I was recently reading a magazine which had a theme of eating well, targeting the guilt-ridden festive over-indulgers trying to motivate a healthy diet. There is, of course, a lot of this around at the moment with ‘new year, new you’ slogans plastered everywhere we look, but this one shocked me. Featured in one of the pieces was a popular chef, who I have always quite liked, frequently praising his recipes and buying his books and watching his TV shows, but here he was telling me that to achieve this healthy diet I shouldn’t be eating meat, or at least not much of it at all. To be healthy… don’t eat meat. What?!
Humans have been eating meat since we first existed, I don’t need to be a historian to tell you that, and I don’t see why we should stop now. Cutting meat from your diet is not part of a healthy lifestyle. I strongly believe the opposite, of course meat is part of a good diet and a good life.
Meat contains nutrients that we need, it contains protein, B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, B6 and B12), vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and iron. These HEALTHY proteins help with our bones, our blood, our muscles, our skin… They even help release energy needed daily.
Most vegetarians, and people who don’t eat cheese, milk and eggs (why?! How?!) have to take supplements to get something called Vitamin B12. This can only be found in animal products and is needed for our blood to stay healthy.
So this year I am determined to have a better and more healthy lifestyle… The British countryside way. I intend to go to the gym less (yes, LESS), and instead get outdoors in the fresh air among the very best of our nature more. Long dog walks, dog training, (I just need a lovely new puppy first), beating on shoot days, lending a helping hand out of doors with anyone who needs it, gardening (that one may take a bit more encouragement…), walks to the country pub (OK, that one may just be an excuse). I plan to support local businesses with their produce including my fruit and veg, and 100%, definitely, uncompromisingly, non-negotiability lots of meat. Meat from local farms and butcher friends, meat I’ve shot myself or by those around me, meat that I know has had a decent life, meat that is good for my diet despite what these ‘trendy’ social media and TV personalities tell me.