Since I’ve started reading healthy living blogs, it’s hard to ignore how many people are vegetarian and/or vegan! I’ve had several vegetarian and vegan friends before, and everyone seems to have their own reason for doing so. Some people don’t eat meat to help the sustainability of our planet, as in the “Meatless Monday” crew. Some people don’t eat meat (or animal byproduct) because they think it is morally wrong to do so, as in advocates of PETA, among others. Some people don’t eat meat/dairy because of tummy issues like IBS.
Me? I eat meat.
I used to be quite picky growing up. There was about a 10-year period where the ONLY meat I would eat was chicken (I called myself a “chickitarian”). It wasn’t for moral reasons, it was simply because that was what tasted good to me. Since then, I’ve incorporated all classes of animal to my diet and I love them all (even though I still eat predominantly fowl – like chicken and turkey).
So why do I eat meat?
Well, before answering I want to give a caveat – I would never criticize anyone for choosing to include or exclude certain foods from their diet. It’s not my place to do so and I think that everyone should have the freedom to make their own choices in life. That being said, please show me the same courtesy and have an open mind (and don’t take it personally) when I explain why it is that I EAT MEAT.
You see, I study evolutionary biology and psychology. Evolution is a HUGE part of my daily life. (Want to learn more about it? See this article, that I published just this year – it’s really non-controversial, y’all). And although evolution is often misunderstood, it’s rooted firmly in biology and the basic facts cannot be denied.
1. Humans are adapted for the environments in which we live.
2. Previous humans (our hunter-gatherer ancestors) played a HUGE role in shaping who we are, how we behave, how we think, the things we do, and…in what we eat.
The fact of the matter is that humans have evolved to eat meat.
I’m not saying it’s right or it’s wrong. I’m not making any value judgments. I’m just stating a fact. We evolved to eat meat.
It’s very difficult for vegetarians (and even more difficult for vegans) to get all the protein that they need to be healthy. That’s why many need to take additional supplements, etc. Additionally, it’s very difficult for vegetarians and vegans to obtain or maintain a low percentage of body fat. Sure, they can be thin….but you HAVE to eat lots of protein and low amounts of carbohydrates in order to have lots of muscle and low body fat. Ever heard of “skinny fat“? That’s someone who is probably eating a low-calorie, low-protein diet. They’re thin. But they’re not what I would consider “healthy.”
There’s a book, The Primal Blueprint, which discusses these ideas in detail. I haven’t read it personally, only heard the synopsis. But, I can tell you that SCIENCE backs this up. Want to hear more about it? The people from the Cut The Fat podcast interviewed the book’s author. You can listen to the interview here.
So – before you hate me and never return to my blog again, have an open mind and look into what I’m talking about here. I’m not going to try to change anyone’s views or “bring you to the dark side” so-to-speak. I’m just looking for a little understanding for my own dietary choices.
Speaking of meat, today I had to rush home because the hubb’s had to go to a meeting at 6 so we needed a quick and early dinner. Luckily, I planned ahead so I had some ground beef already thawed out and sitting in the fridge.
So, I whipped up some homemade flour tortillas real quick
while simultaneously chopping a jalapeno, browning beef (with Taco Seasoning packet), & grating cheese.
For the tortillas I modified from a bunch of recipes I saw online – because I didn’t want to use lard I kind of improvised. I only used flour, water, oil, and butter – but I’m not going to post all the increments and everything because the tortillas were kind of weird. They tasted good, but they didn’t clump together properly, and they seemed kind of like a crunchy taco/soft taco hybrid because they had a “crispness” about them, without really being “crunchy”. I dunno. Like I said – tasted good, but kinda weird.
I had 1 taco with the homemade flour, and 1 corn tortilla.
I ate them with cheese, salsa, and sour cream (and the meat/jalapeno mixture). I was sad I didn’t have any lettuce or spinach! Eeek – no veggies!
So I tried to compensate with some fruit
This was split with Chris (it was a good sized bowl).
Now I’m going for a quick run before it gets too cold!