The film “Food, Inc.” will change the way you eat. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.
Gluttony Feeds Greed. Greed Feeds Gluttony.
What do you suppose came first:
a) a desire for all this processed and chemically created food, leading to its development, and life and earth-destroying growth, or
b) the invention of the food itself, with the intention of fostering addiction, followed by tactful marketing to create a need for it.
Not that it really matters much, of course, because here we are now…and how we arrived here is far less significant than where our health and our planet are going on this relentless food industry mission. Even in your own individual well-intentioned pursuit for optimal health, you have to stop and ask yourself, “Do I eat too much animal protein?”
The Perils of Protein
Amino Acids – the lego pieces that make up protein – are vital to the maintenance and repair of our cells, as well as acting as key components in healthy blood sugar levels. I promote protein all the time, for weight loss, post-workout recovery, and keeping the brain sharp. But seeing the insides of these meat factories was enough to turn me off of meat permanently. Not just for the way the animals were treated, killed, and packaged, but also for how the workers were treated.
But what to do?
Protein is key to living an energetic, healthy life. You need it and meat and fish are the optimal sources. Yet, we live in a world where animals are inhumanely treated. Why?
We can each do our own small part.
Here are a few ways to get ample protein, while fighting the insensitive meat-eating world we live in…
1) Don’t eat more than 5-6 oz. of meat at a meal. A 15 oz steak is disgusting. With a good serving of vegetables and some olive oil, you will be well-sustained on a small amount of meat, with a clearer conscience and cleaner intestines.
2) Be picky about where you buy your food. Your local butcher is certainly more expensive than Loblaws, but at least they are accountable for their products, and support smaller farmers and companies.
3) When dining out, eat at smaller restaurants with chefs and owners that give a damn about more than just profits. When the menu names the place where they source their meat, this is a good sign.
4) Organic eggs from free-run chickens, sustainable fish, and organic Greek yogurt and cottage cheese are other great options for obtaining quality protein without having to kill a whole animal.
5) Make some vegetarian meals, adding more healthy fats to keep blood sugar levels stable, insulin away, and cravings down. If you are going to omit the protein from your meal, add a bit more fat in the form of avocado, olive oil, or nuts. A lunch of tomatoes and a bit of organic goat’s feta, herbs and a drizzle of olive oil will sustain you just fine, with minimal calories. This is especially smart if you are in a weight loss phase.