28 December 2009

put into effect new years' resolution #2, eat less meat, adding extra tomatoes, wine and fennel seed to the bolognese.

5 comments:

thesundaygap said...

Yves veggie ground round is actually an amazing substitute for ground beef in any well-seasoned dish like chili or pasta sauces - you should give it a go.
I've won over all of my male friends and even my grandmother with it in both lasagna and tacos.

wrenna said...

i used to eat tofu and drink soy milk. then my medication made me lactate and i noticed the estrogen in the soy milk made the issue much more significant, which squecked me. estrogen is supposed to be protective against psychosis (particularly if it happens peri- or post-menopause - though evidence suggests that it can help in difficult to treat cases), but about 1/3 of reproductive system cancers are estrogen-dependent and i sort of worry that because i wasn't raised eating a lot of soy and i'm late having children which is a risk factor... even though meat contains relatively high levels of estrogens and other chemicals as well. i've heard something nasty about a chemical used to make textured soy protein, but it may be largely avoided in North America, i'm not sure. in any case, i drink almond milk.

i hope i haven't horrified you out by saying all of this. i would rather conversations about bodies be a little calmer and more aware, as a general thing.

thesundaygap said...

Not horrified! I was going to write a very similar disclaimer, but figured you'd know how you felt about soy.
Making decisions is difficult. I appreciate the thought you put into your choices.

wrenna said...

i looked up the food guide, for what that's worth. i eat more vegetables if my mood is a problem.

2-3 servings per day recommended meats, fish, legumes, tofu, peanut butter.

examples of a single serving:
1 3/4 - 3 1/2 oz (50-100 g) of lean meat, poultry, fish, or tofu
1/2 - 1 cup (125-250 mL) of cooked beans
1-2 eggs (maximum 3-4 yolks per week)

Choose leaner meats, poultry and fish, as well as dried peas, beans and lentils more often.

2-4 servings per day recommended milk, cheese, yogurt.

examples of a single serving:
1 cup (250 mL) of 1% or skim milk
50 g or 2 slices of lower-fat cheese
3/4 cup (175 g) of 1% or skim yogurt

5-10 servings per day fruits and vegetables recommended fresh, frozen, canned, or as juice.

examples of a single serving:
1 medium-sized fruit or vegetable or 1/2 cup (125 mL) raw or cooked
1 cup (250 mL) dark green leafy salad

Choose dark green and orange vegetables and orange fruit more often.

5-12 servings grain products per day

examples of a single serving
1 slice whole grain bread or 1/2 bagel or bun
1/2 cup (125 mL) cooked pasta or brown rice
1/2 cup (125 mL) oatmeal

thesundaygap said...

That's not a bad resolution idea - a Canada Food Guide diet. I just might give that a shot!