The title? A line from a song recorded by the Pointer Sisters, among others. “Save the bones for Henry Jones, ’cause Henry don’t eat no meat!” Don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s heard the song? Moving on…
Go a day without eating meat. Better yet, go a week without eating meat.
Can you do it? Sure you can!
I was raised semi-vegetarian (fish and seafood only). Ate meat in college, stopped eating meat in college, started eating poultry again when I married Smoochy in ’99. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with eating meat, but I do think that Americans eat way too much, way too often. And that we pay the price with poor health and easily avoided diseases and conditions.
I can – and do – go for weeks at a time without consuming meat. The end result – my stomach is flatter, I have more energy, my digestive system is functioning at a very high level (sorry, TMI) and my grocery bills are significantly lower when I follow a meat-less diet.
When I’m in meat-free mode, I turn to beans for protein. I love beans. Whether in red beans and rice or black beans rinsed and tossed in a salad, I think they’re the perfect food.
So, give it a try. Instead of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich for breakfast, try oatmeal with raisins. Or a piece of fruit. For lunch build yourself a huge salad – throw in what you like – I’m prone to stinky cheese, craisins, apples, pecans and red onion. Dinner? Beans and rice are always good. I’ll also eat a veggie or “chicken” pattie if I’m home – tofu if I’m out.
I know y’all think I’m nuts. (Also a great source of protein). Just give it a shot – you can do anything for a day. Or seven!
I couldn’t find a video of the Pointer Sisters singing “Henry Jones,” but was tickled to stumble across this one…
Extra resources should you decide to take the plunge