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Meat or Meatless Diet: The Choice is Yours

Diets will continue to circulate year after year. Why? Because research is continually evolving to show the health benefits and avoidances of foods. But which choice is right?

The answer is, you have to figure it out on your own.

Each of our bodies are different and each of our bodies react differently to certain foods. Some people are allergic to the fumes of peanut powder and others can eat a peanut butter sandwich all three meals of the day.

Some people can't process dairy and gluten and others are not able to.

Some people choose not to eat certain foods or certain quantities of food based off of religious beliefs, education or awareness of how the body feels when doing so.

The truth about all of it is; it’s an individual journey and choice. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to eating meat or not eating meat (carnivore or herbivore).

While there is truth to research around growth hormones, pesticides, organic products and harmful effects of added sugars and preservatives, your belief patterns around food must come from personal experience and research!

However, it’s important to know that not all foods are created equal. Those that can tolerate peanut butter might not be able to tolerate certain brands that contain different additives. While you might be able to tolerate dairy products, you might not be able to tolerate dairy from a cow vs. a goat.

I reiterate, there really isn’t a one size fits all approach to eating meat vs. not eating me. Many of you took science classes in grade school and you learn that experimentation and hypothesis is the only way to truly come to a conclusion. This can be done with the help of a trusted nutritionist, dietician or simply trying out all the fads and truly listening to how your body responds.

For me, quality meat is important. I choose no hormone added meats without preservatives. I choose grass fed or free range. I choose to eat in moderation and prepare with oils and seasonings for flavor. This is what works for MY body!

What works for yours?

If you’re a meat lover, try this yummy recipe……

Apple Chicken Sausage Jumbalaya

*Choosing quality meats is essential when following a meat inclusive diet.*

1.5 Tablespoons olive oil

1 pound apple chicken sausage, sliced (I am using Costco's)

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 bell peppers, any color, diced (or 3 cups tri-color pre-diced peppers)

2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme leaves)

1 leaf bay

3 cups chicken stock ( I make my own from chicken bouillon powder (3tsp & 3 c water))

1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes ( I like rotel mild)

1.5 cups jasmine/basmati rice

Saute sausage, peppers and onions with garlic and salt/pepper. Add celery and saute for roughly 2 minutes.

Add UNCOOKED rice, chicken stock and tomatoes to meat mixture. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until rice is cooked and liquid is gone.


If you’re not sure how to choose quality meats, check out my Disciplined Diet Guidebook that will teach you how to! DM for your COPY today!

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