I usually share my recent reads so here goes. I have to warn you, though, that I read in “stages” or genres. I get hooked on an author, a time in history, or a particular subject and I read on that until I am ready to move on. Last summer I read Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and then proceeded to devour every other book she had written. When I read the fabulous book, “Unbroken”, I then read even more books on WWII. After reading “A Paris Wife”, I went through several Earnest Hemingway books that I had either never read or enjoyed re-reading. Recently, I read “Z, a memoir of Zelda Fitzgerald.” I couldn’t put it down! It went so well with recently reading “A Paris Wife” that it was a great flow. I then prepared to re-r ead “The Great Gatsby” but in looking to download it ran across “The Beutiful and the Damned” which I hadn’t read and got right into it. So, this is how it went:
In reading just the first 5 pages Bittman offers these statistics:
“More than halfof U.S. grain and nearly 40 percent of world grain is being fed to livestock rather than being consumed directly by humans.”
“More than 75 percent of the $2.8 trillion in annual U.S. health-care costs are from chronic diseases which often can be prevented and even reversed by eating a plant-based diet at a fraction of the costs.”
Eating less meat, even part time, can have an important impact on global warming, health care costs and energy conservation. The food choices we make each day affect other important areas besides our own personal health. What is good for us is also good for the planet.
I’ll let you know my full review when I’m finished!
As for today, it’s Memorial Day! I hope you enjoy a wonderful day off with family and friends – and good food! I am preparing my grandmother’s potato salad to go along with whatever we decided to throw on the grill. Maybe I’ll share. . . but it’s not the healthiest choice out there I promise!
What are your plans today? Have you tried a vegan diet? Think a part time flexible plan would work for you?