Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

Grilled steak
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People often tell me it's too expensive to eat healthy.  Rory Freedman, author of the "Skinny Bitch" vegan books and cookbooks proved this wrong by purchasing a week's worth of vegan food on a California food stamp budget of $33.  She bought grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and condiments under this budget.  Although it isn't likely that any of her purchases were organic, the items she purchased are much healthier than a diet high in animal products. Animal products contain saturated fat and cholesterol which contribute to the epidemics of heart disease and obesity in America.   

The idea of not eating meat seems to confuse a lot of people.  Last night I was working with a group of women in our local jail.  Somehow the topic of food came up and several of the women were extremely puzzled when they learned I was a vegetarian.  They couldn't contain their curiosity and asked questions like "Do you eat fish?," "Can you eat a steak?," and "What do you eat on pizza?"  When I said I had been a vegetarian (this time) for over 10 years, they were flabbergasted.  Somehow they had the idea that one could not survive without eating some type of animal product.  However, when you look at the cost of meat and cheese (both dollar-wise and health-wise), it is much less costly to eat a meat-free (or low meat) diet.  Ten dollars spent on dried beans or frozen vegetables will stretch much farther than that same amount spent on beef or chicken.  

2 comments:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

...but what do you eat?
...but what do you eat when you go out?
...don't you get sick of salad?
...how do you get your protein?
...hu?

and a lot more responses I've heard over the years, which are the same ones you heard as well.

ecogrrl said...

ah but you can get all that in the bulk aisles that's organic...it's incredible what's out there now.

side soapbox - i've always hated the name of that book...never been a fan of using a word that's meant to insult females and making it either funny or "taking it back". just like it's not cool to use the N word no matter what color your skin is, the B word is to me an equally poor choice of words. profanity to me shows a lack of creativity.