3 Ways to Gain Personal Satisfaction
There are so many lies we humans tell ourselves…
“I’ll do it tomorrow…”
“If I had more time, I would totally complete this goal…”
“I would change, but I can’t, because (insert excuse du jour here)…”
And then when it comes to food, there are even more insidious ones…
“I can eat this because I worked hard today.”
“I should have this burger – I deserve to treat myself.”
“I can eat a Krispy Kreme donut or a Snickers and it’s the same energy as a serving of lean meat because all calories are equal.”
Come on. Deep down we know that healthy food is better for us than junk. So why do we look for ways to lie to ourselves so we can indulge far too often?
We’ve all seen the headlines and heard the news from our doctors and healthcare professionals.
Too Much of a Good Thing is a Very, Very Bad Thing
Did you know that this includes something we used to have complete faith in, too?
Yes, I’m talking about the meat that we eat.
We pile our plates with burgers, sausages, steak – you name it – and we never give it a second’s thought because, well, it’s protein, so that means it’s good for you, right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, not all meat is equal, and not all meat is good for you.
When I spoke to famed hunter and author Remi Warren the other day, we actually got into a deep conversation on this topic.
We came to a consensus that many humans feel better when eating meat, and that it plays a large part in the humans’ omnivore diet…
But not all meat gives you what you need from it.
Even worse, some meat gives you much more than you bargained for.
Antibiotics. Bad feed. Growth hormones. All of this is part of a feedlot animal’s lifestyle, and it doesn’t stop there.
Those undesirable elements all get transferred onto YOU.
Next thing you know, you’re struggling with big health problems, and you’re not sure what you did to deserve this in the first place.
It’s no wonder we have a hard time losing weight and getting healthy these days – even our “good” food is actually bad for us!
These factory farmed animals are often sick, stressed, and stuffed to the gills with whatever substance needed to make them grow huge and live long enough to make a big chunk of change on the killing floor.
This isn’t ok. It’s not ok for them, and it’s not ok for us.
Once we’ve recognized this, the question arises, what can we do instead to safeguard ourselves against the chemical onslaught that lays in our meat supply?
As Remi Would Suggest
My recent guest Remi Warren, acclaimed hunter and conservationist would tell you…
The answer can be quite simple.
Instead of heading to the supermarket and getting a bland, inoffensive and homogenized packet of meat, consider harvesting your own the old-fashioned way: hunting. If the season isn’t right for whatever game you have locally, fishing is a good option, too.
I realize this may not be for everyone, but let’s be honest – does it get anymore basic or primal than procuring your own food? Just being out in nature, doing what it takes to feed yourself and family feels like a million bucks,
And in addition to the personal satisfaction you’ll feel, there are health benefits to wild game, too.
3 Factors You Can Expect:
Lower Fat Content
Wild game has an incredibly low fat content, but you don’t sacrifice on any other other nutrients you need to survive. In fact, some wild game has higher levels of protein than conventionally farmed meat, too.
A Higher Amount of Good Fat
Wild game has a higher amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids and a great mineral content. All of this is a good thing – it leads to better heart and bone health down the road.
Game has an earthy flavor that farmed meat can never replicate. When you eat a deer or something else that’s been harvested from a natural source, you can really appreciate the difference that comes from their all-natural diet.
These are just a few examples of how meat can be good for you again.
How Else Can You Take Advantage of Healthier Food?
If you’re not interested in hunting for your own wild game, or you simply don’t have the time, how can you take advantage of cleaner, healthier meat?
There are a few ways. You can, of course, purchase from a wild game co-op or specialty grocer.
If this isn’t an option for you, look for big retailers like Whole Foods who offer a variety of meats from different sources, and do the work to find out which ones support your health best.
You can also look for specialty food sources like Teton Waters Ranch who offer grass-fed, certified humane meats and cheeses. It’s not exactly the same as living directly off the land, but it’s a good happy medium, and it could be the right choice for you.
These products may cost a bit more, but in the long run, it’s worth it. You can offset this cost increase by eating less meat, too. This isn’t a bad thing to do – the average American eats more than TWICE the recommended daily limit anyway.
What this all boils down to is every bite you eat, you can either harm or help your health. When it comes to the main building blocks of what you need to survive (protein, that is), you must pay attention to the source of what you’re eating or be doomed to suffer the consequences.
To quote Humphrey Bogart, “it might not matter today, and it might not matter tomorrow, but it will matter soon – and for the rest of your life.”
Pay attention now while you can still do something about it.