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‘What’s Your Beef?’

The Grass-fed/Conventional Conversation Again…

More talk about grass-fed and organic food???

Um, yes…more.

More because I care about my, my family’s and my friend’s health and more because I haven’t spent years upon years researching, individually learning, formally learning and being a human trial-by-error (er…sickness-by-many factors) patient/guinea pig/female not to share what I’ve gleaned.

What others do with information they learn is up to them.

It’s one thing to complain about an ailment and another to do the thing(s) that we know we should and can do. And there is always something we can do to help our cause and it all comes down to choices (and consistency in the daily things)— plain and simple.

Once I know better, I do better…or at least try to do what makes the most common sense after reading, hearing, thinking about and rationally considering all ‘sides’.

Most of the things we ‘should’ do for our health and wellbeing we actually already know. The thing is there are many factors as to why the action of implementation isn’t happening…with the biggest blockage being that thing between our ears that produces excuses, procrastination, overthinking, comparison, lack of confidence and so on.

Whether someone wants to believe it or not, grass-fed beef is better for us, period.

If you eat beef, it’s possible and wise (I’ll expand on this in a moment) to prioritize your grocery budget funds to be allocated to paying a bit more toward purchasing the organic/grass-fed version of this item. Again, it’s possible, though it’s a matter of choice. From experience, there is always something in our budget that we can shave off if we really want to. If our health (or anything) is important to us, if we really want to see change in our mind and body, we’ll find a way. That’s how us humans operate.

And so, here is the information as to why beef is better grass-fed as well as a couple other food hacks that will help lower the inflammation in your body and process what you put in it better:

(I talk a lot about inflammation because at the core of EVERY illness, ailment or prolonged injury and with ‘flu season’ -insert another eye roll- is inflammation).

Like with milk and eggs, what the animal is fed matters.

So, if a cow if fed a diet of grain, corn, hormones and antibiotics and cooped up in a stall without the ability to release toxins by movement of their systems (like us humans do), the meat they produce is obviously going to contain the stuff they were given. It doesn’t magically go away. Then we eat it and it messes with our systems.

So, like, this…

“The health of livestock, humans, and environments is tied to plant diversity — and associated phytochemical richness — across landscapes. Health is enhanced when livestock forage on phytochemically rich landscapes, is reduced when livestock forage on simple mixture or monoculture pastures or consume high-grain rations in feedlots, and is greatly reduced for people who eat highly processed diets. Circumstantial evidence supports the hypothesis that phytochemical richness of herbivore diets enhances biochemical richness of meat and dairy, which is linked with human and environmental health.

Among many roles they play in health, phytochemicals in herbivore diets protect meat and dairy from protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation that cause low-grade systemic inflammation implicated in heart disease and cancer in humans.” (read full here)— https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6434678/

Beef (especially ground) and other high-fat and dark-meat items like bacon and brown poultry meat etc. contain more fat thus contain more toxins.

That’s where the issues come into play. Since the fattier meats contain more of the toxins and the toxins are what wreak havoc on our bodies, it makes sense to buy grass-fed versions of these.

Lower fat meats and cuts such as chicken or turkey breast have less fat thus they essentially contain less toxins. And if your budget has to decide what you choose to prioritize, you can opt out of buying lean grass-fed meats and get (sort of) away with it.

Along with the grass-fed/organic meat issue, which I think is now understood, when it comes to produce there is an annually updated documents called the ‘Clean 15/Dirty Dozen’ that is very useful on the road to 2020 realistic and optimal health.

A group called The Environmental Working Group produces a list each year highlighting a dozen ‘Dirty’ foods…ones that harbour pesticides and other harmful stuff and they also list 15 foods that are better in this way.

By referencing this list when buying produce, it essentially guides you toward items that absolutely should be bought organic and those that aren’t as harmful to our systems when purchased conventionally.

For example, the 2020 top three ‘dirty’ ones (in worst to best order) are strawberries, spinach and kale. The ‘clean’ ones are avocados, sweet corn (non-gmo obviously) and pineapple.

Fresh produce is better than no produce but if you can prioritize it and the bank account can swing it with even a few of the top-rated pesticide-laden items, following the above will help thy mind and bod.

Meat on the other hand…if you can stay away from toxins, non-human hormones and added antibiotics, that’s a good thing.

-Becky

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