The Reason Meat and Animal Products Can Negatively Impact Your Weight Loss and Diet Plan

In my previous articles I explained how we basically get our nutrition from 3 main “food” sources: plant (fruits and vegetables), animal (beef, cheese, chicken, eggs, etc.) and laboratory synthesized (high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, hydrogenated oils, etc). I then went on to explain how the fruit and vegetables of today are grossly lacking in the nutrition that they once possessed years ago.

Today, I want to talk about out meat based foods and explain that the problem with these is not with what they are lacking, but what is being added. You need to understand the reasons that meat and animal products can negatively impact your weight loss and diet plan.

Let’s look at beef as an example. Personally, a good steak or a slice of prime rib is one of my favourite meals. But where does beef come from?

Well duh! It comes from cows.

And who raises cows?

Well the answer to that should be a “no brainer” as well. Farmers raise cows. And that is the way it should be.

I live in rural Quebec. My neighbours are all farmers and they all raise cows. I see these cows out in the fields every day in the spring, summer and fall happily grazing on grass. In the winter, they have a huge barn which they have access to which is full of fresh hay for them to eat. These are the cows that I eat.

But are these the cows that you purchase in your local grocery store?

Sadly they are not. My neighbours barely make enough money from their herds to cover the expenses of these animals. First the calf has to purchased, then it has veterinary expenses, then it needs nutritional supplements (farmers know that the soil is missing certain elements and thus compensate for that. In our region, our soil is completely lacking in selenium.), then there is the electricity the barn uses for lights and to keep the water from freezing, and lastly there are tons of fuel expenses for cutting and transporting the hay.

Most small rural farmers raise cattle as a side income only. “Farmers” can’t make much money raising cattle because they have to compete with “industry” who are the primary cattle raisers in North America. Some of the largest cattle “ranches” in the USA are found in Arizona. In fact, they aren’t even called ranches or farms. They are called Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). 97% of all beef in the U.S. comes from CAFOs.

“So what is wrong with Arizona?” you may ask.

What do naturally eat? Grass.

What type of environment is Arizona? It’s a desert. So… no grass.

Cows have 4 stomachs. They evolved in this manner as they are a grazing animals that are meant to eat grass at a leisurely pace and slowly digest it in their stomachs. But since raising cows in these feed lots is not about producing food, it’s about producing money, CAFOs don’t have the time to fatten their cows naturally.

So in these feed lots cows are primarily fed a mixture of grain and corn, and in some cases rendered protein and even concrete dust! Rendered protein is the ground up carcasses of dead pigs (this is a problem because cows are herbivores, not carnivores). Concrete dust was found to increase the weight of cows at auction (heavier cows sell for more money!).

In the CAFOs, living conditions are not quite the same as here on my neighbouring farms and the cows are stressed. Stressed animals have weakened immune systems. Cows with weak immune systems are at greater risk for illness. Living in such high density corrals means that if one cow gets sick, they likely all will. So to reduce the risk of losing a cow, most cattle are fed prophylactic antibiotics to keep them “healthy”.

Don’t think of CAFOs as farms, they are cattle factories just like a car factory. Do you think Ford wants to spend a full month getting a car through the assembly line? No they want that car to be built and out of there as quickly as possible. It’s the same with the beef. The more cattle they can pump through in a year, the more money they make.

To encourage growth in these cows they are also administered growth hormones and steroids. So here you have cows that are taking regular injections of antibiotics, steroids and growth hormones, eating a diet that is completely unnatural to them, and packed into a super small living space. On top of that, the feed that they are fed is itself genetically modified and loaded with herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals.

These are the cows that are sent to slaughter and end up in your grocery stores! This is the beef you are eating. Pigs, chickens, lambs, and even fish are all raised in pretty much the same manner and experience the same outcome.

Just think about it. If your food is full of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals, what makes you immune to them?

Have you noticed how big kids are these days? Have you noticed how early young girls start to physically mature? The kids today look a lot different now than when I went to public school just 30 short years ago. Do think this might have something to do with all the steroids and growth hormones they are getting second hand in their milk and meat products?

In the case of vegetables, your body is being placed under stress due to a lack of nutrition. In the case of meat, your body is being placed under stress due to the added chemicals and hormones. In an upcoming article, I’ll discuss how it is these stressors on the body, and not the number of calories that are primarily responsible for weight gain and excess body and visceral fat.

Yes, Home Remedy Pet Care Products Are Better

I bet you keep wondering if you should use holistic pet care products for your cat or dog. Take a few minutes and read over these few facts to help you decide which products you should use for your pet. The best advantage for using holistic pet care products is the fact that they don’t contain chemicals or synthetics that commercial products contain.

Holistic products only contain natural elements, including herbs. The wonderful benefit of this is that your pet will be healthier and they won’t suffer from all the adverse side effects that the commercial products use. Holistic pet products are extremely affective for providing your pet with relief.

Holistic products and methods have been used for years to treat a variety of medical problems in both humans and animals. Today holistic products are used regularly because they are so effective.. When you are looking for a remedy or a treatment for a problem that your pet is suffering from, holistic pet products can provide you with the effective solution that you seek.

For instance, did you know:

o If you add a small quantity of garlic to a dog or cats breakfast can help protect them from fleas.

o Vitamin E can help your pets coat to shine, and can strengthen their resilience against fleas.

o If your dog has extreme itching problems, an oatmeal bath can give him relief.

o Neem, almond & lavender oils – These oils can be very effective against mange when applied externally to the affected areas on your pet.

o Aloe Vera gel & Tea tree oil – You can choose between these treatments and apply one of them topically to fight mange on your dog.

o Pumpkin seeds – Ground pumpkin seeds are know to have zinc. When a little is mixed in with your pets food, this can promote healing.

Holistic products are usually available at home and will save you a ton of money on vet bills. Take the time to learn how to use and apply these products and both you and your pet will be healthier.

Are Natural, Holistic Pet Care Products Better For Your Pet’s Health?

Do you often wonder if natural holistic pet care products are better for your dog or cat? Are they more cost effective? It is certainly reasonable to wonder whether these products compare to the widely used and available mass produced products on the market today. What are the facts you should consider when you are dealing with these products for your pet.

Safety for your pet would be the number one concern as always with either natural products or commercially available products. Holistic pet products provide several major advantages for your dog or cat. Firstly, it is important to understand what they contain. Unlike over the counter products, they do not contain harmful chemicals or preservatives found in many of the commercial pet products on today’s market. Natural or holistic products will contain mostly elements found in nature, including herbs. This benefit means that your pet will not be at risk for suffering from adverse side effects that can occur when using many commercial products that can often cause allergic reactions.

Also, they are beneficial because they are very effective in giving much needed relief. Holistic products and practices have been used for many years and in many cultures to treat a variety of different medical problems in people as well as animals. Their effectiveness has not diminished over the years and have become more mainstream if anything. When you seek out a remedy or a treatment for an issue that your pet is suffering from,natural healing products can supply you with the solutions that you desire.

To conclude, they are beneficial for your pets because they are often more readily available than store bought, over the counter products. As some of these are already in your home, they can be cost effective. There can also be a timing issue – if your pet wakes you up at 3AM it can be difficult as well as expensive to have them treated. At times like these, it is important that you understand how to provide a safe, fast and effective remedy for your pet. Natural pet products can supply you with that opportunity.