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Can you do it? No meat May

April 23rd, 2013 at 10:08 am

Good for your health, good for the Earth, good for your bank account.

WHat is it? eating no red meat. I realized yesterday, Earth Day, that I already am slowly but gradually already giving up meat. This article, more of an opinion than news, nevertheless put my own thoughts into black and white:

What I learned from a month of going vegan

She writes it's hard, but not THAT hard. And that you better be able to cook for yourself most of the time. And, like any new diet, don't do it fad-style, do it gradually to be successful.

"Forcing yourself to think harder about what youíre eating and where it comes from is habit-forming. And thatís a very good thing."

and, like the author, I also have become more critical of where, how and what are the foods I do buy.

"Four out of four of us also realized we wanted to raise the bar for the animal products we did eat."

Now the local morning radio jock on KVTA AM1590 is going to go meatless in May. This is a down to earth, typical dad (who I've met many times). I said I'd join in!

I am not trying vegan, but just taking out land based meat and probably most of the seafood. I'll allow myself the occasional backyard chicken or turkey, or fish my husband catches himself. ALso, eggs and cheese are ok, especially LOCAL!!

But I'm doing it for environmental reasons. 'Diet for a Small Planet' was the first of many books about what impacts farming and livestock have on land and water resources. That was 30 or 40 years ago. Now you can fill a big bookcase with the issues in industrial farming. Overfished seas. Genetic altering. Etc.

Would you do it? What is your reason? I'll write about my progress here as time permits.

Thanks for reading, here's a little free spirited copper ring lately from Pretty Cheap Jewelry - a little messy, expect the next few to be a bit more refined.

5 Responses to “Can you do it? No meat May”

  1. M E 2 Says:




    Tempting, but no. Can't do a whole month with no red meat.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I wouldn't want to. I've never been so sick in my life as when I ate a diet with no meat in it. A supposedly healthy vegan diet. Never again. I'm happy with my local grass fed, pasture-raised, organic, sustainably and humanely raised and harvested meats. And I'm healthier with them.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    I do it every month! I'm the opposite of Robin--I used to get sick all the time as a meat and dairy eater, and as soon as I went vegan my frequency of colds dropped (at least until I had small children in the house--ugh!). My cholesterol and blood pressure are fabulous.

  4. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    Haha! a microcosm of the world at large right here Smile
    Here goes to giving up ... BBQ, greek gyros, and meatballs
    Sure there will be some slip ups, but by the end of May I hope it's pretty permanent.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I definitely think some people are made to be meat eaters and others are made to be vegetarian. I remember reading the blood type diet years ago and thinking it made a lot of sense that things like that might determine what we can and cannot eat and thrive on. Of course, I eat a ton of fruits and veggies, it's probably 3/4 of my diet, I just eat meat, too.

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