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Progress report [Mar. 20th, 2010|12:08 am]
Zoethe
A little over a month into the no pork or beef promise.

We are eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, and considerably smaller portions. I haven't really lost any weight, but have shrunk enough that some shirts that were too tight now fit nicely. I am having less heartburn and mostly sleeping better. My health continues to improve.

I want a thick, juicy steak so bad that I could scream. That craving started just yesterday. It is perhaps no coincidence that my period started today. Will look into boosting iron.

So far, so good.
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[User Picture]From: frito_kal
2010-03-20 04:37 am (UTC)
Once you guys are done with your month, can you appease the dietary idealist by purchasing farm-fed locally sourced beef and/or pork? It's more expensive, but that also has the side effect of meaning you buy less of it so you EAT less of it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 04:41 am (UTC)
Six months, but yes, we are switching to locally fed milk now and will switch to locally sourced red meat when we are back to eating any of it.
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[User Picture]From: soberloki
2010-03-20 04:54 am (UTC)
Oooh, the iron thing. Yes, I get a bit OMGMEATNOW when I have my period too. I don't eat a lot of it the rest of the month.
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2010-03-20 12:26 pm (UTC)
That's the only time my wife eats red meat. We usually tend to go out for some steak but I've found that a chicken chili works well too - the beans carry lots of the same good protein and some part of the tomatoes help your body absorb it better. This I learned in Nutrition class, so it must be true.
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[User Picture]From: libco
2010-03-20 05:10 am (UTC)
How about chicken livers-full of iron and protein and yumminess!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 01:20 pm (UTC)
Not a liver fan. Like, gagging.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2010-03-20 05:45 am (UTC)
I did eight months without beef, but I didn't have insane cravings I just tended to replace the beef with chicken. But I have started to get steaks recently which I'd never do before. Personally its all about moderation. See, when I got back to eating beef I wouldn't have it as often as I once did.

You think fish is all that great either? Look at all of the mercury that they absorb. Which goes into you. Either way you are messed up. I personally think that we need to cut down on pollution. I think that that is a big part of why people are getting sicker. That and all of the chemicals that they put into food.

At least you see that you can cut down, but I wouldn't give it up totally. That is crazy.
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2010-03-20 12:28 pm (UTC)
If you eat fish that are low on the food chain (ones that don't eat other fish) the mercury levels are usually much lower.

Your point still stands but I wanted to point out that they're not all horrible. I've also heard that the amounts are really only bad for women who are pregnant because they can harm the child, but that's just something I've heard in passing; no real research done on my part.
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[User Picture]From: the_siobhan
2010-03-20 07:14 am (UTC)
Back when I was a bleeder, anybody who stood between me and my rare red meat was risking having a straw stuck into an artery.

It was the only time of the month when I could tolerate liver.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 01:25 pm (UTC)
Ferrett has toothmarks on his arm.....
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[User Picture]From: clodia_risa
2010-03-20 02:39 pm (UTC)
When you reach the end of the promised time and start eating beef again, be careful of portion size. I'm currently cutting back on my meat intake, and have been doing so for only about a month. I find when I eat very much red meat it sits very heavily on my stomach. More than half a burger or steak makes me wish I hadn't eaten at all.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am definitely going to look at one steak as something that can feed two.
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2010-03-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
Everything in moderation.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 03:34 pm (UTC)
Definitely. But a promise was made, and it is a healthy one in that it's dramatic enough that we are changing our eating habits. I expect to go back to meat eating when it's over, but in the meantime I'm welcoming the shakeup.

Mostly.
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[User Picture]From: lishablog
2010-03-20 03:15 pm (UTC)
During my year of total vegetarianism, I found that when I craved meat I could kick the craving with well-seasoned legume dishes. A hearty bean stew was my favorite that year.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 03:35 pm (UTC)
More than I have time for now, but I will try and keep that in mind for next month. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2010-03-20 03:29 pm (UTC)
Actually, cutting back on red meat is really good for period -- less nasty prostaglandins causing cramps. I can safely say that my periods are AMAZINGLY less painful since I (as a result of living with a vegetarian) stopped eating meat regularly.

For iron: lentils! Lovely delicious lentils! And broccoli and spinach and kale!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 03:35 pm (UTC)
Fascinating! Will have to monitor this.
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2010-03-20 06:02 pm (UTC)
Good Luck! Anything you do for your health is good.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-03-20 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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