Why Vegetarianism is Right For You

If you are tired of being tired, sick, fatigued, and unfocused, there is something you can do to instantly improve your wellbeing. That change is becoming a vegetarian, which at once is both one of the easiest and perceptually hardest things to do. Many people know that giving up meat would lead to immense gains in their life, but just can't imagine living without meat. Ironically, the rewards of being meatless far outweigh any pleasure derived from the taste of meat, especially when that taste can be sufficiently satisfied by vegetarian meat options.

So why exactly does not eating meat lead to such benefits? The answer lies in our evolution. Humans are not true omnivores, although we have been told as such. Although early humans did eat some meat, sources of meat were extremely reliable, and humans mainly evolved on plant foods. Our bodies did not evolve to process meat, and so when we give ourselves this food, our digestive systems must work harder. This diverts energy away from other key processes, both metabolic and physical. You no longer have as much energy that you can put into working or enjoying life. Moreover, continuous meat consumption and excessive animal foods in general is linked by research in prestigious medical journals to heart disease and cancer. The pathways by which meat consumption causes harm are numerous, and interestingly enough have a lot to do with insulin resistance, something often associated with sugar.

The saturated fat in meat is of the long-chain variety, which gets stored in cells rather than going directly into the bloodstream like the medium-chain saturated fatty acids of foods like coconut oil. Much of this fat is deposited in the liver, and too much can result in a condition called fatty liver. And although insulin is primarily associated with the pancreas, the second most important organ for processing that hormone is the liver. When the liver is damaged, insulin resistance inevitably follows, and that means more insulin must be released by the pancreas to compensate. This places great strain on the body and can lead to disease, as well as causing short-term physiological and psychological problems. If you really want to end everything in one fell swoop, then going vegetarian is the best thing you can do.

If you are worried about making the transition, don't worry! Once you go a week without meat, you'll see just how easy it is to stay away from it. Moreover, it's not an all or nothing proposition. You don't need to completely avoid meat; if you drastically reduce your consumption, especially of red meat, you'll experience many of the same benefits. Obviously, the ideal state is to not eat any meat, but you'll still experience many benefits by simply eating less.