Being a meat eater does not have to mean being unhealthy. Almost always we associate meat eating with lifestyle choices that indicate fattening or other harmful kinds of living; but it clearly cannot be the case, since so many meat eaters do live long, healthy lives and are able to function just as well as anyone else. Just because something is meat doesn’t have to mean it is bad – but meat eaters still ought to consider how to eat healthily.
CookingLight for example notes that meats like light chicken or fish are still meat, but make for better choices than normal, fatty red meats. To eat meat but also to eat healthy, they recommend: “Stir ground flaxseeds or flaxseed oil into oatmeal. Skip bologna sandwiches and hot dogs at lunch, and eat wraps made with lean chicken or turkey breast slices.”
In addressing a reader who detailed her family’s daily intake, CookingLight writes:
“Getting an over-abundance of saturated fat and not enough heart-healthy fats. Red meat is one of the biggest sources of saturated fats in most American diets. (It also contains cholesterol—like fat, your body needs cholesterol to function properly, but too much can become as problem.) Though there’s no reason to give up on beef completely, the Parmeleys can lower their dependence on it and find ways to boost heart-healthy fats elsewhere.”
Another important consideration is picking the right meat. PopSugar notes that we should always try pick a “lean” option with regards to meat and treat fattier options as indulgences that should be heavily regulated:
“The leanest poultry pick is white meat with no skin, while the best cuts of beef include round, chuck, sirloin, or tenderloin. Choose beef cuts labeled “choice” or “select” rather than “prime” since “prime” usually has more fat.”
It’s important to consider that meat products can be essential to diet and health; consuming anything and everything in moderation is almost always key to a better and healthier diet. Often it is not what specifically we eat, but how much and when. Cutting down on portion sizes can also do wonders to health, since we assume we have to eat until we feel full – whereas “feeling full” is a process that takes time for our bodies to register.
This means don’t give up meat suddenly or just because you want to be healthy. That’s not how you’ll solve and improve your health and we need to be conscious of how we eat just as we much as what we eat.