Commercial Meat | How the Wrong Foods Can Destroy Your Health
Choosing Kind Vs. Commercial
Food is an important part of our everyday lives. It not only nourishes our bodies; it brings us together. We count on it to sustain us and make us whole. That’s what it’s supposed to do, right? So why are so many of us getting sick? The main reason is our food choices.
The world of farming has changed dramatically since the early 1900s. The beautiful rolling grass hills you see on the package is a roux. Nowadays, commercially raised animals live in small confined areas. They eat unnatural diets and live in poorly maintained pens. Their lives are short and unhappy. No wonder we’re getting sick. How can we be healthy eating sick animals?
There is a solution, however. Choosing “kind” meat versus “commercial meat.” Here’s why.
The commercial meat industry has been the subject of great controversy. People are concerned about the treatment of the animals that are meant to nourish and feed us. I am one of those people. I had no clue about the extent of the situation until I watched the film, “Earthlings”. This documentary is so revealing and horrific that it was listed under the category of horror.
Due to the nature of the film, I will not go into too many details. If you would like to watch it here is a link, but I must warn you it’s pretty gruesome. That is why I chose to eat kind.
Kind means humanely raised. The way animals were raised many years ago when family farms were the cornerstone of our existence and profit was secondary to treatment. Animals such as cows raised on their natural diet of grass tend to taste better and provide more nutrients for our bodies.
Also, kind means kind to your body as well. Consuming animals that lived their lives humanely in their natural environment. Which means these animals lived healthy lives, were able to socialize, build relationships, and raise their offsprings. It produces a far superior quality of meat versus that of a commercially raised animal.
Red meat has gotten a bad rep over the years. Especially with all the documentaries out there about commercial meat producers. It’s true. Some meat products can be bad for you, especially in large quantities. Processed commercial meat like hot dogs is one example. They are inherently worst for our health than other meats. That’s because they are processed heavily in order to become a forced meat product. You never know what’s inside the package. That makes processed commercial meat a gamble. Heck, some of the ingredients are unidentifiable to the human eye.
The best thing to do is to avoid them altogether. Try to choose meats raised in their natural environment, grass-fed, and minimally processed. I found that eating this way works well for my body. I don’t feel sluggish and weighed down like I did with commercial meat products. To make my life easier the following rules work best for me. But be advised it is a good idea to consult your doctor before making any food changes. I added a link to additional meat producers. Its really big about 188 companies who are humane and organic.
1. Eat grass-fed red meat in small portions (4 – 6oz).
2. Only eat it once a week, if possible.
3. Buy meat that has not been over processed.
4. Buy humanely raised meat, fed its natural diet.
5. Stay away from commercial meat products, if possible.
Watch a great resources to help sort things out is In Defense of Food.
Its funny, but the opposite applies to poultry. People usually assume poultry is better for you. While poultry does seem to be a better health option (especially when dieting) it may not be true. Commercially raised poultry may contain antibiotics, pesticides, and harmful toxins. Their treatment is just as bad as their counterparts. The short story is they are not much better in the end.
So, if you are going to indulge in white meat make sure you choose organic from small farms. Organic poultry has fewer toxins, no antibiotics, hormones, or steroids and is GMO-free. Not to mention it tends to be less fatty as well.
Here are a few of my favorite brands for poultry;
Applegate – Beef, pork, poultry
Bell & Evans – Poultry
Blue Goose – Poultry
Creekstone – Beef & Pork
Farmers Hen House – Poultry & eggs
Springer Mountain Farms – Chicken
Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs – Eggs
With poultry my rules are pretty simple. I usually eat it twice a week.
Fish & Seafood
I am a seafood lover to the core, but even I know that too much of a good thing can hurt you. If you’ve watched the documentary, “In Defense of Food,” you will probably have a greater understanding of why. If not, here is one reason I choose this protein over most, but still in moderation.
Fish can be a low-fat option for your protein. However, the world that fish resided in is loaded with toxins and chemicals thanks to us. I wish I could say that the beautiful oceans we enjoy during our holidays were clean and pure. Unfortunately, that is not the case. With that in mind, we must be careful of seafood and fish that may have higher levels of poisons in them, such as mercury.
Mercury is extremely harmful to our bodies and should be avoided as much as possible. This is not to dis-swayed you from eating fish. Just a word of caution that even the healthiest of choices must be given careful thought. So, I have made a list for you of fish with the lowest contents of mercury. I stick primarily to the following choices when eating sea life and so should you;
Notes: Wild caught is the best choice but may not always be possible. So, try your best to select fish of high quality. Look for clear eyes, a smell of the ocean and vibrant skin. My rule for fish and seafood is no more than 1-2 times a week.
I have had a love affair with dairy since I was a young child. Even though I became bloated and gases every time I ingested dairy, it did not stop me from eating all I could. It was not until my late 30’s did I discovered the term lactose intolerance. Until then, I had no clue the word existed. Dairy was a natural food source, so I thought. So why would I be intolerant? Well, turns out dairy is not so natural to humans.
Many of us suffer because dairy was not meant for humans. It was meant for a baby calf. To make matter worst, they removed the enzymes and pasteurized it. That process is why we have a hard time digesting it. Without the enzymes, our systems are not equipped to handle dairy. Which is a prime reason why dairy causes weight gain in some people.
Scientific studies have proven dairy’s relation to weight gain in the body. In fact, whenever I had issues losing weight in the past dairy was one of the culprits. As mentioned early on the home page, I have struggled with my weight for many years. So, learning this information has really helped.
So my rules for dairy are;
Eat only raw organic dairy products, if possible.
Eat no more than 5% of your daily food intake. (That’s 100 calories of a 2000 calorie diet)
Stay away from commercial brand altogether.
The book, The China Study by PhD T. Colin Campbell and MD Thomas M. Campbell II, offers some extensive research on the subject of meat and dairy. And as always, I encourage you to do your own research and make your own decisions about any subject.
The above is based on what I did to get and stay healthy, but feel free to pick your favorites. Remember to always consult your doctor before starting any new eating plan or diet.
Below is a link to help you choose the best meat, poultry and fish from humane producers.