What to include in your diet.. Vegetarian vs Carnivore
February 27, 2016
For some time now I've been seeing the healthy lifestyle trend going up in popularity, and with it comes the scientific backing behind what you should eat and what you should stay away from. People are making all sorts of arguments about switching to a vegan diet or having a paleo diet or taking out specific foods from your daily intake, etc...
Well I'm gonna challenge this with my own experience, as well as quote from one of the best selling books on health, "You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life" by Dr. Gillian McKeith.
My argument is as follows; the human body is a true miracle of life, its intricacies are so complex and detailed that we are still learning more about it every passing day. What's even more astounding is how unique each body type is, such that there are no two identical ones, even in twins you will find differences in how the body operates internally. As such, each body requires a different combination of nutrients to survive, a different mix to perform at its best, and another to underperform.
So it's only normal to see that someone will be at their peak health and performance (in general, not strictly limited to athletes) if they include lots of grains in their diet, while another would achieve less than the expected result from consuming the same food. I'm using grains as an example, but this extends to things you take for granted as part of your daily routine such as snacks and beverages. So why all this talk about discrepancies that you maybe didn't know existed and are now obsessing about? Well, if you take the time to know your body, like really know your body, what nutrition it needs, from what source, how often, you can and will see a significant difference in your energy levels, your metabolism, how well you sleep at night, and (for athletes) how fast you recover from intensive training. This book teaches you how to eat for your body starting by looking at your blood type and catoring your diet to that.
My own personal experience has shown me that it is not necessarily eating what "most" people see as light and heathy that enables your body to reach its optimal state, but rather what your body "asks for". Me? I like red meat quite a bit, and I prefer it as a source of protein to chicken or turkey or fish, and I have found that I perform better when I consume red meat on a regular basis. That's not to say that my body rejects white meat, on the contrary I do enjoy meals with white meat, but I'd rather have them as the break between red meat days rather than the opposite. Another must for me is a solid source of Carbohydrates. If you know me you've heard me say multiple times "Carbs are NOT your enemy".. not all of them anyway. There are good Carbs and bad ones, just like there are good and bad sources of fat. You just have to figure out the one that works well for you. I like grains, bread, potatoes, and pastas a lot! and lucky for me I have one of 2 things going on right now; either my metabolism is fast enough that I can gorge on Carbs and not feel any negative side effects, or that my body actually needs what I'm putting in it and can process it like its water. Personally I like to think its a mixture of both..
Now let's be clear on a few things, I do believe fast food is the absolute worst you can do to feed yourself, so its very difficult to argue that just because you're used to the drive through that "oh it's what my body needs". There is a distinct difference between habit and science, and I do concede that we are creatures of habit and that the human body is amazing at adapting to its environment. That's why I won't go tell someone who lives in Norway that the main component for his diet should be a fruit that only grows in the amazon.
The interesting part is that this book tends to agree with me, and I didn't know about it until recently. Accodring to Dr. McKeith, my blood type (O) requires red meat as its main source of protein. I have friends that removed grains from their diet and have never felt better. Even though it is something inconceivable for me, it doesn't have to be the same for everyone. That's why I don't hate on vegetarians. Despite all the memes and rants that people go on; maybe they are just fine getting their nutrition from planst, maybe its a personal choice, or maybe their bodies just don't process meat the way you and I do. So take a minute and get to know your body, you'll be surprised how much you don't know.
Like where this is going? Check this book out, you might be eating things you have no business putting in your body, and when you find some reaffirmation that your diet works for you since you're feeding on what your blood type and body requires, it has a nice sense of satisfaction!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!