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Is Red Meat really harder to digest?

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Questioning if red meat is hard to digest is like asking “Isn’t lifting heavy weights dangerous?”

If you do not have the stability, strength, technique and experience, then ‘Yes’ lifting heavy weights can be potentially dangerous.

Similarly, red meat is hard to digest if you do not have the digestive strength/enzymes to break it down properly. This could be due to genetic factors, or more commonly a weakened digestive system resulting from a CRAP diet. Typically, a CRAP diet is characterised by excess:

Caffeine – More than 2/day

Refined carbohydrates & sugar

Alcohol – More than 2/day

Processed foods

The frequent use of Over the Counter medications (anti-inflammatories & pain-relief) as well as high amounts of stress also significantly contribute to weaker digestive enzymes, getting older doesn’t help either, this is why Nana loves a good puree.

It is for all of these reasons that most people have trouble digesting meat, in particular red meat as they get older, and NOT that red meat is inherently BAD for us.

Red meat is harder to digest than white meat, so if you:

  1. Have a hard time digesting red meat
  2. Are especially stressed
  3. Don’t have a great digestive system due to genetics, a CRAP diet or poor lifestyle habits, then choose the lighter, more easily digestible proteins such as chicken, fish and seafood.

As always listen to your body and see what it says, after each meal you should feel:

  • Fully satisfied, not stuffed
  • A noticeable revitalisation in energy, not lethargic
  • Be mentally and physically uplifted for 3-4 hours without any cravings for sugar or caffeine

Contrary to popular practice red meat is BEST consumed early in the day when your digestive enzymes are usually at their highest, not a couple of hours before the big sleep, so try having your hit of heavier meat for breakfast or lunch and see how you feel.

Review all your different types and styles of meat in your BBB comparison for the BEST version of everything!

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.

Are vegetarians healthier than meat-eaters?

Thin and fat woman eating

I would have to say overall ‘Yes’, but that’s mainly due to eliminating dead processed foods and replacing them with fresh live foods.

Secondly, another huge health bonus for going vego’s is that most commercial meat that is sold is sub-standard, I’m talking about:

  1. Sauce-coated chickens – Drowning in BADS fats, sugar, preservatives & salt
  2. Supermarket Sausages – aka lips & anus’ (in other words old offcuts)
  3. Grain-fed meat – This is most beef products. A cow’s natural diet is grass, but cows are often stuffed with grains to fatten them up quickly. The same effect is achieved when humans consume too many grains.
  4. Packaged slice meats – These include chicken loaf, devon (or fritz), packet ham & bacon

It is for these reasons that meat got its BAD name, but this does not apply to the grass-fed meats that were the norm up until around 50 years ago.

In short, if you avoid the above tampered meats and only choose certified organic grass-fed meats from a farmers’ market or organic butcher, you can avoid the nasty nitrates, nitrites, sulphites and other artificial preservatives that make meat unhealthy. For more detail check out ‘Meat’ in your BBB comparison.

Tune in tomorrow to learn why it can be hard to digest red meat and how to make it easy as (sing the following) A, B, C… so simple as Do Re Mi…

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.

Can you get all your protein from plant-based foods?

woman with bare shoulders holding vegetable

The short answer is ‘Yes’. There are thousands of healthy vegans around the world who function very well from a vegan diet.

But before you go buying Kale sandwiches remember that while it is possible to get all your essential amino acids (that make up complete protein) from grasses, grains, nuts, seeds & cereals, you must eat a large variety of them in specific combinations each and everyday to get the mix just right.

Each person requires different types and levels of protein, some of the factors that affect protein needs include:

  1. Genetics – Depending on your background will affect both the type and amount of protein that you respond best to, some bodies respond very well to a steak for breakfast, for others a little yoghurt will be plenty.
  2. Muscle Mass – The more muscle you have the more protein is required to maintain it, this is one reason big men love their meat.
  3.  Exercise type & intensity – The more heavy resistance training you do the greater protein levels are required for growth & repair.

Learning to read your own body signs is one of BBB’s prime objectives and a key to permanent health and weight loss. When you learn all your body signs you know what type and how much protein to eat at every meal, no new diets needed…ever!

Bottom line: Whether you believe in eating animals or not the fact remains that it is far easier and more efficient to attain all your amino acids from meat, hence our meat-eating society.

Tune in tomorrow to find out how meat got its BAD name…

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.