15 February 2012

How Much Meat Do You Eat?

I often referred to our eating habits as following a Mediterranean diet – limiting consumption of red meat, and primarily eating a plant-based diet.  To my surprise, there was a real classification for this diet. We are flexitarians — n (pl)  1. people who eat a predominantly vegetarian diet, but who eat meat or fish occasionally, i.e. flexible vegetarians. 

Our typical weekly dinner meal plan looks like this:
  • Monday – soup and sandwich                 
  • Tuesday – chicken (occasionally a burger or steak)
  • Wednesday – pasta                                   
  • Thursday – night out
  • Friday - fish                                             
  • Saturday – vegetarian dish
  • Sunday – day of grazing
Because we limit the amount of meat we eat, we consciously choose other lean protein foods like oatmeal or fortified cereal for breakfast, and protein-rich snacks during the day (mentioned in an earlier post: almonds, cottage cheese, yogurt and humus).  

Second only to eggs, fish is a healthy, complete protein, which is important for growth, maintenance and repair of all cells.  In addition to offering important vitamins and minerals, fish is most often
praised for Omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) which has been reported by the Mayo Clinic to help reduce inflammation, cholesterol, and blood pressure, and ehow health to assist brain, nervous system and eyesight function.  Note: the best fish to eat for Omega-3 is fatty,cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna and cod (or freshwater lake trout).  

However you want to label your diet, we ask: how much meat do you eat?  And encourage you to find alternate sources of protein, substitute fish for meat at least once a week and watch portion size when you do eat red meat.

A golfer's diet:  live on greens as much as possible.  ~Author Unknown

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