Oprah and her team are trying to take on the world again. And this time, it touched a little close to home, as it is effecting production agriculture. She and 378 of her staffers took on a challenge to go vegan for a week. Were they as successful as they like to think? You be the judge:
Ever thought about all the items you use everyday that are by-products of cattle? If you’re an agriculturist, yes you probably have. But I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that the average American who is 2 generations removed from the farm has not.
Just by glancing at the list, I see a multitude of products Oprah and her staffers use every day that wouldn’t fit the criteria of their ‘vegan lifestyle’. I would venture to say that these people did not give up their cosmetics, ink pens, and pharmaceuticals. And I really hope they didn’t forgo the use of their shampoos, soaps and deodorants!
One point they brought up is how much weight they had lost by eliminating animal products from their diet. But, what were they eating before? If the staples of their diet included McDonald’s and Taco Bell, (like some admitted to) then yes, weight loss would be expected.
These folks obviously haven’t discovered the 29 Lean Cuts of Beef that has a total fat content that ranges between a skinless chicken breast and a skinless chicken thigh.
And lets not kid ourselves- a top sirloin steak tastes better than a Tofurkey burger any day.
Micheal Pollan was right on with his statement that the best way to live a healthy lifestyle is to have a balanced diet, including meat. He also praised farmers by saying that people can feel good about how we are raising our livestock. Kudos to Micheal!
I’m not trying to tell anyone that they should or shouldn’t eat animal products. I’m just trying to raise awareness about where your food is coming from and that beef is a healthy essential to a diet that is full of ZIP! (Zinc, Iron & Protein)
But besides- Matthew McConaughey loves beef, too.
How could anyone question the way livestock are being raised in a place as beautiful as this? This photo was taken at my farm over the summer.