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Could you quit meat once a week for a year?

By Penelope Wall, April 12, 2010 - 11:25am

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Penelope asks: Could you quit meat once a week for a year?




04/21/2010 - 10:19am

I not only could but for the six months have not eaten it at all and I don't miss it either. No I don't miss feeling sluggish, being constipated and having high cholesterol, etc. I enjoy my meals without it to be sure! Too bad it took me 62 years to find this out.


04/21/2010 - 11:03am

I think I could. I really don't eat as much meat as I used to. I just get tired of it. I try 2-3 new recipies each week. very little meat is involved.


04/21/2010 - 11:52am

Since Feb 1, 2010 I have reduced meat to about once a month, and pulled process foods and sugar out of my diet. I was concerned at first with thinking through what I would eat. The first week I was on vacation in San Diego. I was amazed at the choices I found. Every restaurant had vegetarian options. I never even heard of potato tacos before and they were absolutely delicious. I can't believe how much better I feel. Take the plunge! For more motivation read Alicia Silverstone's Book The Kind Diet. Grace


04/21/2010 - 12:40pm

I have been a foodie and vegetarian far too long to expect more than 10% of the population to go without animal products at all. But I find it really discouraging that the idea of going meat-free for ONE DAY a week should be asked as if it's "can you turn off your electricity one day a week?" or some other true deprivation of the modern world. It's not that big a deal, people - even without wonderful Eating Well recipes!!!
Ironically, it is the great wealth of the modern western world that both enables us to go without meat every day - and not suffer gastronomically or nutritionally - *and* makes it very, very difficult (due to so much temptation).
Maybe one day we spoiled eaters will no longer feel it is a God-given right to eat other animals, with all its social, environmental, and moral implications. Not in my lifetime, I guess!


04/21/2010 - 3:30pm

I already eat meatless 2 - 3 times a week. One of my favorite dishes is Black Beans and Rice, with several variations. I also make vegetable soup in big batches and freeze. Since I am allergic to wheat, I have not found many grain substitutes for protein, except quinoa. Thanks for suggesting other alternative recipes!


04/21/2010 - 4:23pm

i am going to try!


04/22/2010 - 3:01pm

I've been meat free for 15 months, and love it, and will never go back. I agree with the above statement of not feeling sluggish after a big meat meal. It is not difficult to give up meat, especially when you eat a whole food diet, that is not full of processed foods and pure junk! Fiber is a wonderful friend we have been given in the food world, and most people are still not eating enough. I love to use tempeh in meals, and it makes a hearty enough addition, that most meat eaters would never know the meat was missing.
To Eating Well.....please add more vegan recipes, where dairy and eggs are not main ingredients. I love it when there are recipes that are vegan without having to alter the recipe! Thanks in advance.


04/23/2010 - 11:35am

i COULD QUIT EATING MEAT ONCE A WEEK.........IN THE OLD DAYS (i AM 75) WE NEVER ATE MEAT ON fRIDAY so I would just have to remember to choose a specific day to make it easier
Jacquie Maisonneuve


04/25/2010 - 5:00pm

Absolutely! I decided to try this in January and quickly went to all-vegetarian without a problem. It is simply a different way of thinking, but not at all one of deprivation. I still have alot to learn when it comes to protein options and mainly use tofu, but have had many delicious meals made with it. Thanks for being a great place to find vegetarian recipes!


05/03/2010 - 12:15pm

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