I haven’t really been up to much as of late. I’m having oatmeal for breakfast, doing my workouts as ordered by the training plan and getting in yoga when it feels like I need a good stretch. One thing that has changed, however is that I’m making a conscious effort to transfer my meat eating into a more flexatarian style of eating.
I don’t want to quit meat. There’s a lot I’d be missing out on if I did, but I’m willing to make more ethical choices around my meat consumption which will hopefully have an impact on the world around me- especially if more people get on board. The salad above actually has organic chicken. Organic? Ethically raised? Count. me. in. If I actually stick to my guns on this, I know that my family will have to become more conscious of this, especially if they want me around for family dinners, and who doesn’t want that!?
So my lunches are starting to look a lot more like the one above. Loaded with chickpeas, meat and dairy free. All good in the neighborhood- It doesn’t really hurt that I’m eating a ton more veggies on this new system I’ve got myself on, that’s for sure.
Do you meat eaters ever toy with the idea of going veg? Or vegetarians and vegans, do you ever toy with the idea of eating ethically raised meat? And what’s your position on eggs? So many questions for people when they make their food choices.
To help answer a couple questions of foods you could consider eating organic- here’s a list of 15:
- Meat- Hormones, chemicals, enough said.
- Milk- Pesticide filled with man made chemicals
- Coffee- Chances are you’re not washing your beans before drinking them, step it up again and make it Fair Trade- that’s a whole other topic (check out black gold)
- Peaches- They have very thin skins and use lot’s of pesticides to keep them looking as delicious as they do
- Apples- Washing them with water and even scrubbing them doesn’t take the pesticides off the skin, and chances are high you’re eating the skin. This may also be a shock but buffing them or blowing on them doesn’t work either
- Bell Peppers- Heavily sprayed with insecticides and like peaches, they have a very thin skin
- Celery- It has no protective skin keeping the chemicals out- you’re just eating them
- Nectarines- 26 different pesticides have been found to be used on nectarines (enough said)
- Strawberries- If they’re not in season, often times the countries importing them have less strict pesticide regulations, making them little fruits of poison, delicious, but poisonous.
- Cherries- Don’t eat them locally (American crew)- The American cherries had 3x more pesticide residue than those that were imported
- Kale (who knew?!)- Very high amounts of pesticide residue, and as we’re learning, simply washing it with water doesn’t do the trick
- Leafy Greens- Often contaminated with the strongest pesticides used on our food. Those leaves aren’t staying that beautiful without the damage control
- Grapes- You can see the pesticide residue on them when you buy them- and you can’t wash the pesticides off grapes- the skin again is so thin
- Carrots- Europe is looking to ban the pesticides used on parsnips and carrots within the next decade- the governments in North America? It hasn’t crossed their minds yet
- Pears- Insects that eat pears are becoming resilient to the pesticides used- that means more pesticides for us, not good
A little something to think about as you’re shopping for produce. You don’t have to buy all organic, but making an effort to make the small changes could change a lot in our world.