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Why I Eat Meat (And How Other Men Could Benefit from Eating Meat)

Afternoon gents! This is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and today I’d like to talk about something rather controversial: eating meat. Now, it should be no surprise to anyone that this overall idea has been hotly debated in recent years. The moral, environmental, and health consequences of eating meat and other animal products have come into quite a lot of debate, thanks mostly to the rise of the internet. So today, I’d like to take my stance on eating meat and animal products and why consuming such products can be beneficial, if done in moderation. And if any of you reading this happen to be vegetarians or vegans, please do not misinterpret this as attacking those groups or ideologies. I believe that there can be certain health benefits to only eating plants and grains and avoiding animal products. However, I do not believe that those benefits outweigh the benefits of including meat in your diet. But without further ado, let’s get to the rest of the post. Here are three (3) of the biggest reasons why I eat meat and how other gentlemen can benefit from it: there are certain vitamins and nutrients that only come from meat products. (And it’s not a double-entendre, it’s just a dietary preference. Perverts ;D)

1. There are vitamins and nutrients that can only be found in meat products

This is the possibly the biggest argument in support of animal products. There are a number of nutrients that can only be found in animal products. Among these nutrients are Vitamin B12, creatine, and Vitamin D3. Vitamin B12 is shown to be involved with the function of almost every cell in the human body, and is largely involved in the formation of blood and brain matter. Creatine is a sort of energy reserve for our cells, and while it is produced naturally by the liver, the amount produced by it isn’t sufficient enough to provide enough energy the body regularly needs. Vitamin D3 is a variant of Vitamin D found in meat and eggs. While Vitamin D can produced naturally by exposing our skin cells to sunlight, Vitamin D3 is a viable substitute in the event you don’t get enough sunlight. Also, while another variant, Vitamin D2 is found in plants, most doctors have found that D3 is more effective. And by now you may be asking, why not take supplements? While that is a good option, it’s my belief that these nutrients are better for you if they come from the meat products themselves. What many people don’t know is that many commercially sold vitamin supplements are produced artificially, and I practically live my life by the rule that natural is and always will be better than artificial. And all of this is really the only explanation I have as to how I and other men can benefit from eating meat. All the rest are just my personal reasons why I eat meat.

2. It’s perfectly fine in moderation and while remaining health conscious

There’s no denying it, it’s just a fact: some countries, particularly the United States and Australia consume way too much meat. Despite all the benefits that I just listed above, they will mean absolutely nothing if you don’t remain health conscious. The reason many vegans associate meat eaters with things like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and the like is because the only examples they look at are those people who almost exclusively eat meat or are not very health conscious. What a lot of vegans seem to overlook, however, is that there are many meat eaters who are just as health conscious, if not more so, than many vegans are. My dad for example, has been eating meat ever since he was a kid. He goes out mountain bike reading at least twice a week and it still working as fifty (50) years old, and he has one of the cleanest hearts his doctor has ever seen, and he is still in fantastic shape, being nowhere near overweight. Another thing people need to keep in mind is that moderation is everything. Admittedly, this is something I myself need to work on. While I don’t believe in cutting meat out of your diet entirely, eating it in moderation and balancing it with your consumption of plants and grains is just as important as the aforementioned vitamins and nutrients themselves. So, while the consumption of meat can be very beneficial, you just need to remember to remain health conscious and that moderation is everything.

3. Humans have evolved to eat meat

Despite what many vegans may argue, humans by their nature are omnivores (animals that ingest both meat and plants for food). The fact that the human stomach is able to dissolve meat and that our digestive tract can digest it should be enough evidence in and of itself, but there are other evolutionary traits that show it too. Humans have developed incisors and canines, teeth that are specifically designed for tearing through meat. However, this does not mean people should start swearing off meat, as there are other evolutionary traits, like molars in the back of our mouths, that allow us to grind up plant matter. There’s no arguing it, humans are meant to ingest both meat and plants.

So there it is! Three (3) reasons why I eat meat, and how other young men could benefit from eating meat (and animal products). With there being certain nutrients that can only be found in animal products, and that it’s fine in moderation, there are so many benefits that can come from eating meat. Again, if any of you reading this happen to be vegans or vegetarians, do not misinterpret any of this as hate or oppression towards your community or ideologies. If you genuinely believe that a diet devoid of meat and animal products is healthier, I have no problem with that. I’m just trying to outline why I’ve chosen to stick with the “social norm” of eating meat. But in any case, thank you for reading this post! I apologize for being absent for so long, I’m a young college student who was in the thick of finals in the past few weeks, but now that my semester is over, I should have a lot more time to post! With that in mind, be sure to follow the blog and make sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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How to be Single

Evening gents! It’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here. Today, I thought it would be nice to reach out to all you bachelors out there. Now, being in a relationship with a nice lady can be an incredibly satisfying and happy experience, but being single is incredibly satisfying as well. I know I myself go through phases of enjoying being single, but I also go through phases where I can’t stand it. So in this post, I’m going to show you how you can enjoy being single 100% of the time in three (3) easy steps! (Also if this post gets taken down, please know that this is in no way infringing on the copyright of the movie)

1. Spend time with friends

The whole point of being in a relationship is having someone to spend time with someone you’re close to who’s willing to support you in whatever you do. While there’s obviously a more romantic (and eventually marital) edge to having a girlfriend, your friends are there to do the same thing. Your friends are there to support you, and are, more often than not, sad to see you upset, and happy when you’re happy. Plus you can never beat a classic poker night with the guys, or heading out to a movie with your buddies! So while you may not have a significant other, spending time with your friends can offer the same amount of emotional high that going out on a date with someone.

2. Invest your emotions in art

If you were to ask any artist why they take part in their craft, whether it be a painter, a musician, a filmmaker, or anything similar, nine (9) times out of ten (10), they will say that they do it for emotional catharsis. They let their emotions speak through their art. In fact, emotional release is likely the biggest reason art even exists in the first place. In fact, some of the greatest artistic masterpieces were products of emotional hardships. Now it’s no surprise that a breakup, or just the general despair of being single can be pretty difficult. If you need to let out your emotions, try doodling, play an instrument, try writing a poem. As lame or “girly” as that sounds, you’ll find that it’s a much better way to release your emotions than binging three seasons of The Office and gorging yourself on ice cream and peanut butter.

3. TALK TO PEOPLE!

When it comes to letting out your emotions, nothing works better than actually talking to people about them. Whether it be a friend, family member, or anyone else you trust, talking about how you’re feeling will be an even better emotional release than even art. Because only another human being can properly respond and react to the emotions you show them. and if you trust them, they will always be willing to listen. Talking to someone and just letting your emotions flow out will make you feel so much better, it’s that simple.

So there we have it! Follow these steps, and being single will be a breeze! Again, While being in a relationship can be an amazing and happy time, being single can also be very liberating, allowing you time to just discover yourself and spend time with other people you care about. I hope all you gents enjoyed reading the post, and I wish you the best of luck in any future relationships. Be sure to share this post with a friend, and follow the blog on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. On that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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The Importance of Punctuality

Evening gents! It’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here, and today I’m going to talk to you about something that I am a huge stickler for: punctuality. I always make a huge deal about showing up on time, no matter what it is. Two of my life mottos are “If you aren’t going to show up on time, why bother showing up?” and “If you’re early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late”. This applies to everything I attend; classes, job interviews, concerts, parties, and the like. Unfortunately, not many people seem to make as much of a priority out of being on time as I do. So today, I’m going to give you three (3) simple reasons why punctuality is so important.

1. It gives you more time to prepare

Now, this may not apply to everything you attend, but it can help especially if you’re participating in an athletic event or performing in a concert or play. Anyone who’s ever participated in these events has most likely had a call time, usually for a soundcheck or team warmup. However, it’s even better to show up even earlier than your call time, because it gives you more time to get warmed up if you need the time to do so. As a trumpet player, I can personally attest to this, as it can take up to twenty (20) minutes for me to completely and properly warm up, even before sound check. Or, if you’re in a play, you could have to do a quick line run-through before setting up for soundcheck or getting into costume. So, if you need some extra warmup time before your concert, play or game, just show up a bit early!

2. You can help set up for the event

Whether it’s a party, a concert, or anything in between, whoever’s hosting the event will likely be scrambling to get everything ready. If you show up early and offer to help the host set up for the event, it will not only alleviate the host’s stress immensely, but it will also help the event run more smoothly since no one in stressing over getting everything set up in time. Plus, like what I said in my post about being a better party guest (which I have linked right here if you missed it http://wp.me/p7U271-1O), helping the host and alleviating their stress will likely get them to invite you to more of their events in the future!

3. It shows that you care

This ESPECIALLY applies if you’re going to a class or a job interview, but it can also help in any of the other events I have mentioned above. Showing up early for whatever event you’re going to simply shows the host, interviewer or your teacher that you care about being there. If you show up late for any reason (with obvious exceptions for emergency situations like a sudden traffic accident or having to tend to an injured person), it shows that you simply don’t care about being there, which is why I say that showing up late is just as disrespectful as not showing up at all. Plus if you arrive early for a job interview, it will present a good impression to your prospective employer and you’d be more likely to get hired. Arriving to any event on time simply shows that you care and that you really want to be there!

So that’s it! If you ever thought that being punctual wasn’t important, here’s to hoping that this post has changed your mind at least a little bit. I hope you enjoyed this post, and feel free to leave a comment, follow the blog, and share this post with a friend! Also be sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to also read any of the past posts from the blog. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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The Joy of the Holidays

Merry Christmas gents! It’s Max from The Young  Gentleman’s Guide here. So, I just watched a video this morning by a YouTube channel known as The Warp Zone, which I’ll include a link to here. https://youtu.be/Ruyomacc_5 

It’s pretty funny, and it actually shines a bit of light on where many of the traditions of Christmas come from. I’m sure it’s a bit more complicated than what the video will have you believe, but it seems that they get their point across. But today, I’m going to talk about all the holidays that are celebrated around this time; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and  the like. While the aforementioned video makes it seem that the Christians essentially stole many Pagan winter traditions as a ploy to subjugate the Roman people into the Christian faith, I’m willing to bet that that was only part of the Christians’ plan (I could be completely wrong about that, but I’m an optimist, cut me some slack). Now, it’s worth mentioning that I am a devout Catholic who spends this time celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ the savior. And while this is how I choose to celebrate during the winter season, there are many other nations or religions that celebrate it in different ways. Now I’m not going to act like I know every single tradition that goes with every single winter holiday, because I don’t. However there is one common theme I’ve seen throughout these various holidays which is what I want to focus on today: the feeling of peace, love, and joy.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday in December, I think we can all agree that around this general time of year, most people set aside said time to be a bit nicer to people, enjoy time with their families, or simply have some fun with people out in the snow (if you even have snow where you live). There are even some symbols and traditions that are more synonymous with the winter season, not specifically Christmas, like snowmen, snowball fights, gift giving, sledding down the hills, and decorating our homes. The winter season is a time of happiness, generosity, peace, and forgiveness. Of course, there are always those people who argue that this time of year is just a huge commercial riot facilitated by big corporations, and while that is true to a certain extent, that’s not to say it’s all bad. To a point, it’s that sense of commercialism that can facilitate the good feelings that are associated with the season, whether it be a gift for a family member, a card to send to an old friend, or even a pair of gloves so you can spend more time out on the snow. Obviously, there should be a line drawn, so as not to let that commercialism take over, but now we’re starting to get off-topic. What’s important is that this time of the year is a time set aside for family, friends, and colleagues to settle their differences, share a drink, or be a little bit nicer to people. So whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or simply enjoying the falling snow, take a minute to call someone. It could be a family member, a friend, an old roommate, an old army buddy, or even a loose acquaintance, and just tell them “Hey, you’re awesome, I’m blessed to have in my life!” Just that one little gesture will light up someone’s holiday, and it will only make your holiday that much better. In any case, gents, I wish you all a merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

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Why Art is Important to a Young Gentleman

Morning gents! To start this post, I need to ask this question. What is art? If you ask that question to a hundred different people, you’ll likely get a hundred different answers. The way I define art, however, is as follows: any medium that allows someone to express emotion outside of natural human expression, like speech and natural movement. This is a large umbrella of media, including visual art, music, dance, theater, photography, even film, architecture and cooking. Art is arguably the biggest defining feature of any nation’s culture, and the United States is no different. Our nation’s culture has been defined by great musicians like Louis Armstrong and John Williams, film directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and overall creative icons like Walt Disney. However, in today’s society, U.S. culture is also being defined by something else; it has practically become taboo for men past a certain age to express any sort of emotion other than stoicism and bravery. Any man who shows any kind of fear, sadness, or any other natural human emotion is seen as weak, or the beta male (which likely will deserves a post in its own right explaining the absurdity of that idea). So in a culture where men are seen as weak and “not real men” for naturally expressing emotion, studying art is starting to become more and more important to a young man. While a man will be harshly criticized for expressing emotion the way any human would naturally, he will be substantially less criticized for using art to express said emotion (though he may be seriously judged for practicing certain kinds of music or dance, which is just as ridiculous). So while any of you young men reading this may be made fun of or criticized for actually speaking your emotions, consider pursuing art. I’ve found my outlet in music. I have friends who are musicians, some are very skilled chefs, and other men I know are even extremely talented actors! In a society that won’t accept you if you show emotion regularly,  hopefully you can find another way to express yourself that you enjoy.

I know this post was much less formulaic than my last few posts, but I hope any of you young men reading this are able to take it to heart and find a constructive outlet to express yourself. Be sure to follow the blog and check out any of The Young Gentleman’s Guide’s’ posts. Also make sure to check out all our social media pages, send TYGG an email at younggentlemansguide@gmail.com, and let me know how any of your artistic endeavors go! Until next time, gents, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!