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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle

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  • Why I don't eat meat...and not just for health reasons:

    For her book Slaughterhouse, Gail Eisnitz, chief investigator for the Humane Farming Association (HFA), interviewed slaughterhouse workers in the U.S. who say that, because of the speed with which they are required to work, animals are routinely skinned while apparently alive, and still blinking, kicking, and shrieking. Eisnitz argues that this is not only cruel to the animals, but also dangerous for the human workers, as cows weighing several thousands of pounds thrashing around in pain are likely to kick out and debilitate anyone working near them.[11]

    According to the HFA, Eiznitz interviewed slaughterhouse workers representing over two million hours of experience, who, without exception, told her that they have beaten, strangled, boiled, and dismembered animals alive, or have failed to report those who do. The workers described the effects the violence has had on their personal lives, with several admitting to being physically abusive or taking to alcohol and other drugs.[12]

    - 6/28/2010 5:17:02 PM
  • Even though they are not the healthiest of choices....I'll pick MorningStarFarms anything, any day over hamburger patties laced with ammonia, or chickens feed with arsenic in their feed. It would be interesting if one were able to compare MSF entrees when it was still a relatively small company..before it was purchased by Kellogg's... - 6/28/2010 5:09:55 PM
  • Thanks for the reminder that not all meat "substitutes" are healthy. We also need to be careful that we don't eat a disproportionate amount of carbs. Many meatless meals include loads of pasta and/or rice. - 4/28/2010 1:04:25 PM
  • CEANNCAIT
    I'm quite surprised this article mentions vegetarian soy-based cold cuts and meat replacements as though they are healthy options. They are absolutely *loaded* with chemicals and highly processed. Just because something doesn't have meat in it doesn't automatically make it good for you (check out the label on a Morningstar Farms burger one of these days...I can't even pronounce half the ingredients). My family are "flexitarians" (what a silly word) and try to get the meat we do eat from local farmers who raise it in a humane and responsible way. All things in moderation. - 4/24/2010 4:17:41 PM
  • 13WIDOW
    I'm passing on all the info about cleaning green. I also buy borax or 20-mule team borax at least once a year and sprinkle it on my carpets, working it in with a broom, as well as sprinkle it out in the yard. We're the only house in the neighborhood with no flea, tick or roach problems (we live by a park)! - 3/17/2010 11:35:11 AM
  • I am loving this article...I had already been doing my version of "Meatless Mondays" here at work, where about 2-3 days out of the week, I'll pack a meatless lunch. I didn't really do it intentionally, but it just so happens I love tofu and veggies. Great advice, and I think this wknd I'll whip myself up a batch of meatless chili loaded with veggies. Thanks!! - 3/10/2010 4:58:09 PM
  • Are there people who think they need meat at every meal? Yes. Yes, there are. People like me who, after trying full-blown veganism for "health reasons" and found only weight gain and bloating, did a lot of research and ended up switching to a diet modeled after our hunter-gatherer ancestors. That means that, instead of meat, I've cut out grains, sugars, legumes, and dairy, and eat a diet of meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. You know that advice about sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store? That's me, to the most extreme level.

    Of the two options, veggies and meat or veggies and grains, I get more nutrients eating veggies and meat. Grains just don't have nutritional value for humans. If they did, grains wouldn't have been fortified with minerals at the turn of the 20th century so people would stop coming down with diseases like scurvy! If they did, then Total cereal wouldn't need to fortify with 100% of your daily value of everything under the sun! A human should be able to get proper nutrition *without* supplementation, and to do that, one needs a diet with meat, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

    Of course, one also needs to be open to eating organ meats and such, and, well, that's definitely a touchy subject...

    So, yes, actually there is an entire philosophy out there that centers around primarily meat and vegetables, followed by some fruits and nuts. But by the same token, there are actually people who can follow the Paleo diet and still be vegetarian or even vegan. They are not mutually exclusive, you'll just be eating a lot more nuts and perhaps some cheese.

    I would like to also say that, as an avid meat-eater, I still eat WAY more fresh vegetables than the average vegetarian! How's that for irony?

    Now, playing my own devil's advocate, I will admit that for people who just generally eat an unhealthy diet, throwing in a vegetarian meal can be an excellent way to get the vegetables that they otherwise are shunning. But please, pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease DON'T take it as an open invitation to eat platefuls of pasta with jarred tomato sauce. That's no better, in the end.

    It's about whole foods in their natural form, whatever diet you choose. - 2/27/2010 8:15:59 PM
  • EM_ORTIZ
    Yes, the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine is a front group for PETA (as a vegan who takes animal rights seriously, I hate PETA), but that doesn't mean that the individuals in the group haven't done massive, peer-reviewed studies of nutrition and plant-based diets.

    How about taking the word of the World Health Organization, American Dietetic Association & the British Medical Association, all of which say that well-planned vegan, vegetarian & omnivorous diets can all be healthy, in all stages of life? Anecdotal evidence is not much compared to three of the largest, most respected medical organizations in the world.

    Secondly, there is enough food in the world for our current population. Much food is stored by governments & organizations to keep it at a set price, and "extras" are destroyed. Additionally, 1/3rd of the world's food crops go to feed animals, much of which they shouldn't be eating in the first place and some of which could also be going to feed humans (a very small percentage, though as was pointed out). There will be a problem if we grow more, but that has to do with a lot of factors, including pollution run off from farms where animals are kept. - 2/10/2010 11:27:11 PM
  • I'm always baffled by the thought that there are people who think they need meat for every meal (or every lunch and dinner). Do these people really exist? If not, then how do articles like this ("leave the meat out of your lunches") get written? I don't consider myself a vegetarian, and I doubt I would claim the moniker of 'flexitarian', but we probably only eat meat at 2 or 3 dinners per week (and very rarely at lunch, unless it's in leftovers). I never considered it to be a big deal! - 2/10/2010 8:52:49 PM
  • I enjoyed the article. Last year we decided to give up meat. I found it very difficult to get my protein in, so we added fish to our diet. This is called Pes-cu-tarian. I like when we have guest over and I can grill shrimp. I like having crab-legs, lobster or any type of fish. We don't eat fish everyday. Fresh vegetables, fruit, beans, rice, pasta and bread all help us balance our diet. - 2/10/2010 5:57:17 PM
  • EM_ORTIZ
    I really don't understand why the word "flexitarian" is needed. It's not everyone who isn't vegetarian/vegan goes around eating only eating animal products. Everyone eats (or could eat) food that a vegetarian/vegan would eat. Vegetarians and especially vegans are making a moral standpoint by choosing to eat what they do, whereas everyone is trying to wedge themselves into something that they're obviously not committed to. - 2/10/2010 5:21:45 PM
  • Oops. Make that:

    3 vegetable-based
    2 dairy-based
    2 animal-based

    1) Nasoya Lite Firm Tofu
    2) Poultry breast meat
    3) Lean seafood (shrimp, tilapia, cod, light tuna, etc)
    4) Whey protein powder (and/or egg white powder)
    5) Nonfat Greek yoghurt or Skyr
    6) Seitan
    7) Textured Vegetable Protein - 2/10/2010 1:22:31 PM
  • I eat a very high protein diet (usually around 45%) and four of my top seven lean protein sources are from soy or wheat. One is lean dairy, and only two actually come from animals (lean seafood and poultry breast).

    I never would have thought that a high protein, low fat diet would actually push me in the direction of vegitarianism! LOL - 2/10/2010 1:20:56 PM
  • There are 2 Laurel's Kitchen cookbooks - a version from the 70's and an updated one. They have great prefaces/essays about their lives and relationship to food and all the changes they went through. There used to be a PBS show ( I don't know if anyone remembers it...) called (I think) Cooking with Kathy...(Kathy Hoshijo sp?) and filmed in Hawaii. I learned alot about different and healthier ingredients from her. She made a chocolate pudding with tofu that looked really good. I don't know if any of her things are still available or not. It would be too bad if not. A couple of the many resources out there. Good luck, everyone! - 2/10/2010 12:26:48 PM
  • It also helps to start with the question: What do I already eat that is vegetarian? Lots of "regular" meals are vegetarian - pb&j, tomato soup and grilled cheese, beans and rice, pasta and sauce, (some) chili and cornbread, etc.
    We ate a purely vegetarian diet for quite a while then my husband started craving BBQ!! So, we are now flexitarians. - 2/10/2010 10:36:49 AM

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