It is true that we don’t need meat in our diets to survive but many Americans would dread the thought of going another day without their beloved meat. Studies throughout the years have drastically proven that consuming less processed and red meat can add years to your life. In a study conducted by Harvard researchers the diet of more than 120,000 men and women was evaluated for 20 years. Results found that people who ate the most red meat were more likely to die from cancer and heart disease compared to the people who reported eating the fewest daily servings of beef, pork, and lamb (WebMD).
So, how can you eat less meat? There may be an answer through Graham Hill founder of treehugger.com. He suggests being a weekday vegetarian and only eating meat on the weekends. Now, instead of consuming meat 7 days a week you have cut your meat consumption by 70%. Red and processed meats can be replaced with leaner proteins like fish, chicken, nuts, low-fat dairy, whole grains, or beans. While this may not be ideal for the ultimate carnivore different variations can be experimented with. For example, instead of not eating meat for the full week start out with just two or three days.
Overall, substituting chicken for beef and fish for chicken can be the improvement in your diet that will not only make you feel good but add some years to your life while you do it. This is one of those things that are definitely easier said than done but putting forth an effort won’t hurt.