Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Flexitarian, new term for me.

This is a new term for me flexitarian.  These are vegetarians that occasionally eat meat.  I love the vegetarian substitutes to meat and offer them frequently at our table but every once in a while...
If we are invited to dinner and our host serves meat I would not propose to offend them by turning up my nose at the meal they were serving.  Actually, I find most people ask if there are any allergies or sensitivities they should know about.  If you have too many we would likely ask you to join us at a local restaurant.
Traditionally vegans and vegetarians are passionate about not eating meat and animal products because of animal’s rights or lack of rights.
This sounds cold but I think more of the terrible growth hormones injected into these poor beasts to make them grow quickly, antibiotics they are subjected to for combating diseases because they are raised in such close quarters, and the grains they are fed to fatten them up.  These chemicals stay in the meat of these animals and if they are killed inhumanely their bodies are flooded with natural hormones from fear right before they die, these don’t go away they stay in the flesh.
I am a flexitarian, actually many of my friends are turning more and more flexitarian all the time.  The data is too strong to ignore these powerful chemicals negatively effect the way our bodies function.
Hopefully, the less meat we eat the less demand and better life there will be for farm animals.  When I do purchase meat I select free range organic or wild caught fish.  When you live three miles from the ocean it is difficult to resist a beautiful grouper, wahoo, or dolphin steak, typically complements of our neighbor Mike who works on a day fishing boat.

The debate will go on long after I am gone.  Hopefully demand will change the way we mass produce our foods.

God Bless,
Teri
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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