Sunday, March 19, 2006

Celebrating The Meatout In My Own Way

I'm supposed to shun steak for the Great American Meatout? Yeah right!

This Belleville (IL) News-Democrat column asks the question, "Can you eat like a vegetarian?"

In a word, NO! Nyet! No way! Not a chance! Hell will freeze over first!

Can you tell I'm a lover of meat? I don't feel a bit ashamed of that and I have nothing against anyone who chooses to refrain from eating meat. I may even drive over to Burger King to get one of these.

But I do have a problem with someone telling me I shouldn't eat meat or tries to make me feel guilty for doing so. That's exactly what is happening on Monday, March 20, 2006 with the vegetarian-led Great American Meatout.

Have you heard of this before? Apparently it's been around for two decades and urges people to not eat meat on the first day of Spring to bring awareness to "the vegetarian way."

Forgive me for being so blunt, but I don't care a bit in the world what it's like to be a vegetarian! If I did, then I would start eating that way on my own. Setting aside one day out of the year to "experience" vegetarianism serves no purpose whatsoever in my opinion.

The official web site for the Meatout states that people from around the world come together in the name of "a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains ... to expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet, while promoting the availability and selection of meat and dairy alternatives in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations."

"Kick the meat habit on March 20 and explore a wholesome, nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains," according to the web site.

Sponsored by the Farm Animal Reform Movement, this event calls for people who support their cause to set up tables near fast food restaurants to "show visitors that compassionate veg diets can also be delicious and convenient!"

The story says the vegetarians involved in the Great American Meatout "promise to fight the Atkins Diet."

Oh really? How are they gonna do that? Hmmm? Did you know there are a lot of vegetarians on the Atkins diet?

While I admire their passion for their way of eating, I don't appreciate the insinuation that there's something inherently wrong with eating meat. If that's my lifestyle choice as part of my Atkins diet experience, then it shouldn't be any of your business what I do. It just so happens that I lost a lot of weight by livin' la vida low-carb and I am keeping it off by eating lots of tender, juicy hamburgers, chicken, steaks, turkey and more thank you very much!

In explaining why there needs to be a Meatout, the web site lists the following reasons:

"Kicking the meat habit reduces our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases that cripple and kill nearly 1.4 million Americans annually."

I hate to break it to you, but it's not the meat causing these problems. I think you need to have a Sugarout if you want to get to the bottom of those problems.

"Kicking the meat habit decreases our exposure to infectious pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter, which kill several thousand Americans annually and sicken millions more."

If the meat is so tainted as you claim, then how in the world is it being sold to people in this day and age of mad cow disease? The safety of meat in the United States is one thing you can count on for sure.

"Kicking the meat habit raises our energy level, lowers our food budget, and simplifies food preparation and cleanup."

Raise energy levels? Um, weight loss did that for me while EATING meat. While meat may cost a little money, it is so worth it! As for food preparation and cleanup, it's a breeze, especially when you are grilling steaks on the barbie! Mmmmm!

"Kicking the meat habit frees up grains and other foods that can be used to feed the world's hungry. Animals are extremely inefficient "protein converters;" it can take up to 16 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef."

Trust me, there would still be a hunger problem around the world even if we freed up all that grain to be shipped to these starving countries. It's not like there is a zero sum gain on the food raised to feed cattle, chickens and pigs. If farmers want to raise more grain for the starving kids in Africa, then they could do it.

"Kicking the meat habit preserves our topsoil, water, and other food production resources vital to the survival of our children and their children."

Say what? How so? It seems to me if we go to more plant growing to accomodate worldwide vegetarianism for everyone that we would be doing MORE damage to topsoil, water and other food production resources than what we are doing now. This one doesn't make sense to me.

"Kicking the meat habit protects our forests, grasslands, and other wildlife habitats from encroachment by cattle ranchers while reducing the polluting effects of methane, soil particles, manure, and pesticides on our air and water."

Oh, those evil cattle ranchers! They are so maniacal that they would come in and destroy the precious homes of the little animals in the woods while spewing poison into the ground, water and air. Puhleez! These people choose to make their living in this manner and should not be demonized for doing so. They are great people providing a necessary service to meet the growing demand for meat. If the demand stopped, then so would the meat industry.

"Kicking the meat habit saves animals from caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging, mutilation, manhandling, and agonizing slaughter. Each person who adopts a plant-based diet saves over 80 innocent, sentient animals each year. Over a lifetime, an individual can save more than 6,000 animals just by going vegan."

I'm not interested in saving animals. Vegetarians and vegans might call me cruel for taking that position, but I've been called worse. It is my belief that God gave humans dominion over the animals so they can be used to provide nourishment for families. This idea that every single animal that is used to make the meat we enjoy "suffers" is a big load of you know what. Standards are in place to ensure the humane and proper handling is used with these animals.

With all that said, are you going to participate in the Great American Meatout on Monday? I think I'll take a pass on it, but I will still commemorate the first day of Spring with a succulent seared steak grilled medium well. Here's to the Meatout! Mmmmm, meaty!

Let's hope we don't see anything like this during the Great American Meatout! :-~


Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

Ooooh boy! I can just see the crazed vegans getting worked up over this post!

3/19/2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger branruadh said...

A small side question... why bring religion into this? Scientifically speaking, eating meat is perfectly natural for people. Our bodies are designed for an omnivorous diet, something the vegans refuse to admit (and don't get me started about the false science of the raw-food contingent). I personally never find appeals to religion convincing when biology does the trick just fine. You're often a strong spokesman, but using belief instead of facts clouds the issue. I certainly wouldn't argue that my gods said it was OK for me to eat meat unless the debate was on spiritual grounds.

3/19/2006 8:19 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey Branruadh,

THANKS for sharing your comments. I'm guessing you are fairly new to my blog, so let me explain something to you. I am a Christian and believe in God. I have never hidden this from my readers and they know when I talk about my faith it is just so much a part of my life that I naturally include it in what I write about.

It has nothing to do with "religious" per se, but it is merely an extension of the person that I am. I am not merely trying to appeal to religion with what I write, but rather invoking something that is very real in my life to the conversation.

Again, THANK YOU for sharing your concerns. I appreciate your readership!

3/19/2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hamlin said...

Hey Jimmy here's 1 Timothy 4:1-5 which says, "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."

Don't forget Romans 14 also.

Any of you PETA types may want to see the true face of your group at

3/20/2006 12:36 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

And e-mail from one of my readers:


You need to mention a very important point regarding vegetarianism.

God (Nature) would have given us multiple stomachs and different teeth if humans were meant to be vegans.

I will also celebrate the 1st day of spring with bacon, eggs and a nice 1 lb porterhouse with faux mashed potatoes and a large salad of romaine, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, bacon bits, black olives, and even a small onion covered with 0 carb ceasers dressing.

3/20/2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger Kelly in Southern CA said...


I love your blog. I've been an Atkins fan since I lost weight with his original Diet Revolution book in 1981. Yes, 25 years ago!

Forget the Meatout! I had bacon and eggs for breakfast, a cheeseburger for lunch, and have a chicken in the slow-cooker for dinner. Yes, some veggies and salad, too.

3/20/2006 5:50 PM  
Blogger Newbirth said...

I had a fairly standard lunch today - meat and veggies. :) And I have meat and cheese sandwich for one of my snacks tonight.

3/20/2006 9:11 PM  
Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

I had half a roast chicken and greek salad for lunch!

Oh what a deprived life I live! :)

3/20/2006 10:15 PM  
Blogger Ronald said...

I'll take taste over "idealism". :P

BTW that BK sandwich you linked looked mighty good. God Bless tasty animal! :D

3/23/2006 5:52 AM  
Blogger TX KS said...

"Standards are in place to ensure the humane and proper handling is used with these animals."

Please keep your arguments to a topic you understand. While there are limited standards in place for "humane" treatment of animals, there are still many facets of the industry that lack these standards such as transportation. Current standards are only in effect to the degree that it improves the meat industry's profits. It has nothing to do with humane treatment as you assert.

And if you don't care about animals, why even bring up this point?

Also, while it is true that starvation in the world would not be affected by converting to veganism b/c it is fundamentally a problem of governments, it is true that topsoil damage would be lessened. To quote your eloquent words, "more plant growing" would actually not be needed. Plant consumption would be reduced due to the reduced livestock needs.

Nice rant, but you lack a clear understanding of the issues at hand. Being the Christian that you claim to be, have some tolerance for others in the world and their choices/beliefs.

3/20/2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Hey TX KS,

THANKS for sharing your comments. But this is my blog and I can say just about anything I want that I feel like sharing an opinion on. If you have a differing comment to share, then you can (and did!) post a response or can even get your own blog.

It's interesting how these vegetarian/vegan nut cases get all worked up into such a fire-breathing state that they have to begin questioning a person's faith in God just because they disagree.

All I can say to you TX KS is GET A LIFE!

THANKS for sharing your comments.

3/20/2007 12:38 PM  
Blogger TX KS said...

Hi Jimmy,

Sorry I haven't had a chance to check back on your response, been busy with my "fire-breathing" and in search of a life as you recommended. I do want to thank you for allowing the comment to be posted at least, and what a witty retort you had for me. Although, I'm not sure why you think I questioned your faith in God. You may very well be a firm believer, but perhaps you disagree that tolerance is not a part of Christianity, that's all you have to say.

My "disagreement" was primarily to correct factual mistakes in your blog, much as you point out factual inconsistencies of the medical establishment for example. You don't appreciate it when things you believe (or know) to be wrong are misrepresented as fact, so why expect any different from others?

Of the two of us, it seems you are the one getting worked up just because you disagree. No need to resort to name-calling such as nut case. Why can't it just be an intellectual debate without resorting to that?

3/30/2007 1:01 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

I'm not interested in a "peeing match" with you, TX KS, so thanks for making your point. However, I will say this--if "tolerance" is defined as completely agreeing wiith your perverted worldview, then you are right I'm not very tolerant. And that suits me just fine.

3/30/2007 8:28 PM  
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3/30/2007 8:28 PM  
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3/30/2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

I'm not interested in a "peeing match" with you, TX KS, so thanks for making your point. However, I will say this--if "tolerance" is defined as completely agreeing wiith your perverted worldview, then you are right I'm not very tolerant. And that suits me just fine.

3/30/2007 8:28 PM  

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