Weekday Vegetarian: Why the Lifestyle’s Right for Me

A couple weeks ago my best friend was in town and I brought up that I felt I’ve developed more “hippy-like tendencies” since getting more involved in the outdoors. He laughed at me and told me I’ve actually displayed these “hippy-like tendencies” since middle school.

I realized he was right and that it’s really no surprise that for the past few years I’ve had this little voice in the back of my head saying I should give being a vegetarian a try. It sounded like a neat idea, but I LOVE bacon and just couldn’t give up that greasy, fatty, delicious pork candy.weekday vegetarian food

All hopes of me being a vegetarian seemed lost, until a couple months ago.

Late one night I was browsing the TED Talks website looking for new lectures to watch and I stumbled across this one–Why I’m a weekday vegetarian by Graham Hill. Hill basically laid out all the reasons I’d been considering being a vegetarian.

Environmental: Meat causes more emissions than all of transportation combined (planes, cars, trains, buses, etc.). Forests are being torn down to make way for new farms to raise animals for consumption and crops (and even animals) are being raised using GMO’s.

Health Benefits: Some meats are certainly healthy, but they come at a high price and most animals are injected with steroids to promote growth and aren’t fed a healthy diet. We as consumers absorb everything that animal has eaten, like corn, which I’m allergic to.

Animal Rights: It’s no secret that the 10 billion animals that are raised each year for our consumption are raised in factory farm like conditions. I’m undoubtedly a hypocrite when I wouldn’t even think about letting my dog live there for a mere hour, yet I’d gladly eat an animal that called that sick place home for its entire life.

He then continues on with my dilemma, that I’m still a carnivore, eating my bacon (his scenario was slicing into a juicy piece of steak), even though I know all of these facts. His solution–weekday veg–or adopting the vegetarian lifestyle Monday through Friday. Then indulge in as many meats as I’d like on Saturday and Sunday, or take it a step further and only eat sustainably harvested fish (healthier, more humane living conditions for the fish, and does less harm to the environment).

Since I had nothing to lose I gave it a shot and I’ve adopted the weekday vegetarian lifestyle for the past month and a half. I changed what I ate, not my daily routine, and so far I’ve noticed that: I’ve managed to drop a little fat weight, tack on some muscle, and gain some energy, to name a few.

Now knowing what you know–

What are your thoughts on the weekday vegetarian lifestyle?

Would you consider adopting the weekday vegetarian lifestyle?

Next week I’ll go more in depth with my weekday eating routine, in case you’re interested in trying out weekday veg.

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  1. says

    You mentioned this to me before and I’m interested. For starters, I’ve definitely tried this week to include more meatless meals and days into my rotation. I’m loving some things like lentil and tempeh that haven’t found their way into my shopping bag in a while!

    • The Weekend Warrior says

      Oh lentil, I think I saw you post that earlier this week. Haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll have to give it a shot once I find some quick and easy recipes to use it in.

  2. says

    Firstly, I applaud you for trying something new. Secondly, the outcome is positive and you feel good about it, so that’s all that matters. But thirdly, the reasons and pretenses for finally making the switch are a little misinformed. Which, if you didn’t publish on a blog for other people to read and potentially base their decisions on, I’d have no problem. But you did. And I think they have the right to other opinions on your….opinions.

    Environmental: Most of what you state is from a study in 1996 in which the original researchers have admitted to not doing a fair analysis between the two industries. http://www.cjr.org/the_observatory/meat_vs_miles.php?page=all

    GMO: You linked to an openly biased, 1-sided website that is only interested in their one side of the coin. In all my reading of nutritional topics over the past 6 years, I’ve not seen a credible, scientific source that states with certainty GMOs are the death of the human race. In fact, this gem came out just a week ago in which an actual peer-reviewed study looked at cattle health since 1996 (big year apparently) and saw no averse affects of feeding them GM food as compared to all the years prior to 1996. So to your point that we absorb everything they absorb, if they’re still healthy, we’re still healthy. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonentine/2014/09/17/the-debate-about-gmo-safety-is-over-thanks-to-a-new-trillion-meal-study/

    Health benefits: Meat is healthy in a healthy portions. Though, I agree that it may not be best for you, anecdotally. I’m also not a huge of the steroid use but it’s a necessary evil of factories.

    Animal Rights: Can’t disagree here. The factories these animals are raised in are atrocious, but I’m still going to eat them. But in terms of the whole, “It’s ok on the weekends thing,” I’m with RFC. If you’re doing it for animal rights, do it for animal rights. It’s like saying, “I fully support gay rights 5 days/week, but on the weekend, I go to homophobic pep rallies to throw rotten food at people coming out of the gay bars.” How is that ok?

    And what’s this it’s ok to farm raise fish, but not cattle? Farm raised is farm raised, and I’m sure the fish would rather enjoy their time outside of their holding tanks. And pro tip, just like cattle, wild caught fish are healthier than farm raised fish.

    So what do I attribute your success to? Occam’s Razor. “The simplest answer is probably the right answer.” You’ve reduced your calories while maintaining your activity level. And if you’ve at all increased your activity level, that would explain any muscle gain.

    Again, I applaud the fact that you decided to throw caution to the wind and try something new, but make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. People still think I’m nuts for intermittent fasting even though the scientific evidence largely supports it, but I also don’t go around saying it’s a magical pill and that I’m doing it for enviro or ethical reasons. I do it because it fits my lifestyle and because it works.

    I say good day to you, sir. 🙂

    • The Weekend Warrior says

      Dave,

      I’d expect nothing less from you sir haha. For what it’s worth, my responses–

      Environmental: What I think all of these are missing that would sway the numbers is to take into account the deforestation and land clearing that happens each year to make way for these factory farms.

      GMO: I’m not saying GMO’s are the death of the human race, but I’m saying there’s a better way than GMO slathered crops to feed to animals (and humans).

      Health Benefits: I certainly don’t disagree that meat is healthy in portions. However, most Americans have begun to rely on meat as their main source of food. The deeper message here and about GMO’s is that if we were to cut back on meat consumption, there would be a less need for animals to be used as food which would mean less of a need to fatten them up so quickly aka no need to hit em up with steroids. Also no need to use GMO ridden crops.

      Animal Rights: (See below)

      The treatment and conditions of farm raised fish are completely different than that of cattle factories, for instance. Other animals, like cows, that are raised in humane farm like conditions, I have no problem with. It’s the factory like conditions that strikes a nerve with me. I suggested eating fish because it’s cheaper than most other meats and just as healthy.

  3. says

    Interesting post! I can see the benefits of the weekday vegetarian lifestyle as far as health and environmental factors go. However, for ethical/animal rights, it seems hypocritical. Save the cute cows…except for Saturdays and Sundays! 😉 (disclaimer, I’m a vegetarian for ethical reasons.)

    • The Weekend Warrior says

      Glad you found this interesting, Heather. I appreciate your perspective and I can certainly see how this comes across as being hypocritical. For the sake of conserving length, I failed to mention that on the weekends I generally choose meats that are from more humane farm-like facilities, not factory farms. Those are a bit more expensive, but it’s a treat, per say, on the weekends and the savings throughout the week tend to offset that cost.

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