A bit of background about Dr. Weil...he has degrees in biology and medicine from Harvard University. He has traveled around the world experiencing and studying healers and healing systems and has earned an international reputation as an expert on alternative medicine, mind-body interactions, and medical botany. He is associate director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine and the director of the Program in Integrative medicine at the University of Arizone in Tucson, where he practices natural and preventive medicine. He is the author of seven books, including The Natural Mind, Health and Healing, Spontaneous Healing, and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.
Dr. Weil says: "I have long advised people to eat less animal protein as a way to lower their intake of saturated fats and avoid environmental toxins. If you need some actionable ideas to get your family or yourself started on a lifestyle that reduces or eliminates animal protein, try the following":
- Use meat as a side dish, not as the entree.
- Prepare familiar meatless meals such as bean burritos and pasta salads.
- Eat meatless gradually. Start with meatless breakfasts and then incorporate meatless lunches as well.
- Substitute fresh vegetables for meat in recipes. Vegetarian chili can be just as delicious as the meat-based version.
- Try meat substitutes. Tempeh, wheat meat (gluten) and whole soy products such as tofu or edamame can be as satisfying as meat, and are good sources of vegetable protein.
- Try new types of cuisine. Many ethnic cuisines offer meat-free dishes; you may not miss the meat when you have new flavors to entice you!