but http://www.wholesomesweeteners.com/index.html has some excellent organic sweetners, like raw organic blue agave nectar. Great for lemonade, marinades, and just about anything you would add sugar too. You can find it at most stores.
OT-Goodybye Red Meat You Were Adored.
Because people are already living, on average, over 80 years. Obviously not everything we are eating is causing us to die earlier. My worst nightmare involves being 90 with two gimpy legs and not much better arms, living in a nursing home, and have a healthy body otherwise that will last me until 105... wishing I had eaten a few more things like those beef ribs, prime ribs, steaks, and pecan pie a la modes!
Should I also mention I am a registered dietitian?
You can make healthier lifestyle choices like better foods, but I don't recommend it at the expense of enjoying food. Take the daily walk, do more pushups, get off your butt and do more active things. But completely eliminating foods you love is definitely not the way to do it.
right before Memorial Day. That is like giving up pie the Tuesday before Thanksgiving or slutty nerses on October 29th.
I hope you have strong will power.
I'm Ron Burgundy?
But in terms of your Weber, don't give it up completely. Vegetables do very well on the grill, and with the right sauces/marinates/rubs can be a great meal anyway. Pick your favorite Kabob and substitute more veggies for the meat, boom, meal.
Also, random aside, but an AWESOME grill cook book is here: http://www.amazon.com/Webers-Book-Grilling-Jamie-Purviance/dp/0811831973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274975889&sr=8-1
Weber's Big Book of Grilling, it has awesome recipes for everything, appetizers, chicken, fish, meat, game, salads, deserts, Best Father's Day Present I ever bought my dad
Quick idea for summertime grillin':
Make a caramel rum sauce, (either on the stove or a gas grill side burner) by melting 2T butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stirring in 1T corn starch, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk. Continue stirring until milk begins to boil and mixture is thickened. Remove the pan from the heat and add 3T dark rum.
Grill some sliced pineapple over a medium fire until the grill marks are a dark golden brown. Place each slice into a bowl and top with a scoop of coconut ice cream (or sorbet) and a ladle of the rum sauce.
Tastes like a pina colada.
My existence would end without McDonald's double cheeseburgers. Good luck, dude.
I think the jury's still out as to whether or not you're actually eating red meat there.
I won't ever give up red meat, but I at least gave up fast food after college.
A real burger is much, much better than a fast food burger. Unless it's Blimpie. Or, to a lesser extent, a Halo Burger.
There's a small chain in Oklahoma called Brahm's. It has the best - by far - "fast food-ish" burgers I have ever tasted. Even better than Halo Burger, IMHO. And that's saying something. On top of that, their ice cream, (they have a dairy plant) and related treats like shakes, are absolutely ridiculous. It is my "go-to" place when I get to OKC.
Tasty, tasty murder.
People for Eating Tasty Animals
In order to eat a vegetable, you have to kill a vegetable.
What are all of the herbivore animals going to do when we eat all the veggies? Die, that's what.
But I eat veggie burgers quite a bit. I recommend Morningstar Farms Grillers Original or Grillers Prime. In my opinion, they're the best and closest thing to "real" burgers that you can buy at the supermarket.
Boca's grillers are terrible, by the way. Their vegan option is slightly better, but both are far inferior to Morningstar Farms, or even a standard Gardenburger or Bocaburger (neither of which taste remotely like meat).
As a related aside, I haven't seen Food, Inc. so perhaps this has been addressed in the film, but have you considered simply buying local grass-fed free-range beef instead of giving it up entirely?
I would highly recommend it. The poultry industry appears to be just as bad as the corn fed beef industry. We have started to switch over to organic milk, dairly and fresh eggs. We went and visited an organic farm / co-op, as well. But holy "that's not a low price" batman. You are paying 2 to 3 times more for grass / free range beef then what you get on sale in the stores....
when you crack open a "fresh egg" and find a bloody, half developed chick that writhes for a moment before it dies.
not the link-type, but the patties
I have given up fast food and sweets (cupcakes, brownies, cake, candy, ice cream, etc.) for the past two months. I've lost about 12 lbs. in that time.
I'm trying to think of something to give up for next month. I don't have that many vices, so it's a tough choice. I might cut out red meat, although I don't eat much of it, anyway...
Anyway, good luck with giving it up completely. That would be tough for me to quit permanently. I still like a good steak or burger every couple weeks...
Well, you could give up alcohol, if you drink.
Not that I'm going to myself.
I've never had a sip of alcohol in my life, but it is a good thing to give up for people wanting to improve their health.
gouge your eye and then rip your still beating heart out of your...
Whoah. Where did all that rage come from?
Have a few beers and a shot of whiskey with that tea, it will chill you out.
Feel great and am in super great shape. (for the undead, anyway)
You'd be surprised at how fast you shed excess weight when you stop drinking, especially if you like hearty beers, like guinness.
Guinness is comparable in calories to Bud Light.
The more you know...
actually has less alcohol than most beers also.
I laugh when people act like 'ooooh, dark beer' and tell them that, at least these days, i am a big lightweight
Yeah, but it isn't comparable to MGD 64.
Oh wait, I forgot we were talking about beer. Nevermind
If you're serious about improving your diet & health, you should read Dr. Joel Furhman's book Eat To Live. He believes in living a Nutritarian lifestyle. In a nutshell, a nutritarian is someone whose food choices are influenced by excellent nutritional quality. He/she chooses foods that are high in a wide spectrum of micronutrients per calorie. I’ve heard Dr. Fuhrman call it, “Getting more bang for the buck.”
I've lost 40+ pounds and improved all of my numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc...) since starting the diet last February. It's hard to get started but definitely worth it...IMO.
Edit: In addition to the diet I joined Lifetime Fitness & have been working out 4-5 times a week. I didn't want anyone to think I lost 40 pounds on the diet alone.
Nutrition makes so much sense.
I will tell you that I started the Atkins Diet on Labor Day of last year and have allowed myself the occassional slice of pizza and bread every once and a while and I feel great! I won't be giving up Red Meat anytime soon, but I do eat a lot of Chicken and veggies. Seems to me any time I decrease my food intake, I feel better though - regardless of diet...
If you knew the half of the fishing industry, you'd give up fish on your Weber, too. "Wild caught" or "farm-raised", both have serious drawbacks, (though for mostly different reasons).
But, I just provided the fishing comment since you were repulsed by your trip through a chicken processing plant. Truthfully, most food processing is pretty icky, particularly meats, (red meat, poultry, fish, doesn't really matter).
I don't care, though. I figure, I've gotta eat, and I'm not a Ted Nugent-like guy who's prepared to kill and process his own food.
ever since that diry jobs episode where you find out that tilapia live off fish poop i dont eat them anymore
Just had some halibut (caught by me) on the grill last weekend....
Don't eat farmed fish.
It's because i have quite a few fisherman friends (not to mention the state I currently reside in) whose financial well being is very much related to you purchasing fish products that are wild caught.
But those tend to be more related to lake fish than ocean fish. A bigger issue is the over-fishing of some species of ocean fish. Orange roughy, sea bass, bluefin tuna and others are being fished to the point that there are serious stresses on the stocks. Long term, this is not good for anyone, particularly fishermen, who rely on them for their incomes.
A friend of mine, and member of this board, gave up red meat for the year just to see if he could do it. At first you could tell it was killing him. I think it still does to some extent, but he seems to be handling it a lot better now.
I will tell you, from seeing it firsthand, that this will not be easy for you at first. Your friends and family will forget about it and take you to places that only serve red meat. You are probably going to have to give up some things that you might not anticipate right now like pizza (or anything resembling a pizza that is desirable to eat anyway) or any flavored beverage.
For your sake, because I like seeing people test themselves, I hope you are able to do this. I'd be interested in getting some periodic C-Rex style updates as well. Good luck!
Let me say that over 2 months I also have lost 12 pounds. I won't say that I have given up red meat entirely as I'll eat a small steak or a burger about once a week or every 2 weks but I do not eat it every meal like I used too. I now eat a lot of chicken and fish. I love salad as well so that has helped. My biggest issue is that I have a physical aversion to most veggies, I've tried to eat them but they make my stomach naseous. There are a few I can eat such as corn, carrots, spinach and any salad leafs so not all is lost.
The biggest problem I used to have is doing this solo but now my wife has also joined in after a breast cancer scare. She now is buying more organic food items and trying to eat healthy as well. Let me add that you have made a great choice and in time you will feel better.
I hope your wife is fully healthy now.
It's funny how those things change your habits instantly. My mother in law had breast cancer and my wife started developing lumps which they say is just because she is fiberous but she has to get them checked every 3 months to make sure htey aren't growing. It immediately changed our diet. When you really do the research it is surprising how many chemicals we put in our body daily. We try to eat organic as much as we can afford to and when I graduate law school and our budget expands that is one of the first things we are going to pay more for is food. It's kinda gross to think about all the junk that gets put in your body from mass produced processed food.
Thank you for your concern. She is doing very well now, they caught it before it could develop into full blown cancer. Just has to get a mammogram and MRI every 6 months for a few years. Just had it removed 3 weeks ago and she is still pretty sore but getting better every day. I thank God every day for such a wonderful wife.
This is why I don't investigate the foods I love. I don't want to know about where my chicken, steak, fish, etc came from. Only how good it tastes...
Yep. Just like recruiting.
I just try to eat relatively balanced. Every once in a while I'll go to the Pizza Hut Lunch Buffet or KFC or something of that nature, but most of the time I'm just eating sandwiches. There are enough healthy people out there that eat pretty much whatever they want in reasonable quantities that I don't worry too much about it.
I look exactly like that kid, except I weight less, I'm three feet taller, and I have black hair. Other than that though, it's a spitting image.
It's all about moderation when it comes to maintaining health. Most diet changes have nothing to do with maintaining health and everything to do with getting healthier (or not backsliding). Of course, sometimes they become permanent because what was given up is a personal pitfall. But I'm assuming that like myself, you're already in good health and are just looking to stay that way.
I've also always been of the mindset that diet changes have minimal impact on one's health without exercise...physical activity is tantamount to good health.
I've swtiched my diet over to the Paleolithic diet, and since then I've lost 25 pounds in 5 months and seen my cholesterol and blood pressure drop. I feel like a million bucks. At that was with no exercise whatsoever. I've recently started to get more exercise, and its only made me feel better.
Additionally, I get to eat all the things I really love (meat, fruit, veggies), and I don't bother with crap that doesn't offer anything real tasty. (grains, beans, and potatoes).
Beans, bread and potatoes are some of the best stuff there is.
But they're killing you.
It's not that I'm turning my back on grains beans or potatoes, its that I'm turning my focus squarely on delcious animals and vegetables.
Life without beans would be much quieter.
Suprisingly, I still rip them good.
Giving up on meat is like giving up on America, but high fructose corn syrup is killing America. There is nothing wrong with the occasional red meat meal, but all in moderation.
I've cut pop out of my diet and actually for the first time this year have made the effort to exercise, which I'm keeping up with quite well. At 24, I look at both of my parents that struggle with their weight, and I never want to get to that point. It's about making the effort now so you don't have the problems later on. I just wish healthy food was more affordable on a law school budget.
I digress, best of luck to you, keep us posted on how things go.
Props to cutting pop out of your diet. I decided to do that after seeing Super Size Me back in 2007, and haven't had any pop since, except for bits here and there in mixed drinks, which I don't drink very often anyway. I've also never been a fan of fast food in general, which makes it easier to avoid pop as it's not getting shoved in my face at every turn. Now only if beer didn't taste so goddamn good...
The girlfriend and I decided to start a weight loss competition at the beginning of this year since neither of us were happy with our situations, and it's been a great idea. We are competitive at everything, so I've never had so much fun trying to be healthy. I just need to start exercising more, since hockey 3 times a week isn't cutting it as far as getting in shape.
I made the switch to Diet a few years ago and it did/has paid huge dividends. The tipping point was when my buddy pointed out that switching to a zero calorie drink meant I could eat another taco at every meal without adding calories while getting some actual food/nutrients for my effort. I eventually got used to the taste difference and losing those empty calories made a huge difference. I may still get brain cancer from all the chemicals in the diet pop, but I look fantastic.
French fries are another thing that can be easily limited and possibly cut out entirely. Check out the nutrition info on them some time and you'll see that they are just big balls of fat, often with as many calories as the burger you are eating with them. Going to a smaller size, avoiding/sharing fries, or just replacing them with another burger or something that has at least some nutritional value can make a big difference.
I brew it and just went to Dogfish Head in Delaware solely to visit the brewery and brew pub...needless to say, beer isn't leaving the diet. I just run more instead.
I'm in the same boat as far as beer goes. I've mostly given up pop, sweets, deep fried foods, and red meat ... but beer will always be my vice. If I couldn't have beer I don't know what the hell I'd be living for anyway.
A man after my own heart.
is how they're processed, then learn to hunt and get wild game. Mmm... Venison.
Also, keep in mind that those "documentaries" are designed purposely to make meat and processed foods look as bad as possible. Not to say they're WRONG... just maybe not totally truthful.
Finally, if you want a fantastic veggie burger in Toledo, OH, (Not that you would, but whatever) go to Maxwell's Brew by the university and get the Health Ed burger with Swiss.
Here's a recent article that addresses "processing" >>>
haven't been back to Toledo since I graduated in '02 and wasn't sure if Maxwell's was still around.
Kudos to the OP on quitting red meat cold turkey. I'll never do it but I also don't sonsume massive amounts or it. I prescribe more to the moderation state of mind. your body can handle a little bit of a bad thing. the closest thing I have come to totally eliminating is pop. After a couple kidney stones at an early age, that was the first thing to go. I now drink water like a fish and a twelve pack of sprite lasts me well over a month. this will be my trend until the day they announce water causes cancer. Not sure what I'll do after that.
There is actually competing researching re: red meat right now. Check out this article in the wall street journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870431490457525057094383541...
According to new research, it might just be processed red meats that cause health problems. In other words, if you eat pricier, organic grass-fed beef your chances of having health problems wouldn't be the same as if you're eating the ground chuck McDonald's all the time.
I still eat low quality red meat when I cook at home just because I can't afford to pay almost double for the grass-fed stuff.
You're misreading that report. It's not the "cheap" red meat you buy at your local supermarket that is bad for you, it's the meat processed after the animal has been killed. That's why they specifically state bacon, sausage, and deli meats; all meats that go through heavy processing AFTER the meat has been cut from the bone.
So pass on that organic/grass fed crap that Whole Foods so desperately wants you to buy, and relish the cheaper selections (as long as you can still get a good cut of steak, that is) available at your local store.
You are incorrect if you think that cows, who have evolved for thousands of years eating grass, aren't negatively affected by a wholesale flip in their diet to grains and corn. The fat profile of grassfed cattle is much more like the fat profile of the beef our ancestors evolved eating, and in turn, our bodies process it better.
Also, the naturally occuring toxins in grains get absorbed into grain fed cattle, while they do not in grass fed cattle, because they are not eating grains.
Now, as for organic, that's a slightly different story. Giving calfs an antibiotic shot at birth can increase their chance of survival threefold, but that renders them "inorganic."
My point is that corn fed isn't a new phenomenon, nor is treating animals like crap before they're slaughtered. This has been going on since the large slaughterhouses took over, what, 100+ years ago? As a country, we are much fatter than we were 50 years ago, and we haven't just started eating grain fed beef.
Sure, grass fed beef might be slightly healthier, but it also doesn't taste as good. Why sacrifice taste for minimal health benefits if you're eating beef once a week or less? It's easier, cheaper and healthier, to actually control your portions, mix in healthy dinners two or three nights a week, eat salads for lunch, sleep well, exercise and cut out that one or two extra beers a week you don't need. If you have a well balanced diet, grain fed beef isn't really a problem.
Wasn't saying cheap = bad. Typically, processed meat is pretty cheap and processed = bad. Grass fed on the other hand, is not processed and is the most natural kind of meat you can get = good. However grass fed = expensive.
Depending on who does it. Grind your own beef, and you'll benefit from both a fuller flavored burger/taco/meatloaf. Grinding is a process, but just because some shady meat plant somewhere in oklahoma tosses mexicans into their mix, doesn't mean you should give up on it.
That movie changed my way of thinking as well. But in my case I can never give up read meat. There is nothing better that a think cut steak or a juicy burger! Though I switched from purchasing anything from a supermarket, to local Organic/Farmers Markets. Where most of the live stock is grass fed, not corn fed.
I just couldn't believe how bad our food system has become. Thank the big corporations for sacrificing our general health for bigger profits.
I'll be grilling big double-cut NY strips over the weekend. If you're jonesin', stop in.
Rather than conventional organic/whole stuff, I like to cut out the middleman. I buy a couple dressed chickens once a month from a buddy who raises and slaughters his own, shoot a deer or two every fall, make sausage/salami out of duck and goose meat, catch enough fish on a regular basis that it's on our menu once or twice a week.
We said it would be this year, (it's Memorial weekend and I haven't lifted a finger), but we are going to do some raised-bed gardening. Peas, beans mostly.
Like another poster said, DON'T put away the grill just because you gave up meat. Grill baskets of chopped squash, mixed with colored peppers and green beans are an everyday staple at out house, weekends especially. Over a real wood fire, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic, dressed with some fresh-chopped herbs.
I was worried that this was about the comic, which is nothing but pure awesome.
As a mostly vegetarian (occasional fish), it's the only red meat I spend much time thinking about.
I didn't know what I'd do without Ted Johnson and Milkman Dan in my life.
After watching both my parents live to 90 or beyond and end up horribly miserable because of the inevitable infirmities that accompany getting that old, I decided that I'd much rather check out a few years earlier if that's a byproduct of eating and drinking the things that I like. Yes, you can extend your life by several years through abstemious avoidance of meat, sugar, alcohol, and the other bad things for you, but the painful fact is that those additional years are probably not added to your 20s or 40s or even your 60s. Unless you're in immediate mortal danger at the age of 57 because of a lifetime of 2 packs a day, heavily marbled roast beef and three martini lunches, the extra years you gain are going to be added to the very end of your life, when you're progressively less able to enjoy them. I imagine all of you will think I'm nuts, and my only response is:
Skol, and pass the mayo.
never will I stop
To my knowledge, abstemious and facetious are the only two words in the English language that have each of the vowels, once per, in alphabetical order. Use them in adverb form and you get the bonus of having the "y" as well!
This is the last word on health and food ...
If you live around Ann Arbor you should go to Plum Market to get grass-fed, natural meats. They have Piedmontese Beef which is a very lean, very good tasting red meat. It's about $6.99 per pound but I think it tastes a lot better than lean sirloin beef. Also, they have some very good ground turkey that doesn't taste a whole lot different than beef. I know Plum Market is a little less pricey than Whole Foods.
when they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
I don't eat much red meat anymore either but it hasn't been as difficult as it seems. If you really want to make some changes, eliminate dairy from your diet. That has been hardest for me but it has helped a lot.
And with all this stuff, it's hardest at first but then once you get used to it you'll be more likely to make many, many more positive changes to all aspects of your life, not just diet choices.
I must has cheezburger!
I heard Mike Martin will be eating only opposing QBs and RBs. No processing will be involved, he will just devour their mangled carcasses in the backfield. While this is not expected to cause any weight fluctuations for him, it will greatly benefit the mental health of hundreds of thousands.
I really don't think there's anything that's edible that anyone ever needs to give up entirely in order to live healthy. The latest scare is, apparently, bacon and hot dogs. Well, I loooooove me some bacon. But I don't spend every morning cramming bacon down my throat. Whatever I end up dying of, I bet you it won't be bacon-related.
You'd eat 2 pounds every morning. That way, your death could be a sacrifice to the bacon gods, because you died of an overdose of bacon goodness.
But then the Dr Pepper, pizza, Taco Bell, steak, burger, cookie, ice cream, beer, veal, milk, waffle, sausage, fried chicken, tuna fish, pie, candy, sushi, lobster, shrimp, buffalo wing, cheese, gumbo, Chinese food, spaghetti, lasagna, swordfish, cotton candy, Drumstick, and potato pancake gods would remain unappeased.
I still remember as a young kid going to one of those Big Boy restaurants where they had the breakfast buffet with a bunch of family members. Our table was right next to this morbidly obese postal worker who literally consumed an entire plate of bacon. Every inch of the plate was covered and he had them stacked pretty good too. All of us kids tried to guess how many strips he'd eaten after the guy left (like one of those "jelly beans in a jar" contests). We laughed and laughed until finally one of the adults pointed out that the guy's heart would probably explode once he got home and we got sad for like a second until we went back for more tiny boxes of Frosted Flakes from the buffet.
Wherever you are Mr. Incredibly Fat Postal Worker, I salute you and your bacon prowess. You were a true American hero.
Every few months I go on a diet in which I just eat raw vegetables and fruit for about a month. I started this once again last week as my weight ballooned to 205lbs. My GF works at a local (awesome) Mexican place that serves an assortment of wonderful deep fried goodies. Anyway, back to the diet, I dropped 10lbs in 4 days. Unhealthy! Some may say, but for a man who is 205lbs and lived his life at 180 I say fuck that bitch I am a fat fucking toad, man, etc. I don't really like to work-out, but I will if the ladies don't want dis. So I choose to limit my intake and go strait raw. I feel wonderful (albeit a little weak) and my digestion is doing great. I never feel bogged down after I eat and my constant upset stomach is all but gone.
How do you get your protein on a raw foods diet?
Fuck a protein.
I do eat a couple hard boiled eggs a week. I really don't eat much protein for the month. Then I very slowly add in small amounts of free range chicken and fish after the month.
Seriously though, fuck a protein. You understand.
I gave up meat in college, because the cafeteria made it really easy not to crave meat. I could never give up meat though... bacon is what always gets me. Mmmmmm, bacon.
So to sum up, you once gave up meat, but you could never give up meat?
"I gave up meat in college,"
" I could never give up meat though... "
It only took the very next sentence. We have a winner.
I started my second go 'round as a lacto-ovo-vegetarian two weeks ago. I've lost about 4 lbs. since then. It always seems that people are one extreme or the other when trying to be healthy. I think the video below provides an interesting - yet simple - concept for those who aren't ready to give up their juicy steaks.
The idea is to eat vegetarian during the week while allowing yourself the meat option on the weekends (vid is about 6 minutes).
in all things.
In past generations, they ate meat . . . just not all the time, and not in such huge portions. Sunday dinner in the 30's was the time you would have chicken or pot roast. It wasn't an everyday occurence. A good cookbook on this is More with Less. The intro pages are great. In the so-called 3rd World, meat is eaten, but more rarely, on celebratory occasions. When I lived in Korea, my meat consumption went down.
So my counsel? Get your sleep, get your exercise, eat plenty of veggies, fruit, whole grains, cut down on fats, highly processed foods, salt, and sugar, avoid fast food and processed snack food, but don't eliminate all meat. The problem I've seen with many diets is you eventually crave something so much, you fall off the wagon and gorge yourself in an unhealthy way.
Of course, do what works for you. But even though I personally don't need brats or steaks or ribs all the time, don't ask me to eliminate them from my diet.
I recently made eating healthy a bigger priority. While I haven't eliminated red meat and pork, I have cut down on it significantly. One thing I've started eating, even though they're pretty gross, is canned sardines. From what I've read, they provide the great benefits of fish (omega 3 and various vitamins), but don't have the problems with mercury and other contaminants because the fish are so small and have short lives. There is a lot of stuff online about the benefits of sardines if you're interested...
and get outside and play me some football or soccer or baseball or tennis or golf? Exercise and moderation. The French consume a glass of wine every day have lower incidents of cancer.
I've been a vegetarian for over three years. I don't eat any meat or seafood, but I'm not vegan so I do eat dairy/eggs (cage free organic, of course!)
I have tried several different veggie burger brands/protein shakes and have a few favorites. My favorite protein shakes by far are these single-serve, ready-to-drink chocolate shakes by Premier Nutrition. They are really convenient and I find that they taste like chocolate milk. I get them from Costco and they come in a box of like 16 or 18--they have 30 grams of protein per 11 oz shake and only one gram of sugar and 160 calories.
I'm a big tofu fan but won't get into details about that--if you ever want to experiment with it or have any questions about how to cook it (and make it taste awesome!) let me know, I'd be happy to tell you about it.
I'm also a big fan of TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein) which is basically de-fatted soy flour. It looks kind of like corn flakes and can be thrown into soups, salads, pasta sauces, etc. It has a ton of protein (about 10 g of protein in 1/4 cup.) You can buy this relatively inexpensively in the bulk foods aisle of Whole Foods.
I encourage you to experiment with higher-protein grains, like quinoa. It's pretty versatile, and is now available at stores other than Whole Foods (even Costco carries it.) It's good to throw in soups and on salads and can also be made as a side dish or as part of a main dish. I use it instead of rice a lot of times.
The best "fake chicken breasts" are definitely by Quorn, which is available at Whole Foods but even places like Kroger and Meijer. Quorn products are actually meat and soy-free, and use mycoprotein as the main protein source (it's from the fungi family.) They have breaded fake chicken breasts and different variations therein. The best fake chicken patties are definitely by Morningstar. My favorite veggie burgers are the Morningstar "Garden Veggie" flavored ones, but they also make a really good "spicy bean burger" which you can get at Costco. A lot of restaurants use the Morningstar "spicy bean burger" as their veggie burger.
Let me know if you have any additional questions!
Tofu is definitely not for everyone, haha. I forgot to add that Morningstar Farms also has "meal starter crumbles" (it looks like ground beef) which is super easy to incorporate into recipes you may already be familiar with like in spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, etc. All Morningstar Farms products are found in the freezer section. I would only caution you that I find the crumbles absorb seasoning much more readily than meat, so go easy on the salt/seasoning initially and add more as you need to. I really dislike the Morningstar chik'n strips, however; the texture grosses me out. Quorn definitely makes a better fake chicken product.
TVP is a great substitute for lots of foods. We used it on camping trips, it's a great protein, and you can pretty much treat it as ground beef (if you soak it in water).
I've had great TVP chili, pasta sauce (looks like meat sauce), tacos, sloppy joes, meat(less) ball subs, as long as you spice the TVP it works as a great meat substitute.
Also - if anyone ever has the "ground beef" anythings at Taco Bell, the way that it's so cheap is their "ground beef" is 33% Beef, 66% TVP - which actually makes it healthier
It sounds like something out of The Matrix. But not the good part where there is juicy steak. I'm talking about the bad part where they eat the pinkish glop.
My boss the Sooner, who walks around in suits and cowboy boots made of ostrich, calf, snake, etc., likes to say this to me once every couple weeks in his Oklahoma drawl:
"You know what I saw about vegetarians, right Jen? Y'all don't live longer but it sure feels like it!"
He says that because vegetarians are annoying.
have made the wrong decision. I understand the need to eat better quality and healthier food. Behind genetics, it is the number one determinant of good health.
So, the reason that I believe that you made the wrong decision is that you make it sound like an all or nothing, black or white.
Why not just reduce the amount of meat that you consume? Even better, why not just add a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies to your meals (sometimes to replace meat, sometimes to supplement meat)?
The problem is that people eat 2X or 3X the recommended serving size and 2X to 3X the number of meals of meat a week.
Moderation, my friend... moderation.
Exactly. Everyone says "Don't eat this, don't eat that," while what they really mean is "Don't gorge yourself on this, and don't gorge yourself on that like you currently do, you compulsive overeater." Red meat isn't the devil, but eating a pound of it a day is bad for you. Remember the food pyramid? Meat is good, but our diets are very meat heavy. Moderation is the key.
You can eat anything you want, just not in the amounts you might want.
I just went raw vegan for awhile. It isn't for everyone, but I probably need about two months of it to regain optimal health and then decide what I am going to do from there.
As for organic, if you shop the perimiters (fresh whole produce and bulk) instead of the inside aisles (canned and processed), you can eat relatively inxepensively when compared to what you would do even eating three fast food meals a day. When you go organic and whole, you aren't as hungry because you don't get the appitite-inducing chemicals that are routinely added to most processed foods.
Your blender, juicer, and food processor can be your best friends and provide you with plenty of tasty, healthy, and relatively inexpensive options. Once again, good luck.
2. Live in Tampa Bay
3. Raw Vegan
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I saw Food, Inc. and I would buy a cow before I would give up red meat entirely, although I applaud your resolve.
or a quitter
and even this?
I would think you could just give up doing this-
I couldn't. But I guess you're a bigger man than I am. Or one who going to rapidly be smaller. Just so long as you never give up this:
A month ago I decided that after 2 solid years of feeling like shit, it was time to see if a change in diet would turn things around. Luckily, my wife’s best friend is a naturopathic doctor who specializes in dietary problems so I had her perform a food intolerance test. Verdict: no more gluten or potato for me. I thought I was going to die when she told me as my favorite meal is a burger and fries with an ice cold beer (especially in the summer). Now I can’t have any of that unless you count Bud Light (which is made of rice) as a beer and I do not. However, I’ve eliminated 90% of gluten/potato since then and I feel unbelievably good. I lost 10 lbs in 14 days, doing jack shit, and have more energy than I have had in a long while. And it only took about 3 days to adjust. The sight of a burger and fries (or really any potato or wheat product) elicits an almost Clockwork Orange response from me (slight exaggeration). Just get it away!!
Anyway, I highly recommend a food intolerance test to everyone on here as it will change your life.
first, a caveat: I remain unconvinced that red meat qua red meat is bad for human health (see, for example, the recent Harvard review study that found no correlation between red meat consumption and heart disease or diabetes, but did find an association with processed/cured meats, which has likely driven the correlations in studies that don't differentiate because people who eat more red meat also eat more bacon). certainly the mechanisms most often proposed--that dietary saturated fat and/or dietary cholesterol cause atherosclerosis--don't appear to be valid (i've written more about this here and here)
nonetheless, I support people making whatever changes they feel they need to in order to improve their health and well-being. i find most commercial veggie burgers to be pretty awful, and given that they're often soy-based, it's not clear that they're actually any better for human health. so both in terms of taste and health, you're probably better off making your own. the best ones I've had are homemade black bean and/or mushroom burgers. here are some recipes from other folks, none of which I've tried personally but which sound pretty okay.
best of luck.
also, to add to the earlier comment re: agave being no better, and actually probably worse than hfcs, cutting refined sugar and starches will probably do far more for your health than cutting red meat. but there is no "good" sugar. some may contain more vitamins and minerals, but hfcs is not significantly worse nutritionally than white sugar, honey, brown sugar, agave nectar, etc. glucose syrups like regular corn syrup and brown rice syrup might be your best bet and even those are probably best used in moderation.
I love it here (in Omaha) because we can go get organic grass - fed free range beef literally right from the farm because it's only about 45 mins away. Tastes absolutely incredible and is only about $1 more per pound than the crap they sell in the store. The whole foods meat isn't even comparable to the stuff we get at the local farms, not to mention whole foods is over priced like none other.
but I'm on the Dale Jr. Diet.
I eat what tastes good.