Meatless Mondays and Tofu Thursdays

For over seven years, I didn’t eat meat.  I ate a little bit of fish here and there, but no beef, pork or chicken.

My body didn’t really like it.  I was anemic which was very disappointing because giving blood donations is something that I find highly rewarding, and my low iron count did not allow this.  My dentist said he could tell I didn’t eat meat because of the coloring of my gums.  My doctor said that I HAD to take multi-vitamins and maintain a strict diet if I chose to be a vegetarian.

Finally, I gave in.  Although I still don’t eat chicken, I started to eat beef, turkey and pork.  I actually lost weight and started to feel more energy.  My skin got more of a glow, and I, in general, felt better.

One of the main reasons I stopped eating meat in the first place was for environmental reasons.  A lot of the so-called factory farms practices are destructive to the land, air and water systems.  I tried to find grass-fed and free range products, but living in the mountains of Tahoe doesn’t always offer a lot of variety.

My friends at Nevada Econet Blog started doing a weekly feature with a recipe for Meatless Mondays.  I decided I would participate in an effort to reduce my carbon footprint.  It’s not as drastic as going total vegetarian, but it’s good for the environment and health.  I also like that it encourages me to find meatless recipes.

Someone also mentioned Tofu Thursdays somewhere, some place.  So, I am picking that up as well.  I love Tofu Scramble and Sloppy Joe’s with tofu, as well as some Chinese dishes, so I know there are a lot of great tofu recipes out there.

This is a great way to cut back on meat and come up with new recipes.  Let me know if you are participating.  Please share any recipes, and I will be sure to add them to a post.  I will also share the recipes I come up with!

Here is an entire site dedicated to Meatless Monday.


2 responses to “Meatless Mondays and Tofu Thursdays

  1. Nice to see a post here concerning alternative eating habits. Even in the Heartland, we are seeing a lot of healthier choices – including adding wild game and fish (which are plentiful here in Missouri). Very insightful and honest post – nice!!!!

  2. Thanks Will! I’m glad to hear people in Missouri are eating healthier as well. I noticed when I was visiting Georgia that a lot of new sustainable organic restaurants had popped up, so I think the movement is spreading. 🙂

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