Vitamin B12: Something to measure or not to measure -- and WHY

Elizabeth asked... Is it necessary or desirable to have my vitamin B12 levels checked?

Yes, and YES!

We don’t need a lot of vitamin B12 to stay healthy, but we do need a steady supply. Most adults need 2.4 mcg (micrograms) a day. To get an idea of what that means… 3 ounces of pan-fried beef liver has more than 70 mcg. BLAH! Beef, salmon, and tuna have about 2.5 mcg in each 3 oz. serving. But these aren’t such great options either.

Your gut is a hot mess, my friend. It needs your attention NOW!

Jim W. commented... Talk to me about losing my gut size. It appears that I have a lot of fatty tissue there. And, yes my diet now includes meat, eggs, etc. Not much plant food. 

Jim, I’m glad that you’re paying attention to the size of your waistline. Your growing “gut,” as you put it, is a sign that you’re accumulating visceral abdominal fat. And that needs your attention. BIG TIME!

How Do You Get Protein If You Don't Eat Meat?

I get this question more times than I can count. 

We have been hood-winked into believing that we need to eat animal protein for good health. We are obsessed with thoughts about getting enough protein. 

STOP THAT! Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Eating meat is NOT necessary for good health. People all over the world thrive on meatless diets. In fact, vegans and vegetarians, people who DON'T eat meat, live longer and better than people who do eat it.