YOUR ASS NEEDS GRASS (FED BEEF)
Once upon a time, in a land not so far away...
I was a vegetarian - and an extremely strict one at that. I blame Morrissey ;)
It was solely for ethical and environmental reasons rather than health. And with the general consensus being that too much red meat was unhealthy for us anyway, I figured that was a bonus. Meanwhile, I was eating just about anything else that was around - including pasta, pizza, and burritos. When my workouts and dance/circus training gained intensity, I realized I needed more protein in my life and my beloved tofu just wasn't going to cut it.
In the days of old, it was much more difficult to get the quality meat that we have today. Yes, I still cringe at the idea of an animal dying and landing on my plate, but I decided that if I was going to eat meat, that I would do it in the most responsible way possible. My reasoning is this: I would much rather spend my money on farmers raising animals ethically and humanely, than withhold my money from the horrible mainstream meat producers like Purdue. That $20 is going to mean MUCH more to a small, local farmer doing the right thing; MainstreamMeat USA won't even notice my spending strike. Most nutritionists up to snuff on the current research will agree that red meat is actually quite good for us - but it needs to be GRASS FED. This is key. Happier, healthier animals lead to happier, healthier people. It might be a bit pricier, but if it helps me kick ass during the day and sleep well at night, it's worth the extra dough.