GROW Method: Less.

I got a little bit behind on my GROW Method posts, but better late than ever… this is just too important of an issue to let go.  The next principle in the GROW Method is LESS.

LESS Meat and LESS Dairy.

This is an easy one that every one can incorporate into their weekly meal plan, don’t you think?  “But why?”, you may ask.

Did you know that if you eat a little less meat and a little less dairy you can greatly reduce the impact that your eating choices have on the environment?  It’s true!  Here’s a shocking little factoid for you:

One pound of ground beef for your family uses 28,000 cups of water to produce!!! That’s enough to fill more than 20 bathtubs to the brim!

Did you have any idea?  I didn’t.  I had no clue that water even factored into the equation.

Here’s what our family is doing to make this GROW Method principle a part of our lives.  We use many dairy alternatives in our daily lives.  We have substituted coconut products for many of the dairy products that we used to use every day.  Here are some examples:

  • Instead of butter we use coconut oil (Spectrum is my favorite.  It tastes great and when the jar is empty the label comes right off and it perfect for crafts!) for many things- think grilled cheese sandwiches. :)
  • We use almond milk in our cereal instead of cow’s milk.
  • I use coconut milk when I bake.
  • We buy coconut ice cream as a non-dairy alternative and let me tell you, it is so delicious!

We also eat a lot less meat than we used to.  Admittedly, this is partly us trying to tame the grocery budget a bit.  The economy has not been kind to any of us and I’m sure you all are paying more for groceries and gas these days just as we are.  We are committed to buying healthy foods for our family, so many times this means that we are eating high quality meat, but much less of it.  We are eating more salads, soups, sandwiches, quesadillas, beans and rice and so on.

What are some things that your family can do to follow the GROW Method principle of eating LESS Meat and Dairy?
What are some things you are already doing?
Don’t forget to post about it and join the GROW Method link up on the 23rd!


  1. Abby says:

    I love this principle. I drink almond milk too – doesn’t it taste SO much better than cow’s milk anyway?! And it took some time, but over the years I’ve slowly decreased the amount of meat we eat, and my husband doesn’t even usually complain anymore :). I haven’t tried coconut oil yet, but have been wanting to – thanks for the tips!

  2. kellie says:

    i had no clue about the water thing!! we don’t eat a ton of meat. red meat maybe 2 or 3 times a month. we do chicken several times a week. i use coconut oil a lot when cooking. the dairy thing is hard though. don’t really do a lot of milk, but sour cream, plain greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese….. those would be the hard things for me/my family.

  3. Joy says:

    My husband and I try to eat as much of a plant-based diet as we can, so dairy (never meat of any kind) is more of the exception than the rule. I’ve found some truly delicious recipes, so I feel like my cooking is better than it ever was! It’s really not hard to do! :-)


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