We don’t have cable TV, but even I know that Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino just came out with a new diet to help you get tight six-pack abs like his.
“If you wanna look somewhat like ‘The Situation’, which is definitely gonna’ be pretty hard,” Sorrentino says, “you need to get that protein in your diet.”
By contrast, Lierre Keith is famous not for her abs but for being a “recovering vegan.” Yet, like The Situation, Keith advocates for protein and promotes meat in her own controversial diet book, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability.
The high cost of no Price
Keith’s conversion from sprouts-and-tofu to steak-and-eggs came when she decided that the problem with the modern diet wasn’t meat but rather industrial agriculture. She was helped by the theories of dentist and diet-iconoclast Weston Price, who found that traditional peoples around the world had better teeth and enjoyed better overall physical and mental health than we did.
Like Price, Keith came to believe that if you get your food — including meat — whole, organic and unprocessed, both you and the planet will be healthier than relying on a Cargill-pushed diet of subsidized, mass-produced refined grains and sugars.
And humans’ really big brains? Keith says that evidence from evolution points to a diet of meat.
“We have the largest brain of any primate and we have the smallest digestive tract,” Keith tells Janaia Donaldson of Peak Moment TV. “How are you going to feed that brain? Our brains use 25% of the energy and you’re not going to get that out of plants. There’s just not enough energy.”
I don’t need no stinkin’ brains
Of course, with climate change, peak oil, Wall Street “financial innovation” and the Japanese nuclear plant emergency, humans’ big brains just ain’t what they used to be.
Sometimes I wonder if the world would be better off if we all just gave our brains a rest for a while and started focusing instead on tight abs. Fewer credit-default swaps and more crunches?
But whether you’re a fan of brains or abs, it would seem that high-protein diets have something for you.
— Erik Curren