One thing you can be sure of with me is that I’ll never suggest anything to you that I don’t do myself. Part of what’s kept this work fascinating for me over so many years is that I’m always trying things out: how to sleep better, reduce stress, have more energy, vitality and sharper thinking. Some things seem to work, others don’t, but I don’t stop trying stuff out. And because it’s a trial of one – which is important to me but not necessarily a lot of use to anyone else – I always look for related research of any kind. It has all become more and more useful as I get older.
At the time I tried vegan eating I genuinely believed it was the way to go, and now I’m so pleased I gave it a really good trial, and vegetarian too. I didn’t become ill but I certainly lost my energy. Then, I read yet another book on nutrition, and this one suggested to me that animal products, including meat, were very beneficial to health… and so I gave that a try. I’ve not looked back since then simply because both the body I live in and the body of research about it are in absolute agreement.
If you are a vegetarian, you may simply want to skip this newsletter. I’m not on a mission to convert people, and I know that eating meat eating isn’t for everybody, for all kinds of reasons.
I write this mostly in response to news that filters through, and I’m sure will continue to filter through, that red meat is dangerous to our health. For example, a client alerted me to an article titled, “The unpalatable truth about what we eat and cancer” that appeared in The Times last month.
There are three statements in this article that I love and absolutely agree with:
“Food is serious, we ingest it and it becomes us.”
“Diet of course causes cancer, we can see that in how easily immigrants change their risk when they adopt the food of their host nation.”
“There is a lot we can do to minimize our risk. But we are rarely told about this.”
These statements are spot on, but then we get to the advice about cancer, and we are told:
“The most important anti-cancer change you can make is to avoid being overweight and to drink no alcohol at all… You should also avoid processed meat… and limit red meat in general.”