Watch this video: “Foods that Kill Healthy Eating,” a lecture given by Dr. Michael Klaper about the perils of eating too much meat. It was pretty disgusting and a bit of an eye opener, dated though the video may be. One of the first things he demonstrated was what happens to your blood just after eating meat. Samples of blood taken just after someone had eaten a cheeseburger had actually congealed just a few minutes after being drawn. The blood keeps this property for up to four hours so if you have bacon for breakfast, a burger for lunch, and a meaty lasagna for dinner your blood will have enough fat in it ALL DAY to congeal at room temperature. Of course, if our blood ever gets to room temperature we are in more trouble than blocked veins, but the point is that there is enough fat in your blood to cause major damage and can lead to clogged arteries.
Now, the patient whose blood had been sampled in the cheeseburger experiment had gone in for a quadruple bypass surgery. While they were digging around in his heart they literally pulled a thick strand of fat out of his artery. They showed a video of this and I nearly vomited; I had just eaten a burger for both lunch and dinner.
Dr Klaper made made a lot of good points in the hour-long video about the perils of eating too much meat and the benefits of going vegetarian. He went so far as to say you should never, for any reason, eat meat, though I have always believed that an everything-in-moderation approach is always best. I do see the value in reducing meat & animal product intake, though. So my husband and I have decided to make it a goal. To start, we are just going to try to do 1 or 2 vegetarian days a week. I’m looking for vegetarian recipes for lunch and dinner, so if anyone has any recommendations, I’m willing to try them! However, I think we need to work up to the tofu.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I wrote all that! I still agree that a mainly vegetarian diet is the healthiest course, but I had forgotten all about that nasty video. I’m happy to report that these days we’re doing, on average, 4 to 5 meatless days a week. This largely has to do with how expensive meat is where we live and surprisingly it’s the same price, if not cheaper, to eat alternative ingredients like seitan, tofu and tempeh. I’ve purchased a couple good veg cookbooks to help find tasty ways to eat healthier. The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen, a book focused on meticulous step-by-step methods resulting in the most amazing food you’ve ever tasted, and One-Dish Vegan by Robin Robertson, a book with usually simpler methods but a bit more hit-or-miss with the taste. All-in-all I don’t miss the meat and when I do cook with it I try to stick with cage-free, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken. Costs more but since I eat less of it it really doesn’t matter.