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Go vegetarian – eating meat is bad for the planet

I received an interesting comment on one of my blog posts the other day that I thought I’d share here.

TL;DR: Growing soybeans to feed cows is far too energy efficient, therefore we should eat less meat (or better still no meat).

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Here’s the comment in full…

Hi there Suz

I have enjoyed looking through your site – so first I’d like to say thanks and well done, it looks great.

I’ve been following the paleo diet ‘craze’ for some time now – and I don’t by any means intend to undermine it by calling it a craze. Paleo appears to me to take advantage of fresh, natural ingredients from the earth which is highly commendable from a health perspective. Let’s be honest though, it is ‘crazy’ how many people are talking about the diet.

I follow a similar diet to this – although I mostly choose not to eat meat. The only time I generally eat meat is when I go out for dinner, and the only vegetarian item on the menu is ‘mushroom risotto’ (seems to be the most common offender) or some other dish that has chosen to substitute all its protein value for not so complex carbohydrates. Then, I make sure that I choose something that has been what I call ‘consciously produced’ and if possible locally sourced.

The reason I don’t cook meat at home, is because eating meat is so energy intensive for the earth. If you think about it, if we grow 1,000 sqm of soybeans (which we need to constantly water and fertilise) to feed 200 cows (also need water) to feed 100 people we have reduced our ability to feed about 900 people. Now I know that I will be criticised for the kinds of numbers I chose to illustrate this point, but really the numbers I just made up and probably are in a magnitude far greater and far sadder than I’ve attempted to illustrate. You get the point though.

The point is, that we should be taking responsibility for the imbalance of resources available to feed people in this world – and encouraging people to eat LESS meat not MORE. Especially in a country such as Australia where our weather patterns are so variable (an argument for climate change – something for another time) that in some places we have drought and in others we have torrents of floodwater destroying farmland.

Whilst I sympathise with people looking for an alternative way of life, one which provides them with lasting health, fitness, comfort and satisfaction, shouldn’t we find it simple to then realise that people in countries not as ‘lucky’ as ours wish for the same too? NO matter who you are, we all have one single thing in common – the desire to be happy. In fact even happiness is above the requirement for food and water in the hierarchy of needs, and most of the earth’s population don’t even have that.

Anyway, I’d like you to think about perhaps posting some recipes without meat – and helping people to see that the premise of Paleo, which is taking advantage of having access to clean, natural ingredients given to us by our Earth should mean that we take more responsibility in looking after the entity that provides them. Go meat free a couple of days a week, I promise it won’t kill you

Where to start?

Firstly, I would highly recommend everyone reads the “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith.

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This book was written to address the popular thought that eating meat is bad for the planet and our health; whereas eating vegetarianism is thought to be the best move.

Before modern grain agriculture, animals grazed on the land, and returned nutrient rich manure that could work its way back into the soil. Land was rotated allowing nutrient rich food to be grown from it.

Now grains and legumes are grow intensively, leading no room for animals to graze naturally. Soil is completely depleted of its nutrients and animals aren’t able to take part in this vital circle thanks to widespread intensive grain agriculture.

This is why I completely disagree with the commentator, and actively seek out naturally reared, grass-fed meat – and think more people should to.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Vegetarian myth, and the comment I received.

 

 

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GIVEAWAY! Win a free copy of IQS Kids Book!

It’s giveaway time!

I’m going to be giving one reader a free copy of the new I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook!

This book is exactly what you need if you’re trying to get your children eating healthily but are struggling for ideas and inspiration. In the beautiful book you’ll find:

  • 85+ fructose-free party recipes, breakfast ideas, lunchbox snacks and afternoon treats.
  • Handy conversion widgets, substitution charts plus a shopping list generator.
  • Safe sweeteners and how to use them.
  • Tips and tricks from experts and health-conscious parents.
  • Ideas to get the kids involved in cooking and growing their own food.

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How To Win?

 

To win a free copy of this ebook* all you have to do is leave a comment below or on the facebook post with your top paleo kids idea or tip. It could be a healthy snack idea, a school lunch tip, a paleo baby weaning idea, or perhaps a fun way you’ve found to get your children to eat more veggies.

So what’s your top idea for paleo friendly children’s ideas? Leave your comment below.

The winner will be selected at random from all comments left (both on this page and on the facebook page) by midnight 27th April and I’ll announce the winner on the 28th April! Good luck – and keep the tips and ideas coming!

You can find out more about the I Quit Sugar Kids Cookbook here

*Please note that this is a digital book – I’ll send the winner the file which can be read on any computer or ereader device

The Paleo Lunch Recipe Book

My Paleo Lunch Recipe Book is now on sale!

With a typical SAD lunch revolving around sandwiches and pasta, a Paleo lunch requires a bit more thought – and is far more rewarding than a refined-carb-heavy sandwich!
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I know what it’s like to be busy and in need of good Paleo lunch options. I’ve put this recipe book together, with lots of recipes that can be prepared in advance, to make lunchtimes that bit easier. The book contains recipes for lunches you can make at home and take into work – as well as recipes for lunches when you have a bit more time on your hands.

The book has 92 pages and includes:

  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Paleo “sandwiches”/ wraps/ burger recipes
  • Lunches to prepare in advance
  • Sauces & dips
  • Paleo “noodles”
  • and much more!

The recipes contain lots of varied ingredients (that are easy to source), including chicken, beef, fish, seafood, beef, turkey, ham and bacon. There are also some meat -free vegetarian recipes – as well as some featuring fermented foods and offal!

Here are some of the beautiful photos from the book:

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At the moment the book is available as an ebook – but the print version is getting closer! As with all of my books, it’s available for instant download and comes with a 30 day guarantee. You can pay securely using credit card, debit card or paypal. If you’d like a copy – you can buy it here.

I’ve created this recipe book for people of any country (being from overseas myself, I know how annoying it is when a recipe book is only in metric or imperial measurements!)

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

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The Paleo Dinner Recipe Book

I’ve had a lot of request from people who’ve bought my recipes books, for a book on Paleo Dinner Recipes – and I’m pleased to announce – here it is!

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I think this is the most extensive Paleo recipe book I’ve created to date, with over 60 recipes and beautiful full page photos of most recipes.

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There’s something for everyone, with chapters based around your favourite meats:

  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Fish & Seafood

I’ve also include offal and vegetarian recipes, as well as two chapters covering side dishes and sauces, to transform your dinners! There’s a good balance of quick dinners and dinners to impress with.

As someone who’s lived in metric and imperial countries, I know how annoying it is to read recipes that are only in grams, or only in ounces – so you’ll be pleased to find that all of my recipes will make sense wherever you live!

Currently the book is available as an ebook, so you can download it instantly. It comes with a 30 day guarantee and can be purchased here for $17 by credit card, debit card or paypal.

Buy Two or more Paleo Recipe Ebooks and Save

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

I’m often asked if my books are available as print version – I know a lot of people prefer a physical book. Well, the good news is that I will be offering print versions soon, but at the moment, these are all digital downloads.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this book, or any others!

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The Paleo Snack Recipe Book

My post of Paleo Snack Ideas has been so popular, that I’ve created a new recipe ebook on Paleo snacks.

As well as lots of simple snack ideas that work well on a Paleo diet, the recipe book contains almost 80 pages of recipes. These recipes are for simple snacks that you can make and take to work, serve to children, travel with, eat after dinner, drink or use to help you on your weight loss journey. There’s a snack recipe for every taste and situation! By popular demand I’ve also include a chapter on grab and go Paleo snack recipes.

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As well as clear, easy to follow recipes, the book also features beautiful photos of most of the recipes to inspire you! The book also includes an introduction into the Paleo diet and the place of snacks on this plan.
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These are some of the recipes and photographs featured in the Paleo Snack recipe ebook

The book is currently on sale for $17 and can be purchased by credit card, debit card or paypal. It comes with a 30 day guarantee and instant download. I’m also currently offering further discounts if you buy two or three of my recipe ebooks together! My recipe ebooks are currently available in digital format – I will update this page as soon as the print versions are available.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the ebook!

Buy Two or more Paleo Recipe Ebooks and Save

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

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The Paleo Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe Book

I’m thrilled to announce my new Vegetarian and Vegan Paleo Recipe ebook has just been launched!

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With almost 40% of those following a Paleo diet having at one stage been either Vegan or Vegetarian, there seems to be a real lack of information in this area – something I want to change.

Many Paleo sources seem very definitive in saying that you cannot be both Paleo and Vegan or Vegetarian – but I think there is middle ground. Whilst eating animal products seems to be optimal, I think by cutting out grains and legumes you can make significant health improvements.

Vegetarians and Vegans tend to rely heavily on grains for calories and legumes for protein, so one of the key aims in the recipe book has been putting together recipes with a good, Paleo, protein source. Eggs are obviously a great protein source, but not on the menu for Vegans, so I’ve not lent too heavily on eggs in this book.

I’ve also noticed how difficult it is for people who decide to start eating meat, having been a Vegetarian or Vegan for some time. I devote a chapter in this book to transitioning to eating meat – as this is not an easy step to take. When starting to eat a Paleo diet, having relied heavily on grains and legumes, it can be difficult. I’ve therefore added in a chapter on properly preparing grains and legumes. Whilst not Paleo, traditionally prepared grains are far safer, and can make the move away from grains far easier than going cold turkey.

The book features a balance between quick and simple recipes and more substantial Paleo Vegan recipes. With soups, salads, bakes gratins, side dishes, main courses and snacks – I’ve tried to make sure there is something for everyone.

Currently only available in ebook format (watch this space for the print version, later in the year), this book has over 100 pages of beautifully photographed recipes. Recipes are Paleo and Vegetarian – with over three quarters being Vegan and Paleo (i.e. no animal products such as eggs and dairy, as well as no meat).

I’d love to hear your feedback on this book and if you’ve followed a Vegan or Vegetarian diet, how your journey has been.

You can buy the Vegetarian and Vegan Paleo Recipe ebook here for $17.

Buy Two or more Paleo Recipe Ebooks and Save

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

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Paleo Breakfast Recipe: Haddock Omelette

I thought I’d share another recipe from my Paleo breakfast Recipe Book today. I love this recipe as it’s quick and easy not to mention a great way to get some extra Omega 3 into your diet.

Breakfast Ingredients:

• 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly cubed
• 300g (10oz) smoked haddock fillet
• coconut oil
• 1 onion, finely chopped
• 5 free-range eggs
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 30g (2 tablespoons) chopped fresh chives

 

Breakfast How To:

Cook the sweet potatoes in a pan of boiling water.

After five minutes, add the fish to the pan.

Once the sweet potatoes are tender, drain the potatoes and fish, and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and sauté the onion until they become soft and translucent.

Once the fish and potatoes have cooled enough to handle, flake the fish into smaller pieces and remove any skin and bones.

In a bowl, beat the eggs, season and add the chives, potatoes and fish.

Pour the mixture back into the pan with the onions and cook over a medium heat for a few minutes until the omelette is set.

Cut the omelette into slices and serve warm. Alternatively, this can be made in advance, stored in the fridge and enjoyed cold.

If you enjoyed this recipe, check out my Paleo Breakfast Recipe Book. With over 100 pages of breakfast recipes for every sitatuon (even sections on egg-free recipes, child friendly recipes, vegetarian and no-time breakfasts), there is something for everyone!

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Paleo Breakfast Recipe Book

After months in the kitchen, I’ve finally finished my first recipe book all about Paleo Breakfast Recipes. I’m thrilled with the result, an ebook of well over 100 pages of Paleo breakfast recipes to suit every situation and taste, with beautiful photos to tempt you into the kitchen.

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I know how hard it is to find time to make a good breakfast, so there is a chapter on grab and go breakfasts, quick (but still delicious) breakfast recipes and also drinkable Paleo breakfast recipes.

I’ve also included chapters covering alternatives to your former favourite SAD breakfasts, child friendly breakfasts, lots of egg free recipes, meat-free recipes (a lot of people can’t face meat for breakfast) as well as fancy breakfast recipes, for when you have a bit more time and want to impress.

Recipes are easy to follow and clearly laid out, with both imperial and metric measurements. If you buy this book in conjunction with one of my other ebooks, I offer big discounts – click here to find out more

I though I’d share one of the breakfast recipes from the book here…

If you’re interested in the book, you can buy it here

Buy Two or more Paleo Recipe Ebooks and Save

The book is $17, but I offer big discounts if you buy more than one of my recipe books in one transaction – you can find the bulk prices here.

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Breakfast Mushroom Saucers

Ingredients:

• 4 large portobello mushrooms
• 4 rashers bacon
• coconut oil
• salt and pepper, to taste
• 200g (7oz) spinach
• 75g (2.5oz) grated cheese (optional, if primal or lacto-paleo)
• 30g (2 tablespoons) pine nut kernels
• fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 avocado

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How To:

Wash the mushrooms and set aside the stalks to use in another dish.

Cut the bacon to match the size of the mushrooms, and fry in the coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat, until your desired level of crispness has been reached.

Coat the mushrooms in the left over bacon fat (or more coconut oil) & season with salt & pepper, to taste.

Grill the mushrooms for a few minutes, under a medium heat, making sure they don’t burn.

Meanwhile, steam the spinach in a saucepan for a couple of minutes.

Top each mushroom with the bacon, then spinach. If using cheese, top with grated cheese and grill until the cheese melts. Top with pine kernels and chopped parsley.

Serve with sliced avocado and enjoy.