NSV#5: Eating Less Meat
Monday, July 30, 2012
Like many of us raised in the '50s and '60s, the star of my childhood dinner plate was a hunk of beef, pork, or chicken. My parents would buy a WHOLE COW, and put the packaged meat into a gigantic chest freezer in our basement. With some supplementation it would feed our family of seven for a year. It was nearly a crisis of epic proportions when my Catholic family had to subsist on tuna fish, deviled eggs, or pancakes on Friday nights during Lent!
That said, eating less meat has always been a goal of mine. I know it is better for me, better for the animals, and better for the planet. If you need documentation of those claims, read the attached blog article, "Ten Reasons Why You Should Eat Less Meat". It's sobering.
In my mind I would like to be vegan. In reality I think I could manage vegetarianism, although my farm-raised husband wouldn't go along for THAT ride.
But when I stopped to analyze our weekly diet of the past few weeks I was pleasantly surprised to see how much progress I've made toward this goal without complaints from you-know-who. We've eaten meatless meals three out of seven dinners. On another night he had a 96% lean hamburger and I had a veggie burger. Tomorrow is spaghetti with boca meatballs. Last night he had a small piece of steak on his chef salad and I just had feta.
So I am making progress! HMMM, I may just have to turn this into a formal personal challenge!