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More about food

Thought this talk was highly relevant for the post and comments about food, and it’s from my favourite website…TED of course.

In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what’s wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it’s putting the entire planet at risk.

He’s right… what we need is just GOOD FOOD!

And for me, that would start with some good ruisleipä (Finnish rye bread) with tomatoes and cukes…

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Eat your veggies: Part 2

I wrote part 1 last week and was quite happy with the feedback, along with landing on the veg.ca blog the following day. (Kiitos;)

This past week I took the Veggie Challenge and gave up meat completely for one week. Obviously this wasn’t too hard considering I now only eat meat at school or at friends’.

But, I can definitely say that I was happy with the results. I felt healthier, cooked more interesting recipes and overall felt better with myself.

I made potato leek soup, a zucchini/tomato/cheese quiche and bought a lot more interesting veggies/ingredients in general. If I don’t buy meat, I feel as though I can ‘reward’ myself with things like artichokes, nice olives, and more expensive veggies. (Remember, this is ‘reward’ on a student budget!)

Today at school, I “gave in” (well, my week was over) and ate some meat. To be honest, I can say that I didn’t miss it and I kind of wish I hadn’t.

In perfect timing, a friend just gave me this link on “rediscovering the joy of meat”. “The new carnivore is ethical, environmentally-friendly and will eat the whole animal”.

Can’t say I love eating bull testicles, although I do remember passing through Montana with the family when I was a kid during the “Testicle Festival” (omg…they have a website – testyfesty.com – hilarious) but anyways, they have a point. As the person in the article points out: “I eat less meat now than I ever did, but it’s all much better meat.”

That’s it. We don’t all have to be vegetarians and asking people to do it, willingly, won’t happen. But we can just focus on consuming less – much less.

One of my readers made an excellent comment to the last post. He’s about a 90-95% vegetarian. So what if he’s not a ‘real’ vegetarian? When he feels the craving, he’ll give in but it doesn’t happen too often.

I completely agree. I don’t like the “vegetarian – yes or no” attitude. I think that there’s a scale. I’m not going to feel bad every time I eat meat but I’ll work on just eating less.

And then yes, when I do indulge it’ll be great piece of meat – and no, that’s not bull testicles for me;)

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Eat your veggies

As the old saying goes… you should “walk the walk if you’re going to talk the talk”.

The more you know, the more likely you’ll start paying attention to your “walk”.

I can’t say that I’m a perfect green consumer though. (Umm..who is?) I love clothes and yes, I still shop at H&M… I don’t always buy organic and I still love to travel. So, feel free call me a hypocrite now;)

But I am starting to change some of my old patterns… slowly, but its coming.

Starting with the new year, I gave up buying meat.

For anyone that knows me, you’d probably know that I love a good thick med-rare bbq steak, and bacon is a staple for any good breakfast.

Although there are plenty of reasons for people going vegetarian (animal rights etc.), the clincher for me was reading about its environmental impact (big surprise eh?)

Fast facts:

· the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport.

· A meat-based diet requires 7 times more land than a plant-based diet.

· Food scarcity: cost of grains are soaring and we feed that to animals so that we can eat meat


Google it and you’ll be amazed at the toll it has on society and the environment.

But, notice that I said I only gave up buying it.

I can’t do it. There’s no way I can go home this summer and not enjoy my Dad’s fabulously bbq’d steak.

So, it’s a slow start but it’s a start. I’ll still eat meat at restaurants or at people’s houses, but I just gave up cooking it myself. I’m surprised at how easy it is too. It’s not cold turkey (haha, no pun intended) and it makes grocery shopping easier.

Something small… but still has a positive impact – on this world and for my health🙂

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