Week 7: Go Meatless

10 Oct

For a little over a year, I chose to leave the meat off my plate.  I attempted the meatless feat a few years before I decided to actually get up off my ass and make a move–therefore my idea of a meatless lifestyle was skewed a bit.  Instead of amping up on more vegg than carb, I went the opposite way.  At the end of the journey, I did feel much much better. I felt as though I had more energy and just an overall brighter lighter feeling.  Unfortunately, watching co-workers chow down on a McDonald’s burger and fries daily wore me down and I broke my 365+ run with a cheeseburger happy meal.

While on this recent journey to live better (and lose a little), there have been plenty of days (and weeks) where I have just sworn off meat.   Recently, as of yesterday, I have resigned myself to really incorporating the vegetarian lifestyle into my daily existence more regularly. With the reocurring meat recalls (and some fruit and veggie too), it is more important than ever for us to pay attention to not only what we eat, but also where our food comes from.

Typically, when people hear the word ‘vegetarian’ they cower at the thought of nothing but spinach and beans, but the truth of the matter is that there are different types of vegetarians.

  • Vegan diets exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products — and foods that contain these products.
  • Lacto-vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish, poultry and eggs, as well as foods that contain them. Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yogurt and butter, are allowed in a lacto-vegetarian diet.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude meat, fish and poultry, but allow eggs and dairy products.
  • Semivegetarian diet (aka flexitarian) — which is primarily a plant-based diet but includes meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish on occasion or in small quantities.

-information quoted from the Mayo Clinic

Listen to Doc Oz enough and you will get the message that most of us don’t get the vitamins we need via our nutrition. Most of that is because we tend to eat crappy foods, but making the switch to a meat free life (for even only a few days) can give you a boost in the essentials category (not to mention your wallet).  Some key essentials for everyday function(and extra activity) can all be found at your local farmers market or in the produce aisle.

PROTEIN–beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, seeds, tempeh, chickpeas, peas. Many other common foods, like whole grain bread, greens, potatoes, and corn, also add to protein intake.

IRON–dried fruits, baked potatoes, mushrooms, cashews, dried beans, spinach, chard, tofu, tempeh, bulgur, and iron-fortified foods (such as cereals, instant oatmeal, and veggie “meats”). To boost the amount of iron absorbed at a meal, eat foods containing vitamin C, like citrus fruit or juices, tomatoes, or broccoli.

CALCIUM–broccoli, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, tofu prepared with calcium, low-fat dairy products, fortified soymilk, and fortified orange juice.

B12–to be on the safe side, taking a B12 supplement (non-animal derived) would be best in this case. Most foods (unless fortified) don’t carry an adequate amount of B12 for an adult.

OMEGA-3–fish (of course), nuts, grains, eggs, and so on. The best course of action for getting the proper amount of Omega-3 is to pay close attention to which foods are enriched with it.

Eating one meal or every meal with out meat is as simple or as complicated as you make it. So…who’s ready?

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE

Carnivore No MoreThis week, we will go a full (24) hours without meat. You pick the day and plan it well. Remember, don’t over do it on the carbs. Doughnuts and candy bars don’t count as a non-meat meal or snack (sorry). Be sure to take a good look at your labels. You will be surprised how much animal is in a non-meat food. 

RememberRock out your workout this week for 3 days (minimum), and chug that water!  If you are sick of plain H2O, spice it up with some fresh fruit or bubbles.

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One Response to “Week 7: Go Meatless”

  1. typefashion October 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM #

    I have tried going meat less and did so for 7 days without a break, after that I opted to have lean meat cuts of chicken and fish and eggs ! My goal is to be more veggie by having one meal a day which is only veggies !

    xoxo

    http://www.typefashion.wordpress.com

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