You are what you and your food eat

Hey Insiders! Welcome to the well.

I want to start this post by telling you that I’m someone who tinkers with their eating habits. I add things, cut things out, and rearrange things to try to find out what is right for my body.

Key words here… right for my body.

There are so many mixed messages floating around about what’s good for you and what isn’t, and it’s not uncommon for that information to change. I’ve explored different eating habits, but I’ve never completely subscribed to a specific style.

Many forces that influence what we eat. It might be ethical reasons, mythical reasons, trying out a trend, seeking a lifestyle change, a hot new diet, what we can afford, what’s available in our area, our culture, the habits of our friends and family, our taste buds, or how we feel.

I’m a feeler.

I mentioned in a previous post that I have a history of depression and anxiety. I meditate, cut down on sugar, exercise, go outside, make art, socialize, eat chia seeds, drink lots of water… the list is much more extensive, but the point is – I’ve got coping skills. One of my skills is assessing my eating habits to see if I’m making good choices for my body.

I gave up meat more than a year ago, but I didn’t eat it that often for a while before that point. Growing up, my family ate meat as the main feature of every meal. When I went to college, I naturally stopped making it for myself. It wasn’t an intentional choice, but as I tried to incorporate it back into my diet, I started getting sick.

This is because our digestive systems are creatures of habit (check it out here).

I’ve decided to reconsider meat. I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a little desperate due to my depression and anxiety symptoms persisting. After some research, I remembered something I already knew.

Meat is really controversial.

grass fed meat

First of all, the way meat is manufactured is often horrifying. I mean, really scary, sad, painful stuff. Check out this article on Rolling Stone to read more about this.

I found this website that gives people access to local, grass fed beef, since I’m mostly considering reincorporating small amounts of red meat. Check out the sit here.

Research says different things, like red meat is linked to causing and relieving depression.

This issue is obviously more complex than my hyperlinks and vague internet searches. I’m curious what your experience is with meat. Do you have a love or hate relationship? Neutral? In small doses? Let me know in the comments.

I’ll write back in a few weeks about how occasional small servings of grass fed red meat are affecting me. Thanks for stopping by the well! In the meantime, check out this video about the benefits of sustainable farming models and the benefits of grass fed beef.

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