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December 27, 2007

Eat Your Way to Energy

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"I ditched meat"


"I was raised eating meat, and at one point, I was having beef, ham, pork, or bacon two to three times a day. I was tired all day, and in the evenings, it got worse. In college, I'd start out studying, then I'd take a 'nap' and not wake up until the next day."

"I read something about how meat takes three days to leave your system, and how animals are treated, and it seemed right to try giving up meat. I now get protein from fish, beans, tofu, veggie burgers, etc. It's working! I don't need as much sleep and can do more before I need a nap. Plus, my clothes fit better. I work with toddlers sometimes, and I wouldn't have been able to keep up with them on my old diet."

Samiyyah relied on marbled, high-fat meats — and fat takes a long time to digest, sits heavily in your body, and causes inflammation, all of which can leave you feeling lethargic, Bauer says. It's good she cut back on meat, but it's equally great she's eating more fiber-rich foods such as vegetables and beans, which stabilize blood sugar and help her feel fuller longer. She didn't need to lose meat entirely to do this: She could have ditched the ribs and eaten pork tenderloin instead.

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