March 13, 2012

Red Meat Will Kill You!

Meat! It's what's for dinner.
Give me a freekin' break! If I have to read one more media headline based upon crazy-ass research that means absolutely nothing...well....I'll think of something dramatic.  As you may have guessed with my post title, I read this headline on this morning.  It basically suggested that eating red meat every day will increase your chances (significantly) of killing yourself.

Okay, let's take a critical look at this "research". First of all, there are other reasons why we get sick (i.e. chronic disease). Just to name a few; lack of social connection, the inability to verbalize our feelings in a healthy manner, chronic anger, lack of forgiveness, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, eating deep fried cheese 24/7, lack of joy, inability to laugh, taking things way too seriously, and believing in studies such as this. think I'm joking, but I'm totally serious. I have read this research.

Oh ya you're excited about
this slab of meat! I would
be too.
With all the variables out there that lead to illness and a reduced lifespan, how can anyone make a statement like this unless they have controlled for everything else? Answer: they can't! So if you are already planning to throw that beef tenderloin in the garbage be sure to think critically (and even pull up the original study to read it through). Yes, it may be a boring read and yes, it may be hard to understand (researchers tend to use big words so to intimidate the average Joe...of which the study relates to...but that's another blog for another time) but if it is influencing your decision to eat meat or is worth some examination.

Take my client this morning, for example.  He came in reciting almost every myth there is (well...not really, but you get the idea) only to become angry when I told him it's all a farce.  A book told him that you are only getting started with 30 minutes of cardio; you must workout longer to get any benefit (myth). Another said he had to limit each meal to 400 calories (um....myth).Yet, another had him limit foods to the point of feeling depraved, hungry, and wondering what the hell he can eat (myth...and common mistake).  By the time he left my office, his shoulders were about one inch lower than when he walked in (ya...I'm THAT good).

Get to know YOUR"meat team" to understand where your beef is coming from. There is a difference between eating red meat and eating red meat that has been treated well, fed well, and not given too many crazy drugs.
As I have said before, and why I continue to blog, the health and fitness industry is laden with programs, books, new exercise, and fitness gear that is based on nothing but promises and mythology.  It is extremely challenging to wade through it all and keep your mental health intact, but if you ever want to throw me a bone and send me something I can research and report on...I'm all over it like a kid on a Smartie.

Now my challenge is to change his "hero" from that dumb ass Gillian to someone who actually knows what they are talking about!

For the record, I was a vegetarian
from age 12 to 43. The majority of eaters
are now recovering vegetarians. We
are finally realizing what we are missing
and feeling way better for it.
Until then, enjoy a nice marbled chunk of beef tenderloin....for the health of it!

P.S. I am sorry if I upset any readers by my remark about Gillian...I'm just sayin'


  1. Mmmmmm...deep fried cheese!

    But seriously, great post Kathi.

    I deal with the same thing in regards to studies about seniors. If we changed our programs every time the Times Colonist did an article about dementia prevention or anti-aging, our heads would be spinning.

    I highly doubt the article controlled for every other variable enough to conclusively meat is the cause of death. I'm sure they controlled for stress, lack of social connections, and deep fried cheese consumption, as you so rightly stated. was only the beef.


    still a vegetarian, but not looking at you funny while you enjoy your rib-eye!

  2. Thanks for the thoughtful and informative post, A. It sounds like you know exactly what I mean. I would be interested in hearing about what you do.

    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It always makes my day to know someone lread and liked my post.

    ... And thanks for not judging my love of meat.