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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

M4DE XD

MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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The big meat lie

The big meat lie

There cannot be many things in life that represent what makes a man a man, than meat. It must go back to our hunter gatherer roots where meat would have been the prize after a long and tiring hunt..............

In the modern day this same urge is represented by most men’s belief that only a man can prepare a BBQ (Probably one of the most illogical thought processes, as those hunter gatherer men would surely have been sleeping and have left the women to prepare it all, as men tend to do now).

 

Last year I watched Cowspiracy on Netflix. My Girlfriend at the time said we should become vegan. The documentary was compelling, explaining how emissions from agriculture were the main cause of climate change. And not only that, but the powers that be cover up that fact as the farming industry is worth trillions to government and the rich elite.

 

My main reason for not wanting to do it was the muscles I’d spent 3 years working hard for, and the belief that meat was the only way to look like that. I was probably eating 3 large servings of meat a day and lots of eggs and whey. Despite this unconscious attempts to hang onto an element of my being that was greatly fuelling my tattered ego, my conscience had been hit as I now knew I was involved in supporting an industry that was potentially ruining the world.

 

A few months later I decided I’d take the first step, remove meat, and become a pescatarian. I know this isn’t the full commitment to the cause but it made me feel better. As I was becoming increasingly aware I was coming into a new phase of my life, I felt that the change would match the general energy of my life.

 

I had accepted I may get smaller, but I decided I’d try my hardest to keep protein coming in. I also set myself a strict supplement routine.

 

Here are the positive things that have happened.

 

  1. I have got much leaner. And it’s easier to stay lean. I eat one or two treats each day. The last time I was this low I was almost certainly verging on anorexic during my running days.
  2. I have maintained all my muscle mass. Ok, I may have lost some, I haven’t had a Dexa so I cant say for certain. But I certainly feel like I look as good as I ever have.
  3. I have tried some different foods and have a much greater level of fruit and veg in my diet (well you have to eat something).
  4. My changing diet has coincided with what I feel has been a massive change in my character. I am less angry, in fact not really that angry at all, and people who have known me for a long time have said I look more relaxed. I once heard Phil Richards say meat can hold on to negative energy that is generated just before the animal is killed. You think you’d be a bit pissed off if you had to watch your mates die in a line in front of you knowing your next?
  5. My shopping bill is cheaper. Meat is expensive.
  6. My general health is better. My breathing, skin, and digestive processes are all much improved.

 

Here are the negative things that have happened

 

  1. A few men have questioned my sexuality. I stayed calm.

 

So in my 1 person, non peer reviewed study, taking out meat has been a great thing for me. I am going to try taking fish out as well after the summer. I’m only eating it 2 or 3 times a week perhaps anyway.

 

I accept I may have certain advantages in keeping muscles with no meat. Genetics, training experience, I have my own gym etc so I wouldn’t say it is possible for everyone, but I’d still recommend it as something that is largely positive.

 

It makes me wonder how much of the information we are given on needing to eat meat to gain mass is manipulated at the base level by the people who want to keep selling meat and chopping down the rainforest at an astronomical rate to grow grain. 

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