Archive | April 2014

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

If you’re worried about chemicals in your fruits and vegetables and want a guide to help you choose pesticide-free produce, this link is a handy place to start.  It lists the conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables that have the most or least pesticides in them.

My Lent Experiment: A Failure?

Easter is this Sunday, Lent is almost over, and I am craving meat.

It’s pretty serious.  Yesterday, I felt like having fried chicken.  Last night before I fell asleep, I was fantasizing about eating barbecued ribs.  And right now, I’m thinking about how good a a lunchmeat sandwich or a hot dog would taste (the fact that the meat is processed is not bothering me).

In short, it doesn’t bode well for any kind of future as a vegetarian.

Even worse, I cheated three times.  I ate three dishes with meat in them, three times when I was having meals with my family, and they tasted so good that I didn’t even feel guilty about it until long afterwards.

From both a religious standpoint and a gastronomical standpoint, the experiment was a failure.  I didn’t stop eating meat for all 40 days, and while the vegetarian dishes I made were good, they weren’t enough to satisfy my huge, overwhelming animal-protein cravings.  Yet I’m not giving up.  I can recognize that I’m not ready to give up meat completely, but I can still reduce my meat consumption.  If I cook one meat or fish dish per month and make enough to serve three or four people, that means I’ll be eating meat for about three days a week, which should hopefully be enough for me.  Moreover, I can stop eating processed meats: no more salami or deli turkey sandwiches for me. (By the way, if anyone has some vegetarian sandwich recipes, please send them to me.  I love sandwiches.)

So even though this experiment was not a success, I still managed to gain something from it.  I gained recipes for delicious vegetarian meals.  More importantly, I gained a new understanding of my dietary needs, weaknesses, and willpower.

If anyone has some tips for reducing meat consumption, or stories about becoming vegetarians, I’d be happy to read them.

2014 Food Revolution Summit!

2014 Food Revolution Summit!

Does this sound exciting to you?

I know it does to me.

It’s time to fight a food revolution.  No more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, no more animal cruelty, no more toxic pesticides, no more unlabeled GMOs, no more water pollution from agricultural runoff, no more importing toxic food from China, no more habitat destruction, and no more destruction of small family farms.

After all, if we can’t even provide ourselves and our children with healthy, nontoxic food, what does that say of us as a society?  In fact, what does that say of us as a species?

Monsanto Kills Butterflies

Monsanto Kills Butterflies

As if anybody needed more reasons to hate Monsanto.

Check out the article at the link.

Amazing Science Fair Projects

Amazing Science Fair Projects

This is not related to food, but it is related to science.

Who remembers science fairs?  Who remembers the typical science-fair projects–the papier-mache volcanoes and the tornadoes in pop bottles?  And who wants to see fascinating ideas developed by teens who want to change the world?

This article lists some of these science-fair projects.  It’s hard to believe these were made by teenagers!