I’m a little herbivore living amongst very powerful (sometimes obnoxious) carnivores. Sometimes life isn’t easy when the whole menu is planned around meat and a few vegetarian things are thrown in for me. I’ve been on a vegan’ish (I’ll explain later) diet for 3 years now and I couldn’t be happier personally. But I see first hand, how some people just get furious when there’s no meat on the table!
My diet change was for health reasons and they sure continue to pay off. I invite everyone to eat less meat and change the way they plan their meals towards more vitamin-rich highly nutritious organic plant foods.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Most of the meals I prepare for my family and for myself are vegan, sometimes they are veganish : meat free, dairy free, egg free, seafood free – but do include wild small wild fish. Yes, about once a week I eat a serving of fish such as wild salmon, cod liver, halibut – never farmed and never tuna. (more about fish next time, but if you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer them ;).
Some of the meals I prepare for my family but not for me are with meat. Note *some* because I rarely want to serve meat to my family – but when I do buy meat I look for organically raised, high quality meat. Not all meat is the same. I prefer to serve it less often and pay the higher price tag than to buy something on sale with no background of where this meat came from. My husband often gets things for himself and he has no rules so I don’t have a very good quality control over meat in my entire house but I do try and do my best as a mom to feed my daughter good things. To me, good things are mostly ‘veganish’ meals…. (oh I can just feel some vegans frowning about this! ;)
But I loved this chart when my friend posted it – it plainly compares where your beef comes from. If your family eats meat – it’s good to think about. It could be a good time to look up a local cattle farmer and ask questions about the quality of the meat you buy. It could be you reduce the amount of meat you consume and include more plant-based foods! Your body will surely thank you! Yes, it costs more – but you really do get what you pay for. Eat less or avoid altogether – go with Quality vs. Quantity. But definitely question what you put in your mouth.
Someone once said… oh just a few thousand years ago that Food is Medicine – we kind of stopped listening and messed with nature too much! Thank you Hippocrates for resurrecting and bringing some senses to us.
Just another personal note, three years ago, I had very little options with the life I had. I couldn’t walk on my own, my voice was barely audible, I gasped for every single breath and I struggled with lifting a spoon to my mouth…. one thing I realized I could control was what I put in my mouth. Food became my medicine…. Let food be your medicine too!
ps. there’s lots of evidence that plant-based diet is better for digestion and improves health conditions plus many more reasons why becoming vegan or ‘veganish’ is really healing. More on why I don’t eat meat, eggs and dairy soon. xo
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