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I was reading the Sunday paper today and came across an interesting article. The article was advocating Meatless Monday. It was saying that we should eat less meat for heath. They have a web site http://meatlessmonday.com/ . It has some recipes, ideas for meat alternatives, games and other things. It is a step! Check it out and tell me what you think. I was surprised!
 

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Thanks for posting this... I sent it to all my omni friends. Yes, it includes fish and is from a health standpoint rather than an ethical standpoint, but every little bit helps. And something like this is much more likely to appeal to my omni friends than a Veg Pledge or something. And who knows... maybe someone will try it and extend it to Tuesdays... then Wednesdays... and so on.


I read somewhere that if everyone in the US reduced their meat consumption by 10%, we could feed all the people in the WORLD who would otherwise die of starvation this year. I know statistics are always messed up, but I always think about that one.
 

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As someone who was brought up Catholic, we already had "meatless Fridays," and I think this custom made vegetarianism seem less strange to me. True, fish was allowed.

Also, it was not done for health reasons. But it was a kind of start.
 

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Yeah, meatless fridays during Lent. I'm Catholic, and that comes with having Catholic friends. I had a friend who waited until midnight to eat so he could have meat...

Allow me to repeat that... He waited until midnight to eat so he could have meat...


Gosh just eat some food! heh

Luckily I didn't have to worry about slipping and eating meat on Friday.


But to not derail the thread, I'll respond to the topic. America needs to eat less meat. It's amazing how many animals I have even seen my brother shove down his throat. And my Dad doesn't eat healthy, he says it makes him sick...
 

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In the Edmonton Journal for the last month, a group of 4 (35-60) took part in a eat healthy and exercise challenge. It was funded by a local health group associated with the cardiac recovery professionals (so this was a government group, not a private one).

One of the parts is that they had to eat a vegetarian diet, rich in soy, greens, lentils and beans, for 1 month.

3 stayed vegetarian for the entire time and 1 had chicken once a week because "I just couldn't think about anything else."

THey all lost a lot of weight, their blood tests turned out very well and they all decided to continue eating according to their plan. They were all surprised about how good they felt cutting out the meat in their diets. Even the 1 who wanted chicken every week is going to keep with the diet, adding chicken once per week.

So, 4 steak and potato people were turned into semi-vegetarians for the rest of their lives.
 

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Maybe I'd have better luck convincing my family to go semi-vegetarian and just try reducing the amount of meat they eat. My mom tried going totally vegetarian for a week but gave it up claiming it was too hard. Aiming for perfection always leads to failure. I'll have to forward this website to her. Thanks.
 

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The idea of meat-free eating is appealing to even more people. Today, my sister cooked roasted vegetables and salmon. She just roasted peppers, red onion, potatoes and tomatoes, (She put in some garlic after I said that it could do with some!!!) and she had salmon with it. Anyhow, she didn't really seem to bother with the salmon much. My mum asked what she was making, and she said "I'm roasting some veggies." So i guess she saw the vegetables and not the salmon as the main part of the meal. Also, she only had the salmon with it since it had been sitting in the fridge and would need throwing out later.

So I guess that some people are psychologically leaning towards vegetarianism. My sister sees meat as an accompaniment rather than as the main part of the meal, which is a small victory for vegetarianism.
 

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Oh - I like this Meatlessmonday thing.

I like the website.

I like the idea, and I think I will borrow it.

Starting next week

Will make Monday lunch special in our restaurant Meatless

(and underneath I'll put the web address)

Yet another excuse to promote vegetarianism at work (as if I ever need an excuse)
 

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I think the campaign is a great jumping off place.

At the website you see nothing about peta, or vegetarianism, or any subjects that make most hard core meateaters cringe.

When I read at the site - at first I thought maybe the USDA was sponsoring it (THAT would have been nice - then I would have free reign to promote the heck out of it).

I did my first yesterday.

Red Beans & Rice

Sauteed Greens

Corn Bread

I chickened out about putting up the website address. I felt like people would react negatively. I'm going to just do it for a month or two - then advertise it as such once people know what it is.

(nobody blinked an eye that it was meatless today - they chowed down as usual
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edited for spelling
 
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