How to be more organic. Meatless Monday’s From Temple Sholom’s Eco Chavura

I spent my Friday night with Jillian Michaels. It was the kind of deal where you paid a ridiculous amount of money for an expert to tell you a bunch of stuff you really already knew (like to lose weight all you need to do is eat less and move more) and a few things that you didn’t know but probably should. Like a bottle of zero calorie butter flavored spray actually has 1200 calories in the entire bottle.

The most important thing I learned during her lecture was the realities of what genetic modification is doing to our meat supply. She showed us pictures of two cows – one a normal cow and the other genetically modified.  The difference was staggering. As you can imagine the same cut of beef will also look shockingly different. Most importantly its quality will be dramatically different.  What’s scary is that when we go to Jewel or Dominicks and buy beef we are most likely buying beef that came from a genetically modified cow (and this does not just apply to beef, but all meat).  To be sure that we’re not getting a genetically modified meat product we have to read labels carefully, in the case of beef we want to make sure that the label says grass fed on it.

Going organic/grass fed can be really expensive; I have resisted such changes myself for the same reason.  Jillian’s advice on how to find a healthy balance that we can all live with was to consider making the switch to organic when it came to meat and dairy and certain vegetables that are more prone to absorbing pesticides. We don’t have to go completely organic if we can’t afford it, just a few small changes and we can still be healthier.

If we are not careful we could be putting chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and who knows what else into our bodies on a daily basis sometimes multiple times a day. This realization has made me more committed to being a smart consumer and has strengthened my commitment to Meatless Monday.  Did I mention that Meatless Monday can also help us save a little money at the grocery store? I have found that just cutting out one day’s worth of meat products from my grocery list makes my overall bill a little lighter. And that is something I definitely appreciate!

To help make Meatless Monday a little easier here is a link to an article that lists five awesome vegetarian food blogs to check out for recipes.  http://www.thekitchn.com/eating-vegetarian-5-cooking-blogs-to-check-out-now-188840

The most important thing I learned during her lecture was the realities of what genetic modification is doing to our meat supply. She showed us pictures of two cows – one a normal cow and the other genetically modified.  The difference was staggering. As you can imagine the same cut of beef will also look shockingly different. Most importantly its quality will be dramatically different.  What’s scary is that when we go to Jewel or Dominicks and buy beef we are most likely buying beef that came from a genetically modified cow (and this does not just apply to beef, but all meat).  To be sure that we’re not getting a genetically modified meat product we have to read labels carefully, in the case of beef we want to make sure that the label says grass fed on it.

Going organic/grass fed can be really expensive; I have resisted such changes myself for the same reason.  Jillian’s advice on how to find a healthy balance that we can all live with was to consider making the switch to organic when it came to meat and dairy and certain vegetables that are more prone to absorbing pesticides. We don’t have to go completely organic if we can’t afford it, just a few small changes and we can still be healthier.

If we are not careful we could be putting chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and who knows what else into our bodies on a daily basis sometimes multiple times a day. This realization has made me more committed to being a smart consumer and has strengthened my commitment to Meatless Monday.  Did I mention that Meatless Monday can also help us save a little money at the grocery store? I have found that just cutting out one day’s worth of meat products from my grocery list makes my overall bill a little lighter. And that is something I definitely appreciate!

To help make Meatless Monday a little easier here is a link to an article that lists five awesome vegetarian food blogs to check out for recipes.  http://www.thekitchn.com/eating-vegetarian-5-cooking-blogs-to-check-out-now-188840

Carrie Rosen is the Temple Sholom new girl, joining the staff in April as the Fund Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to Boni Fine. She is a sometimes vegetarian.