Category Archives: No red meat

8 is not Enough

It may have been for Dick Van Patten and the gang but not for me. In case you’re wondering what I mean, let me show you;

"Eat after 8 and gain the weight."

"Don’t eat after 8 and you’ll lose the weight."

It rhymes so it must be logical right?  I mean come on, Shakespeare and Shakur both do it. Even though there is no evidence that it harms or hurts, people often believe this rhyme as rule.  But if that were the case, all of our mothers would have broken backs.

Not eating after 8 will prove to be tough some days. Sometimes I don’t make it out of the gym until 7:30 PM!  So in interest of following the letter of the law, no food can be consumed after 8 PM until morning and such food should be considered breakfast.

I’ll admit to some late night snacking so hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have that habit under control.

On the no red meat note, first red meat was beef jerky because it was convenient.  Tomorrow is the Broad Street Run here in Philly, a 10 mile race to benefit cancer. You can believe there will be some red meat consumed afterwards.

Almost a whole month and no updates

Oh my how time flies. It’s been almost 3 weeks and no posts!!! We’ll let me bring you up to speed before we jump into the next month. Not eating red meat isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.

  • I’m staying away from fast food which is mostly red meat based.
  • A hot breakfast just isn’t the same without bacon.
  • I don’t care what anyone says, chicken isn’t a pizza topping.
  • Chinese buffets are a great source of alternative food to red meat.
  • American restaurants are nothing but red meat: burgers, dogs, pizza, steaks, pork something.

It’s a pain having to be choosy but it’ doable.

Not really the other white meat


Only 7 days in to no meat (and 97 days into the Iron Will Year) and thanks to some clever marketing I’ve made a mistake.

After being brainwashed by commercials from the U.S. National Pork Board most of my life, I’ve been fooled into thinking that pork is a white meat.  Conventional wisdom (as well as the USDA) says that all mammals including ducks and geese are red meats.

Only in America do we try to convince ourselves that pork is a white meat. Or rather, only does the industry tried to convince us that park is a white meat in hopes that we will continue to buy it to reap the health benefits of white meat.

Things like this are what the Iron Will Year are all about; knowing what you are putting into your body rather than listening to what others say.  Education is the key to a healthy lifestyle! Lesson learned.