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January 1, 2019

What could be more trite than starting off the new year with the promise of healthier habits?

My goal had been to go into January already doing well on the healthful eating plan, so that when the turn of the year rolled around, I’d already be in good shape. I’m not entirely sure what happened to that. Maybe it was the two Thanksgivings back to back, or the pizza from Pepe’s, or judging the Chili Chowdown, or all the heifer shakes I enjoyed from The Dutch Udder, or the week in Pennsylvania where I ate little besides meat, carbs, and frozen custard?

It’s really hard to say. I’m not even sure how one might begin to unpack this mystery. But whatever the cause, the solution starts today. Although the person taking lead on the craziest part of this plan is Mrs. Fussy.

This is extreme, and I do not recommend it, but the Fussys are going meat-free in January.

Before you fall off your chair, that’s not entirely accurate. More specifically, we’re going meat free in our home. And flavoring agents like anchovies and fish sauce get a free pass.

What’s interesting is that all the members of the household are approaching this from different angles. Mrs. Fussy, despite my protestations, still believes meat has a deleterious environmental impact. Little Miss Fussy has somehow developed a desire to let cute but delicious animals live out the length of their days. And the young man has always seen food as fuel, so he couldn’t care less about the change, so long as he can continue to enjoy his peanut butter and honey.

For me, it’s all about vegetables and caloric opportunity costs. For every serving of meat, I could probably cram in a couple servings of vegetables at least. And while lean meat might be a healthful option as part of a balanced diet, most of my meat choices tend to favor the rich and juicy.

If I had to choose between boneless skinless chicken breast or sautéed broccoli, the broccoli wins.

I have a weight goal I’m trying to reach, and it involves dropping about ten pounds. Mrs. Fussy has agreed to help whip me into shape, so if she wants to declare January the meat-free-at-home month, I’m happy to let her run with it.

Of course there will also be exercise thrown into the mix. Plus, I’m going to be cutting out the booze, beer, and wine at home until I hit a target weight. So that should help too.

January is a cold and depressing month. Technically, the way I see it, it’s the very start of winter (although it’s still feeling like the locking). My plan had been to start the month with delicious braised fatty meats. It will be a challenge to make it to February without pot roast.

On the flip side, I should have plenty to complain about in the weeks ahead. Or maybe, I’ll pick up some good vegetarian recipes along the way. Whatever the case, it should make for some entertaining blogging. So stay tuned.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lara Kaye permalink
    January 1, 2019 4:24 pm

    You might enjoy these https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/05/japanese-cabbage-and-vegetable-pancakes/ and I could add you to all things healthy food for lots of other tasty vegetarian recipes!

  2. January 2, 2019 5:46 pm

    Sounds like an awesome plan and you are a great husband who knows when the wife is happy everyone happy lol.

    I am going to eat more mindful myself, whether its meat or not. Less carbs are always on my diet plan. With meat I am a flexitarian.

    Cant wait to hear more about this

    Best of luck

  3. Caitlin W permalink
    January 2, 2019 8:30 pm

    Your wife’s totally right, you know! I’m not ready to 100% permanently give up meat and dairy either, but cutting back is definitely the best thing we can do to reduce our environmental impact. This is the info that convinced me to start trying to go mostly vegan this year (from a recent study done by researchers at Oxford):

    “However, producers have limits on how far they can reduce their impacts. Specifically, the researchers found that the variability in the food system fails to translate into animal products with lower impacts than vegetable equivalents. For example, a low-impact litre of cow’s milk uses almost two times as much land and creates almost double the emissions as an average litre of soymilk.

    Animal product free diets, therefore, deliver greater environmental benefits than purchasing sustainable meat or dairy.

    Further, without major changes in technology that disproportionately target animal products, the researchers show that animal product free diets are likely to deliver greater environmental benefits than changing production practices both today and in the future.

    Specifically, plant-based diets reduce food’s emissions by up to 73% depending where you live. This reduction is not just in greenhouse gas emissions, but also acidifying and eutrophying emissions which degrade terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Freshwater withdrawals also fall by a quarter. Perhaps most staggeringly, we would require ~3.1 billion hectares (76%) less farmland. ‘This would take pressure off the world’s tropical forests and release land back to nature,’ says Joseph Poore.”

    http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-06-01-new-estimates-environmental-cost-food

    And who knows, maybe you’ll find some great vegetarian or vegan restaurants this month!

  4. Dave permalink
    January 4, 2019 7:06 am

    All of our fruits and vegetables come by truck or train burning fossil fuels

  5. Dave permalink
    January 5, 2019 7:53 am

    Turning vegan would be a big missed steak!

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