Why You Should…Eat More Meat
There’s a great many things to do and places to see in this world of ours. As humans, our lives are pretty short (and if you party like I do, it’s probably going to be even shorter). So we have to prioritize! We have brains for a reason and that reason is…reasoning (well, at least some of us use them for that purpose: see comment about partying above). Let me be your voice of reason as I show you all the things you should be doing right here, right now.
It’s hard to be sure of what to eat these days. Health reports come out with a study against a certain food one day and for it the next. Do I eat the egg yolk or do I stick with the whites? Are pomegranates that good for me? How many more vitamins do I really need to take? It’s confusing. And I don’t like being confused about food. I just like eating it.
Everyone’s heard the old adage, “Everything in moderation.” Sounds pretty obvious, right? You can eat your egg yolk (as long as you don’t eat five eggs a day) and not feel guilty. Even dessert isn’t off limits if you don’t gorge yourself. So this is why I’m going to give a shout out to something that has gotten a lot of bad press lately: meat. It seem everyone is jumping on the vegetarian wagon, what with all the new vegetarian options out there. Hey, I don’t have anything against tofu (I actually love tofu, but that’s a different story), but I have to defend my meat. It’s delicious, packed with nutrition, and can be used in a million different ways. Here’s why you should eat more meat:
Stronger Muscles – Meat has mad amounts of protein. The health benefits are endless and as college women we suffer from some of the lowest protein levels of any age group (I blame cafeteria food). Have a steak, gobble a burger, or grab a pork chop to pump up your protein levels. There’s a reason they make protein powder: it helps build up your muscles and makes your workouts more effective. If that means I’m going to get more benefit from the same amount of work (true story), then I now have a reason to drag my butt from the couch and go to the gym. With a steak.
Guy Cred – Meat has long been considered a man’s domain. Men are in charge of the grill, they are the ones who traditionally hunt game animals, and they tend to be masters of meat preparation. If you practice a bit or even take a barbecue class (they have those), you will get major respect when you step up to the plate and pull off a perfect medium rare steak (instead of a charred hunk of flesh). You’ll probably get a Woman Of The Year award or something from Spike TV.
Shiny Hair – Want hair like you see in the shampoo commercials? Then save your money on expensive product and head over to your local butcher instead. Meat, particularly red meat and fish, can make your hair look all shiny and amazing like you’re an Herbal Essences model. This is because of the high levels of iron and protein in these foods (and the fat content, which can be beneficial). So, not only will your hair benefit, but your nails and skin will look amazing as well. Done deal.
Piss Off Some Vegetarians – Sure, it may be petty and wrong and you might not even know any vegetarians, but some of them deserve to be antagonized. Whether their patched-up, baggy corduroys piss you off or their unidentifiable, stinky vegan mash makes you sick, there’s a sure-fire way to get back at those annoying plant eaters: eat meat. This is what portable meat was made for, people! Hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, shish kabobs, and anything else that you can eat on a stick or with your hands. Sweet, delicious revenge.
More Bang For Your Buck – Okay, so meat isn’t cheap. However, it does have a ton of nutrition. So if you were to try and get the same amount of nutritional value from veggies, you’d end up paying more for the massive amounts of greens you’d need in comparison to the small amount of meat that does the same thing. See the value? And I’d much rather have a turkey burger than five pounds of salad. Just saying.
Look Classy – Nothing says “I’m a classy lady” better than a filet mignon. Or a rack of lamb. Extra points if you can actually cook these things (and cook them well…). Think about it: every movie that includes a romantic dinner or a expression of extreme wealth has meat. Steak Oscar, and coffee-rubbed hunks of beef (okay, now I’m hungry) are all a great way to say, “I’m classy and enjoy great food.” Trust me, you’re not gonna see any tofu casserole on the menu of the restaurant on the top of the Eiffle Tower.