Is it ok to eat meat?
There are certain diets that demonizes the consumption of meat and there are other diets that overly glorify meat. What is right or wrong depends on many factors.
So, is it okay to eat meat?
In a very short answer, yes.
We need to keep in mind that our ancestors have been consuming animals for thousands of years. The very important thing to note is the type of meat that we are sold today are over-farmed and not ethically treated. Not to mention we are living in a society that over-consumes everything, including meat.
Considerations around eating meat include:
Meat is completely fine to consume in small amounts (4-6 oz).
Meat is best consumed when it is grass-fed, organic, local and hormone free. Remember that whatever your food eats, is what ends up inside of you.
Let meat be the food that you splurge on each week.
Go to your local farmers market and test out different varieties of animal protein from different vendors. Get to know where and how these animals are raised. The more you know about your food, the better you feel when you consume it and the more nutrients you will receive from it since you will be more relaxed while eating.
The Ayurvedic viewpoint on meat
From an Ayurvedic perspective, meat is a very grounding food. It is high in nutrients and can be very nourishing for certain people. Meat can help those who have airy and spacey qualities and give them more density and bring them back to earth. It is great for those who tend to be:
With that being said it is better for these individuals to favour the types of meat that are easy to digest. These would include: beef, buffalo, chicken (dark meat), and duck.
Again, choosing from a local organic source will ensure that the energy of the meat corresponds to clean energy in the body when digested. These nutrients will have better quality energy and connection to the healing properties offered in their nutritional and energetic value.
Sustainability issues around meat
If the ‘energy’ of the meat consumed is not a concern, then the ethics and sustainability of eating meat should be a consideration for conscious living. There have been many documentaries released that explore the meat industry and its environmental impacts on the planet. They are great to watch and reveal many interesting health implications that may or may not apply to each individual.
This has led to a rise in veganism. However, vegans are not inherently healthy or ethical just because they do not eat meat. Supporting local farmers is important to a balanced industry, so if it helps a balanced diet it is worth considering eating meat in accordance with the principles explored in these documentaries.
Lastly, from an ethical perspective is the yogic yama of Ahimsa or non-violence and is why yogis often choose to be vegetarians or vegans. Death of an animal to feed another is a form of violence. Considering the process of care and death of the animal may influence the decision to eat meat. Being informed helps the decision of whether to eat meat from a broader perspective, eating meat that has been stressed is bringing same energy into the body of the eater (yes, back to the energy!).
Is meat okay for ME to eat?
We are all different and we all require different foods in different proportions. For example, I know that I don’t do well with red meat. I know this because I tend to feel nauseous after consuming it and I can feel it sitting in my stomach for hours afterwards. However, I feel amazing after eating poultry. I feel satisfied, I digest it well and it makes me feel energised.
It all comes down to the feedback that your body gives you. Not only during consumption but hours later. Ask yourself:
How do you digest meat?
Does meat make you feel energised?
Do you still feel hungry after eating meat?
Does meat make you bloated?
I don’t believe that anything that is naturally occurring in nature is bad for us. However, we are all different, we all require different things and it is up to us to figure out what our body is telling us about our food choices.
Specific Dietary Needs?
If you’re unsure about your dietary needs, then it can help to speak to a nutritionist.
Megan offers an initial 30 minute call to see if she can support you best and brings in the mindful aspect of your diet, so you’re making the conscious choices for your wellbeing.