Eating smaller portions of animal protein (beef, chicken, and pork) can result in a slow and arduous weight loss. To quicken the pace, try exchanging animal proteins for plant proteins. Reserve animal proteins for special occasions, dinners out, or just once or twice a week. Eating meat twice a day is a detrimental habit and our taste for it will fade if we cut down on its consumption.
Beans are an excellent replacement for animal protein. Beans are low-calorie and high in protein. Some beans have twice the protein of animal products, and are more satisfying because protein relieves hunger. We will save ourselves a lot of calories, fat, and money. And don’t think beans can’t be tasty. Throw in some of your favorite herbs and spices. Beans are delicious served with cooked greens and when coupled with rice, they are a complete protein equal to any animal protein. There are many varieties of beans and as an added bonus, none that I know of are genetically modified.
My favorite bean dish is red curry lentils. Rinse a cup of lentils and let drain. (Lentils do not need pre-soaking.) Cook garlic and onions until tender in 1/4 cup of organic chicken or vegetable broth. Add another 1/4 cup of broth, a can of coconut milk, and a cup of red lentils. Stir in half a jar of red curry paste and about 1 tablespoon of red chili paste. Stir until mixed while waiting to simmer, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle a teaspoon of garam masala for flavor. The beans are done when they are tender.
The habit of eating meat twice a day has become a hazard to our earth and to ourselves. As we grow older and if we continue to eat so much animal protein, our bodies will gain weight. As our world populates and if we continue to give cattle the grain we grow instead of eating it ourselves, we are choosing partiality, choosing to feed ourselves meat while others go without the grain they could have. Cattle were never meant to eat corn but to graze on grass. Unfortunately, grazing land is scarce and so we force these beasts to gorge on corn and they grow sick with gas and E. coli and other dangerous bacteria that infest them because their bodies were never meant to digest corn. Dangerous strains of E. coli and other harmful bacteria can come from beef sources. In order to feed enough animals to satisfy our appetite for meat, we grow corn at an alarming rate, using GMO seeds to achieve high volume yields.
Conventional farming requires fungicides that kill off an important carbon dioxide-loving fungus that grows within the soil. Cutting down forests for agricultural use has also increased the level of carbon dioxide in the air because trees are like sponges that soak up harmful carbon dioxide. Higher levels of carbon dioxide in our air increases the green house affect, warms our earth, and causes disastrous weather patterns. In addition, the runoff from our chemical-using farms drains into our water supply, and this too can make us and the creatures and plants living in these waters sick and weak. If all this is not sad enough to make us stop eating so much meat, a simple trip to the slaughterhouse where all our lovely farm animals end up will be a testimony to this generation’s ignorance and cruelty.
But God is gently drawing us into Him, revealing the evils of this world with a gentle whisper in our ears, opening our eyes to see what we don’t want to look at. Despite our crude stewardship of His earth, He is still faithful. This land is ours, given to us by Him to care for. We are like toddlers in a garden, grabbing and pulling at whatever attracts our eye. He is calling us into maturity and gently correcting us. Those who love the Lord, Allah, and Yahweh must take the lead and give glory to God by taking a stand against this madness because the light has come and darkness will not prevail over it. Even though reaching for a can of organic beans instead of a can of corned beef seems simplistic, a combined effort will reduce demand and yes, it will save our earth.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.