Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lean Into It

So my eating habits have most definitely evolved over the past 2 years, as has my lifestyle. One thing stays too much the same though... our grocery cart.

I seem to be stuck in a rut of processed foods. I will say that I take a lot of care picking our processed foods...that's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one. However, I really do stand there and try to compare the calories, fat, fiber, protein, sugar, and sodium in each item to choose the least evil, and I lived with it...

... Until yesterday. I had some time in this fab weather we're experiencing to catch up on Oprah, and she presented a show about being vegan. VERY INTERESTING.

Oprah allowed her staff the opportunity to go vegan for one week to see how it impacted them. Nothing astonishing, some weight loss, some weight gain. She showed a beef slaughtering plant, and how beef is made... gross, seen it before.

Here's what I did take from this:
1. Why don't I buy more whole foods? I enjoy them, why don't I try shopping at a whole foods store for them?

2. Why does America (myself included) feel the need to eat meat SOOOO much, sometimes at EVERY meal. This brings us to meatless Mondays. Oprah decided that she and Harpo studios will be going meatless on Mondays, I am going to try it. (Brian is not pumped!) Our consumption of beef is minimal at best. I can't tell you the last time I purchased ground beef... probably 2 years ago. We do ground turkey for items such as chili, spaghetti, etc, but I am willing to take it another step further and work to eliminate turkey when we can also... maybe some tofurkey or something.

Am I going Vegan? No. Vegetarian? Nope, but I will "lean into it," as Oprah likes to say. Let's just see what happens.

BTW, as I was researching this a bit more, THIS website was posted today as an option for finding responsibly raised meat and animal products in your area. Take a look. Lean into it.


  1. I watched Oprah yesterday too, and have mixed feelings about it. Good for you, though, for giving in to it a bit and "leaning" into it. My husband is probably much like yours in regards to no meat. He was watching Oprah with me (don't tell anyone that he watched OPRAH, LOL!) and when the Tofurkey came up his response was "Tofurkey, no workie". So that was a big NO to the tofurkey. :)

  2. Yeah, I'm going to have to hide these changes. Gradual,kind of like going from 2% to 1% to skim milk : )

  3. I honestly feel like a lot of the meat issues come from living with a man. I fought and fought my husband regarding turkey over beef, etc. when I was married. He would ask about what was in every meal. He was anti-health food all the way. We got divorced last April, and the kids and I only eat meat a couple of times a week now. My eating habits are constantly evolving. I don't really buy any prepared food anymore, but that took a lot of practice.