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Less cow, more veg

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Big stuff happened to me 23 years ago. I stopped eating meat. Took 2 years but I did it. Truthfully, I woke up and after that, couldn’t lie anymore. Diet for a New America by John Robbins significantly shifted my awareness past my own desires and sent me spiraling into the world-wide-web – and no, not www.ThisThatorTheOther.com but into the bigger space of our environment. I was affecting its demise in a way that I realized I could control.

Giving up meat, I found simplicity and ease in food. Shopping and cooking became less challenging. Made a compost pile for organic gardening that was mulched with 12 inches of hay to reduce watering need. Canned and froze my own produce. Bought bulk organic foods from a co-op supporting local farmers. Recycled in a city with no recycling program. People thought I was really weird, sort of like “I was crunchy granola when crunchy granola wasn’t cool.”

Now, Super Veg Transformer hero I’m not. I have no aspirations of changing your or anyone’s internal processing center to be vegan or vegetarian. I’m quietly nudging you gently to consider investing in the health of eating more plants and less cow. Or chicken. Or turkey. Or pig.

Hard facts worked for me. Here are a few.

In the U.S., we produce:

100 million hogs

35 million head of cattle

a little more than 8 billion chickens

 

To do that, we use:

7 pounds of grain and 840 gallons of water for one pound of beef

6.5 pounds of grain for a pound of pork

2.6 pounds of grain for one pound of poultry

This excessive amount of meat (67% of our dietary protein comes from animals as compared to 30% worldwide) for consumption by men who already daily overeat protein by 70% and women by 25% is insanely reducing our resources. Water tables are drastically drained and not refilled. Greenhouse gases affecting our ozone layer are greater from animal food sources than veg. Animal waste, once fertilizer for farms growing multiple commodities pollutes our water, soil and air to the tune of one ton animal solids for every single person. We export and ship fewer foods further miles as our farms have shifted from multiple offerings to just corn, soy or cattle creating a deeper carbon footprint.

 

Gently nudged? Pick one of the following, master it, then add another. (more…)

Meatless Monday begins on Sunday

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Giving up meat even for one day is hard for carnivores but the benefits so outweigh the difficulty.  Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and even weight are some side benefits of going meatless – even for a day.

Get grocery shopping done on Sunday and you can whip out this tasty high protein soup filled with tasty spices and nutrient-dense veggies on Monday. Add a slab of hot, crusty bread with a vegetable buttery spread and your meal is complete.

Quinoa and Veggie Soup

Ingredients

Makes about 5 servings

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloved garlic, minced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 c. frozen green peas
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • 32 oz reduced sodium veggie broth
  • 1/2 c. red quinoa
  • 1/2 T. basil
  • 1/2 t. cumin
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in large pot on medium high heat. Saute onion until just translucent. Add garlic and stir 15 seconds.
  • Add carrots, celery, and red bell pepper and stir occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir in frozen peas and corn, veggie broth, quinoa and seasonings.
  • When pot reaches a boil reduce heat to medium low heat, cover, and dimmer 15-20 minutes or until quinoa is cooked and veggies are soft.

Adapted from What Tasty Food blog.

Happiness begins with veggies!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

If there was an eating style that made you happy, would you do it? 

What if that same eating style helped keep your weight in the healthy range?  And reduced your risk of breast, bladder and other cancers?  Would you then?

I’m even charged thinking that my risk of other diseases, like heart disease and diabetes that runs in my family, is lower with this eating style. 

What if this eating style was really quite simple to follow, with no deprivation aspect, and fills you to satisfaction every single meal?  And is environmentally friendly?  Would you then?

So what is it? (more…)