Friday guest blog--Åsa--Veganish
Depending on the source, numbers vary when it comes to how much meat consumption impacts the planet. And whether you care more about greenhouse gases or the (short) lives of animals bred, raised, fed and slaughtered in the mass production of chicken nuggets, meatballs, bacon and hamburgers…. There’s no (to me credible) way of denying that the meat industry, at large, is gross and harmful.
So there. Now I know this is a sensitive subject to a lot of people. Let me say this: you don’t have to give up all your meat to make a difference. You don’t have to feel guilty eating cheese just because you admit that most dairy cows are displaying alarming rates of hormones and that it might not be so great to consume gallons of the milk they’re producing 24/7/365 for calves they don’t have.
I’m not a vegetarian. (Any more, I was for almost 15 years though) But I eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan food. My kids eat meat and drink regular milk and yogurt and whatever is served at school. At home they drink oat milk and eat vegan hotdogs one day and regular meatballs the next. My only goal with their meat consumption is that I don’t want them to be meat-eaters by default. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me ”I don’t think I could be a vegetarian…. I just don’t know what I’d eat?!” And when they cook they base the whole meal around the meat and assume that were you to cook a vegetarian meal you’d just substitute the steak with a carrot. I don’t want my kids to think about food and meat like that. But I will never force them to stop eating meat.
There are so many great tasting alternatives these days. AND, there are a lot of vegan dishes that aren’t even made to be a vegan alternative to a meat, they’re just healthy (for the planet and for you), delicious food.
So what would work for you? Meatless Mondays? Trying to eat vegetarian for lunch on weekdays? It’s not all or nothing. But every effort counts. I’ve always felt like vegan was too hard core for me, and I still do. But for the month of October, I am going to try it. So far so good. And like I suspected, the hardest thing is the inconvenience. But, it’s been 4 days. I’ll get back to you when I’ve gone a couple of weeks without eggs and cheese.