Archive for November, 2006

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US Vegetarian Population

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I sure did.  Meg and I spent it in Plymouth, MA with her family.  Being in the place where Thanksgiving began and learning about the freaks (er ah, I mean, Pilgrims) that started it all was an interesting experience.  We are truly lucky to be living in modern times.

Over Thanksgiving, I came up with the topic for this week.  I wondered how many vegetarians there were out there.  After doing some research, I found out a bunch of information on the numbers and the reasoning behind why people became vegetarians.  Below is a graphic with some of this information.  The results are fascinating.  One interesting question asked by the surveyors was "do you consider the slaughter of animals to be murder?" and 42% responded Yes.  If you were to extrapolate that, it equates to over 4 million people in the alone.  Although I personally wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s murder, it does speak to the point that a large percentage of vegetarians choose the diet because they feel morally obligated to do so.   The survey went on to say that the overwhelming majority of people became vegetarians because they consider it to be a healthy alternative to eating meat.  This is the message that I think this newsletter conveys; being vegetarian even one day a week will make a difference in your health!  Additionally, when you do choose to eat meat…know where the animal came from.  A healthy animal means a healthy you!  We can’t separate ourselves from the food chain.  If the animals come from an animal factory their environment, antibiotics, hormones and food are directly ingested by you!

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eric

You’ll Flip for Tofurky

Thanksgiving is just over a week away…time to dig out the good china and get ready to carve the traditional Tofurkey.  That’s right I said it!  This year let’s change it up a bit, get away from the norm and be creative.  As Americans, we enjoy Thanksgiving all year round, so there’s no need to dedicate one day to stuffing ourselves with food.  This day represents family and friends spending time together, but too often it also becomes an eating contest. 

Now, I’m not saying skip a delicious meal to share…I’m advocating a different type of meal based on three simple criteria.

1.  Buy food within a 100 mile radius of where you live.  In CA, this should be a no-brainer.

2.  Skip the turkey, go for the Tofurkey

3.  If you need turkey, stay local and find one that had was treated humanely, slaughtered the same, absent of antibiotics and hormones.

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eric

Something Smells Fishy

Happy Vote Tuesday everyone!  Last week was Halloween; this is Vote Tuesday.  What nice holidays, too bad we’re not off work sitting on the beach.  Anyway, if you haven’t done the deed yet, the polls do not close until 8pm.  Big year, big year (if you’re blue, but if you’re red…please disregard) :) !

Not sure if you saw the article in the NY Times last week about the global collapse of fishing by 2048.  So at least we have that going for us.  This seems to be a pretty serious thing.  In our lifetimes we will see a dramatic change in the ecosystem of the earth’s oceans.    It’s the same story that the animals here on terra firma deal with like habitat destruction and over-hunting (e.g. bushmeat in many developing countries).  However, fish stocks are also depleted by ecological damage (so called "dead zones") and mostly by over-fishing. 

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eric

Don’t Have a Cow

Happy Day after Halloween!  I hope everyone is happy with their treats…I’m currently enjoying a nice sugar high, so I need to write this week’s newsletter before I crawl under my desk for a nap.  Yesterday I was flipping through the December issue of Runner’s World and found a good article named "Don’t Have a Cow."  It is attached in this email.  It’s short and worth a read.  The article focuses on non-meat proteins and discusses the need for protein for active people.  It stresses that there are other ways to consume protein without eating animals and how to balance meat and non-meat protein sources. It should provide some inspiration for your weekly-veg-day.  As a side note, this tends to be one of the common misconceptions about vegetarianism; that vegetarians do not eat enough protein.  This is simply not true.  Overall, Americans eat far more protein than their body can use and too much can spell trouble for the kidneys.   Like any diet, proper well balanced whole foods are essential for good health…Vegetarian or otherwise.  Lentil Tacos *shameless plug for this weeks recipe* are a great way to get non-meat protein without overdoing it.  The recipe is included in the attachment, let me know what you think!

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