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WakeMed Cary tries out plant-based meals on Meatless Monday

Posted January 21, 2013

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— Most people have meat on their dinner table every night, but WakeMed Cary Hospital is trying to convince employees and patients to go vegetarian once a week with their Meatless Monday campaign.

"The main objective is to reduce the amount of saturated fat in people's diet," said dietitian Parul Kharod, who works at WakeMed Cary.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that Americans cut out about 15 percent of saturated fats from their diet. One day per week without meat could help achieve that goal, Kharod said.

"We are not asking people to turn vegetarian or anything like that," she said. "This is just adding more variety to the diet – adding more plant-based foods to the diet."

The hospital's cafeteria is offering free samples of healthy, vegetarian entrees to show people they can replace meat without losing out on taste and nutrients.

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WakeMed Cary nurse Karen Hart, a devoted carnivore, agreed Monday to try one of those meals – curried lentils on brown rice.

"This is very good," she said. "It's very nicely seasoned. It's not real hot."

The hospital also offered grilled portobello sandwiches and African gumbo – a sweet and savory soup – over brown rice.

Hospital chaplain Diane Cox said the gumbo was so flavorful, she asked for a copy of the recipe.

"I can't wait to make this at home. I have a daughter that's vegetarian, so I know she'll love it," she said. "It gives me an opportunity to eat less meat during the week also."

WakeMed in Raleigh plans to try Meatless Mondays in their cafeteria soon.

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  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Jan 28, 12:38 p.m.

    Google Paleo Diet.
    That is all.

    //Humans didn't evolve to eat rice, beans, lentils, grains, or dairy. If Wakemed wants folks to be healthy, remove the bread, rice, cookies, cakes, etc and sub in salmon with non-startchy veggies cooked in olive oil and red wine.

    ///BTW - Saturated fat does not cause heart disease. Systemic inflamation, the result of eating sugar and foods that quickly turn into sugar upon consumption (and thus raising triglycerides, and as a by-product LDL), does.

  • immaannoid Jan 25, 1:05 p.m.

    ""And my digestive track gets along with vegetables just fine. It's meat that can throw it off." That's because meat has absolutely NO fiber; veggies & fruit (mostly raw) have plenty of it. Meat usually causes constipation; most don't understand it, & if they do, they are in denial of it."

    Not true. Actually, a vegan diet is completely unhealthy, doesn't save the planet and still kills animals. It has also been proven that eating just grains and soy causes damage to your body and is basically unhealthy.

    I believe it is you who is denial, or just haven't researched the topic enough to be informed.

    Oh yeah, animal fat is good for you.

    LOL.

  • pmck Jan 23, 3:43 p.m.

    Watch their Monday profits decline...people in NC want their fried foods and meats!

  • CestLaVie Jan 23, 12:41 p.m.

    Actually, beans & rice is a good & tasty fiber/protein combo.

    It'd be interesting to see the inside of the arteries of all these naysayers. They might change their tune if they really understood what they are doing to themselves.

    "And my digestive track gets along with vegetables just fine. It's meat that can throw it off." That's because meat has absolutely NO fiber; veggies & fruit (mostly raw) have plenty of it. Meat usually causes constipation; most don't understand it, & if they do, they are in denial of it.

    chattycat: Perhaps you are the one who should lighten up.

    "...there are some odoriferous side effects. Hanging out with vegetarians can be unpleasant." Vegetarians can be as gassy as meat eaters, but NOT usually as odoriferous.

  • immaannoid Jan 23, 12:25 p.m.

    Yeah, but you have to agree, bgibson, that those foods cause more flatulence than most! I mean, seriously, vegetarians can clear out rooms!

  • bgibson3 Jan 23, 11:58 a.m.

    As if urination, defecation and flatulence isn't a part of being human, no matter what you eat... and people are much more likely to be unpleasant for what they believe and propose, than for what they eat and dispose.

    Home-made hummus can be delicious, and when combined with assorted veggies, shredded wheat srekcarc, olives, roasted red peppers, etc. can please the senses with or without a meat included.

    I like curried apple soup either cold or hot, with or without chicken. And, I make a mango/avocado/pineapple/chipotle pepper/lime salsa that's great.

  • kikinc Jan 23, 11:49 a.m.

    I'd eat it. I love all sorts of food, with or without meat.

    immaannoid-Carnivores can be very fragrant, too. My husband is a meat lover (has it every meal) and I can't stand to be in the same room with him sometimes!

  • immaannoid Jan 23, 10:10 a.m.

    "Admittedly, beans and rice isn't a great example of a tasty vegetarian meal." baracus

    Yeah, even if it is tasty there are some odoriferous side effects. Hanging out with vegetarians can be unpleasant.

  • baracus Jan 22, 4:55 p.m.

    "Oh lighten up people! Good grief. Bet if that plate was put in front of you, you would not touch it!"

    My daughter used to do that when she was four, but at six she will at least try something before turning her nose up! Admittedly, beans and rice isn't a great example of a tasty vegetarian meal.

  • chattycat Jan 22, 2:59 p.m.

    Oh lighten up people! Good grief. Bet if that plate was put in front of you, you would not touch it!

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