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Gwyneth Paltrow Is Almost A Vegetarian. Except On Thanksgiving.

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You know, Gwyneth Paltrow was really starting to win me over on this whole “GOOP” website thing. The previous two newsletters have featured everything from vegan pancakes to healthy living strategies with raw foods, exercise, meditation, etc. In addition, she also apologized to PETA earlier in the week for wearing fur in an ad campaign “accidentally” — and admitted that her and husband Chris Martin are “pretty much vegetarian” and that its the “best thing for her family’s health as well as for animals and the environment.”‘

Yea, um, then she released this today:

Turkey will always be the main event of Thanksgiving (at least in my house) and a whole turkey is the way to go if you’re feeding at least 12. But if your party is smaller, the stuffed turkey breast turns out to be a great halfway point. Brining it overnight insures that you don’t need to baste it and it has a quick cooking time. Why should things be any less festive if dinner is just for two? I came up with these stuffed turkey burgers which were a giant hit in my house. They are the perfect solution for anyone who isn’t feeding a big group (or for a big group that wants to try something different!).

Mostly, make sure that no matter what type of meal you are having, you take a moment to think about how much you do have (health, love, friendship, passion, perspective, appreciation, intellect, reason, kindness) and reflect on how you can share more of it with others.

Right. Look, I respect anyone’s decision to choose what they want to eat. What I do find annoying is this indecisive BS being bantered about by Paltrow — especially after her appeal to PETA’s audience with her so-called vegetarian and animal rights sensitivities. It wouldn’t have alleviated the bad taste in my mouth, but you’d think she would have at least promoted free-range, organic turkeys as an important option. Thankfully, she did at least mention that her stuffing is “vegetarian-friendly”. Great. Enjoy your stuffing — don’t mind the giant dead bird in the middle of the table.

I’ll end with just saying that this was an opportunity lost. Paltrow has so many people signed up to her newsletter — and the last few weeks have been excellent primers on not just eating better, but actually thinking more about how food fits into health and well-being. Presenting a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner — even as an option — would have been such a refreshing change. But I guess we should expect less from an “almost vegetarian”.

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