Life Force Diet: Limit Meat Consumption

Most foods contain protein, including fruits and vegetables, yet many people still believe the myth that meat is the best or only source of protein. This myth and the dietary habits that support it are having serious health ramifications.

The average North American eats over 248 pounds of meat every year. That’s about 40 percent of his or her diet. Most experts con­firm that meat should not exceed about 10 percent of our overall food intake. So the average person is eating four times the amount of meat he or she needs.

While the proponents of high-protein diets espouse their weight-loss capacity, the reality is that almost everyone is currently on a high-protein diet just because of excessive meat consumption. And the overweight and obesity statistics are staggering.

One of the things proponents of high protein diets won’t tell you is that excess protein in your diet is turned into glucose (sugar) or glycogen (a spe­cific type of sugar that is made in the liver and muscles in your body), or turned into fat. That’s right: Too much protein is stored as fat!

But it’s not just the quantity of protein foods that play a role in health—the quality of the protein is also important. Animal protein requires a massive amount of energy and plentiful amounts of digestive juices and enzymes to adequately break down the meat into its amino acid constituent components. The result: Excessive meat can be hard on the digestive system and your whole body. And depending on the strength of your digestive system, even a small amount of concentrated protein foods like meat may be dif­ficult for your body to break down, meaning your body may not be getting the important amino acids contained within the protein food. Everyone is unique in this regard.

Meat is also devoid of fiber and contains little water, both of which are needed to ensure the proper movement of foods through the digestive tract. Excess meat can slow the whole process and potentially lead to waste and toxins being absorbed through the walls of your intestines alongside the nutrients that normally follow this path. Additionally, the by-products of meat digestion are acidic and can put a strain on the kidneys to eliminate the acid.

Start today to limit your intake of all types of animal protein to no more than 15 percent of your diet. Instead of trying to count calories to determine 15% of your diet. Estimate 15 percent based on the amount of food on your plate. If your plate was divided into six portions of food, 15 percent would be a little less than 1/6 of all the food on your plate. Yes, that includes white meat, red meat, and any other type of meat, including fish, and eggs. That means taking a look at your plate and making sure that only about one-seventh of the food you’re eating is meat. And try to choose only organic meat free of antibiotics, hormones, or other unwanted ingredients. Remember: You are what you eat! And, don’t worry if you don’t like meat or prefer to go vegetarian. That’s a valid option on The Life Force Diet.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, is a six-time and best-selling book author whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and holistic life coach. Visit to learn more. provides content and community for who you aspire to be–personally, socially and globally.


Dale Overall

Interesting but for the most the rest of the world does not consume as much meat as is done in the U.S. For instance, my meat consumption is not high in the sense that the portions are small, all one really needs is a serving the size of a deck of cards. Many people go for a day or two without eating meat.

The best diet is one that is balanced. There are people are not meat eaters and some of those enjoy bludgeoning those who eat meat with copious amounts of venomous insults:

"You want to eat agony? You want to eat fear? Just keep pretending that you don't know, and eat your dead meat."

Those who don't eat meat feed on dead plants, etc., and even plants like being talked to as they grow better.

Eating less meat is fine but I don't need people screaming invectives at me. I already know where meat comes from. Until Mother Nature invents a way to redesign the human body so that we can all dine on inorganic rock pate we and other species will feed on "death". So, til then: meat, fish, quinoa, tofu, fruit, honey, organic is best try and avoid GMO veggies...

Marilyn NO FWDS D.
5 years ago

As the article says: "Everyone is unique in this regard."

Personally, I had to add meat back into my diet (as did the Dalai Lama) for health reasons.

My husband and I share less than 60lb of organically/pasture raised meat per year and it's working out very well and seems to be just the right amount for us.
It's more expensive, but we eat so little of it, so it doesn't matter.

Murat K.
Past Member 5 years ago

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Harry M.
Harry M.6 years ago

There are holes in this article. First meat that is being consumed is not high quality meat. It is mass produced over a short period of time with feed that leads to an animal that has a high amount of bad fat and hormones.
If you can afford to eat game, Organically feed meat, or wild fish you get much of the needed protien that you body can digest. Bison, Wild Boar, Organic feed beef, chicken, wild turkey, wild salmon is rich in omega-3 oils.
Second, not everything that is non-meat is good for you. Soy contains estrogen producing componds that may cause boys to develop female charisitcs (infant formula). Beans and Nuts generate gas and bloating.
Thirdly, the american diet is also made up off "bad carbs" processed sugars, bleached grains, etc. that cause significant GI spikes.

Angelica A.
Angelica A6 years ago

Like it like it like it!
My brothers, my friends and my teachers always look at me like if I was an alien because I don't eat meat. It's funny though because the only ones suffering that I have a meatless plate at dinner are them ; )
Thanks for the article, it's going to be a forward to everyone of them

Amy F.
Amy Felix6 years ago

I've followed a vegetarian diet for years and I believe it has greatly enhanced my health. Maybe it isn't right for everyone but I'm sure glad it works for me, especially since the meat and dairy industry is so nasty.

Jessica H.
Jessica H6 years ago


Craig Newton
Craig Newton7 years ago

Pamela, the protein that comes from meat may be very hard to digest, but if you are not getting all the essential amino acids that will be the least of your worries. As to your second point you obviously stopped halfway through my post. I did say that no more than 15% of our diet should be protein, not the national average of about 40% (give or take). You are right about the prevalence of diseases brought on by too much protein (osteoporosis, kidney disease, CHD, gout, stroke, and certain types of cancer). Notice that I didn’t list high cholesterol among the above health problems. That is because a study done in UK recently in which 1152 people were followed for 10 years showed that those that ate as much as 8 ounces of meat daily had the same LDL cholesterol level as those who ate no more than 1 ounce. However, I do not advocate eating that much meat. If people ate the proper serving size of meat (about 3 ounces) the meat industry would be much smaller than it is. As for excess protein and the health issues that this causes, what you forget to mention is that if you eat too much vegetable protein the same thing will happen. Animal protein is not evil, too much protein is.
And to Lars, please don’t get so monomaniacal about being a vegan. It makes you look like a radical zealot and turns people off. I am just as passionate about not smoking, but I try to engage smokers in discussion rather than to berate and judge them. The best tack is informed discuss

Vural K.
Past Member 7 years ago


Emily A.
Emily A7 years ago

Keep in mind that soy products are HEAVILY processed and the processing is not healthy. Soy also causes problems by mimicking estrogen. It is not always a good thing, and too much can be and is harmful. Eating local animals that are raised correctly (free range, grass fed beef) will help reduce your carbon footprint significantly. Ask your local supermarket to carry local meats and ask them to label where their meat and eggs come from.

I am typically at 200-300% of my US RDA protein intake (which is pathetically and laughably low for anyone not in a near-vegetative, no pun intended, state) and I eat meat only once a day, and usually only 4-6 ounces. People who work out regularly need protein to heal their muscles.

Also, keep in mind that several species of fish are near extinction, like tuna, because we stupidly overfish them, as well as fishing the adolescents that haven't spawned yet. You should eliminate fish from your diet as much as possible to prevent their disappearance. You can get all those lovely fatty acids from flaxseed oil.

Eggs from happy hens are a good alternative to meat, too. Again, visit the egg farms in your area and make sure the farmer is doing the right thing. Then request that your local supermarket supply you with local eggs.