March 20th

theresa albert - my friend in food


A Meatless World?


The debate goes on and on. There are many angles to it and it seems that the more serious advocates of vegetarianism and veganism, aka ‘The V people’ are more concerned about the environment and animal rights more so than for health reasons.

I myself, stand in the middle ground, where everyone has an issue with me. If it were a survey, I’d ‘Somewhat Agree’ with the V people on the animal rights issues, yet I continue to eat meat. I ‘Strongly Agree’ with the V people on the grounds of environmental issues, yet I continue to eat meat but I ‘Strongly Disagree’ on the topic of health reasons.

That doesn’t mean I think we should eat meat every day. I know from both a personal experience, as well as knowledge of studies that we generally get too much protein from animals. It is a fine line for me. I cut out too much meat, I notice it negatively affect me. I eat too much meat, I notice it negatively affect me. There is a happy medium I try to maintain, and as I learn more about the alternatives, I eat less and less. Maybe one day I will eat none but that could take a while to reach that phase.

This is why I was glad that the 6 of Spades chapter dealt with beans. I know beans are a good protein alternative and this chapter has inspired me to try more beans, more often. I am not a huge fan of soy for both taste and texture and I have also heard some negative reports on soy protein lately. I will avoid that subject for now but I will add that, as a runner, I consume some homemade ‘protein shakes’ on occasion and have always opted for whey protein.

This week, Theresa suggested we try to make 3 meatless meals. We did even better than that. We were about 40% meatless, if you count eggs as meatless which we had for dinner once and breakfast once. It’s too soon to tell if cutting back this much on meat is benefitting us on the scale and in the ‘how we feel’ categories but we will keep at it and report back later.

Here are some of the protein alternatives we have tried recently.

  • Lentils
  • Whey Protein
  • Quinoa
  • Black Beans
  • Brown (Pinto) Beans
  • Low fat cheese
  • Eggs
  • Almonds
  • Fish…well, yes, I know it’s animal based

What about you readers? How do you feel about this topic and what percentage of your protein source is animal based? What are some of your protein alternatives?

Dave & Anita

Dave & Anita

At age 43 and neither unfit, nor of perfect health, we have a lifestyle that requires constant focus. The “go, go, go” lifestyle of a being working parents gets the better of us. 5 years ago, we made major life decisions to quit smoking and get healthy, which for the most part has been successful. Anita, is an outstanding partner in our busy lifestyle and manages to be a dedicated mother. As a full time worker who travels regularly, she is no stranger to the dangers of living the life where meals are being fit into tiny windows of time each day. Together, we are making this journey even more interesting as we move through the Ace Your Health program and share how they apply it applies to our entire family. As a recreational runners, you can follow along to see how this quest of 'Ace Your Health' improves our marathon performances - click here to visit my running and fitness blog

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2 Responses

    March 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Hey Dave and Anita, I’ll stand right beside you on that middle ground. I love meat and my body craves it, but I have a hard time eating it. So, I eat mostly organic, free range, grain fed… meats. In recent months, my meat consumption has dropped by 50% and I feel better for it. And my meat nights taste all the better!

    Theresa Albert
    March 16, 2011 at 5:50 am Reply

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. You continue to lead by example, way to go!

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