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Beef Consumption Continues To Decline In The United States

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Beef consupmtion declines

PETA must be ecstatic! Ha!

American's are either eating more veggies or all those Chic-fil-A commercials are working because beef consumption in the United States has continued to decline in 2011.

According to the USDA, this year's U.S. per capita beef consumption was at 57.4 lbs. per person, which is down 13% from 2001 and 25% from 1980!

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PETA Approves Of Horse Slaughter??

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PETA supports the new law that allows the US to slaughter horses for their meat and eat them?

Not exactly.

As we previously mentioned, President Obama recently made it legal to slaughter and eat horses here in the US.

The reason PETA supports the law, for now, is that just because it was illegal to slaughter horses in the US, it wasn't like ranchers were just going to not kill their horses anymore.

They would ship them in tractor trailers extremely long distances to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered there. So horses were being forced to stand for hours with little to no food or water.

PETA said:

"No one wants to see any horse killed for meat or to turn a fast buck, and PETA has always had concerns about the suspension of US slaughter, since it meant more suffering for these sensitive animals, not less.

What we feared would happen did: Rather than have a change of heart and stop killing horses, greedy ranchers who deal in horse flesh simply jammed their “commodities” into tractor trailers and hauled the frightened animals hundreds of miles to Canada and Mexico – a journey most did not have to face before – to terrifying deaths in slaughterhouses there."

Okay. We understand now.

If horses are going to be killed anyway, it's best that they don't suffer before they die.

Still sad though.

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Obama Approves Slaughtering And Eating Horses??

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President Obama just legalized horse slaughter for human consumption.

Yup.

That means the president says we can now kill and eat horses.

Gross.

The bill was signed into law right before thanksgiving.

So Obama will pardon two turkeys but only after sentencing 120,000 to 200,000 horses to death.

The slaughtering of horses was originally illegal only because there weren't any finances to support the inspection of horses in transit and the slaughter houses.

But now there apparently are enough finances.

So even though 70% of Americans are against horse slaughter, and Obama made a campaign promise to permanently ban horse slaughter, he still signed the bill.

Seems dishonest to us.

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Factors To Consider When Deciding On A Diet

Filed under: Exclusives!Q&ADietsLisa DeFazio

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There are A LOT of diets out there, but when trying to decide on the diet that is right for you it is also important to consider A LOT of factors!

Since there is so much to contemplate, FitPerez reader Jess wrote dietician Lisa DeFazio for some healthy help, asking:

Hi Lisa,

How do you decide what kind of diet to go on? Instead of limiting different foods is moderation the key for everyone? Also, how many calories should you eat a day if you want to lose weight in a healthy way?

According to Lisa D:

Hi Jess!

There are so many diets, some good, some very bad. There are many diets that work, and there are some factors to consider when choosing a plan to follow.

First consider your lifestyle. Do you cook and go to the market, or do you eat on the run? Do you have any health issues? I recommend getting a full physical, blood pressure and complete blood work (including a lipid profile, B12, iron, thyroid, blood glucose, etc.) to determine if you have special dietary restrictions.

For example, if you have high cholesterol, you need to cut down on animal products, if your blood glucose is high, you should follow the diabetic guidelines and cut down on sugar. The general rule for weight loss is that women should consume 1200 to 1500 calories per day and men should have about 1600 to 1800 calories per day. Any calorie level below 1200 calories per day is considered a medical weight loss program and you should see a doctor weekly, as you are more vulnerable to complications.

Overall, moderation will work if you have the discipline to stop at one cookie or 5 chips, but not everyone has the discipline to do this! Personally, I do not keep the junk in the house because once I start I want more, so I just avoid it!

For more great dietary advice, shoot Tips@FitPerez.com an email, then check back to see if Lisa answers your question!

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Slim Summer Cocktails

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Along with summer's trips to the beach, exotic vacations, and backyard barbecues, a lot of people tend to do a lot more DRINKING! Ha!

If you're trying to slim down, the best thing to do is avoid consuming alcohol all together. However, if you're going to indulge in a cocktail or two, indulge while consuming the least amount of calories!

Check out a low-calorie liqueur called Ty Ku, which has half of the calories of ordinary vodka, as well as some easy recipes for delicious skinny cocktails for you and your friends above!

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