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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cold turkey literally tough

Commercial Turkeys  (USDA photo)
Cold turkey is tough for many reasons other than the “chewability” factor. 

Stopping any habit all at once is difficult, especially when that habit is food-oriented.

It is therefore not surprising to read “that 84 percent of vegetarians and vegans eventually go back to eating meat – 53 percent of them within a year’s time and more than 30 percent
of them within three months.”

The Huffington Post reports that primary reasons for these lapses include the following: lack of social support, squeamishness about being perceived as different, experience of “animal-based cravings,” and difficulty with cold-turkey anything.

Huffpost Healthy Living therefore suggests that vegetarianism need not be an all-or-nothing affair.  Perhaps “vegetarian eating can be a fluid part of anyone’s diet.” 

There can be Meatless Mondays and Fruit-filled Fridays.  Meat dishes can be accompanied by oodles of veggies.  While waiting to do everything, something is often better than nothing.


Copyright December 8, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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