When I read this article by Leah Blunt in Earth 911, I did some soul-searching – again!  It’s about Leah’s story of challenging herself to go vegan for one week and to eat more than Oreos and bananas.  Can I do this? Where would I begin given that I am a picky eater already? How could I make it work for me and not be hungry all the time?  I still don’t know if I have the courage to do it and pretty much admit I would need the help of some friends. But I wanted to share some things that kind of shocked me as well as share the great article.  Here’s the link and I encourage you to read it in its entirety.

Shocker # 1  going meatless for just one meal a week is estimated to save about 84,000 gallons of water per year.  Yes- you read it right. Give you pause too?

Shocker # 2 – there were at least three things Leah wrote about that I admit I have never heard of:

  • Daiya: Dairy-free cheese that is sold shredded or by the wedge.
  • Tempeh: Touted as an alternative to tofu, this is a high protein, soy-based product that can be prepared a variety of ways.
  • Seitan: Pronounced “say-tan”, this is also an alternative protein source, but is a gluten-based product and can take on the textures and flavors of meat better than other meatless alternatives.

Have you?  Thoughts?

Shocker #3 – The thought of doing this scares me to death – especially doing without dairy.  Leah was so brutally honest about the challenges and presented the truth about what it would really take, that I admit to not being sure I am up for the challenge.  What’s up with that?

Anybody out there ready to take it on with me? Maybe I can ask one of my guests on Mrs. Green’s World green talk radio show.  Sigh.