Carb-a-holism is so green!

Okay, so that isn’t entirely true, but our kids sure would love it if it was (yea, wouldn’t we all if it wasn’t so “chubbifying” either!  Mega carbs also equals “spare tire”, but…)

Our kids would love it if our weekly conversations went something like this…
MONDAY:
Kids:  “Maaaaawm?  What’s for dinner?”
Me:  “Pasta.”
TUESDAY:
Kids:  “Maaaaawm?  What’s for dinner?”
Me:  “Pasta.”
WEDNESDAY:
Kids:  “Maaaaawm?  What’s for dinner?”
(well, you get the picture…)

My point is that going veg and serving something other meat proteins just once a week can actually be a very green practice.  Some interesting facts to consider:  “It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also save some trees because for each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.”

Sure, not all of the beef we consume comes from rainforest regions, but regardless of where it’s raised it does require a lot of resources and has quite an impact on the environment.  Another fact to consider:  “2.2 lbs of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car traveling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles”, thanks to their… umm… let’s just say “digestive system”!  How crazy is THAT?!

Pork and poultry also have their downsides that include a burden on resources, water and land contamination, and all sources of really gross things that I won’t detail.  Even fishing creates pollution in our waters and the concern of over-fishing, and fish-farming is a whole other issue of antibiotics, toxic materials… oh, geez… my head is spinning.  Seriously.

I could go on and on.  But the bottom line is this, it is both environmental and healthy to consider going meat-less just once a week.  That’s it.  No trickery.

So, shop that pasta aisle, select something fortified, pick up some fresh veggies, whip up a creative dish once a week and tell your family, “I love you… now love your veggies too and let’s be a little green.”

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2 thoughts on “Carb-a-holism is so green!

  1. Making lifestyle changes is not easy but if I can be healthier and at the same time contribute to saving our planet, then that would be enough motivation for me! I totally support all the moms that are making the efforts to live green and healthy.

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