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September 30, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No cows required.


Jello advertisement 1948. Ladies Home Journal.(USPD., artist life?

I do not even want to know what is in this thing. (1948.USPD/

It’s true. You do not have to have a cow.

Individual choice.

Some choose sheep, or rabbits, or chickens instead.

For those who cannot get animals out of their heads, FFA is something that gets them up early outta bed.

Or not.

Maybe their FFA projects can break the rule and go with them to school?

No little Bo Peeps, these high school kids help a heap simply by going to the dogs:

“Southeastern Guide Dogs is an organization that breeds dogs and trains dogs for people who are blind or veterans with PTSD,” said Kassidi, a senior at Elkins High School. “I wanted to be a part of it because of how it changes someone’s life.” (Elkins High FFA students training future guide dogs)

Another also let the cow go, but held on to fins and gills.

 A pescatarian (eating salmon, shrimp with the plant based diet) since 2013, Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton felt good and played well.

Better is the enemy of good: after moving to a total vegan diet early in 2019, he’s struggling with his game and has injuries linger. He’s lost weight.

So what he eats has become the team’s business:

Not only concerns about enough calories and protein, vegan athletes usually have deficiencies of vitamin B6 and B12, causing weakness and fatigue. Then there’s leucine, which is not produced by humans, so it must be adequately consumed for muscle growth. Plants and beans have leucine, but in much smaller amounts.

Yet some athletes seem to be able to carry it off:

In 2017 at least 11 Tennessee Titan players followed a vegan diet – and the team made the playoffs.

Children eating. Newspaper ad for Ralston Whole Wheat Cereal. 1922 Ralston Purina (LoC/USPD., artist life/

Not grain free, but no cow included. (1922 Ralston Purina/USPD/

Appears having a cow is an individualized thing:

Not just personal body chemistry, but also lifestyle and job. Pounding computer keys may require a different diet than a football player getting pounded weekly.

Food for thought: dietary advice for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, and those who “if it moo’s, I’m good”: “Vegan diet may be hurting Panthers QB Newton’s injury recovery” (Charlotte Observer)

Serving up only the best

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Women in store. 1948 Adv. for grocery store in Lady's Home Journal (USPD., artist life/

Go local for freshest food, fun, and unprocessed news. (USPD/




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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 30 2019 6:49 am

    I’m a pecetarian and a happy camper with this solution ( but I never saw Finding Nemo )

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 30 2019 7:05 am

      Less meat has been something of a progression here. We’ve always been near lakes/tanks on farms or national parks, or the bay/sea. Fish was a budget saver: free food! (The only cost is patience and sometimes a strong stomach offshore…those types of boats not my personal thing…too rolly and hot and smelly) Summers here are too hot, so before AC seasonal meals were much lighter. While heavy meals just aren’t as attractive even in winter, I stay healthier when I eat beef once a week or so – actually did vegan and vegetarian in the past. Now it’s just moderation in all things.- and the important thing to listen to your own body and make choices that work for you.
      (I hear Nemo is a whale of a story, but never netted that one either..small person is getting me up to speed on it)
      Molly is a pro-salmon girl, too! Favorite dish for us all here.
      Thanks for grilling up a comment

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Sep 30 2019 6:59 am

    Not much of a fish person and shellfish is so $$. I’ve been chickened to death. I need new options. I’d be almost vegetarian if it wasn’t for my husband (there’s always the need for that one hamburger). Hard to make a steak and not eat it after smelling it. Pizza is good. Will check for vitamin B in it. I was raised in a family who ate meat more as a condiment to go with fabulous veggie dishes and my brothers are bumping 90. Something works.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 30 2019 7:13 am

      We grew up with a huge garden. But there were the pasture raised organic before it was popular cows, very humanely raised, too. I used to think I rarely got any meat because older brother was faster on stabbing the tender pieces…we used to accuse him of hovering his fork over the meat plate during grace….it did happen HaHa
      We eat much less and lighter now
      Can identify with the chicken overload…(every business meeting, “award” ceremony…overload…)
      Thanks for boxing up a comment for this table

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  3. Curt Mekemson / Sep 30 2019 10:25 am

    Moderation has always seemed the key to me. That and portion control. But change is in the wind, for the future if not for me. McDs serving fake meat! I almost (with the emphasis on almost) bought some fake ground beef from Safeway the other day. I was curious as to how it might taste. Have you tried it? I consumed a few veggie burgers in my youth when backpacking. There were okay as long as I had lots of cheese along. 🙂 –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 30 2019 10:34 am

      Near meat should be required to say exactly what’s in it – some have allergies, and some ingredients can trigger/aggravate quiet conditions person is at risk for – and tries to avoid. And near meat isn’t always/often isn’t actually healthier than regular meat. Nutrition experts say wryly, “Fresh and the least processing possible is better choice. But as long as people understand it is fast food and they only eat it occasionally, it’s probably OK” People just need to stay informed and be aware of their individual nutrition requirements. And as you say, moderation and portion control (the size of that varies with activity level and age) are the best guide to food choices.
      (Oh, the vegetarian/vegan trend – years and years ago. Everything old is new again, right? But we were all so cool!)
      Thanks for hiking in and sharing a byte


      • Curt Mekemson / Sep 30 2019 11:16 am

        I am old-fashioned when it comes to eating and still believe in the concept of a balanced diet. Even though the recommendations have changed slightly over time, the basics remain the same. Given that I could go out and backpack 750 miles last year at 75, I must be doing something right. 🙂 –Curt

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  4. Ally Bean / Sep 30 2019 2:50 pm

    I’m vegetarian-ish with my diet. I eat many vegetables + fruit and beans, but am not against a good burger or pork ribs once in a while. I like fish, but it’s expensive and there’s not much variety around here. I’m going to sound like an echo chamber here, but eat all things in moderation, live healthy. My motto.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 30 2019 3:17 pm

      I was interested when the article talked about athletes may only need to eat meat/chicken/fish once or twice a week to be OK with vegan/vegetarian the rest of the time. Who knew about all the minerals, vitamins and nutritional pit falls? I knew soy can trigger thyroid disease in some people.
      We seem to have fallen into that fresh veggies/fruit pattern over the years. Had forgotten how lucky we’ve been to always be near the bay/gulf fish markets. You can never have too much shrimp! (except mom, who was allergic to the shellfish sea food iodine – and would turn pink and blotchy red if she ate too much. Everyone has something weird?)
      Thanks for serving up a moderate comment

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  5. Robin / Oct 1 2019 12:53 pm

    One of the programs in the prison near us is guide dog training. I often wonder if it is a kind of therapy for the prisoners as well as training for the dogs.
    I just tried the Impossible Burger at Burger King (even though I know they cook it on the same grill as the meat so it’s not really vegetarian). I caved in to all the advertising I’ve seen, and we were traveling so it was something fast and easy. I didn’t think it tasted like a beef burger. More like a typical veggie burger. We eat a mostly vegetarian diet (leaning pescetarian now that we live near the sea), and I generally avoid the fake meat meat products because there are so many ingredients and some of them really aren’t all that good for a body. There is also the fact that I don’t really like the taste of meat so I don’t miss it or feel the need to substitute something for it most of the time. I will say, though, that I love carrot hot dogs (you steam carrots about the size of hot dogs and marinate them for a few hours, grill, then serve as you would a hot dog). They make great vehicles for sauerkraut, mustard, onions, and whatever else one might like on a hot dog.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 1 2019 4:30 pm

      They have similar training pup raising programs here. Many of the inmates have no chance of release. One interviewed not long ago on a program about the dogs said he had made bad choices in his life and was not going to complain about his sentence, but hoped raising and teaching these puppies would help someone who needed the dog – and help do something positive in his life. Animals do make a difference.
      I think it’s great FFA is approving this project – not everyone wants to raise livestock or bake pies, but want to be in FFA.
      It’s fine for others to be trendy and eat the “near meat” foods if they like, but a bit wary of overly processed food made up of who knows what/undisclosed ingredients. People need to realize there is an environmental cost to those also with the shipping of ingredients (like coconut) from all around the world. I’ll stick with buying as much as possible local, fresh, and organic if possible. We eat fish as well as other leans meats once or twice a week – which keeps us healthy, but not overload the system.(besides it’s hot here so much- who needs big heavy meals?) Farm diet and moderation works best. The carrot hot dogs are a terrific idea – I am definitely going to try that one. Thanks for grilling up a great comment


  6. shoreacres / Oct 1 2019 10:44 pm

    Well, you can take the girl out of the midwest, but you can’t take the old-fashioned, midwestern diet out of the girl. We had meat at least once a day, when I was growing up, but we weren’t eating steaks. Dishes often were things like scalloped potatoes and ham, or goulash, or beef stroganoff. There was meat, but included with other things — and not the huge portions that are restaurant standard today. I’ve gone more to seafood and chicken, but I still enjoy beef, especially in stew or chili in the winter. I do have a recipe for turkey meatloaf that I prefer over all others, and a one-dish, turkey Italian sausage and rice number that’s great. Of course, like others of my friends, I keep the obligatory emergency hamburger patties in the freezer. I’ll buy a couple of pounds, turn them into quarter-pound patties, and there they are: ready to be fixed up with a salad and veggies when anything else is too much trouble.

    I’ve had a couple of the veggie burgers — I do wonder about those ingredients. Since I buy my chicken, shrimp, fish, and beef from sources other than a grocery store, I’d rather reduce consumption a bit and just not worry about it. Like Curt, I’m chugging along pretty well — so why change?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 2 2019 7:01 am

      Been amusing to watch the lemmings rush to be the first – the early adopters – of almost meat…despite the facts that it’s not really healthier ( they are working on that supposedly) and that composition is costly to the environment too.
      We grew up on meat, potatoes, salad, 2 fresh vegetables, and bread on the table – or it wasn’t a meal.
      We eat much lighter – especially in hot summer, but lean red meat keeps me healthy – learned the hard way. People need to do what works for them. I was quite surprised when the article listed all the nutrients team dietitians have to watch for and balance out with each player’s food choices.
      Much more complicated than the university’s special dining hall for football players?
      Thanks for adding in some seasoning on this one (and cool-is Monday? YEA)

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