In my home, we usually have 3 or 4 days with meatless meals each week and eat meat on the other days. We eat pasta, rice, beans, lentils, potatoes, breads, vegetables, fruit, cheese, and eggs. On meat days we often have chicken or beef. It isn't difficult for us to eat less meat after thinking of all the meatless foods we enjoyed already.
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6/11/13 1:05 P
NO! I'm eating more meat now than I ever have in my life. eggs in the morning, pork, chicken, steak (whatever is left over from the night before) and meat, meat and a veggie at night! I'm getting a little sick of it...two months on this "nutritionist backed" meal plan and I miss bread!
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6,661 6/11/13 11:56 A
Actually more - trying to boost my protein and decrease those carbs I love!
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6/11/13 11:38 A
Definitely less now than about 5 years ago.
6/11/13 10:44 A
I try to stick with chicken and fish but I do like a burger once in a while.
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6/11/13 10:40 A
I usually do eat much less meat in the summer. Lots of in season veggies & fruits available, and I often avoid hot meals.
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365 6/11/13 10:29 A
yes, but I do still eat meat.
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905 6/11/13 10:21 A
As of this past May, it's been two years since I've had red meat and TBH, I really don't miss it one bit. I had originally begun to limit my red meat to 1-2 x/week for health reasons, then I discovered that I had never really enjoyed it all that much.
I have always prefered the taste of fish and seafood and am now even starting to eat less chicken. I don't think I would want to go full-on vegetarian or vegan, but I have been enjoying learning about all of the alternative protein options besides meat.
I particularly love nuts and seeds. Never been really big on beans and maybe that's why I couldn't/shouldn't go veg/vegan. I have recently discovered how much I love greek yogurt, eggs, canned fish and hemp seeds in particular for quick and easy protein options. It's fun to think out of the box and learn new things.
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5,855 6/11/13 10:11 A
The simple answer is yes, but in quantity, not how often. I find that I actually prefer ground turkey and chicken as opposed to beef, but there is nothing like a great home made hamburger with whole wheat bun.
I went through a period of eating less meat (vegetarian 5 days out of 7 for 6 months) but found that I was taking in more calories because my meals weren't as satisfying. Plant & dairy protein just didn't fill me up as well.
So I am back to eating the same amount of meat (was never a fan of huge quantities anyway), usually 1-3 oz in lunch and/or dinner.
6/11/13 9:55 A
so much less! and now it seems like a big treat; I split a steak when dinning out two days ago with my husband. It melted in my mouth! It had been 2 weeks; and I don't crave it now. It's so much tastier when you only have it once in a good while.
Edited by: PEIXOTOSTUFF at: 6/11/2013 (09:57)
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2,116 6/11/13 9:47 A
I try to limit red meat to once a week. Typically, we eat chicken every day. I try to make some shrimp for dinner once in a while.
6/11/13 5:59 A
I eat low sodium sliced chicken from the Deli for lunch everyday but only eat meat about once a week for dinner, usually chicken.
6/11/13 5:30 A
No, I love meat. But I am learning to eat meat that isn't going to pile on too many calories, especially fats. I had a disastrous few days when I bought some belly pork half price a few weeks ago - never again until I'm down to my target weight. (After that maybe once a year!!)
I haven't had red meat or poultry in about 16 years. I do eat fish sometimes though. Going meatfree is good for you but you have to read up on alternatives and learn how to use them. Just cutting out meat is probably not a good idea unless you have somewhere else to get your protein from.
6/11/13 4:09 A
I haven't eaten red meat in almost 18 years. I do eat some chicken and turkey. Not a big meat eater.
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6/11/13 2:21 A
chicken, turkey and fish mostly.
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2,322 6/11/13 12:49 A
no, I eat a lot of meat. And seafood. I also eat a lot of vegetables. I do not eat a lot of breads or pastas or rice.
I feel much better cutting way back on meat. I even supplement my chicken with beans (in stews and soups). The bulk of my diet is plant based. It's a much healthier way of eating (and less expensive also).
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12,991 6/10/13 9:59 P
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12,391 6/10/13 9:33 P
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6/10/13 9:10 P
Well... overall, as an adult, I eat much less meat in my diet than "what I grew up on"...
But I gotta admit, lately, I've been eating quite a lot of meat!!! Now granted, there's only so much meat one can fit in, in any given day, when sticking to 1200-1500 calories, but, i'm really wedging it in there. Mostly because I find it a bit difficult to meet my protein requirements while remaining within my calorie range, on this reduced calorie range. Yes, I could eat a lot of eggs and peanut butter to compensate - but then i'll get sick of eggs and peanut butter.
I really have to get the protein in. And the iron, too. I'm having some issues with excessive hair loss, the shock of rapid weight loss plus too little protein and iron is the culprit, so, red meat it is.
I look forward to Maintenance, when I have a little more flexibility to plan meat-reduced and meat-free meals that fit into my day's calorie requirements!!! Not that I don't like meat - I do! But I am of the strong opinion that it should not be consumed in excess, thoughtlessly and without regard to where it came from. Creatures have to die for me to get it. I try to be mindful of that and keep it to a minimum.
Both my husband and I come from families where meat was served practically at every meal or at least lunch and dinner. So I have typically followed this practice and have served some type of meat at each of our meals.
Now since we have decided to eat healthier we have tried to incorporate naturally raised meats into our diet. If you have purchased this type of meat you know how expensive it can be. Since it has been so expensive I have found myself limiting meat more and more from our meals. Also, I have found if I buy the meat injected with hormones we just don't like how it taste anymore.
We are now to the point that I am serving meat only on the weekends. I usually serve some type of salad for lunch loaded with veggies and some type of beans for the protein and maybe some boiled eggs. Then for dinner I have been serving some type of vegetable soup.
What we have found is that we look forward to the weekends and make more of a lavish meal with the meat like Salmon, Scallops, Chicken, Bison, and Steaks. We can then afford to purchase a good quality that is naturally raised. We also don't really miss the meat during the week. The salads have been really delicious with homemade dressing and lots of veggies. I think you would really have to like veggies to make this change.
Anyone else eating less meat with your lifestyle changes and if so, how is it working for you?
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