Wednesday, August 17, 2011

NO.


So I decided today that by handing in my V card (my vegetarian card! what were you thinking?! Pervs!) it's really not going to be a good thing for my health.  Being a vegetarian may have been at times expensive and difficult, but you know what?  It kept me from eating fast food.

Today I had a Whopper Jr.  With cheese.  And fries.  And a Sprite.  And ranch sauce.


...and I didn't know who I was anymore.

This might not seem like a big deal to some people.  So what?  You had a little fast food.  Everyone does.

But I had not eaten red meat in over two years.  And I hadn't had soda in over two years.  French fries in...oh, months.  I'm gonna say at least 6 months.  And I don't even LIKE ranch sauce!

(As a sidenote?  The Whopper was positively not as delicious as I remembered it to be.  I remember a smoky, "flame grilled" flavor, but it was missing.  Bummer.)

There were many reasons why I became a vegetarian in the first place.  People would always ask me why, and it was really hard for me to answer them succinctly because I mean...really, as far as I see it, the reasons to be a vegetarian far outnumber the reasons to not be.

First, my obvious love of animals.  I don't like to think of them dying, whether or not it's for my plate or not.   Secondly, for health reasons.  I knew it would help me drop some weight, and it did.  And third, for...well, I guess extended health reasons.  I mean, not only did it keep me away from fast food, but it also took the guesswork out of what am I eating and where did it come from?


I mean, really.  Watch Food, Inc.  Look, I'll even link you to their site.  Basically, between the terrible treatment of animals, the hormones, the antibiotics...I mean, meat just doesn't seem "healthy".  And then there's the people who are killed from contaminated meat...so now people are injecting ammonia into meat to make it "safer"?

Honestly.

Oh, and then there's the fact that the digestive system isn't even set up to HANDLE meat.  Our colons are too long--the meat ferments inside before we can expel it.  (To be perfectly honest I don't know what difference that makes, exactly...but hey, it sounds like a good argument, right?)

But whatever.  Anyway.

So I think my new thing is to be a sometimes-vegetarian.  I would prefer not to eat meat entirely, but, in the event that I know the source of the meat (i.e: I buy it myself from a human certified, non-hormone, non-antibiotic, grass-fed, free-range, fair trade...blah blah you get the idea...) I will consume it for "health reasons".

(Funny how that works, isn't it?  I have health reasons for not consuming it, and health reasons for consuming it as well.)

But either way--this means NO fast food meat!  Even if a chicken sandwich does cost a dollar, and a veggie burger costs over $3...  :(

4 comments:

Little Mel said...

I recently set a "challenge" for myself after realizing certain things. First off, I can't remember the last time I had fast food (i.e-McDonald's, BK, Taco Bell, etc). So, while I am not Veg by any stretch of the imagination I am thinking "Okay, how long can I go before I cave."

I stopped drinking soda for 6 months between Nov and May then had one can to celebrate Memorial day weekend. I think after that I had soda maybe 2 or 3 times (the last time being in June). Now I am "okay, no soda until Labor day weekend. To celebrate end of summer".

I'm also giving up sweets* until Halloween and alcohol until my birthday.

*Anything 100 calories and under, low fat and low sugar (such as Go Berry-0 fat, 25 cals, 5g sugar) is allowed. I am also include certain potato chips (for example lays-bad, sun chips-okay).

I do better when I have an end goal in mind. Now this isn't to say on my birthday I'm going to drink enough booze to make up for the past several months.

I don't even know why I'm telling you this. It felt like something to share.

Brynna said...

i know how you feel. i was a vegetarian for 5 years and just last year i decided to end it. for quite a while it was so weird realizing that i was eating meat, but i eventually got used to it again.

Megan Leslianne said...
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Alison said...

Megan: When I got my iron checked last it seemed to be all right, but I definitely feel like I have a bit more energy now that I don't limit myself quite so strictly.

And no, we don't seem to have Sanitarium products here. It's a shame! The problem with veggie products in the US (not sure if it's like this elsewhere) is that it literally costs double or triple the money to be a vegetarian or eat healthy. It's disgusting. And people wonder why so many Americans are fat!

Brynna: It definitely is difficult to get back into the swing of eating meat. I always feel a pang of guilt when I order something with meat in it, and then I get worried someone is going to judge me! Quite silly the pressures I've placed on myself through the years.

Little Mel: GoBerry is the best thing ever!