Thursday, September 3, 2015

Going Meatless

Adding veggies to your day can be hard for some to do. Making a salad can be the best thing that you can do for yourself to ensure that you are eating enough veggies throughout the day. But why stop there?? Have you ever given some thoughts into having 'meatless' days? Did you know that adding in one or two days a week of eating meatless and substituting it out for other protein sources can help improve your lifespan?
Humans and herbivores do not have potent acid in the stomach to break down meats, whereas carnivores do. This acid in carnivores has the potential to be up to 25 times more potent than what humans have to breakdown food. Humans and herbivores do not have sharp claws and sharp teeth to rip meats like carnivores do as well. So from a natural selection standpoint, humans eating meat was an evolved behavior. Going back into the paleolithic era, many humans ate berries, grain, nuts, and seeds and meat on occasion when it could be hunted. Not to mention that it was wild and and hormone free.
Humans have flat rear molars intended to grind vegetables, which carnivores do not, and we have properly developed salivary glands that are required to start the digestive process of grains, fruits, and nuts, whereas carnivores do not. Both human and herbivore saliva is more alkaline due to ptyalin (an amylase that helps start the predigestion of starch), which is functional for fruit, grain, and nut digestion. Carnivore saliva is more acidic and does not contain ptyalin.
And here’s a little fun fact- Humans/herbivores have intestinal tracts that are about twelve times their body length, whereas carnivores have intestinal tracts less than five times their body length. That may seem strange, but the reason is why meat consumption is not conducive to good health.
It can take several years for humans to properly digest meat. Our bodies have a difficult time processing these overly complex proteins. Meat starts rotting within 4-6 hours after ingestion. If you have a weak stomach, BUT WAIT ...if you are constipated, the meat can sit around in the gut for a very long time, which creates carcinogenic risk in the colon and elsewhere. Consumption of animal protein, which includes both meat and dairy, contribute to an overall acidic state in the body, which gives way to increased risks for many diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. Creating an alkaline environment cleanses the body and detoxifies it. Alkalinity in the body prevents progression to chronic disease states, including cancer.
Now I am not say ALL meat is bad but just think if you cut down that consumption twice a week from your meals.You might find that your body is performing better and you have better digestion as well!
To get you started here is a meatless meal !
Lemon Quinoa
1 cup quinoa*, rinsed and cooked according to package directions
3 green onions, sliced with tough ends removed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed in a garlic press
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
Salt and lemon-pepper, to taste
¼ cup almonds, chopped
-After quinoa has finished cooking, remove from heat and cool on a cookie sheet.
-Place the cooked and cooled quinoa, green onions, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Stir until combined. Season with mint, salt and lemon-pepper. Mix well.
-Top the salad with the chopped almonds. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 191 (39%) Amount Per Serving %DV Total Fat 21.3g 32% Saturated Fat 2.4g 11% Monounsaturated Fat 7.5g Polyunsaturated Fat 9.7g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 24mg 1% Potassium 810mg 23% Total Carbohydrate 64.1g 21% Dietary Fiber 7.2g 28% Sugars 1.1g Protein 14.2g 28%
Serves 2
*Quinoa is a heart-healthy grain as well as a complete protein. It can be found in the grain section of most grocery stores. Feel free to substitute brown rice if you can’t find quinoa.

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