To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat…

Happy Tuesday! But first let me recap my Monday night. I had my dinner last night at the office before heading to the book reading. Dinner was leftover rice and beans.

Event: Eating Animals Book Reading at Barnes & Noble
Last night, I went with my co-worker and one of her friends to this book reading in Union Square. I have to say, the author Jonathan Safran Foer was extremely articulate, engaging and passionate. It was one of the best readings I’ve gone to so far.

I was a little nervous that the reading/discussion would be all about the slaughterhouses and cruelty. I was relieved when Foer specifically veered away from the area. Instead, he talked a lot about how the meat industry is a very closed-off and untouchable business. He said the most disturbing thing he encountered during his research was that we buy these meat products, ingest them, give them to our children, and yet we have no idea how they are made and can’t find out if we tried.

Foer wrote to Dyson and other meat producers and asked for admittance to their factories and he never so much as received a response. It’s really scary to think that we are eating this food and we have no idea what’s in it! He talked about the fact that the meat industry actually makes more money by producing “sick” animals – animals injected with antibiotics and hormones. And then we eat these animals and everything in their bodies.

He actually really didn’t focus on the “humanitarian” ideals that lead many people to become vegetarians – not wanting to hurt/kill animals. According Foer, that’s not the question we should be asking at this point. The meat industry and its issues were more prominent focuses by far. And he brought up the thing the gets me most – how these antibiotics and chemicals are being ingested and affecting humans in so many ways: girls going through puberty at an earlier age, increase in issues with pregnancies (miscarriages), and much more.

Here are a few pics from the event (I didn’t have my Rebel with me):

I left right after the discussion and apparently missed out on seeing Natalie Portman! She was in the front row. Oh well – maybe at the next book reading I’ll run into her.

Sorry for the long recap, but this event really got me thinking. What do you think? Do you eat meat, and if so, does the lack of transparency in the meat industry scare you? Would you or have you considered going vegetarian? Do you buy local non-factory-farmed, grass-fed meat – where?

After the reading I headed home and was still a little hungry despite my earlier dinner. I snacked on some popcorn (with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top) and a few raisins (no pic).

Then I headed off to read some more Copperfield before bed (I broke 500 pgs!).

Breakfast this morning was just what I was craving: a multi-grain English muffin with peanut butter and banana. Yum!

I set my alarm for 5:15 a.m. because I was going to get up and do some pilates and that never happened. I am definitely not a morning person. Bill always laughs at me when I do this, but it’s frustrating.

What are your tricks or tips for actually getting up in the morning to work out?

Lunch today was a mix: a workout cookie (I know – I didn’t workout today!) and Greek yogurt with oats.

 

My afternoon snack will be walnuts and raisins and carrots:

 

Tonight a few local bloggers are getting together for a nice little dinner at a place in my neighborhood that I’ve wanted to try. Can’t wait!

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7 responses to “To Eat Meat or Not to Eat Meat…

  1. We talked about this a bit tonight (yay, blog dinners!) but regarding the meat industry, I think anything that concerns the public health and safety of people should be a transparent as possible. What scares me is how covert these companies are! What is so terrible within the confines of their factories that they feel the need to hide it?

    After experimenting with vegan/vegetarianism, I’ve concluded that I’m a happy omnivore (who eats grass-fed, organic meat whenever possible).

    SO nice to meet you tonight!

  2. Hey! I recently found your blog and am SO interested to check out this book! I was vegetarian for about 10 years and then started to eat chicken/fish again in my mid-20s. I am currently sort of in between. . .I eat mostly vegan most of the time, but I do occasionally eat a piece of wild fish etc. The horrors going on in our industrial food system are VERY scary, so I try to make conscious decisions about what to put in my body. My hubby, on the other hand, eats pretty much everything but I’ve finally gotten him to switch over to organic dairy and humane eggs. I actually think grass-fed,organic beef and poultry can be very healthy choices if you feel the need to continue “eating animals” – they’re just VERY expensive to purchase on a regular basis.

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog Amy! I can totally relate to your situation. I don’t eat a ton of meat, but my husband loves meat and isn’t a huge fan of organic anything. It’s hard to find a balance and keep us both happy and within our budget. I highly recommend checking out this book – the reading convinced me to buy it! And Foer was pretty supportive of people who buy grass-fed organic meat as a means to cutting the factory-farm meat products out of their lives.

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