2ManyCurves's Journal, 15 January 2014

Did not run last night. It was pouring down rain and I just elected to refrain from it. I will double my miles tonight. That will teach you, Mother Nature. My weight is up today by 1.8. I'm not logging it today though as Mother Nature attempted a double whammy on me yesterday and I'm sure that will be gone on its own in three or four days which should put me around being on track for my Monday weigh ins.

Lately, I have watched a lot of documentaries on how food in the US is farmed and prepared as well as health documentaries on diabetes and other weight-related illnesses. I don't have cable and I've watched just about all other genres on NetFlix. The documentary I watched yesterday was called Vegucated. It has prompted me into further investigating and considering a vegetarian diet. Pretty odd for a rodeo mom who lives on a ranch, huh? Now, I'm not planning to join PETA. free lab animals in my spare time or denounce my running shoes. Side note: There isn't even a single vegetarian restaurant in this state. But I think I am going to try to be a little more conscientious about what I consume. I really don't need that much. We have an overabundance of foods and the rate of animal production is truly excessive here. Since I am concerned over the way...particularly red meat is farmed by large corporations and processed in the U.S. I may try something a little different. Although the documentary focused on becoming vegan, I can assure you that I cannot be that radical without a high rate of failure. I like some pizza every now and then...even if it is just cheese pizza. I'm a little worried about the effect cutting out meat from my diet will have on my protein/carb macros. I've already been integrating a lot of plant-based foods into my diet. I have not decided if I wish to just cut out mammalian meat or all meat. I am leaning towards being a "mostly vegetarian" which would allow me to keep fish and poultry in my diet. That would not be a huge jump for me. I get that hard core vegans may see keeping poultry and fish in my diet as not a true vegetarian diet. But, you have to agree that removing mammalian meat is a start. I don't want to set myself up for failure. I haven't signed on to anything completely. And, I will have to transition the rest of the family without their knowledge to avoid the protest. I definitely do not want to come home to my teenagers and husband waiving their Cattlemen Association cards in the air while pointing fingers at me chanting "Tree Hugger". Since I do all the grocery shopping and cooking, they usually don't even have a clue that I've made almost all their meals lately using ground turkey or chicken. I won't be able to stop them from what they eat away from home. But, I can at least have a small impact with what I prepare in home for breakfast and dinner and the lunches I pack for my son to take to school. (Yes, he is 17 and I'm still packing his lunch everyday. I hate how school lunches are still so unhealthy here.) I don't mean to incite or insult anyone who raises cattle or pork. I've had cattle myself. And, I'm not condemning anyone for their line of work. I'm not going to preach about what others should or should not do. I don't even know that this is going to work for me. All I know is that deer have a plant-based diet and their bodies are sleek and muscular. They run fast and leap fences (sometimes right into cars). I think I'd like to be more like a deer (without car collisions).

Have a great day!

2MC

Diet Calendar Entries for 15 January 2014:
1030 kcal Fat: 43.63g | Prot: 53.07g | Carb: 123.63g.   Lunch: Subway 6" Turkey Breast, Subway Tomatoes, Subway Light Mayonnaise, Subway Cucumbers, Subway Lettuce, Subway Onions, Subway Green Peppers, Subway Cheddar Cheese. Dinner: Mt. Olive Mild Banana Pepper Rings, Mama Mary's 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, Kraft Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Kroger Pizza Sauce, Hormel Turkey Pepperoni. Snacks/Other: Almonds, Tootsie Roll Tootsie Roll (Midgees), Great Value Light Cranberry Juice. more...
2196 kcal Activities & Exercise: Walking (exercise) - 3.5/mph - 1 hour, Sleeping - 23 hours. more...

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I watched a lot of those docus on Netflix too - they can scare the heck out of you and keep you up nights, can't they? In yoga last night a lady mentioned she buys only organic meat, raised on non gmo'd land, etc. Maybe you can find a place like that to keep the meat and decrease the hormones, etc. For a while after watching the docus I had the hardest time choosing food, and not feeling I was poisoning my body with every bite esp when dining out I'd be quite cynical and paranoid they were serving me processed food. My friend Grace kind of talked me back from the ledge with the reminder I'd been eating that food most of my life- I'm in my 50's now - and while I can choose to stay away from some of the known processed food, etc., nothing will give me immortality but worrying about it all can shorten what time I do have. So .. breathe and think and make better choices, sure... but try not to let those docus freak you out. Been there. 
15 Jan 14 by member: FullaBella
I've thought about raising my own grass-fed cattle. Especially since I watched the documentary on how a lot of "organic" food isn't all it is suppose to be. But, I know that once I name a steer it will live out its life here gracefully and given a dignified burial the same way ALL OF MY OTHER CATTLE have been. Haha. I'm such a failure at farming. Wait, I make pretty good hay. There is something... I am seriously considering buying a few laying hens though so that I can have some free-range eggs that I know haven't been exposed to a ton of chemicals. I just have to find a way to keep all of the barn cats I've rescued over the years from deciding that homegrown organic chicks are so tasty. 
15 Jan 14 by member: 2ManyCurves
When I lived in the country we bought our beef and hogs from people we knew. We knew how they raised thier animals and were smaller farmers. Sometimes we'd split a steer with someone. My ex husband would basically do the meat cutting once it was butchered or with hogs we would have them cut and wrapped according to our specs at a local butcher shop. The guys who farmed the land across the street thought I was crazy cooking soy beans so they would give me several 50 lb buckets every harvest season. I knew what they used on thier fields the did have to use some chemicals but the soy beans were raised for dairy cattle feed so they were very careful with what they used. Primarily some weed control in the spring. I eat mostly vegetarian with some chicken and fish (mostly provided by my fisherman son in law) with occasional red meat.  
15 Jan 14 by member: wholefoodnut
In addition I had a huge orgainic garden and grew most of our veggies-- I now live in the city different situation  
15 Jan 14 by member: wholefoodnut
We went the rancher route for a while - those chickens were pretty tough eating as they had the whole yard to run around ... running from the owls, eagles and things that crawled to get them under the fence. We raised our own beef but trying to slaughter one for just us was too much meat and then trying to share it with family got too complicated so they'd just go off the sale barn and off to the grocer I'd go... I'm still here ... 
15 Jan 14 by member: FullaBella
I figured I would just eat the eggs. I will end up naming the chickens too I'm sure. I may just be overwhelming myself with all of these documentaries. Warmer weather will have me out running more so I won't watch Netflix near as much.  
15 Jan 14 by member: 2ManyCurves
Stop watching the documentaries 2MC, those are what's bad for you :-) I try to only worry about things I can control. Some days I'm lucky to have meat on the table, so I'll take what I can get, hormones and all lol. Although I've always wanted to have a farm. Like you, I would probably just name them all and let them live long healthy lives while I slowly went bankrupt trying to feed them and let myself starve. Damn, that kind of sounds like a good weight loss plan... kill it or go hungry... hmmm lol 
15 Jan 14 by member: Yolanda9179
LOL I tried the chicken as well/ tried killing a few didn't go over very well-- kids wouldn't eat them and killing and cleaning them made me sick to my stomach. Only did 2 or 3 then some coyotes got into the chicken pen one night and killed all of them. Liked my guinea hens and wanted to keep them for eggs. Didn't do that again. Raising our own beef was not an option we knew we would just keep the calf as a pet.  
15 Jan 14 by member: wholefoodnut
This is such a great post! Thanks for the laughs ;) I am with ya! I realize how much healthier a plant based food diet is however where does the protien come from. Beans are great but the amount needed per day for the protien would be like triple the carbs I typically eat.. plus the toot toots could be a problem Ha! I am curious to see if you go down the road how you will find the balance you need. Good luck if you choose to give it a try!  
15 Jan 14 by member: lauraab
I've been a vegetarian for just about ten years now, and I manage to get somewhere between 50-80 grams of protein a day. Mostly, my protein comes from 2 eggs with breakfast, a greek yogurt at lunch, 4oz of cottage cheese as a snack, and about 1/2 a cup of beans with dinner. Since I do heavy weight lifting as well I occasionally have a whey protein shake too. I know that sounds like a lot of dairy, but you can also get a significant amount of protein from foods like tofu too (admittedly bland, but you can marinade it). As for the family situation, since I am the only vegetarian I know I usually cook things that are versatile. For example, I often make burritos since the filling is essentially vegetarian and whoever wants meat can just add some grilled chicken or ground beef. Good luck! 
15 Jan 14 by member: Jpad01

     
 

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