Five Reasons Why I'll Never Go Vegan
Vegetarianism and veganism are as popular as ever. This is primarily due to the popularity of these dietary protocols among several celebrities and a few big time athletes. Unfortunately, much of the information being disseminated has more to do with “feelings” and ideals, but very little to do with the science of long-term health and vitality.
Here are the reasons why I would never adopt a plant-based only diet.
A low cholesterol intake is detrimental to brain health.
“In Western cultures vegetarian diet is associated with an elevated risk of mental disorders.” Michalak, J., Zhang, X. C., & Jacobi, F. (2012). Vegetarian diet and mental disorders: results from a representative community survey. The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, 9, 67. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-9-67
High quality meats(grass fed beef, wild game, wild caught seafood, organic dairy) are the best source of complete proteins. Complete proteins include an optimal amount of the branched chain amino acids(Leucine, Valine, Isoleucine) which are necessary for maximum muscle protein synthesis and muscle maintenance. Muscle mass loss(sarcopenia) is the #1 cause of physical deterioration in aging adults.
Layman DK, Anthony TG, Rasmussen BB, et al. Defining meal requirements for protein to optimize metabolic roles of amino acids. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015;101(6):1330S–1338S. doi:10.3945/ajcn.114.084053
Ni Lochlainn M, Bowyer RCE, Steves CJ. Dietary Protein and Muscle in Aging People: The Potential Role of the Gut Microbiome. Nutrients. 2018;10(7):929. Published 2018 Jul 20. doi:10.3390/nu10070929
Grazing animals are best for the environment. The overproduction of grains is not beneficial for the environment.
Humans are omnivores; our small stomachs, weak chewing ability, and large brains require nutrient rich, energy dense foods.
“Yet H. erectus differs from earlier hominins in having relatively smaller teeth, reduced chewing muscles, weaker maximum bite force capabilities, and a relatively smaller gut3,4,5. This paradoxical combination of increased energy demands along with decreased masticatory and digestive capacities is hypothesized to have been made possible by adding meat to the diet6,7,8, by mechanically processing food using stone tools7,9,10, or by cooking11,12.” https://www.nature.com/articles/nature16990
“Plants foods are cleansing, animal foods are nourishing… A vegan diet is a fast, it is not sustainable for long-term health.” Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD (neurology) M.S(Nutrition)
Dogs know more about nutrition than the average human; they eat grass when they are sick. Why? They are setting in motion the cleansing process.
My advice to those who want to maximize mental and physical performance.
● Eat high quality organic vegetables and fruits, pastured and wild game meats, nuts, seeds.
● Consume a threshold amount of protein(>20 grams for women, >30 grams for men) with each meal.
● Allow at least a 12 hour fast between last meal and first meal the next day.
● Limit exposure to pesticides, hormones, environmental toxins, and electromagnetic fields(wifi, bluetooth, high voltage power lines, etc).
● Drink plenty of clean water and start every day with at least 8 oz of water.
● Ensure optimal sleep quality and duration; 7-9 hours per night is best. Bedroom should be pitch black, all electronic devices turned off and unplugged, and temperature should be between 62-72 degrees.