Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day


I was reading an article on npr.org about eating vegan till dinnertime.

Here's a little excerpt:
If you eat like a vegan until dinnertime, you can protect your health and help save the planet; how we eat — and certainly what we eat — has a real impact on both our bodies and the Earth. That's something to think about on Earth Day.

The idea has been dubbed VB6, Vegan Before 6. It's a very interesting idea. Although I don't think I'd be able to do vegan. Perhaps vegetarian before 6. I wonder if I have the fortitude to try it.

After reading "Chew on This", I made a commitment to stop eating at national fast food chains. Unfortunately, I cave into KFC (one of the worst offenders) once, maybe twice a year. But aside from being w/ children and their parents, I haven't eaten at McDonalds or BK in over a year. Every now and then I'll go to local or regional fast food places, like In-n-Out or El Pollo Loco, once a month or two. But they don't require the the "mass food manufacturing" that the national chains do.

But I love veggies. and fruit. So going vegetarian before 6 shouldn't be hard. It would be a commitment, even a bit of a challenge, and maybe if i throw it out there, I'll be more likely to stick with it for longer than...a day. We'll see. Anyone wanna share their favorite recipes?

Lastly, a little poem, again in honor of National Poetry Month and also Earth Day:

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
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6 comments:

ren said...

i've done this off and on for years now. mostly i stick to one meat item or less a day and it's pretty easy (but i don't eat beef anyway, so that's one less to worry about). i think it's worth trying at the very least. for myself, my daily goal is generally to fit in one more fruit or veg than planned. today was a handful of blackberries with my lunch.

oooh, and as for recipes, try roast kale. it's awesome...if you like kale at all.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

I love this idea, it's intriguing. I just might have to try it.

Shammickite said...

What a good idea. I'm not really a keem meat eater, and often eat only veggies and dairy for the day. But I just bought some really nice smoked Black Forest ham so perhaps I'll try this idea after the ham is all gone!

Andie said...

Good for you!! Now you and I can be veggie sisters. Oh and if you want me to cure you of your KFC thing just let me know. I have a link to an undercover video from their factory that will gurantee you NEVER eat from them again.

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Stacey said...

I read that same article...and even made the vegetable pancakes today for lunch! Pretty tasty, actually!

Ginnie said...

I would like to read more about the rationale for this, Mad. It wouldn't be hard for me....but I wonder why? I do eat my grains with yogurt and banana at breakfast. I would NOT want to give that up...or is that vegan already!