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Let's assume you are an omnivore. Would you consider cutting meat out of your diet 3 days a week?

I brought this up over (an omnivore) brunch the other day with Dan and he panicked a little bit. I've been hearing a lot recently to suggest that cutting back on meat and increasing plants--fruits and veggies is great not only for health, but also for the environment (see Mark Bittman's TED talk for an example).

I conceded that we do actually eat pretty healthily most of the time--a lot of stir fry, veggies with our meat at every meal, but I would like to do more. Maybe stop eating deli for lunch. Maybe throw a couple more vegetarian meals in the mix.

For the record, we eat at home 5 days a week. Chicken/beef/pork for dinner probably about 3x per week, a veggie meal 1x a week, and fish 1x a week. Weekends we tend to eat out, but usually meat plays a part in what we order (Dan definitely, me sometimes). 

It's up to you whether you count fish as meat or not. Depending on that, we currently have meatless meals 1 or 2 times a week. I'm thinking it should be more like 3 or 4.

I know we are doing fine, but could we be doing more? So--if you were us, would you cut meat out of your diet 3x a week?

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Alright, so we cut meat out.  You know what I use as a meat surrogate?  Cheese, for the most part.  That's not a whole lot of ground covered on the 'health' continuum, I must say.

It sounds like you guys have the diet thing licked - the fact that you eat home-cooked meals most of the time is frankly more important than what you are making - it already implies you are trying hard to get a balanced meal in.     As for us, we usually eat meat only 2 or 3 times a week, but frankly it is a cost-saving measure rather than nutritional planning. 

As an addendum, I've given up meat altogether for lent for the first time in my life, and I am a pretty hard core meat-and-potatoes, get-that-bunny food-away-from-me, vegetables-are-whay-food-eats kind of guy, but it really hasn't been that bad.  Not THAT bad...

If Vegetarians eat vegetables....what do Humanitarians eat?

And do vegetarians eat animal crackers?

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