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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?


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 am going to try!


04/22/2010 - 3:01pm

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 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

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 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

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



04/21/2010 - 10:19am

Absolutely - and I've been able to teach my husband that meatless meals can be satisfying and tasty as well. I've been planning at least two or three meatless meals a week for the last six months and have served beef only once in the past year. The key for us seems to be to keep the menu varied and creative.


04/21/2010 - 8:53am

I can and have had many meals without meat on the plate in any way shape or form. But, I love meat, don't want to be a vegetarian, hate the taste of lentils and many other types of meat substitutes including tofu and got incredibly sick when I tried seitan. But I do love beans and cook them often, usually with ham hocks.
I also get sick with horrendous headaches when I eat any food with aspartane, stevia or other artifical or low calorie foods too which makes them easy to stay away from.
So, other people can enjoy what they like to eat, just please, let me eat what I like too and don't lay a guilt trip on me for doing it..


04/21/2010 - 5:25am

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