Healthy Series: Meat v. No Meat

Welcome back to my healthy series. For the month of July I am focusing on food and determining what is healthy and what isn’t.

A big debate on healthy food surrounds the meat v. no meat issue. Is it healthier to have a diet free of animal by products? Or, can you have a healthy lifestyle while still imbibing in a little steak now and then? Or, even all the time??

Forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but I do truly believe in an “everything in moderation” lifestyle. I personally believe you can have a healthy lifestyle and diet and still eat animal products. I do think eating mostly veggies and fruits and whole grains is the best way to go, but I do love some butter on my salmon and a grilled steak for dinner once and awhile.

It is easier to have a “balanced” diet when you are not restricting certain food groups. Which means for most of the population, having animal products in their diet allows them ease in having all their necessary nutrients. It is not impossible to eat a balanced diet while going vegan or vegetarian, but it does require a bit more consideration when it comes to protein. YES, there are TONS of vegan/vegetarian friendly protein sources, but chicken, fish, etc…are just so obvious.

Since I do all of our food planning and most of the food prep, I can speak for both myself and my husband when I say that we eat a healthy serving of animal products. I do try to cut back here and there, but I don’t worry about it too much. For us, it is not a conscious-bearing decision. We eat meat and we don’t think about it too much. But, we do have several friends and family members who choose to avoid it. We do have several vegan/vegetarian friendly recipes and cookbooks at arms length and often cook them when its just the two of us.

What’s your take? Do you believe a meat-free diet is is healthier and worth the restriction?

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