Don’t Eat Meat

Take Good Care Of Yourself.

It turns out that the urban myth of red meat being bad for you is true after all.  Which is sad, because I do enjoy a good steak.

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.  ~  Julia Child

Eating a lot of steak, or roast beef, or burgers, or lamb, or pork increases your chances of dying from 9 major diseases by 26%, according to the National Cancer Institute in Maryland.  Red meat raises the risk of death from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, a stroke, various infections, and kidney, liver, and lung diseases.  (You can die from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.)

Processed red meat such as corned beef is even worse for you, as is eating offal, liver, kidneys, pate…

There is a lot of ‘bad’ stuff in red meat, including cholesterol, (although there is a lot of ‘bad’ cholesterol in other popular foods such as macaroni and cheese). As well as the fat in red meat having too much of the ‘bad’ cholesterol, (Low Density Lipoprotein), red meat also contains a lot of heme iron, and too much of that is very bad for you as well.  Too much heme iron increases your chances of dying from cancer, a stroke, liver failure, or heart disease.

At the moment I am taking a daily iron supplement, because I was diagnosed with a low red blood cell count, (anemia), but when my blood count returns to normal I will stop taking iron supplements. Too much heme iron can result in haemochromatosis, which is a particularly nasty illness causing things like fatty liver, cirrhosis, and liver failure.

Luckily, regularly eating white meat, (chicken breast), and oily fish may reverse the damage caused by eating steaks.  Just don’t eat the chicken skin, or processed white meat, or processed fish.  In fact don’t ever eat processed meat or canned meat ~ canned food is generally very bad for your health.

We are what we eat.  Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.  ~  Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

It is a scientifically proven fact that our food choices affect our health.  I know that if my diet is bad ~ if I drink too much booze, have too much sugar, eat processed foods, eat out, eat ready-meals, eat too much fatty meat, then I feel bloated, lacking in energy, and I gain weight.  It is also a scientifically proven fact that an unhealthy diet will significantly shorten my life.

Health is the natural condition.  When sickness occurs, it is a sign that nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance.  The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a ‘sound mind in a sound body’.  ~  Jostein Gaarder

Like everything else in life, our diet should be moderation in all things.  When it comes to my diet, I have tried various fads, including eating only one meal a day, being vegan, and never eating carbohydrates.  Now I believe that a mixture of the Paleo Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet is right for me.

Some things I try not to eat include wheat, (bread, pasta, cookies), and some other grains, (white rice), processed food, canned food, and dairy products.

I need to eat more oily fish, such as salmon.  Looks like I also need to cut down on steak too.  Shame, especially as I like my steak well-done, and that is really bad for my health…


jack collier

10 responses

  1. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

    Oops. Just got back from a meal at a nearby pub – had steak and kidney pudding. Sounds like a deadly combination. Should have read your post first, would have saved my life. Will eat broccoli, seeds and goji berries for the rest of the week.

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  2. eggs are meat that haven’t happened yet 🙂 eat well and prosper dear Jack ❤

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  3. You enjoy your diet jack while I enjoy nice juicy bacon buttie mmmm ooo don’t forget the ketchup . My monthly treat coming up full English breakfast . I’m sure my suffering while I eat it . you be thinking of me mmmmm . This one I might treat myself to extra sausage on plate mmmm nice pot English tea. Round toast.

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    1. I enjoy a full English breakfast too ~ several thousand calories on one plate. 😉


  4. No one lives forever. I was anemic for most of my life, better now due to a surgery. However, if it wasn’t for protein, I wouldn’t have much on my plate. 🥓🍔🌭🌮🍖🍳

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    1. Yep, and right now I’m having to take iron supplements. He have to laugh or you’d cry. ❤

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  5. I think we have to eat everything in moderation and take advice from our doctors. Living in France we rarely eat red meat as it is far too expensive anyway, (all meat and fish) and most French people seem to eat very small portions of any meat or fish and bulk out their meals with home grown veg and salad. I always say that if you want processed food then process it yourself, ie cut and cook!

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    1. I like cooking, so not eating out of a can is cool for me. 😉 ❤


  6. Jeez, everything that tastes good is fattening or will kill you. I always heard liver is good to increase your iron intake, but now it’s bad. It’s getting so that ‘living can be hazardous to your health’!

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    1. I know, I like liver every now and again. I think everything in moderation is the key…. 😉

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