Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My intro paragraph to the Calling All Vegetarians (and Vegans)! Team Forum
My husband and I have been working on a healthy diet since October of last year (he took a little longer to get on board). We are tossing around the idea of cutting out red meat (to start). We don't eat much as it is in the line of red meat besides family/friend gatherings, mostly due to cost. He and I both work seasonly with the economy the way it is and we are coming up on a time where neither of us will have a job for a couple months. i'm back to my meal planning and shopping with a list vs my tossing stuff in the cart method. as i went through a cookbook and chose a week's worth of dinners and compiled my list, i found a recipe for barley stroganoff and thought it sounded great! i added the pound of ground beef to my list and thought nothing of it as i tossed it into my cart in the store. i figured one pound wouldn't kill me so i didn't really spend a ton of time thinking about the price of it. when i got ready to make this new recipe the next day, i saw the price tag and my jaw almost fell. i just paid over $5 for a little over a lb of 7% fat beef! that was ridiculous to me! Especially when beans are like $0.61 a pound. I pointed this out to my dh and he was in agreement. We don't NEED red meat. We've also been reading some articles lately about diet choices and health benefits. So.... we are going to try it. he says chicken and fish are still in but since i do the shopping and cooking.... i assume we'll be vegetarian soon. We want to start our own family as soon as God allows us and we are working hard to teach his daughters (12 & 6) about a healthier lifestyle. We want to be good examples of a healthy life when they are with us. we aren't quite there yet but we are working on it.
So ya... kicking around the idea of a meat-free life. I can't really see going vegan but if we notice a change in our health enough to warrant it, why not?
I read an article in my Clean Eating Magazine that really caught my attention. It was called, "My Family Affair"... ya that caught my eye. This isn't a smut/rumor mag, it's a healthy lifestyle mag in my opinion, so i started reading. The subtitle was, "one mom's journey to improve her family's life through serious clean eating". It was an eye opening article about a mom who took some radical steps to aid the health of her children and the amazing results. it was so encouraging! (i recommend reading it) She has 4 kids: 8 yr old with asthma and allergies to nuts, 5 yr old with autism, 3 yr old who's allergy free so far and a newborn.
To sum it up, when she cut out gluten and dairy from their diet she saw major improvements in her kids lives. Even her non-verbal, non-responsive autistic son, within 2 weeks, began responding to his name and speak words! Praise God!
I know that one of Mike's daughters suffers from asthma and the thought of her not having to deal with that made my heart beat faster. I want them and our future kids to have great and healthy lives. I want myself to have the same.
I think we'll start here and continue to move forward, pending the effects we see.