I love meat – right from the start lets just nail my colours to the mast. I have always enjoyed meat, my family are meat eaters (my brother briefly flirted with being a vegetarian for a couple of year but he came back to the fold!) and my children both love meat!
Long before I started trying to eat healthily or getting fit meat was always a staple part of my diet but, in reality it probably consisted mainly of chicken and the odd piece of beef when my parents cooked a roast dinner. I was never that keen on steak – I would always have salmon rather than steak – and whilst I have always enjoyed meat, a full varied meat-eating diet wasnt a high priority. To be honest, I was kind of sick of the sight of chicken we had it so often!
So, when I tried to eat healthily, my protein consumption from animals was pretty poor at around 40g per day and I was eating dairy and a few nuts to try and compensate. When I upped my protein intake to around 80-100g per day and started HAVING to eat protein at every meal I rediscovered my passion for meat and now I am a complete convert – given a choice I would rather have a nice hunk of beef than almost anything else.
This week I took the levels of yumminess from ordinary standard beef to another level when I discovered some fantastic grass-fed beef; there is a farm near my parents called Laverstoke Park Farm which sells the most amazing grass-fed beef but also sells free range organic pork, lamb and chicken and I am completely hooked!
The steak I had on Friday from there was probably the best, tastiest, piece of beef I have ever eaten and knowing how well the animals are looked after, how much care goes into the production of organic, grass-fed beef just makes it taste even better. I also bought an organic free range chicken as well and in all honestly it looks nothing like the bland anaemic looking birds you see in the local supermarket – just writing this is making my mouth water!
Meat in general is now centre stage in my diet and I probably eat steak at least three times a week (usually for breakfast); I love the protein hit I get from a good piece of beef and I am slowly widening the variety of meats I eat – saying that, I just can’t stand the taste of roast pork so that will not be making a reappearance, yuk!!
One of the reasons behind my newly discovered passion is that the more I learn about food, health, diets etc, the more I understand that the foods we should be eating are the ones that are unadulterated and the ones that we genetically evolved to consume. Part of our evolution did not involve eating white bread or grains (they are relatively recent additions to out diet) but we developed to eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and berries and they should form the cornerstone of our diet. We evolved to be able to run at a high intensity for brief amounts of time, to run slowly or walk for great distances and to be able to handle periods of intermittent fasting or no food.
All of which is about a million miles from the average western diet which is packed full of highly processed foods, steeped in sugar, preservatives and chemicals, with little or no actual nutrition – combined with a highly sedentary lifestyle it really is no wonder that we have such an epidemic of obesity sweeping the western world.
Rant over (for now) off to go and enjoy a nice buffalo steak and some salad!