I am not sure why some people feel the need to comment on the way other people eat, their habits, their choices. I have a difficult time being open about certain things, basic things in my life. We all do. My most feared issue to talk about is food. As we get older, we know more. We become more informed on good nutrition, real food. Sometimes eating better is a necessity, rather than the chase for a hotter bod.
A few months ago, I gave up all meat, except fish. I am certainly not practicing a vegan diet. I do not classify myself as a vegetarian or even more closely tied to my eating habits.. a pescatarian. I don’t want a label, because who the hell knows what I will be doing a year from now? I don’t want to say I’m “A”, then months down the road I’m now “B”. Sort of flakey.. wouldn’t you agree? This all plays into my theory, labels belong in stores and not on people
My reasons for giving up almost all meats were fairly simple. I had wanted to reduce my meat consumption for a while. I didn’t plan on ditching it all together. Then, out of nowhere – I started to experience fairly bad digestive issues. This is so weird to publicly admit, but its part of my decision on this. My issues with the tummy have always come and gone, but it got intense. Like, missing work intense. I don’t have time for that. Who does? I figured, “no more meat” would be an easy way to rest my internal system. No more hormone-injected animals going through my body. This would be a way to eat cleaner. This way, if I had issues that arose with digestion, I wouldn’t have to worry about such a solid, heavy substance passing through my system.
My next reason, and one that is equally as important as the first, the thought of a living, breathing animal’s life being sacrified for me is tough for me to accept. I just couldn’t do it. Maybe it’s a phase, certainly one I’ve gone through before.
So, what made me take the plunge when I did? It was the faint thoughts of point one and two above, tied (strongly) with the conversation with a total stranger. I woke up and ate a Bacon n’ Egger from A & W and went to bed vowing to take a long break chicken, pork and beef.
Let me continue with the story. I went for a pedicure and the esthetician I was with started talking about her experience about 9 months ago where she also started the same diet as I (was about to). Hearing her talk, how she explained her “meatless-meals”, it made me realize that I could certainly reduce my meat in-take. What I didn’t realize was that I would give it up more than just reducing. Now, over 4 months in – I still have no desire to consume chicken, beef or pork. Maybe I will one day, but now, I do not.
I feel.. not much different. I weigh the same. I look the same. I am the same. The only change that’s really noticeable, when I have an issue with digestion it’s not as rough.
Explaining all of this, to you is big for me. I understand lots of people are living life sans meat, but without a doubt I can guarantee the majority of these people (myself included) have experienced unwanted reactions. This surprises me.
I hear comments like, “Oh, is this your latest thing?” or, “Good, more steak for me.” or, “That’s weird”. Let it be known, I don’t parade around and shout my personal preference or better yet, ask for someone’s opinion. I also don’t judge anyone for eating meat, that is their choice. Furthermore, I believe I have the right to go about my food choices without someone feeling the need to beak up and let me know that my eating habits are wrong because it’s not what they do?
So, to show you I, just like you, eat deliciously, I have posted a recipe I used from epicurious.com.
See – my food is just as good as your meaty-food (arguable, even better).