On needing new photos and eating meat

I’m going to the coast today, first time I’ve felt like going somewhere or doing something since I left Tahoe last week.

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I’ve been so tired, and I had a sore hand. I think the fatigue was a combination of allergies (and anti-histamines) and needing a little red meat. I had some grass-fed bison last night and did immediately feel better. This has happened to me before. I am an “occasionarian,” which is a tongue-in-cheek description of my dietary habits. I think veganism is awesome, but I am not a perfect person. Far from it! Anyway, I do eat animal protein four times a week–so seldom that I can afford to buy the compassionately raised (and slaughtered, I hope) version, or wild salmon or dolphin-safe tuna. I have been forgetting to eat some red meat sometimes though. I don’t know why my body needs it, but as one goes along in life, one does learn what works for one’s body. That was a lot of “ones!” Sorry about that! As blog reader SquawPeak said yesterday, wheat and grains don’t work for her. We all need protein, carbs and fat, and veggies and fruit, but we are also all a little different.

I do think we can make a difference by simply eating less meat, and as it turns out, this is a strong trend in the USA. People are simply cutting back on the meat.

As for dairy, my solution is to guy organic milk and cage-free eggs. A vegan will think this is pretty lame, and I agree, but again, I have to do what works for me, and I do believe that an effort, no matter how small, can make a huge difference. I do see things changing as people come to terms with the situation and seek ways to improve their diet, which is not really that easy.

Time for a plug for my newsletter. Each month I include an original recipe, always vegetarian. Sometimes it’s a cookie recipe or something else decadent, sometimes something vegetarian. We’ve learned to make a lot of stuff using beans, lentils, tofu, or eggs as the protein basis for dinner. If you are interested in getting the newsletter, you can leave a comment below or click on the link in the left frame of this blog. That will lead you to the sign-up form.

My husband just called me for breakfast…he made his amazing breakfast frittata. That recipe will also be in my newsletter eventually, so please sign up! Meantime, I’m off to eat breakfast, then get some overdue writing done, then go have some fun at the coast and hopefully take some new photos.

Have a happy Tuesday, or Wednesday, as the case may be.

Nicci

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16 thoughts on “On needing new photos and eating meat

  1. laurie27wsmith

    I eat my fair amount of veges but I’m a dedicated meat eater Nia. I guess if we weren’t meant to eat meat protein we wouldn’t have those lovely incisors meant for tearing at flesh. Nice pic of Lake Tahoe?

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      1. Nicci Post author

        The reason I try to eat less animal products is because there are 7 billion of us! That number seems so abstract, but after travelling to a country that has 1 of those billion and seeing what that looks like, (Beijing and Shanhai), I think we are eating too much animal life. I mean the poor fish. There are hardly any left. We are a voracious species.

        By the way I am not advocating anything, which is partly why I refer to myself as an occasionarian, so as to make very clear I’m not on a high horse about this. I just feel that we need to collectively eat less animal products, and have fun doing it. Shifting some protein source to plant-based is even good for us. It’s definitely good for other members of the animal kingdom.

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      2. laurie27wsmith

        Yes there’s a huge consumption of fish species in China. I guess it’s a toss up between dietary changes and some form of population control. Insects seem to be the food of choice for the future there. I think beef etc is still going to big on the menu here in Oz for a while to come.

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      3. Nicci Post author

        I think beef in Australia is sustainable (range fed, and not on too huge a scale for so many people that the conditions for the animals become really abusive). Things are a little crazy in other parts of the world, including here, with raising livestock in pens where the animal can’t even turn around and farming fish, which is very bad for the environment, because some always escape and interbreed a weak gene pool which weakens the wild gene pool. Salmon is really touch and go because of that. Human animal consumption is far from a self-balancing system of nature between predator and prey. So it helps to buy meat from ranches that let the beasts graze in a field and have humane slaughtering techniques. I think the standards in China for animal husbandry are probably not great. I wouldn’t eat meat there because of that suspicion, but I felt comfortable doing so in Australia and New Zealand. And we have brands and stores here that are organic, which for a cow or other animal means not only their diet but their treatment meets posted and regulated standards. As for hunting in the wild, which fishing is, that has to be controlled, but it’s hard to control fishing in oceans that span many countries. I’m eating less and less fish. I figure each bowl of beans I eat might save one little fish, who might be able to reproduce before being gobbled up by a human. We’ve wiped out whole classes of fish that I used to buy in the grocery store when I was in college, like red snapper. Gone. Now tilapia is being farmed in Vietnam in filthy conditions and imported. They’re starting to experiment with making cloned meat. That might be better. Gross, but possibly better. Possibly introducing yet another environmental hazard.

        My mother used to tell my I can’t worry about everything! But after traveling and seeing how many people we have, I am further motivated to turn toward a more plant based diet, with occasional meat.

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      4. laurie27wsmith

        We’re very lucky here Nia and I like that we can get good food, as long as it’s local. We’ve had the Hepatitis scare from frozen berries farmed in China. Their water quality standards are 3rd world but people buy the produce because it’s cheap. A lot of the fish that’s caught ends up in fertilizer and pet food. Tilapia is a no go fish here. It was introduced as a pet and some dill released it into the creeks and rivers. They eat out the native species. Apparently it’s good eating. I wouldn’t buy any fish or produce from south Vietnam. Only because of the amount of agent orange sprayed there during the war. The Mekong Delta, where most of the fish farms are was the most heavily sprayed region of Vietnam. The dioxin (most harmful chemical known to man) has no half life at all. I have no shortage of kangaroos here. 😉 Seriously though the day will come when we’ll all have to stop and look at what is happening. As long as it doesn’t end up like ‘Soylent Green.’ If you don’t know the story, google it.
        Cheers on that one. 🙂

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      5. Nicci Post author

        Oh yes, I know that story. You do have plenty of kangaroos there!

        Buying local, knowing the source, those are good things. I never thought about the agent orange in the Mekong Delta. And didn’t know dioxin was the most harmful chemical known to man and has no half life. I met an American Vietnam War vet who was very disabled from exposure to agent orange. His life was really rough.

        Interesting coincidence, I read the latest Scientific American today, and it had an in-depth article on China and seafood. I learned a lot about the culture, the extremely high demand for seafood there (and growing) and, thankfully, advances they are making in farming the kinds of sea critters they most want to eat. Also some disturbing stuff about them patrolling fishing waters and of course a lot of validation about my concerns about over fishing the oceans.

        I had a pure vege day. 🙂 But like I said, I do eat meat, just have really reduced how much. That is trending here in the US, although there are also fad diets that go the opposite way. China’s demand for meat is going way up. It was almost impossible to get meals without meat there. They added pork to the tofu dishes. Meat and seafood is associated with wealth and prosperity. So while a lot of people in the US are trying to imitate them by eating tofu, they are trying to imitate us by eating meat! I’m not sure exactly when the human race is going to realize that the environment is the thing we live in. But the selling point for sustainability is what’s in it for the consumer, and in the article, the (arguably) sustainable fish farming bills it as cleaner. That is in high demand. So that’s the way to sell good practices, cleaner and healthier for you.

        They are making genetically modified potatoes and apples now that don’t brown or bruise. And I don’t think they need to be labeled either. That was in the paper today. We planted more fruit trees.

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      6. laurie27wsmith

        Yes we are the lucky country here, that’s if we don’t sell out to the Chinese. They’re buying up cattle properties and dairies here like there’s no tomorrow. They’re one of our biggest trading partners. They’re not afraid of anybody neither, they’ll keep a tight rein on their coastal waters and go wherever they need to. One day the sleeping dragon will wake up and watch out. They have a lot of people to feed and although they haven’t got the bests track record for human rights. I’m sure they’ll be like any other country and do what they can to survive. One thing I do believe and that is because of their farming practices (close proximity of humans to ducks and pigs) the next big influenza plague will come from there. We had apples turn up in our supermarket from china last year, oh boy they were the worst I’ve ever eaten. Probably gmo. I’m eyeing off this huge Roo, he’s pretty big around the haunches and…………….

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