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Goal 2 Update

Here is another good reason to cut out beef: Fairbank Farms Recall Ground Beef Contaminated with E. Coli

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Back with Goal #2: Eat Less Beef

Ok, wow, I’ve been gone nearly a month. Not good for a fledgling blog. Basically, I tried to do too much at once, and this blog was one of the things that fell by the wayside. Now that my wedding is over, I am returning to this blog and the goals it represents.

We’ll start my return with Goal Number 2, eating less beef. I am doing this primarily for my health. Red meat is the worst type of meat for your health. It has it’s benefits (protien, iron) but I can get those benefits from other sources. This is part of an overall move to a flexitarian diet.

To a lesser degree, meat is really not good for the enviroment. It seems like beef is the worst (if this is incorrect, please correct me). I’m trying to live a “greener lifestyle,” and this seems like a natural step to me.

Now, I know you must be wondering why I say “eating less beef” instead of “eliminating beef in my diet.” Well, simply put, I really like beef. I enjoy a good burger, steak, etc. So if I allow my self the ocassional indulgence, I am more likely to stick to it. I am going to limit my beef intake to when I am out of my home. For example, I’ll eat the comfort foods I grew up with when I am at my parents place (moms sauce just dosn’t taste right when the meat balls arn’t cooked in the sauce).

I am hoping this will end up like sugary snacks.  That is, the less I eat sugary snacks, the less I crave them.  So hopefully, I will just loose my appetite for beef.

Goal #1: Eat Less Processed Food

This is going to be the first in a weekly segment called “Goals.” (Creative arn’t I?) Basically, every week I’m going to set a tiny baby step goal towards living a more “real” lifestyle. These will be the little moral victories that add up throughout the course of my journey. The first goal is to eat less overly processed food. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I’m going to stop eating all processed foods. To me, processed food is going to be defined as “something that has several ingredients in it that I cannot pronounce.” So, there will be alot of processed foods I will still eat. For example, my favorite cereal Kashi Honey Sunshine (follow the link for a free box) is A-OK. However, CoCo Puffs are out.

Now, how do processed foods help me live a less technologicaly dependent life? Well, it doesn’t really. But, overly processed foods tend to either A) lack flavor, or B) be overly sweet or salty (to make up for lack of flavor). Eating “real” foods is like HDTV for your taste buds. Plus, as I go along in this journey, I’m finding its not really about using less technology (although that is a major part) its about enjoying the important things in life and living a healthier, more active lifestyle.

To work towards this goal (and to save some money) I tried making home-made granola this weekend. Stay tuned for the results!