New food rules

We are big meat-eaters, but I decided to put new food rules at our home (starting Monday). Partly because I want to punish ourselves for losing the Green Card, and partly because it would be good for our health. It’s a “take a bad thing and turn it into a good thing” effort. Essentially, we will be cutting down on meat and animal products a lot and follow a much healthier and balanced diet. We won’t become vegetarians (I don’t want us to be), but we will come pretty close considering to what we usually eat now: out of the 365 days in the year, 350 days have meat in them.

No more.

Meat or fish now will be served only twice a week (ideally, once fish and once meat). Natural yoghurt twice a week. Cheese almost daily (besides, I am married to a French man), but in smaller quantities. A cup of low-fat milk every day, if one desires to (yoghurt must be mandatory if we don’t drink milk). Eggs once a week. Green or tomato salad almost every day, fruits & bread every day. No frying as a cooking method. Butter usage very rare. Here’s the programme I put together:

(Main dishes mentioned only)
Monday dinner:
Beans

Tuesday dinner:
A vegetarian dish
Yoghurt for dessert

Wednesday dinner:
Meat or fish

Thursday dinner:
Eggs
A vegetarian dish

Friday dinner:
Beans with/or veggies

Saturday lunch:
A vegetarian dish
Yoghurt for dessert

Saturday dinner:
A vegetarian dish
(or veggie pizza with cheese)
(or dinner out)

Sunday lunch:
Meat or fish

Sunday dinner:
A vegetarian dish
(or big salad)

I can live with such a diet (and I am not on a low-calorie diet anymore). It’s not the first time that I cut down on meat anyways. My weekday lunches will be vegetarian. JBQ eats lunch at work on weekdays though so I can’t control what he eats there (neither I should). But in our kitchen during dinner, I am the boss from now on.

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Eugenia wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 4:59 AM PST:

>I know plenty of vegetarians with health problems because they don’t eat enough protein

Having milk, cheese and meat twice a week is all what the human body needs. Humans don’t need to eat meat everyday.

>why so much cheese, which is quite high in (unhealthy) fat

Because my husband loves it. Still, I will strive for less.

>I thought you were on some kind of ridiculous starvation diet?

I stopped it in September in order to get some strong pills for my health problem (among other reasons).

>almost all the vegetarians I know are overfat (not >necessarily overweight) and have poor muscle tone.

We already have that without being vegetarian. ;)


memson wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 11:31 AM PST:

Hmmm.. why does becoming a vegitarian (or near enough one) make you healthier? I know plenty of vegitariens with health problems because they don’t eat enough protein and have too lower vitamin intake to stay healthy. It’s not really about what you eat. It’s about how often you eat, how much you tend to eat in one go, how often you over/under eat and how much exercise you get. You can eat plenty of food and still starve your body of nutriants.

Becoming almost vegitarian will not help you stay healthy if you still get no exercise. I know, I’m in the same position ;-)


Shelley wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 11:48 AM PST:

Hello again.

A question – why so much cheese, which is quite high in (unhealthy) fat relative to lean meats and fish (especially fat fish which has the healthiest fats)?

I thought you were on some kind of ridiculous starvation diet? Or have you wisened up? ;-)

As for the comment about vegetarianism and health – almost all the vegetarians I know are overfat (not necessarily overweight) and have poor muscle tone. I’m willing to wager that all of the vegetarian women I know are on their way to osteoporosis.

Cheers,
Shelley


Andrew wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 12:10 PM PST:

Why not just wear a cilice?


Luis wrote on October 20th, 2006 at 12:27 PM PST:

Having a healthy diet is a very good decision. Congratulations.

My only concern with diets is that there is no single healthy diet for everyone. While your suggestion is quite balanced and looks good, it would be wiser to find out what you and your husband really need and what you should avoid (for example, you’ll eat bread and dairy every day, while wheat and milk are two of the most problematic foods for many people – not by chance there are two specific diseases caused by them to the most sensitive ones).

I would recommend you to read this book. While I don’t think that 4 diets can fit all or that blood type is the only important thing, it’s simple to understand and it has some of the basics right.


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