my farewell to meat…for the week.

a few weeks ago, i watched a ted talk by graham hill entitled “why i’m a weekday vegetarian.” hill discussed the benefits of being a vegetarian – american’s unhealthy over-consumption of meat, the positive impact on the environment and more humane treatment of animals. he also discussed the difficulty that we as americans have to make the jump to being vegetarians, as we have been bred to be carnivores. meat is the main staple most dinner plates, and in my house, there is an animal product at EVERY meal. watching this ted talk got me thinking, why am i eating so much meat?

the idea of “weekday veg” started swirling in my head – but i still wasn’t 100% convinced. until saturday night.

cue the movie “forks over knives.” forks over knives is a documentary on netflix that presents the benefits of living a whole foods plant based diet lifestyle. to sum it up, here is an excerpt from their “about” page on forksoverknives.com:

Forks Over Knives was launched in 2011 as a feature documentary. Backed by scientific research, the film presents a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by leaving animal-based and highly refined foods off the plate … and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.”

these two videos made an impact on me and made me really start to look at my plate. the majority of my meals contain animals.

so i have decided to merge the two ideas. sticking with the “weekday” part of “weekday veg” but upholding the more stricter dietary guidelines in “forks over knives” – no animal products (including eggs), dairy, oils and refined sugars.

i’m not going to inundate you with numbers and figures, but rather challenge you to watch the ted talk (click here) and forks over knives on netflix (or access it here) and decide for yourself!

i will obviously keep you updated on my progress, as i am excited AND nervous to try being a “weekday veg.” i will be sharing my recipes and tips along the way!

do any of you have great vegetarian recipes to share? please comment if you do!

peace.love.veggies

-sarah

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