Weekday Vegetarian - Could You Do It?

Vegetarian?

Fact: I am a vegetarian and have no qualms about bidding adieu to steak, pork, and poultry.

Fact: My husband gets giddy whenever he SEES a steak.

Fiction: I am willing to cook separate meals for myself and my husband.

So, I’m in a bit of a quandary. Yes, I make a mean vegetable spaghetti sauce and my Asian veggie stir-fry is to die for. But my husband still misses meat and I know he’s just making nice when he forces down the Bocca burgers (I don’t think he’s as excited about Thanksgiving Tofurky as I am).

So what about weekday vegetarian diets? It’s when people choose to eat purely vegetarian Monday-Friday and then allow themselves to indulge in meat over the weekend. Could this be a golden compromise? I know I’ll need some solid facts to persuade my husband. Here are the benefits that I’ve found:

  • More veggies in a person’s diet means more fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients.
  • Vegetables and fruits are naturally low in fat and sodium Many meats are high in calories and fat (which lead to heart disease).
  • The average North American gets 47% of their calories from meat (the equivalent of over 20,000 animals throughout their lifetime). A lot of protein, but also a lot of fat and calories. Animals produce huge amounts of carbon dioxide (Earth’s atmosphere can only handle so much carbon dioxide and it’s already passed its limit). Thus, the average meat-eater is responsible for 2.52 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
  • A weekday vegetarian is responsible for only about 0.7 tons. It’s not necessary to eat meat in order to have enough protein in one’s diet. Nuts, beans, and soy are great alternatives. And there’s always great supplements like Metagenics, UltraMeal Natural Dutch Chocolate 22.5 oz powder (perfect for mixing in milk).

A weekday vegetarian diet isn’t just a fad. It’s a healthy, eco-conscience compromise. I’m pretty sure I can live with it and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to convince my husband. And who knows, maybe I’ll go for a REAL turkey this year.

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