Friday, January 29, 2010

flexitarian...

"A flexitarian is someone who actively integrates meatless meals into his or her diet when possible but isn't a full-time vegetarian."

as embarrassing and ignorant as it is, i have always been able to disconnect the steak on my plate or the burger i am eating from where it came from and the fact that it was actually once a living thing. i feel like i have been bombarded lately with literature and movies and short clips like the one below that have given me no choice but to make the connection and see first hand the cruelty that is connected to a lot of my food. it's amazing how knowledge rids you of excuses.

we are now officially flexitarians. we are commited to doing all we can do to stop factory farming. no doubt it will be difficult, but it is important to us not only because of the cruelty to animals but because of all the health risks it poses to our family (growth hormones, antibiotics, e coli, salmonella, etc.)

please watch the video below...








maybe we can be flexitarians together!?!... :)

20 comments:

Kelly said...

Not feeling so good...I'll get the quinoa out for dinner to night!

Leah said...

We've been "flexotarians" for a while now--just never knew the name. So yes, let's do it together. I've got some yummy recipes if you'd like. You can have some of our farm fresh eggs when we get it set up.

Ani said...

I am in!

jomama said...

have you seen food, inc.? a lot of similar issues raised. i watched it a few weeks ago and i've been trying to become more flexotarian ever since. and i've only bought organic meat and milk and eggs. it's difficult because it's so much more expensive, but i think it's worth it.

whyiwakeearly said...

My husband and I have been vegetarians for a few years. My husband much longer than I. He inspired the lifestyle change. Thanks for inspiring your readers to take a look at where their meat comes from :)

Natasha said...

We watched Food Inc. last September and haven't eaten a bite of meat since.

kerstin said...

oh dear... this is just heartbreaking.

i know california just passed a law requiring all animals for human consumption to live in humane conditions. it's only a start, thought.

maybe we can do the same thing here in ut?

Amber P said...

I know when I saw this video it sickened me!

Auntie Ann said...

Sissy! I am devastated by this.

Frances said...

We were vegetarians for a year but broke it during my last pregnancy. Now we are flexies and I try to avoid red meat unless it is the grass fed, good stuff. I would say half our dinners are meatless. I think it's a great and smart compromise.

I love your blog by the way!

erin said...

ugh. ugh. ugh.

Mary said...

couldn't even watch the entire video...

ag said...

i like the hopeful note at the end of choices we can make for our health and for the lives of animals. thanks for sharing this.

Allison said...

we just finished watching food inc. last week, and now this video. they both make me want to make better choices with what I put in my mouth. I just wish there were more options for groceries where I live.. all we have is a walmart and smiths. Where do you find farm raised beef/chicken in these stores? you don't :(
But, I do look forward to summer when all the farmers markets are out.

thanks for sharing :)

walker said...

Please! Nothing but propaganda...

Whitney said...

I've been a "flexitarian" for about 2 years, it really not as hard as it sounds!! You'll love it and feel so good about what your eating!

Through the Looking Glass said...

I've been reading a lot of Michael Pollan over the last few years and I too watched Food, Inc. and was forever changed. We have found a family farm in Vernon, Utah who raised grass fed beef and heritage Berkshire pigs who too are grass fed. Through them, we bought a farm CSA share which allows us to buy beef, pork, free range chickens and turkey for a year. All the animals are free range, pasture fed, and sleep in a warm barn filled with hay until they are eventually humanely slaughtered. (we found them through Stephmodo's blog - I don't know how to link in a comment)

I completely agree with moving away from a meat-filled diet so we only ordered a 2 person share for our family of 6. My rational is that we'll spend more money for less meat that is better quality, thereby eating less meat but also eating better quality that is ethically raised and treated. I recently read "The China Study", a dense book written by a Cornell Professor/Scientist who was part of a groundbreaking study of the Chinese and their eating habits in conjunction with the prevalence of food related disease such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. In short, the evidence was conclusive that diets filled with animal protein (meat, eggs, dairy) lead to the afore mentioned diseases, while diets with only vegetable proteins almost completely eradicate the odds.

I would love it if you or any of your commenters could suggest blogs or websites that offer great vegetarian recipes and/or ideas.

Good luck on your journey! I think a lot of us are making the shift as well.

sarah marie. said...

oh my gosh. i could barely watch this. i am definitely on board and i'm going to use this for my blog and the restaurants. thanks amy!

Bart and Jill said...

yeah, i totally recommend Michael Pollan's books like the Omnivores Dilemma and Food Rules. They are so interesting and life changing. Food is all I think about now, like how the meat was raised, etc. Good luck, I am also working on the veggie-only meals...

Kate said...

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a great book as well. I've considered myself flexitarian for about two years. It's hard because food is a big part of our culture and people can't resist making negative comments, even if we are trying to be healthier.