Eating Less Meat: My New Year's Resolution

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Me and hubs about to embark on our "less meat" journey,

I don't ordinarily make New Year's Resolutions, but this year, I'm making an exception. Mr. Cafe Kim and I have decided to eat less meat in 2010, and I can't WAIT to see how it all plays out.

Are you making any New Year's Resolutions?

We've been considering a diet with less meat for some time now, primarily because of health reasons—Mr. Cafe Kim has high cholesterol and has been trying to cut down on red meat—and financial reasons—meat costs a lot!

Recently, we both read the book Eating Animals, in which the author, by Jonathan Safran Foer, writes about how he became a vegetarian when his son was born. And while Mr. Cafe Kim and I, at least at this point, do not intend to be vegetarians, Foer's ethical arguments about why factory farming may be bad for people, for animals, and for the environment pushed us over the edge in terms of paying more attention to what we are eating.

For us, eating less meat is definitely going to be a lifestyle switch. Before, meal planning involved deciding which side dishes to serve that would supplement, say, chicken breasts, burgers, a roast. But now we have to rethink our menu in terms of how to get the nutrients we need without making meat the focus of every meal.

In 2010, I'll be blogging about our efforts to eat less meat, and include the vegetable-focused menus and recipes we'll be consuming along the way. (And I'm sure there will be a post in the near future about how bad I'm craving a steak and can't have one, so look forward to that!)

I know that eating healthy is a New Year's Resolution for many, many moms...is it yours? How are you planning to do it?

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auror... aurorabunny

YAY!  I nbet when you see how great it makes you feel you guys will decide to give it up entirely.  This is a great start though, good resolution!

CafeC... CafeCires

That is great!  I love meat too much to try to eat less of it.  I've never been able to keep even one of my new years resolutions...so last year I decided to give up making new years resolutions.  Do you know what?  I was able to keep that one XD!

Butte... Butterfly1108

That is so great! Keep up the good work oh and this is a very nice pic of you both.


in loveYou can tell you are so inlove....

myfou... myfoursonsks

I think eating less meat is great.  We are not vegetarians either, but have chosen to reduce our meat consumption.  It promotes healthier eating, is better for the environment, and reduces food costs.  You can't go wrong.

pacha111 pacha111

What a great and achievable resolution! I'm vegetarian myself, and my husband is an "at home vegetarian" :)  One of his favorite home meals is toasted rice, refried beans, a fried egg and chopped tomato and onion on the side.  We do a lot of the morning star fake meat stuff, but that can beexpensive.  You can even eat take out in a crunch like BK's veggie burger or Taco Bell when you substitute bean for beef! It may not be the healthiest but sometimes we need something quick and easy!


Good luck!

fairy... fairymom2316

We are not vegetarians but we did stop eating red meat. We don't miss it. We mostly eat chicken breast and fish. What we are trying to do now is portion our carbs =) So hard because they are yummy! LOL

bigHe... bigHeart31

Good Luck with that!  I, as well, for a year now have been thinking the same thing.  Please keep all of us posted as to how you feel....AND, to me at least, how your skin or face LOOKS! PLEASE.

nonmember avatar Abby

Good choice. I'm vegetarian and its really not as hard as it seems. Great for you, great for environment. Best of luck :D

reder reder

my family and i try to stay away from beef


 we eat alot of ground turkey breast, and chicken


good luckon your resolution!!!!!!


 


 

lucyluu1 lucyluu1

We are doing this as a whole mom group.  We are starting with the 80/20 diet and hopefully the 20% of meat will satisfy the change but so far so good.  To help me get through the tough times I just think of all the extra hormones that are being pumped into the meat.

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