Recently I’ve had to reduce my meat intake, here is a BLOG going over why that is and why it may be something you might consider...
But firstly, this isn't a pro vegan/vegetarian blog or anything like that.
Eating meat goes hand in hand with my muscle gaining programmes. From the first magazine article you ever read on diet you are advised to eat chicken and beef as a main source of protein to help with growth. I think Beef in particular is great for growing muscles, plus it's a natural source of creatine too. However the long term damage of eating lots of meat can lead to some nasty health issues.
I discovered this the hard way recently, when I was taken into hospital with an over active liver enzyme that had been brought on by my high meat consumption, particularly red meat - this of course led to me researching the different issues that can be brought on by eating too much meat.
The over active enzyme that I was suffering with was brought on by red meat, basically I was eating steak every day, it was my regular post workout meal. Instead of that, I now look at having a high quality post-workout shake like the PhD Synergy. Steak (even lean steak) carries in it fat that over time clog up your arteries, which means sugar cannot be absorbed into the the system to store as glycogen. Even other meats such as chicken can have long term effects on our health if we have too much, from what I’ve seen it’s largely down to how the chickens are farmed and what impact that has on the meat.
Of course you can reduce these risks by eating organic, but not everyone has that sort of cash. I've made alterations to my diet recently, by cutting out all red meat and swapping my steak meal for a pure vegan meal of mixed beans, chic peas, rice and broccoli.
After one day of trying the new diet my stomach in particular settled and in general I've found my strength in the gym increase as well as my endurance. Of course I can only speak from first hand experience and I've not become a vegan. I still eat one chicken meal a day, I eat eggs at breakfast and I still have fish with one of my meals. But cutting out red meat has definately had a positive impact on my over all health.
Not only that, I really enjoy that one vegan meal too. It's something different after years of relying on meat and fish for my protein source.
So why not try it? It can't damage you, it can only do good.
It's your decision and it depends on your goals; but if you wish to look good and stay healthy then this is something I would highly recommend.