Monday, October 10, 2011

What Do I Eat?

 Peta just tweeted this chart, and I love it! 

I actually don't get asked much about I eat so much as I get a few random people who think I'm personally attacking them just because I don't eat meat, and then begin to angrily start screaming the typical questions and comments I get asked and told all the time:

"Why don't you just eat organic or cage-free meat?" Because cage-free can still mean that the animals have next to no room to roam, and organic just means that they can't be sprayed with pesticides, but everything around them and everything they consume can still be sprayed with chemicals.

"No one likes tofu, gross!  But you better eat it, because where else are you going to get protein?" Cue me rolling my eyes.  Absolutely no other protein is available to me besides tofu, obviously.  There are a million ways to pack on the protein!

"I bet if you were living 100 years ago or more, you would just be happy to have anything to eat"  I'm not arguing with that!  But this isn't 100+ years ago, and I prefer to not support the modern day slaughterhouse industry.

And then, of course, I get to occasional look of disgust from certain people when I mention a wonderful meal I've recently prepared.  They must think that all these meals consist of big blocks of tofu on leaves of lettuce...  I once had someone actually freak out because I put my "weird vegan stuff" on his roll...it was just vegan butter that is made from palm oil!   

In reality, I eat so much stuff!  And it's not weird!  After I became a vegan, I've been introduced to so many new foods that I would have never even tried as a carnivore.  Back then, Tim and I used to rotate a pretty small selection of meals that took no thought, and now we're constantly trying new recipes.  Besides stir fry, there's very few meals that we make on a constant basis. 

As for protein sources, Eating Well lists the following protein sources as the best choices for your health and the environment.  They recommend that you eat all of these options more often (vegan choices in italics).
  1. Lentils
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Milk
  4. Beans
  5. Tofu
  6. Broccoli
  7. Yogurt
  8. Nuts
  9. Peanut Butter
  10. Rice
  11. Potatoes
 These next protein options should only be eaten occasionally:
  1. Eggs
  2. Tuna
  3. Chicken
  4. Turkey 
  5. Salmon
And last and most certainly least, Eating Well suggests that these protein sources should be consumed less:
  1. Pork
  2. Cheese
  3. Beef
  4. Lamb (Listed as the worst choice for you and the environment!)
I live in a pretty great area of the world to be a vegan: the Northwest is very vegan friendly.  My diet is actually readily accepted by a majority of the people I interact with everyday, and I have yet to find a restaurant in Seattle that doesn't have at least one good vegetarian choice. 


By the way, if any of you are in the mood for some interesting reading about what we eat and the resulting environmental impact, check out this article 

5 comments:

  1. Haha grass. As if vegans are often seen roaming through fields at mealtime, looking for nice patches.
    Lindsey*

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  2. Yeah, I only do that for dinner ;)!

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  3. I didn't know you were vegan! Wow! Good for you!

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  4. Fantastic article Shauna-- once again! This issue about protein is that most of the population consumes WAAAAAYYYY too much. even if you eat a basic vegetarian diet your still exceeding your protein RDA. so when people give the argument that vegetarians and vegan run a risk for low protein intake I cringe. I try to eat vegan as much as possible but unfortunately (but fortunately too! cause I love him :)) I have a Afrikaans meat loving man in my household. Me--- I still won't eat red meat, only on rare occasions, and chicken occasionally and I just can't give up seafood!! but instead of both of us eating a WHOLE chicken breast to ourselves we can easily share one in a curry, stir-fry, pasta dish, whatever! and still be overly satisfied but not too filled up on animal protein. I'm so proud of my hubby for learning all the great benefits of a plant based diet with me and for coming as far as he has!! I guess it helps when you learn to spice things up in the kitchen a bit too. I think cooking vegetarian/vegan meals are a lot funner really-- the possiblities are endless! Great job again!! P.S. are you doing any affilate marketing or promotions on your blog? you should cause your blog is GREAT... AND it's a great way to make $$$$ (from home!). My husband does internet marketing, I think you have a true talent here with so much $ making potential. keep it up :)

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  5. My husband has been vegetarian for about 8 years. I became a pescatarian in 2009 and am working towards being full vegetarian. I loved your post today, and that chart made me laugh. Even as a pescatarian I hear "Don't you get tired of just eating fish for protein every day?" Um, I eat fish maybe once a week. My protein comes from things like Total Cereal and Almond Milk and rich green veggies. Hopefully the more people who mention this way of eating, the more other people will understand it!

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