The Meat You Eat

The Meat You Eat

Thursday Life Check: Honestly evaluating how things are going right now—the good, the bad, and the moldy.

How much meat do you eat? Do you eat meat with every meal? Every day? Where does your meat come from?

We greatly reduced our consumption of meat when we made the switch to local eating. Kindly raised, quality local meat costs more, and I have to drive further to get it.

We had lowered our meat consumption even before we started buying local food for a reason.

We started eating less meat for my husband’s health. He struggled with high cholesterol and was told to lose weight and consume less sodium and saturated fat. He lost fourty pounds in about four months. Twenty-five pounds of that fell off in the first ninety days! He did this by making a lot of changes.

He changed the balance of food he was eating so that he ate mainly fruits and veggies and whole grains. He ate vegetable fats like avocados and extra virgin olive oil. He sourced proteins from nuts and beans and leaner meats. And he ate a lot of sweet potatoes and 0% fat Fage Greek yogurt. We cut out almost all of our eating out and prepared foods.

When he went back to the doctor, all those cholesterol numbers were cut in half. He did it!

There are so many reasons to eat less meat. Eating less meat is better for you, better for the environment, better for your finances, and is just a lot more interesting.

How do you make the switch?

  1. Start by figuring out how much meat you consume daily.

    Journal your meat consumption. If you’re like us, you may be eating way more meat than you think you are. Extra credit? Add up how much that meat costs you for the month and how much cholesterol you’re consuming, daily, weekly, and monthly from meat. What could you buy with that money? What savings goals could you reach? What could you eat instead?

  2. Start paying attention to labels and researching what they really mean.

    You may already be doing a really good job sourcing your meat kindly and with good-quality sources. I encourage you to do some research on the labels you’re buying to make sure you really are though. Read this and do some googling. Do you know what these labels mean and what stores can get away with? That’s not how I want to shop.

  3. Try some meat from a local farm.

    A bunch of breweries let you take a tour and see how they make everything. Did you know you can get the same experience with your meat? This food writer got to know her meat better. It didn’t stop her from eating meat, but it did help her reconsider what meat she was eating. Go to a farm that raises meat. Ask for a tour. Ask about feeding, raising, and slaughtering practices. Take home some meat, cook it thoughtfully, savor it, and think and talk about how it tastes to you.

  4. Cut back slowly.

    Drop meat at lunch. Do you feel different? Don’t feel like taking a nap every afternoon at 1:30pm? Find protein sources that your body absorbs better. Meat isn’t actually the best or biggest protein source for us! Did you know that? Try more eggs and dairy instead.

What do you think? Will you give it a try? Do you already reduce meat? What do you eat instead?

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