A good article for those of you who aren’t quite willing to give up meat. From Livestrong:
If your heart broke in childhood when you learned that pigs like Wilbur, of “Charlotte’s Web” fame, provide the bacon on your breakfast plate, you’re not alone. Although “Vegetarian Times” reports that fewer than 1 percent of Americans are vegan, a 2010 Animal Welfare Institute report indicates that most Americans place high value on the positive treatment of farm animals. If you’re among them, you can consume animal-derived foods, maintain physical health and demonstrate your concern for the welfare of animals simultaneously. How? By emphasizing plants in your diet and making efforts to ensure that the animals whose meat, eggs and milk you consume were treated humanely. In other words, by becoming “vegan-ish.”
Looking at a bag of skinless, boneless chicken thighs, you lose some of the appreciation and respect for where the food came from.
In Praise of Plants
The first step in developing an animal-friendly diet may seem obvious: Eat more plants. In his book, “In Defense of Food,” renowned journalist Michael Pollan states it simply: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
If you’re new to vegan-ish-ism, approach this gradually. Incorporate fresh fruit into your breakfast, and plan your lunch and dinner around plant-derived foods. Ask yourself what you’d like with your brown rice and spinach tonight rather than what would pair well with your steak. Between meals, snack on fresh or dried fruit.
Before heading to the grocery store, make a list of your favorite plant-based foods. Choose more of these and fewer processed foods. As Pollan says, avoid foods your grandmother wouldn’t recognize and those with lengthy lists of difficult-to-pronounce ingredients. These include many items common in the vegetarian diet, such as enriched breads, cereals and pasta, potato chips, pretzels, crackers, and commercially prepared cookies, cakes, pies and pastries.