Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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"?
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... :(