Massive step about to be made. So despite eating loads of plant based foods with iron in my iron levels are refusing to lift and I am continuing to be anemic. So I have but the bullet and decided to introduce some organic beef steak in to my diet. I don't know why I cut it out when I was ill but I did and I probably have not eaten it for about 10 years so am a little scared . However despite stupid claims out there that meat is bad for us I know that it's scientifically proven that it can actually be very good for you and you find that people who eat meat don't tend to suffer from deficiencies because they get all nutrients. I tried to do it with fish, plants etc but non heme iron is much harder to absorb so wish me luck on my first steak tonight 😳

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tinypan
over 3 years

surely it will help you, also me😊! I also find that there are more variety of recipes to make every week! Just keep balance it, that's what I'm trying to do! x !👍🏻

lithie
over 3 years

Good for you Jen. It feels so good when answers to questions that have previously alluded us appear clear as the day.

Jenhamer
over 3 years

I am so grateful for all these comments eating meat again is going to help my body get healthy and have loads more energy. Not ever going to even think about the vegan trend that's fashionable at the moment, I don't want to deprive my body ever again X

gill2016
over 3 years

That being said I am now looking to reintroduce gluten free grains and pseudo cereals , rice has been a big success.

gill2016
over 3 years

I have over the years tried vegan, vegetarian and raw diet. My health improved massively when I realised that meat can be important to nourish the body and started including it, plus broths and probiotics. Grains and sugars were what was doing the most harm. It wasn't what I expected or wanted at the time but being open to the possibility was best thing for me x

lithie
over 3 years

Hi, I didn't mean to freak you out about the grass fed thing. All meat production in this country is very tightly regulated. Wait rose are good to their farmers and have very high standards. My neighbour who we bought out Hereford cattle from sells to wait rose so it could even have come from there. I'll see if I can get you more info on labelling and where to buy grass fed meat. Hope you enjoyed it xxxx

mypinkrecipebook
over 3 years

I had the same problem - I was a vegetarian and anemic. I tried iron supplements, and although they worked, they had a bunch of other side effects. A couple years ago I finally jumped back on the red meat train and have not looked back! Never felt better or so energetic. Everyone has a different body and some people can maintain good iron levels with plant based iron sources while others cannot. Once you get more comfortable with the beef steaks, try beef liver ;) even better iron stores and actually very delicious! Of course look for the grass fed and organic options. Anyway, good luck on getting your iron levels up! I know it's frustrating.

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Thanks tiny pan well done to you too. Yes protein from good meat is so good for balancing hormones and reducing deficiency risks and that's exactly why I am starting to eat it again. There is no reason for me not to, I'm not allergic, I don't dislike the taste so I guess it was all linked to the eating disorder why I cut it out. Beans and grains just don't allow me to absorb much due to the phytates so let's embrace the meat 😝

tinypan
over 3 years

oh good to hear that! I haven't touched any meats (exclude fish and seafood) for last 11years, but
I just started to eat them last week. It does feel strange. No one could change my mind for last many years, but from now I think my body need it, otherwise it's hard to get my period back. Also,there are lots of protein based food which I can't eat to obtain enough protein for my body, like beans. Well, I only start to eat mince other than a huge piece of meat, but anyway good luck Jen! x 😘

Jenhamer
over 3 years

My advice would be dietician because you will get proven medical advice. They go through way more training than nutritionists. Erm others that can be deficient in is calcium if low dairy, zinc, selenium, vitamin d, a, e, k. And the problem is is that they cross over. For example without enough vitamin d you can't absorb calcium and without enough vitamin c you don't absorb iron as well. This is why they say that a well balanced diet with all food groups will support the body to function at its best. As soon as one food group is cut out then it can mess lots of processes up. If you think about it, if you ate meat 30 years ago then you can eat it again. You'll be suprised at how much easier it makes life and I have noticed already how it has given me more energy and helps to increase complete protein sources X X

siobhan
over 3 years

*south East England... Too busy typing and trying to watch first dates ☺️ simultaneously

siobhan
over 3 years

Good advice, I've had a bit of fish but just can't face meat for now. Vitamin B12 levels good so far but iron a bit low. Not sure what else I need to
Keep an eye on? Funnily enough I've been looking for a dietician in South end England . Need to think outside the box with a few health issues and have done some research on nutritionalists/dieticians / naturopath but difficult to know who to go for! Good luck anyway x

gemsandy
over 3 years

If steak is a bit intimidating looking at you on a plate cut it up while it's still hot, slather horseradish sauce on some bread and top with hot cooked spinach- best. Sandwich. Ever. Xx

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Siobhan it was hard at first because there is a big fad st the moment about how being vegan in the way forward. However, I am studying a nutrition dietician module at uni at the moment and all research proves that a balanced diet of meat, fish . Whole grains , fruit, veg and good quality dairy is the optimum diet that will leave you without deficiencies. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against vegans if they have a good reason for doing so however it is proven that they are much more likely to have deficiencies which can have a knock on effect on so many different health aspects that you may not be aware of. Lots of people ar turning to veganism or "plant based " as people are calling it because they see it's the in thing to do, if deliciously ella does it then we all should right? No the answer is no, any dietician (these professionals are more qualified that nutritionists) will tell us that an omnivore based diet is the healthiest diet you can have and boy am I pleased I am actually following these guidelines and not getting caught up in what is posted on the internet. The Internet can be a dangerous place. X

siobhan
over 3 years

Good luck Jen. I've not eaten meat for 30 years and have had a lot of pressure from well meaning friends and family to start again. It's difficult to know what to do for the best. Just not sure I could? I too find it hard to get sufficient iron - looking forward to the veggie plan as I'm sure Madeline will have everything nutritionally covered for us. Best of luck - you're doing so many positive things to nourish your body, keep strong X

Glowsquared
over 3 years

Recipe recommendation.. Beef skewers from Madeleine's book. They're delicious! X

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Thank you guys X

pincess
over 3 years

I know that lithe has Hereford cows. I'm sure it is good quality that your dad has bought. It's not going to hurt you either way. Eat this one and then look for beef that is sold as grass fed. Xxx

rosieA
over 3 years

This is great. Well done! My only advice would be introduce it slowly, I went from being a vegetarian to eating meat again and it takes a little while for your tummy to adjust! Xx

Jenhamer
over 3 years

Thanks guys. Yes I think the fact I had such a bad eating disorder means I don't absorb nutrients as well so plant based sources are not enough for me as they have phytates which limit the amount you can absorb which is why they are called non heme and meat is heme as its iron is more available and to be honest apart from anorexia I do not really have a reason to not eat meat, I always are it before I was ill and I know it can be part of a healthy diet. Having a bit of a freak out at the moment though, my dad bought a fillet steak for me from the waitrose counter and got a Hereford fillet which apparently is very good quality and was mega expensive but I don't know if it's grass fed or not so getting quite anxious. Can anyone help here? It seems to be very highly rated on the Internet?