Meat: To Eat or Not to Eat? with Angela Mavridis – #249

Whether You Should Eat Meat and How to Choose High-Quality Protein Sources

Angela Mavridis grew up in the heart of the Mediterranean, eating fresh, whole foods. After moving to the United States, Angela became a vegetarian for many years, only to realize that the vegetarian diet was taking a toll on her health. Following a Paleo lifestyle once again, Angela is now the owner of Tribali Foods, a company that sources organic, high-quality meats. In today's podcast episode, she talks with JJ about whether or not you should eat meat and why the quality of your protein is key. Listen as Angela shares what you need to look for when choosing protein and how to understand nutrition labels, including the difference between terms like organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised. Find out how to change your plate – one bite at a time!

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Main Points From Today’s Episode

1. Meat isn’t evil! What matters is how it’s raised, how it’s prepared, and what it’s eaten.

2. Organic, grass-fed and grass-finished beef means that it’s free of antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones. It also has a better profile of fatty acids and is higher in certain vitamins and minerals.

3. When it comes to protein, Angela eats from the rainbow. That includes high-quality sources of protein like salmon, lamb, venison, beef, and poultry.

Episode Play-By-Play

[2:10] Angela’s career briefing

[2:55] Listener’s review on iTunes

[4:33] Angela’s journey from Paleo to confusion to back again

[6:55] Over time, a vegan and vegetarian diet took a toll on Angela’s health.

[8:06] How Angela handles conflicting messages about nutrition

[9:41] It’s important to figure out what works for you

[11:37] Understanding food labels

[13:05] It’s key to eat as whole and as real as you can.

[13:22] Sources of protein: what organic, grass-fed, and grass-finished means, and why it matters

[14:41] The difference between pasture-raised and free-range chicken

[15:22] What to look for when buying seafood

[17:09] What made Angela decide to start her own food business

[20:34] Products available at Tribali Foods

[22:50] The importance of choosing quality over quantity

[24:40] If you want to lose weight even faster, here’s the two-word secret: Extra Fiber!

[26:16] Listener’s question: How much protein should I be eating?

[28:50] You also need to be sure that you’re digesting your protein well.

[29:45] Factors that can shift your protein requirements

Mentioned in this episode:

EWG's Seafood Guide

Vital Choice

Extra Fiber

Metabolic Digestive Balance

The Virgin Diet

7-Day Stop, Drop & Swap Challenge

JJ Virgin Official Facebook page

JJ Virgin on Instagram

JJ Virgin on YouTube

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