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, Iâ€™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 heâ€™s just making nice when he forces down the Bocca burgers (I donâ€™t think heâ€™s as excited about Thanksgiving Tofurky as I am).
So what about weekday vegetarian diets? Itâ€™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 Iâ€™ll need some solid facts to persuade my husband. Here are the benefits that Iâ€™ve found:
- More veggies in a personâ€™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 (Earthâ€™s atmosphere can only handle so much carbon dioxide and itâ€™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. Itâ€™s not necessary to eat meat in order to have enough protein in oneâ€™s diet. Nuts, beans, and soy are great alternatives. And thereâ€™s always great supplements like Metagenics, UltraMeal Natural Dutch Chocolate 22.5 oz powder (perfect for mixing in milk).
A weekday vegetarian diet isnâ€™t just a fad. Itâ€™s a healthy, eco-conscience compromise. Iâ€™m pretty sure I can live with it and Iâ€™m pretty sure Iâ€™ll be able to convince my husband. And who knows, maybe Iâ€™ll go for a REAL turkey this year.