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Why we don’t eat veal.

We don’t eat veal. No, we are not vegetarians but we have drawn the line at veal. A baby calf that is caged so tight that they can hardly move and fed a diet to induce anemia is enough to stop me.

I can recall two occasions that I accidentally ate a small amount of veal. Once was at my parents 25th anniversary dinner. Appetizers were being passed around so I tried a ravioli. Then someone mentioned it was veal. I was so upset. Luckily my husband shares my feelings about veal. He says he tried it once and it tasted pretty good but he doesn’t like enough to justify eating babies. Did I mention how much I love my husband?

Actually I have only had beef a couple of times this year. I didn’t really plan on avoiding it. We had decided to give up fast food (other than Subway and the occasional morning Tim’s) for January. It was pretty easy so after my dh gave into a Wendy’s craving we re-upped for another month. Each of us could eat fast food once during each month. I ended up giving into McDonald’s while on an outing with the kids. The youngest fell asleep but the oldest was hungry so we went through the drive-through. Hopefully that’ll be the last McDonald’s for a while. We also ate at the food court while at the mall a few weeks ago (posted under zero-waste fast food?). Overall our fast food intake is a lot less. Maybe that has helped with the less consumed beef. I had some roast beef at our company party and two fast food burgers over the last two months. During my cleanse I avoided beef even though it was allowed. It made sense to me because beef can be hard to digest.

There seems to be a lot of arguments for and against the consumption of red meat. One that I find very interesting is that eating a lot of red meat can increase your risk for arthritis. I already have bad hands and don’t need to encourage them to get worse.

This might be the beginning of something for me. Maybe I will keep up this reduction of red meat and fast food in my life.


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. -E.F. Schumacker


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “Why we don’t eat veal.

  1. Good for you. I haven’t consumed veal since I found out what veal actually was when I was in my teens. My parents had to tell me and who knows why I never figured it out earlier, but there you have it. I am currently reading a book titled “Fast Food Nation,” and the information in that book about the fast food and meat industries has all but turned me into a vegan.

    Posted by Erin | February 27, 2012, 7:46 pm
    • Erin,
      I am very lucky to have a husband that is very happy to have meatless meals. They usually are cheese-laden though. Today was a typical day where I didn’t eat any meat, chicken or fish without any real intent to avoid it. I’ll have to read that book. My cousin just watched Food Inc. and wants to turn her whole backyard into a garden. Info is powerful.

      Posted by stephanieough | February 27, 2012, 7:55 pm

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