Start Here.

MB #043: How Steak Can Kill You And What To Do So You Can Keep Eating It

mission briefing Dec 21, 2023

Read Time:~4 Minutes

There are only a few spots left before we cap the MFF Cohort and close registration (or only 5 days left to register - whichever comes first). We only open registration for this 2x/year.

A reminder that there's a money-back guarantee - so if you've been considering jumping in but weren't fully convinced yet, we guarantee you'll get value! Check out more details here.

Yes, it's a fitness program, but we’re going to address deep-rooted habits, core motivations, and spiritual strongholds. We’re going to pursue God afresh with fervor and focus. We’re going to build sustainable rhythms and habits around the way we eat, move, work, and rest. And we’re going to come out the other side well-positioned to execute our family mission and personal calling, as Mission-Fit dads.

Today I want to highlight for you the dangers of a meat-heavy diet without glycine.

For instance, eating a lot of steak without adding in other necessary animal products isn't exactly the natural way to eat animals.

We were designed by God to balance amino acids best by eating with variety.

So let's dive in.


Methionine is an essential amino acid (one that our body can't make, but needs to get from food) found in meat, fish, and dairy.

It's critical for creating glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body, and is needed for healthy metabolism.

Steak for instance is super high in methionine, but low in other amino acids we need.

We need another amino acid primarily found in connective tissue, skin, and bones called Glycine.

A diet rich in steak without any of these other animal products to balance the methionine and glycine levels will raise homocysteine levels in the blood, which can damage the lining of the arteries and encourage blood clotting, which raises your risk of heart disease.


Glycine is another amino acid that has some pretty significant roles and responsibilities. Glycine can act as a neurotransmitter, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cryoprotective (helps to maintain membrane fluidity at low temperature), and immunomodulatory (helps the immune system work more efficiently).

So where do we find Glycine?

  1. Gelatin powder (aim for grass-fed minimally processed)
  2. Bone Broth (aim for grass-fed beef bones, or organic + free range + humanely raised chicken bone broth. Kettle & Fire is a great brand)
  3. Poultry skin
  4. Seafood - carp, catfish, mollusks, clams, wild salmon
  5. Beef tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage, bones, etc.
  6. Collagen powder
  7. Glycine pills

I prefer to supplement with Glycine pills in the evening because Glycine helps promote deep sleep, but I am already in my fasting window by the time I would need to consume the Glycine, so I take it in pill form. If you go this route, 3 to 6 grams in the evening is the sweet spot for improving sleep and increasing glycine levels for health.

In the past, I've had 8-16 ounces of warm seasoned bone broth at night and that was a great practice too.


Eating is a lot more art than it is science, so don't let this stress you out - just aim to be mindful and include more glycine-rich foods into your diet...or get it from pill form if you'd prefer to just eat steak and nothing else.

See you next week!

P.S. Want to go deeper?

I have 1 or 2 private coaching spots that will be opening up sometime in January. If you're interested in exploring what it might look like to enter into an intentional season of learning life-long sustainable pathways to incredible fitness and health, spiritual formation, family discipleship, and more - apply for a free discovery call here.