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You might be the person who are able to stick to your diet and exercise plan all day, yet discipline will be dissolved at night… or as soon as you started to relax. You will hunt down all the sweet treats to fix the cravings. And you are thinking that a little bit of sweet treat after all day long discipline is ok. Yet, day after day… now as it turns out, this is more than just an issue of poor willpower. In fact, I don’t believe in willpower at all.
Yes, you might say that your genetics were making things tough for you because those big sugar cravings were partly due to your genes… Or you might say that you have another issue that was exacerbating that sweet tooth, that is, you struggled with chronic stress because of constant jet lag, poor sleep, your partner, your colleagues, and a demanding job. This stress was depleting your serotonin levels, which also made you crave the bad carbs or might be craving too much good carbs or “healthy sugars”. But, I am sorry. “Healthy sugars” does not exist! They still contain fructose.
And, yes, I understand that your genetics plus your life circumstances had created a very challenging situation for you. Albeit, do you know that your evening sugar consumption (once a while OR a little bit every end of the day), will led to multiple problems like mood swings, blood sugar crashes, food cravings, sugar addiction, depression, cause nutrient deficiency, destroying your B vitamins, and sapping your energy? Bad, endless decision making or willpower challenges cycles will just keep happening forever and ever… In fact, you might have become a sugar hostage.
Hence, no matter what, sugar is the main culprit that starving your body today and every single day. And it is not your fault, neither should you battle with your genes! Having a genetic sweet tooth does not mean that you have to eat that muffins, cookies, cakes, conventional chocolate bars and ice-cream…instead, you should work with them, your genes… by retrain your taste buds. And the best way to solve the sugar problem? Balance your blood sugar, by eating protein.
The Best, Yet Controversial Energy-Generating & Sugar-Crave Curbing Food In The History of Nutrition That Most People Afraid to Eat And Think About?
Animal Protein. Meat. Below is the indisputable proof that meat is good for you.
Top 7 Facts About Meat
Fact No. 1
Humans have been eating meat throughout human evolutionary history, ranging from the time our ancestors learned to use stone tools about 2.6million years until 10,000BC, and our digestive systems are well equipped to handle it, to make full use of the healthy fats, proteins, and nutrients found in animal foods. We function best eating both animal and plants. Either side too much or too extreme will not work well for the body system to digest it.
The fact remains that no culture or society has ever survived for an extended period of time on a meatless diet. While it would seem to be much easier to live and evolve without having to run around and kill animals, the truth is that we need the concentrated, nutrient-rich energy source of meat to support accelerated brain development—our distinguishing feature that brought us to the top of the food chain.
Fact No. 2
A lot of studies that trying to proof that unprocessed red meat and saturated fat be the cause of heart disease and diabetes and even cholesterol raise have failed to do so, instead, they found out that there is either lower incidence or no association between this kind of diet and the cardiovascular diseases. Besides, a 2010 study from Harvard found no evidence that eating red meats leads to heart disease.
Researchers are nowhere near proving that hypothesis of eating red meat will lead to chronic inflammations and diseases such as cancer. And most of the studies done on the same topic acknowledge that at this point, any role in chronic inflammation is speculative. Besides, there are also evidences shown that increasing red meat consumption by replacing carbohydrates in the diet of non-anemic individuals actually reduces markers of inflammation, that is, red meat is not more inflammatory than other meats like for most people thinking, and is potentially less inflammatory than dietary carbohydrates.
Fact No. 3
We need red meat to help preserving the all-important balance of omega-3 DHA and EPA since imbalance in any of those fats has undesirable effects to our health, such as inflammatory diseases like heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, IBS, macular degeneration, asthma, psychiatric disorders, cancer, RA, etc!
In fact, newest research found out that those studies that been done using animal meat or fats might be polluted with glyphosate which is toxic to the body! Those animal that been fed with GMO products or foods that been contaminated with glyphosate been used to feed those animals is what causes the modern health issues and hence, food contamination with this toxin should be the culprit to doubt and investigate further into and not the meat itself. Bottom line? Food quality matter most!
Fact No. 4
Animal meat/muscle meat (steaks, roasts, ground beef, etc) is high in an amino acid called methionine. Methionine is essential, meaning we can’t synthesize it in our bodies and must consume it in the foods we eat. We need it to build muscle and maintain health. But our methionine intake must be balanced with enough glycine, another amino acid. Methionine toxicity is countered with glycine consumption and the simple addition of adequate glycine to a mouse’s diet mimics the life extension mice enjoy from methionine restriction. Overall, methionine in the absence of glycine can be described as “inflammatory.” Glycine is most abundant in connective tissue, bones, and gelatin.
Fact No. 5
Animal meat contain anabolic high biological value and high quality protein and its protein is more complete, contains more essential amino acids (EAA) and easily digestible as compare with plant food source (a “complete” protein means it contains all 9 of the essential amino acids, essential because our body cannot make them on its own so they must be part of your diet for optimal health) and prevent you from sarcopenia (breaking down from muscle catabolism), since it helps increase your muscle mass.
These essential amino acids repair and build all your body’s protein structures, including your cells and enzymes. Animal protein such as pastured eggs, plain real yoghurt, free-range pasture-raised red meat (beef, lamb, bison, venison, and pork) and poultry (chicken, turkey, duck) are top natural protein source that are highest in branched-chain amino acid (BCAAs), the three of the essential amino acids (valine, leucine, and isoleucine), the most highly anabolic amino acids. You will also be able to find the essential saturated animal fats that bring you the fat-soluble vitamins your body requires to assimilate protein.
Fact No. 6
Dietary animal protein is consistently associated with greater bone mineral density and fewer bone fractures. Animal protein may increase calcium excretion, but it increases calcium absorption to a greater degree, resulting in a net positive effect on bone health. The studies also show that consumption of protein, especially animal protein, is associated with increased bone density in old age and lower risk of fractures.
Fact No. 7
A 100 gram portion (3.5 ounces) of raw ground beef contains large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Good quality animal protein meat source contains up to 5 times as much Omega-3 as meat from unethically raise animals.
Meat also contains a plethora of important lesser-known nutrients that are crucial for optimal function of the body, such as:
- Creatine. It forms an energy reserve in the muscles and brain and is found only in animal foods, which lead to increase in physical and mental performance.
- Carnosine functions as a powerful anti-oxidant and provides protection against many degenerative processes. Carnosine is an amino acid, only found in animal meat. Besides, studies also shown that carnosine appears to be the inhibitor of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) formation in the body. What is AGEs? AGEs are proteins or lipids in your blood that become glycated (sugar cross-links to protein structure like red blood cells) after exposure to sugars and lead to health issues like high levels of triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, stress hormones cortisol and high blood pressure, clog arteries in your brain, cardiovascular systems, causes cataracts and nerve damage. With carnosine, this AGEs process is inhibited.
- The active forms of Omega-3 (DHA and EPA) that are readily absorb by the human body are found primarily in animal foods. The body is in fact inefficient at converting ALA (the plant form of Omega-3) to the active forms of Omega3, that is , the conversion of the short-chain n-3 ALA found in plant foods like flax and walnut to DHA is extremely poor in most people. Part of the reason is that diets high in n-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) inhibit conversion of ALA to DHA. For example, one study demonstrated that an increase of LA consumption from 15g/d to 30g/d decreases ALA to DHA conversion by 40%.
Hence, The Bottom Line?
Even if you take supplements, you’re still shortchanging yourself. And you need to eat protein foods to recharge yourself, rebuild yourself, and repair yourself every single day! The side effect of replenishing these high anabolic proteins everyday? You will bring your body back to its youthful tone and reveal the muscles that are currently covered by layer of fats.
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About: Kay Chong is currently an energy-based food, constant jet-lag recovering & healing food researcher,blogger, healthy eating lifestyle strategist, and a community pharmacist. Kay shares healthy, healing & recovering food recipes, energy boosting food recipes for flight attendants who travel frequently across different time zones and combating with constant jet lag health issues every day. Every recipes that Kay choose, she will make sure that all the ingredients in each and every recipes that are being shared here is the best, healthiest, toxin-free and contain the most healing energy in it. Why? Because Kay believes that the REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS are the most powerful DRUG that can CURE and PREVENT ANY CHRONIC DISEASES on earth!
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