Archive | August, 2010

Egg Recall: One more reason to go Vegan

22 Aug

We, as consumers, should be able to shop for food at our local supermarkets secure in the knowledge that what we are purchasing, what the store is selling, is safe. As a Vegetarian that still consumes eggs and dairy, I’m aware that there are still health issues to worry about not only with animal products, but even vegetables. With this latest outbreak of Salmonella poisoning, and recent E coli outbreaks, it makes shopping a scary thing for anyone who¬† worries about food-borne illness.

The main reason I cut meat out of my diet was because of health. I had thought of vegetarianism in the past, usually equating it with people who quit eating food with faces; because of cruelty towards animals. I’m not saying that I have never cared about cruelty towards animals; I would never wear fur, it’s just that the catalyst in my case was my health. When there are recalls of food that I normally buy, I stop buying the product for awhile. When spinach was recalled, I stopped eating fresh spinach for the longest time.

“Hens in intensive agriculture are forced to live in miserable, frustrated existence crammed into tiny battery cages, where they are unable to walk or spread their wings,”. “They live covered in feces, often forced to share cages with the bodies of deceased neighbors. These unnatural conditions produce sick birds, which increases the likelihood of infected eggs.”

I’m contemplating omitting eggs now. I’ll just need to figure out what to have for breakfast besides a quick easy standby, a donut and coffee. It’s vegetarian, but definately not healthy.

Eating healthy on a tight budget

21 Aug

I would love to be able to shop at the local health food co-op on a regular basis. However, since the prices are a little high, I’m only able to shop there for specialty items, and only once in awhile. It’s the best place to purchase vegetarian-friendly foods such as tempeh; they have a large variety to choose from. Instead I find myself shopping at the supermarket with a limited amount to spend and sticking to salads, yogurt, pasta and vegetables. I add a lot of cheese and eggs for protein. I try to only purchase organic “free range” eggs; however according to a recent PETA article I read, those labels might not mean what they say. Again, another thing which I should purchase at the co-op or the Farmer’s Market…if I could afford to. It’s is a sad fact of life that if someone wants to eat truly healthier foods, it’s going to cost more than say, the few bucks McDonalds charges for a disgusting “burger”. I’m getting on a rant and could go on and on about GMO foods, antibiotics in foods, pesticides, hormones, inhumane treatment of animals for food; practices such as feeding chicken feces, feathers, and the blood and parts of other animals to cows. Maybe I should just become a Vegan.

A Healthier Lifestyle

8 Aug

I stopped eating red meat about 9 years ago because I was addicted to fast food; sometimes eating at Burger King twice a day. Having a croissant sandwich for breakfast, a whopper for lunch and then eating pizza my fiance brought home was sometimes a normal day. No wonder I was feeling sick all of the time. My absolution began after reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

I stopped eating hamburgers right away. Instead, I thought the safer, more healthy option was chicken. So, I didn’t go cold turkey…it was slow going. I rationalized that fried chicken sandwiches and french fries were the healthier choice. My addiction to fast food was and is a hard fu&!ing habit to kick.

Bacon…oh sweet bacon, was nearly impossible to give up. I told myself “it’s not red meat…really”. Bacon tastes goood. However, my hunger for knowledge about the food we eat, was stronger than my love for bacon.