My daughter loves her steak (with ketchup) eats pounds of cheese, and chicken too…until recently. She read a book called Skinny Bitch, which has been criticized for being misleading. It supposedly advises readers how to lose weight, but it is apparently a treatise promoting veganism—no animal foods or animal products. It describes how cows and chickens are raised and killed, and the description is so gross that the message worked: she gave up eating meat and cheese and much of her chicken too. What a powerful story.

Now she is eating hummus a lot, vegetables and fish. She looks for organic or free-range fowl. Quite a transformation…I’m awed that it happened so fast.

With the news about animal cruelty in my mind, I looked up some undercover videos on YouTube revealing how animals are raised and killed. They were worse than I remembered from my earlier experiences, which included a photo assignment in a cattle slaughterhouse, watching pigs being beaten before the knife came out, and talking to a large-scale, chicken-farmer salesman decades ago. No wonder some readers are giving up meat.

(A little comic relief from the fictitious doctor quoted in my August 11th post:

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? 

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient 
mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? )

A friend has been talking up veganism for years. The meals with her have been very tedious—don’t eat this, that’s bad for you—and also funny: “I’d like a salad, please (to the waitress), but please don’t include any green peppers, because they make me pass gas!” Who asked? Yum-yum, now let’s eat, thinking about the dangers of eggs and the flow of chewed food through her digestive tract…all the way to the end. But this friend also warned me wisely about saturated fats Read the rest of this entry »

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