Hi, in our household we're eating less and less meat, as I like our diet to be varied and nutritious and using pulses and vegetables is important for that.
HOWEVER the assertion that you will be eating fewer calories and less fat just isn't automatically true. I only eat whole foods, and fast, abstaining from meat, for the whole of Lent - invariably putting on weight over the period. There are lots of great benefits to eating plenty of veg but there simply isn't the lean protein available, so I find you end up eating more fat and carbohydrates alongside through pulses and dairy than you would with lean meat. Vegetarianism is great, but there are health benefits to eating lean meat and fish, too, and this is one of them.
My ideal is to eat very little meat with a plate of varied veg - wish there was a cookbook for the almost-veggie, but we're slowly putting together a family version :)
- 5/10/2015 5:34:09 PM