A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Winston Churchill
Can't vegans and Paleo meat-eaters just get along? The short answer is no. It's unfortunate that lies and myths are far more expansive and believed than the real truth. Fact is, vegans continue to defy logic, biochemistry, and what a human being needs to function correctly without compensation in any of the systems involved in the body. The premise of this article is quite simple: Do exactly as a vegan does, except add grassfed meat...
To this day, it is no coincidence I continue to witness more and more vegan/vegetarian clients come to me in the most terrible health - both from the inside (hormones, digestion, sleep) and outside (belly fat).
At heart, vegans and Paleo meat-eaters are very similar. As the graphic image below shows, both agree that we mustn't eat industrialized meat because it contains toxic antibiotics, chemicals, and hormones fed to the already poorly-treated animal. We also both agree that we shouldn't consume sugar, white flour, processed foods, adulterated oils like hydrogenated fats, and other man-made junk that makes us sick. In fact, both groups advocate the consumption of a wide variety of organic vegetables that are locally grown and both groups are relatively health conscious. The only difference between the two groups is that one group consumes no meat while the other consumes natural grassfed meat that doesn't contain all the harmful toxic chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics that make us sick.
So what makes the vegan case so special? In reality, it doesn't. This is because their arguments are flawed since they treat all meat equal. Truth is, all meat is not created equal. Just as you've got cheaply made cars (think Yugo, Pontiac, or Fiat) versus quality cars (think Mercedes, BMW, Audi) we also have inferior meat and superior meat. One will make you sick. The other will not.
We all know consuming traditional industry/commercial meat (anything that's not naturally grassfed) found in grocery stores and restaurants can make you sick because it contains damaging chemicals. Eating this meat can deteriorate your skin & bone health while raising inflammation markers that can lead to many autoimmune disorders, heart disease, & cancers. However, science has proven to us that natural grassfed meat doesn't do what inferior industrialized meats do. Sadly, vegans cannot differentiate this due to a small handful of ludicrous propaganda from 'PETA' & films like 'Forks Over Knives,' among others. They simply think all meat is equal - turning a blind eye to real truth and research.
These are also the same folks who think saturated fat will kill you, but a myriad of evidence shows otherwise; saturated fat from natural, high-quality grassfed sources is one of the best ways to live a long healthy life as the cholesterol-causes-heart-disease myth was debunked long ago! In fact, let me go a step further and tell you that there are absolutely zero studies linking high saturated fat with heart disease and conversely that there are direct links showing saturated fat helps reduce heart disease.
We also have very convincing evidence from published studies showing higher blood cholesterol levels can increase your life span. Indeed, the more fat you eat, the longer you live. Two of the studies can be found here and here.
Studies investigating fat have also shown throughout the world that it is HDL and Triglyceride levels that are markers for heart disease - not LDL, the supposed "bad fat." In essence, if your HDL is low and triglycerides are high (sign of too much carbohydrate and processed food consumption) your heart disease risk increases. Science shows us that the heart functions best when both HDL and LDL is high and triglycerides are low. And any vegan who cannot comprehend this isn't doing their homework.
Hard to swallow the truth? Just read the research and observe the facts. It's quite difficult to argue how native Arctic Inuit tribes depended on a 50-73% saturated-fat diet consisting of nothing but whale protein, fat and blubber. They had no fields to grow. No crops to harvest. No fruits to seed. And there was no UPS or FedEX to deliver them raw fruits and vegetables, yet they survive and continue to do so.
Now, I'm not advocating living and eating like an Inuit. In fact, we ought to be eating based on what our own local habitat is abundant in. If you're in California, you can welcome wild-caught seafood dishes rich in omega-3. If you're in the mountains of South America you can most definitely consume a diet rich in quinoa and tubers. The list goes on. Live and eat based on your surrounding. Pinpoint yourself on the map and draw a circle within a 75-miles radius.....and eat based on what that area organically produces making sure you include some kind of protein, many vegetables, fruits, and tubers indigenous to your area.
Confounding Variables In Vegan Arguments:
Many vegans and vegetarians simply ignore the fact that most if not all of the studies being conducted on a vegan diets also involve other variables - confounding variables - that change the outcome. This includes increase in exercise, increase in vegetable consumption, and complete elimination of the toxic meat, sugars, processed foods, white flour, adulterated fats, and alcohol.
Of course you're going to lose weight, have less risk for heart disease, less risk for diabetes, and feel an initial immediate improvement in skin health, weight, energy, and sex drive. Congratulations - you just did exactly what Paleo meat-eaters have been telling you for years: Eliminate sugar, white flour, bad oils, alcohol, and your toxic hormone-injected cheap meats while exercising more! A vegan does exactly what a Paleo meat-eater advocates - minus the grassfed meat and protein part. So essentially you're doing 8 out of 10 things correctly so it's no mystery that your health will improve initially. But how long will that last? Take any average Joe couch potato who has been eating hot dogs, pancakes, and shooting tequila shots with his buddies every weekend and put him on a vegan diet with consistent exercise and he will prosper for several weeks if not months or even a year. Slap on a doctor's title and call it a 'Study That Shows How Vegan Diet Is Good For Your Health.' This is essentially how bull-crap vegan documentaries & books are created and I'm here to call out every single one of them because there is absolutely no vegan study that supports valid science, biochemistry, and physiology without involving these confounding variables - variables that Paleo meat-eating counterparts have already been advocating for years!
Back To The Average Joe Who Just Started A Vegan Diet:
How long is your vegan diet going to make you happy and fit before you start adding weight, losing energy, and losing your sex drive? 4 months? 8 months? 1 year? If I were given a dime for every vegan or vegetarian who comes up to me saying they've put on weight in the past year after being a skinny and fit vegan a year ago, I'd be a very rich man! Simply put, most vegans and vegetarians begin adding weight around the belly, lose ability to sleep well, and lose their energy and sex drive because their high-carbohydrate diet lacks essential fatty acids and essential amino acids - the building blocks of life.
Again, most vegans and vegetarians initially see immediate results for the better. Their skin clears up, their energy increases, and they begin to see a shrinking waist. They get excited. Several months and/or years go by and they soon realize it's back to ground one where they started. Energy drops, immune system gets hammered with constant colds, and they realize their bellies aren't getting any smaller or simply cannot build muscle while sporting a "skinny-fat" flab look. Sound familiar?
Anybody who studies biochemistry will know that if we only eat plant-based foods, we will be deficient in all our B vitamins. Also, because of the lack of taurine, carnitine, and carnosine (amino acids that are vital for hormonal health) in any plant-based food, vegans soon find themselves adding belly fat and fatiguing faster than their natural grassfed meat-eating counterparts. And let's not mention the lack of the mineral selenium that prohibits the ability for your thyroid to function correctly - harboring yet another recipe for thyroid and adrenal dysfunction and/or fat-gain around the waist & butt.
These missing amino acids - among numerous others including glycine - are what our body uses to detoxify itself through a process called conjugation, make antibodies to support proper immune function, and make hormones from proteins that not only help build muscle, but neurotransmitters that help us think properly. I can't tell you the number of punchlines I've got in my bag of jokes about vegans and their inability to think properly...
As mentioned, essential amino acids are the building blocks of life. Without them you're either going to die or live a very unhealthy, uncomfortable life riddled with constant colds due to inferior immune system, low energy levels and brain function due to lack of amino acids/neurotransmitters, and terrible body composition due to the lack of biologically superior protein that allows muscle-gain and faster metabolism. A vegan diet may try very hard to mimic these amino acid profiles, but in the end the biological value and bio-availability of vegan-based amino acids through plant-eating doesn't come close to that of a natural grassfed consumer. It's like Fisher Price toy company trying to compete with Apple in making their own type of plastic iPhone yet marketing it as better than the iPhone! Sound silly? That's the closest analogy I can come up with between veganism and their natural meat-eating counterparts.
Stop living in a bubble. The Earth is not square, it's round. The reason things fall is because of gravity, not spirits. The reason you use a toilet is so you can take a dump or piss. Indeed, these are common-knowledge items that are rudimentary since childhood. Likewise, begin understanding that your health will begin improving while you drop the pounds and build real muscle (not the "skinny-fat" look) once you start doing everything a vegan is doing except by adding natural grassfed-meat into the mix.
1. Veganism and vegetarianism is nothing but false propaganda based on misinformation, myth, and "tree-hugging" fads of modern environmentally-conscious society without real scientific basis or understanding.
2. There is absolutely no basis of truth involved in vegan studies, documentaries, and other outlets due to the sheer fact that their health improved because they eliminated hormone-injected toxic meat, sugar, alcohol, white flour, and processed foods - and not because they simply eliminated natural grassfed meat.
3. Consumption of natural grassfed meat and fat - in addition to tons of seasonal vegetables - is vital to all the systems of the human body because essential fatty acids and essential amino acids are the building blocks of life that drive our bodies to replicate cells, detoxify, improve immunity, and power the brain. And anybody who is against consuming high fats is also ignorant and oblivious to the truth; more can be read here about fats and why the cholesterol-heart-disease theory is completely false!
4. Failure to understand this is failure to understand biochemistry, physiology, and basic human biology. Sure your Lara Bars, vegan cupcakes, and oatmeal may taste okay, but all those carbohydrates + lack of real amino acids is deteriorating your brain and thyroid while making you "skinny-fat" with less muscle and slower metabolism. Trust me, the malnourished yet "fat-around-the-waist-n-butt" look isn't exactly what we'd call sexy. Ignoring the truth is ignoring science. And anybody who goes against science might as well think the Earth is square, gravity doesn't exist, and toilets are made to drink water from. To end, here's a little something from Paul Check himself.