If you purchase meat from a grocery store like most Americans, you can bet that 99 percent of the time that meat is coming from a factory farm. If you haven’t educated yourselves on factory farming, I highly recommend looking into it. Not only are the animals in absolutely treacherous and inhumane conditions, but these massive conglomerates are horrible for the environment.
The animal waste, methane gas emissions, and the amount of grain and water necessary to sustain the operations are some of the biggest environmental hazards we face. Giving up meat can have a bigger environmental impact than driving an electric car. If you can’t fathom letting go of wings or burgers, please find a local farm to purchase your meat from. The website Local Harvest is a fantastic resource.
I could go on forever about this, so I'll leave you with this: Protein is important. But the cost of omitting other crucial components of the diet is high. Focus on "eating the rainbow"—lots of colorful vegetables and fruits—and get your fiber in check with whole grains, beans, and legumes.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to drink a green smoothie and hit the weight room.