How about a side of superbugs with that grilled chicken breast? Could that slab of meat on your plate kill you over the course of the next couple of days? Possibly. And not what you were probably bargaining for when you were trying to eat your lean protein cut.
Thanks to antibiotic misuse in animals, the very bacteria those antibiotics are supposed to kill could resist their feeble attempts, ultimately wreaking havoc on your own digestive probiotics. While the Beauty Detox plan doesn’t advise consuming large amounts of animal protein (yes, it’s totally possible to get all the protein you need from plant-based sources), but I know some of you still enjoy keeping some meat in your diet, so I thought it was important to share this.
Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Have Been Found in Meat
In February, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) released its annual report on retail meat. The results were scary.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzed the findings on samples of poultry, pork, and beef, and concluded that there were antibiotic-resistant salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria on:
- 81 percent of ground turkey
- 69 percent of pork chops
- 55 percent of ground beef
- 39 percent of chicken breasts, wings, or thighs
Salmonella and Campylobacter are no walk in the park to begin with, but in the past, antibiotics were able to get you back on your feet within a few days. But now, superbug versions of bacteria severely limit the possible medications that will make you better and could land you in the hospital for quite a while. In some cases, you may develop chronic arthritis from salmonella complications, or even die. According to EWG, Campylobacter can result in Guillan-Barre Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that could leave you paralyzed.
In addition, the EWG report states that 53 percent of the chicken samples contained superbug versions of E.coli bacteria, which can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, according to the Mayo Clinic. FoodSafety.gov points out that it could also cause kidney failure and death. It’s straight up scary.
Are you wriggling in your seat yet? Does that really sound like “clean” food to you? That turkey burger you were planning to have for dinner may not sound so appealing anymore. You don’t have to swear off burgers forever, though. Try the Alkaline-Grain Veggie Burger made from millet, not meat. Even my dad likes them!
Misuse of Antibiotics in Livestock
So how did these superbugs come to exist? Essentially, it boils down to the overuse (and misuse) of antibiotics in livestock. Livestock is pumped full of these antibiotics in order to promote rapid growth, maintain their health even in cramped and unsanitary conditions, and to prevent and treat diseases. According to the PEW Charitable Trusts, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics were sold for use on animals raised for food. Only 7.7 million pounds were used to treat sick humans. Sounds like a lot right? Well it is!
According to CNN, the FDA is attempting to collaborate with the meat industry rather than enforcing regulations for now. They’ve suggested cutting back on unnecessary antibiotic use in animals, but whether the farmers decide to do so is ultimately up to them (great!). The FDA doesn’t track how the antibiotics they purchase are actually put to use, so when you buy meat in a restaurant or a store, you won’t know what you’re getting unless you’re extremely careful.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Even if you aren’t worried about the superbugs affecting you because you use a meat thermometer to make sure your food is thoroughly cooked and you’re meticulous about washing your hands, not re-using utensils, and cleaning up when you’re done, you could still be affected. Guess where the antibiotics- along with a brew of toxins, chemicals, hormones, and even steroids (definitely what not to eat while pregnant!) end up when you eat those meats, even if you’ve killed all the bacteria during the cooking process? Your body. So what can you do to avoid getting sick now from the bacteria, or later, when the additional toxins have had a chance to make a home in your cells?
The first, most obvious reaction–and one that I recommend as part of the Beauty Detox plan- is simply to eliminate or at least greatly cut down on your meat consumption.This will help you to not only avoid harmful bacteria, but also make your body less acidic, and ease all the Beauty Energy you have to waste on digesting meat. Digestion concerns aside, you’re still putting all the toxins those animals were fed into your body when you eat them. So even if you don’t get sick from the meat now (because your meat was thoroughly cooked and handled properly, always important), it could make you sick later, once the toxins have built up. Any of these chemicals, hormones, etc, will put a damper on your beauty and energy levels, and will also age you more quickly.
If you do still wish to eat meat, make sure you buy organic, hormone-free animal products. If you can, take it a step further and purchase from a local farm or source and don’t hesitate to ask questions about how the animals are cared for. By making this tweak to your buying habits, you’ll not only cut down on your potential exposure to superbugs, you’ll conserve Beauty Energy by not ingesting toxins, either. Check out restaurants that source such meats, if you eat out.
Another thing you can do is switch to sea animals for some of your meals that contain animal protein. While eating seafood comes with its own list of concerns and toxins, you can temporarily escape some of the issues with livestock and superbugs by occasionally having fish a few times a week, maximum. Be sure to choose fish like wild Alaskan salmon, mahi-mahi, sole, tilapia, trout, striped sea bass, haddock, halibut, and whitefish over the ones that are higher in toxins, like swordfish, tuna, shark, bluefish and Chilean sea bass.
Beauty Proteins to eat instead include:
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Chlorella and Spirulina, both of which are algaes that are 65 and 60 percent protein, respectively
- Quinoa, one of the top Beauty Foods for building long, lean muscles. Try this quinoa stuffed peppers recipe.
- Green vegetables (Broccoli has 11.2 grams of protein per 100 calories whereas steak only has 5.4 grams!)
- Legumes and beans
Rather than leaving an acidic residue in your body as meat would do, these Beauty Foods will help your body become more alkaline, which is the key to your beauty and your health.
Remember, soy and whey protein powders are not part of the Beauty Detox plan. Raw hemp protein powder and hemp seeds are much better for you and provide you with 11 grams of protein per 30-gram serving. Hemp is another one of the best Beauty Foods for a gorgeous, toned body. Sprouted raw protein powders are great also.
If you’re eating Light to Heavy each day as I recommend in the Beauty Detox plan, you’ll be eating animal protein later in the day, if at all. I don’t recommend eating it more than once per day. It’s not necessary, and limiting your intake is another way to lower your odds of consuming meat that will make you sick.
Your immune system will also be stronger if you’re following the Beauty Detox plan, so if you do get sick, your body will be able to do everything it can to make itself well again (though that is definitely not an invitation to skip seeing the doctor for a prescription and care!). The stronger your immune system, the more likely you’ll be to recover.
Alternatives to Meaty Meals
If you’re ready to let go of animal protein for good or just for more meals per week, try mixing in whole grains that are complete proteins, like quinoa, to fill you up and make the transition easier. You can also pulse nuts in your food processor until chunky to make traditionally meaty favorites, sans meat.
Some of my favorite hearty Beauty Detox meals include:
- Raw Gorilla Taco Wraps
- JMP Raw Lasagna
- Quinoa Ten-Veggie “Fried Rice”
- Rainbow Stuffed Peppers
Enjoy and be well!
Hi girls, I mainly eat fresh wild games meats. And get my vegetbles out of my garden. Allergic to a lot of fruit s,want badly.to lose belly fat. Been working on it for 3 months now and no inches lost. Any idea will help. Email any time,oh how does twitter work I’m on there.??? Hope to hear from you soon!!! Julie
Thank you Kimberly! I started reading your blog about 3 weeks ago and began blending your Glowing Green Smoothie. What a difference it has made in my life! I have lost 9 pounds so far. I am no longer addicted to caffeine and my cravings for sweets has deceased tremendously. I am sleeping erred and my dark circles have disappeared from my eyes completely. I have been reading up on blending for a while however it always felt as though people just wanted to sell their book. I feel as though you are a friend who is just sharing some information. Your blogs are knowledgable with common sense information. I have told many of my friends about you because they keep asking where did I get my “glow” from! Thank you again it is great to feel good
I am working on consuming less meat over time. I have started since last Thanksgiving after eating so much I felt so bad and lathargic I could barely move. I love my glowing green smoothies. They have literally saved my life. I’m not overweight, however, eating healthier and making lifestyle changes is what my new mantra is all about. Thanks Kimberly.
The Quinoa ten veggie fried rice sounds delicious but there’s no link!
Could you make it so I can share your articles onto my facebook? I’m vegetarian and into eating healthy and there are articles I would like to go to facebook for others to see as I’m always encouraging people to not eat meat and to eat better.
Actually went off meat products a month ago. We both love the fact we did this and are enjoying fabulious meals made with veggies and some grains.
Love your recipes and suggestions but FYI there is good meat and chicken and eggs if you find yourself a respected LOCAL farmer who you can trust for grass fed, hormone free, loving animals. I have one and it is so GOOOOOD! But I love my veggies and good grains as well.
Also be careful when you buy your seafood as the farm raised shrimp and fish are LOADED with ICKY chemicals toxins and hormones! By WIld Caught ONLY and watch for things such as NAtural (BS) and if it comes from Vietnam or Asia DO NOT BUY – ALL FARM RAISED!
I can not have any grains or dairy…..can I still go meat free? Are you opposed to good fish?
me, too! We need to start a “No grains/dairy” Group! 🙂 Now that I finally omitted grains and dairy, I no longer have a yo-yo weight issue, lost 50 lbs, and don’t feel like I’m on a roller coaster anymore!
Kimberly, is a beautiful young lady that has chosen to take care of her skin and body from the inside out! and it shows too! she is beautiful….so glad I was home from work that day she appeared on Dr. Oz
Dear Kimberly. Thanks for sharing these great ideas and helping people to be healthy. My question is: shouldn’t we eat meat even if it is from organic farms, where animals are fed only with organic grass and no hormones are added to meat? I am really engaged with this because my father is a farmer and meat from his farm is completely organic.
Kimberly, what foods are good on the beauty detox diet, what nuts or seeds are good on this diet.
Mrs. Amber M. McCutchen
Kimberly everything you are saying is so very true, I praise God for your wisdom and for standing up to help save peoples lives. I am so proud of you…
Excellent Intel-thanks you for posting!
Question: I remember reading in Kimberly’s book that there are certain foods you want to pair with proteins and NOT pair with proteins. I am in the middle of moving and don’t have Kimberly’s Beauty Detox book available. Could someone who knows reiterate that protein rule for me? Thanks!