pescetarian is not enough

Hey Wild Ones!

So many organizations are encouraging people to switch from meat consumption to chicken and fish (because chicken and fish somehow aren’t meat?) for their overall health.

Their reasoning? “White meats” are supposedly less hazardous to cholesterol levels and heart health.

What about you? Did you ever switch from being a carnivore to a “white meat-eater” or pescetarian because you thought it would be better for your health?

The beef industry says they disagree with these recommendations. While that’s probably not surprising, you might be interested to know the results of the randomized trials of beef (versus chicken and fish) consumption on which they’re basing their argument.

A review of 60 years of these trials suggests that the highly recommended switch from red to white meat won’t actually have much impact on our cholesterol profile, weight, or overall health. The beef industry concludes, then, that you might as well keep eating all meat…

Both of these arguments, however, are missing the main point:

It’s not about whether red or white meats are “less bad” for our bodies; the point is they’re both bad for us! Instead of trying to choose the “lesser of two evils,” what if we just dropped the damaging saturated fats from animal products entirely?

What if we got really, truly nourished? Because, sorry wild one, going pescetarian just isn’t enough if you’re looking for slim, sexy, thriving health, and long term.

It’s totally possible to drop these fattening animal products for good—I and my clients are proof!

Don’t let the combined number crunching of the beef, chicken and fish industries fool you; there’s another way, and it’s so much better for us. 

When these cholesterol studies supposedly compared beef consumption to plants, they fed the plant group three tablespoons of beef tallow each day, which, if you didn’t know, is about as full of cholesterol as you can get! You see, they were trying to figure out if it was meat protein or meat fat responsible for raising cholesterol, so the plant-and-tallow-eaters acted as a sort of comparison group, consuming animal fats but not proteins.

Even with all that added saturated animal fat (and, let’s not leave it out, the cholesterol pills) the plant group still ended up healthier.

Of course, for maximum benefit we would just cut the animal products entirely—forget “white meat” or pescetarian—and reap the rewards of a plant-based diet.

Cut down only on some meats, and your cholesterol may drop by 5% (that’s a pescetarian diet). Go vegetarian, and it may drop 10 or 15%. Switch to a really healthy vegan lifestyle, and your cholesterol could drop up to 35% within just a few weeks.

How incredible is that?

The body of your dreams is waiting for you. It’s time to get nourished, and get slim!

After all- a sexy body is your birthright! Let me show you how to eat for the body you want! Check out my recipes page.

Xx,

Donna


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