Ready to cut out the meat from your diet?

I am the living example of the Mediterranean diet. A diet rich in unsaturated fats (I always cook with olive oil), rich in vegetables, legumes, beans, fruits, fish, some poultry and very little meat.

Let’s talk about my experience with meat. At the age of 14 I became vegetarian, not because I wanted to, but because my mom (who is truly my inspiration) was studying at that time about the macrobiotic diet (she has rheumatism), and decided that meat wasn’t good for her (and our) health!

She began replacing meat with tofu, which at 14, believe me is not a gourmet food!, and cooking all these healthy dishes that made up for the lack of meat.

I don’t remember asking for meat, we had fish in abundance, beans for protein, and all the vegetables we could eat.

At 18 I got married and went on my honeymoon to the United States. My first meal there was a burger! (At the insistence of my then husband). It was my first taste of meat in 4 years, and believe me when I tell you how sick I got! Sick to the point of no return as they say!

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After a couple of weeks I started trying bits of meat here and there, till I got used to it.

Now, 24 years later, I fully understand what my mom was trying to do. She was gearing me in the right direction, to prepare my body for later on. And it’s never too late to start. I do eat meat, but 2 to 3 times a month only, and my body is thanking me for it. I feel great, and much healthier; I eat less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than meat eating persons.

 A National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate 4 ounces (113 grams) of red meat or more daily were 30 percent more likely to have died of any cause during a 10-year period than were those who consumed less.

So there you have it. In black and white. And I have tried it. Try reducing your meat intake for a month, substitute with fish, grains, and vegetables (it is very important that you find replacement for your daily intake of protein, your diet should be rich in all the produce I stated above). And tell me then how you feel!

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3 Responses to “Ready to cut out the meat from your diet?”

  1. lista de emails February 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    quite interesting blog. thanks for posting.

  2. andrew pelton March 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    Good job!

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