing the diet with bone and offal, of course, taking into account the health of the individual. Finally, in addition to the quality of the meat, we must also take care of the way it is prepared.
Meat consumption versus vegetarian / vegan diet
Nowadays, many have switched to vegetarian or vegan diets for health or ethical reasons. I myself have been following this path for 8 years, due to certain hormonal problems that have since completely disappeared and never returned, so occasionally, of course, I also consume meat. So this lifestyle worked for me, but its introduction was preceded by a lot of professional follow-up, as well as a conscious decision to take control of my destiny. I think it’s important to make the transition to a vegetarian or vegan diet under the guidance of a professional at all times, because this type of poorly put together diet can, unfortunately, cause just as much trouble as over-consuming meat. The vegetarian menu is usually high in carbohydrates and sugar,as well as often containing milk and eggs for many to avoid, which can be especially problematic in case of sensitivity. Moreover, in this case, too, we have to reckon with the presence of the food industry, which has already made processed foods easily accessible to vegetarians and vegans - and this is one of the biggest health problems. As a professional, I don't usually talk to anyone about eating meat or becoming vegetarian / vegan, because we always find a way to prevent hunger and vitamin deficiencies while trying to minimize the amount of toxins. That is why the most important aspect I recommend, and use myself in developing a healthy diet, is to look for unprocessed foods to the best of our ability - eat lots of vegetables and high-protein grains (e.g. quinoa, millet), because it is a fact that plant foods also contain amino acids. I also like to use algae and pollen, especially on a vegan diet, but it can be helpful for everyone to learn about the alternatives that nature has in store. If we eat in a vegan way, we need to pay close attention to vitamin B12 because its deficiency can lead to severe anemia or even arrhythmias. It can be increased by consuming fermented foods, algae and brewer's yeast in the body. Incidentally, these foods have a good effect on the healthy functioning of the body in all types of nutrition.
The decision and what is behind it
When the goal is to create a new diet for a guest visiting my practice, I always keep the following aspects in mind so that I can choose the most appropriate diet for him/her. In such cases, my guest's blood type, general condition - which I determine according to TCM = Traditional Chinese Medicine - blood type and metabolic type base my decision, in which, of course, I let the person's personal taste prevail. In general, I build my dietary change on foods from natural, pure sources. As a way to eat meat once or twice a week, I usually recommend making it with a little fat - for example, steaming, stewing, soup, and maybe grilled form.The idea of grilled meat or home-made veal liver cream to replace cold cuts is very popular among my guests.
Quality fat is the key
It is very important for our body to supply it with the right quality of fat from time to time. This is true even if meat is in our diet, or not. It is not recommended to heat almost any of the vegetable oils, so when it comes to frying, duck, goose or mangalica fat, possibly bacon are the healthy options. Extra virgin coconut fat can also be used, but only in moderation, because research results are still divided about it. I often use and recommend to others the purified butter ( ghee), also used for medicinal purposes by Ayurveda. By the way, I myself am a committed in choosing first from what is available locally. Since I mostly bake and cook without fat, I pour the necessary amount of fat ( cold pressed oils) into the food afterwards - on the steamed vegetables,for the pasta or just for the salad. My big favorites are pumpkin seed, grape seed, avocado and flaxseed oil. I usually recommend poppy oil as an essential source of calcium for bones, but fish oil can also be an interesting fat replacement. Various seeds and nuts are also essential elements of a healthy diet. Sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds (freshly ground) are also a small part of our daily diet, and the same is true for nuts. I really like pumpkin seed cream lately, which anyone can make even at home - it’s an excellent sandwich base, but it also stands out as a delicious addition to other foods. In case of sensitivity to nuts or nuts, do not give up the valuable nutrients of the seeds, in which case it is worth testing which seeds can still be consumed safely.
In a nutshell
Don’t be afraid to consume meat, but incorporate it into your diet consciously and in moderation, possibly for therapeutic purposes. Let’s not forget that there is plenty of protein in a well-crafted vegan menu as well, so it’s no problem to choose this path, but then be sure to get enough vitamin B12 in your body. Get to know as many clean, unprocessed foods as possible. Let’s try new vegetables, grains, seeds, and most of them make up the bulk of our diet. As the saying goes, "Variety is the spice of life." - and that's very true of our meals. However, behind bloating, unreasonable regular fatigue, and an abnormal blood count, it is also worth exploring the potential dietary problems hiding in the background. I can help you with this - if you are lucky enough we will work in cooperation with your doctor - in creating the diet that works best for you. A new diet which is not about giving up on food you like, but a healthier and more conscious diet and lifestyle. It’s not about following a popular diet, but getting professionally grounded and personalized support.
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