I just got my copy of My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn. This blog pretty much started with my account of hearing Rip speak at a Whole Foods store about his first book, The Engine 2 Diet, so I was anxious to get my hands on his latest. I’m only a little of the way into it so my review will come later.
So far the book is a run down of the common arguments a plant eater encounters when talking to the die hard meat eater. I live in a farming community with people who make BBQ chicken on Saturdays for fundraisers. Being a person who doesn’t eat meat, and who is trying to stop eating dairy isn’t all that common here. So, I get the typical questions. This book has a lot of great information and facts to use when having those discussions.
I love answering questions by curious people about how I eat. With a few random health issues aside that I think come from still trying to figure it all out, I am certain I’m in the best health of my life. Prior to becoming vegetarian my thyroid levels were all over the place and I was anemic. Once I dropped the meat my thyroid medication no longer had to be adjusted, and I was no longer anemic. The people who are truly interested in what I might consume in place of meat are fun to talk to. Most people assume we just eat salads and tofu so it’s nice to dispel that myth. It’s also nice when people want to seek out more information to possibly make some changes to their own diets.
Then there are those who think I’m surely killing myself. The ones who are certain I can’t be getting everything I need eating this way. It’s then that I wonder, when did everyone start to care so much? When I was 213 pounds and eating meat and dairy (and loads of other crap) no one gave a damn if I had enough protein, or iron, or B12. Perhaps at that weight everyone knew I was getting everything in excess. Now that I’ve gained a good bit of weight back, the questions come less frequently. So I guess it’s evident I’m getting what I need. But when I was thinner it seemed to be assumed that I wasn’t going to remain healthy. I wish people had been more worried about me at 213.
I think that’s why I like Rip’s books so much. He’s a “man’s man” who fueled a career as a triathlete and as a fire fighter on a diet totally lacking in animal products. He’s thin, muscular, and obviously healthy. He’s sort of the picture of the myths dispelled and I think that’s why he’s enjoying this well deserved success.
I guess I should be thankful that people are concerned. I am thankful that people are concerned. But, the skeptic in me sometimes wonders if some of the questions come from people who just don’t want to admit that they could eat better themselves, meat or no meat.
I’ll post a review of the book when I’m finished. But, if you’d like to read it before then you can find it here!
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