HOW TO BE AN ETHICAL CARNIVORE

As a fitness fanatic you’ve probably eaten more chicken breasts than bares thinking about! If you’re like us, you might, from time to time have a crisis of conscience about the ethical repercussions of consuming so much meat.

So, how do we tackle this ethical dilemma? Do we start delving into the world of veganism in a bid to balance the old moral compass? If you are a vegan we salute you, however for us (and I suspect a lot of you out there can relate) what even is life without a fillet steak?

With the carnivore in us unable to be tamed, there are still steps we can take to ensure that we consume animals in the most ethically sound manner possible:

Meat.

  • Most important on the list; don’t allow your meat products to perish. At the risk of sounding like a hippy, an animal has died for our protein fix. Be respectful of that fact and ensure you eat that animal ‘circle of life’ style! Check and rotate your fridge regularly being extra conscious of expiry dates and remember the freezer is your friend. If you won’t get around to eating that salmon fillet at the back of the fridge, freeze it for another day, your future self with thank you when stocks are running low or at the end of the month when moneys a bit tight. On a side note use the entire beast; if you’re cutting and that thigh meat just doesn’t fit your macros- give it to a friend, or a dog… or a doggy friend but don’t waste it.
  • If finance allows, consider buying free range products. It’s a comforting thought that your dinner had a better life before it’s untimely demise. We’ll save you the depressing reality but caged hens, for example, really do have a very sad life. Aside from that, you’ll also benefit from more nutritionally packed food source.
  • Consider game meat- a hugely underrated option on our dinner plates. As a rule, a hunter will have followed a very strict protocol to ensure its prey has been killed using the most humane options available. We’d take the option of a completely unexpected, painstakingly executed round to the head over a slaughter house any day! Game animals will usually have had the chance to roam freely in their natural habitat and have had a pretty damn good life before a swift and hopefully painless death. Game meat is also protein PACKED so will certainly fuel your gains in the gym too.
  • Eat sustainably; this is particularly relevant for fish. If you’re a cod lover; switch it up to coley or pollock for a change. Not only will you be helping conserve our fishy friends for future generations, but you’ll also be making a tidy saving; we all know eating healthy can make a dent in our wallets. Look out for dolphin friendly labels and RSPCA Freedom Food certification.
  • Once in a while, if your palate allows, try embracing some meat free protein sources. Get on board the #meatfreemonday craze and incorporate some beans, legumes, soy, cheese and yoghurt into your diet. Your body and your bank balance will thank you. It’s a great chance to fuel up on some micronutrients you might not normally benefit from.

Follow the 5 steps above and enjoy that Friday fillet steak with your conscience a little clearer that despite being a raging carnivore you’re doing your bit to fuel your gains responsibly.

Healthy foods, cooking and vegetarian concept fresh carrots with cherry tomatoes, garlic, lemon radish, peppers, cucumbers, butter on wooden rustic background top view

As a fitness fanatic you’ve probably eaten more chicken breasts than bares thinking about! If you’re like us, you might, from time to time have a crisis of conscience about the ethical repercussions of consuming so much meat.

So, how do we tackle this ethical dilemma? Do we start delving into the world of veganism in a bid to balance the old moral compass? If you are a vegan we salute you, however for us (and I suspect a lot of you out there can relate) what even is life without a fillet steak?

With the carnivore in us unable to be tamed, there are still steps we can take to ensure that we consume animals in the most ethically sound manner possible:

  • Most important on the list; don’t allow your meat products to perish. At the risk of sounding like a hippy, an animal has died for our protein fix. Be respectful of that fact and ensure you eat that animal ‘circle of life’ style! Check and rotate your fridge regularly being extra conscious of expiry dates and remember the freezer is your friend. If you won’t get around to eating that salmon fillet at the back of the fridge, freeze it for another day, your future self with thank you when stocks are running low or at the end of the month when moneys a bit tight. On a side note use the entire beast; if you’re cutting and that thigh meat just doesn’t fit your macros- give it to a friend, or a dog… or a doggy friend but don’t waste it.
  • If finance allows, consider buying free range products. It’s a comforting thought that your dinner had a better life before it’s untimely demise. We’ll save you the depressing reality but caged hens, for example, really do have a very sad life. Aside from that, you’ll also benefit from more nutritionally packed food source.
  • Consider game meat- a hugely underrated option on our dinner plates. As a rule, a hunter will have followed a very strict protocol to ensure its prey has been killed using the most humane options available. We’d take the option of a completely unexpected, painstakingly executed round to the head over a slaughter house any day! Game animals will usually have had the chance to roam freely in their natural habitat and have had a pretty damn good life before a swift and hopefully painless death. Game meat is also protein PACKED so will certainly fuel your gains in the gym too.
  • Eat sustainably; this is particularly relevant for fish. If you’re a cod lover; switch it up to coley or pollock for a change. Not only will you be helping conserve our fishy friends for future generations, but you’ll also be making a tidy saving; we all know eating healthy can make a dent in our wallets. Look out for dolphin friendly labels and RSPCA Freedom Food certification.
  • Once in a while, if your palate allows, try embracing some meat free protein sources. Get on board the #meatfreemonday craze and incorporate some beans, legumes, soy, cheese and yoghurt into your diet. Your body and your bank balance will thank you. It’s a great chance to fuel up on some micronutrients you might not normally benefit from.

Follow the 5 steps above and enjoy that Friday fillet steak with your conscience a little clearer that despite being a raging carnivore you’re doing your bit to fuel your gains responsibly.

 

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