Some days, I would like to become a vegetarian.
It has nothing to do with trying to change how others eat, and everything to do with my own moral compass. I have a hard time rectifying the mistreatment of animals I eat when I know it is easy enough to subsist without doing harm. You might suggest to focus on organic, locally grown, or “happier” meats, but I still find the slaughter of these animals to be incomprehensible.
Where I fall back on my thought are the numerous former-vegetarians I’ve met. Over the years, I’ve come into contact with many people who reminisce about their “vegetarian” days, but somehow ultimately return to eating meat. I wonder why that is. Is it societal, familial, or other outside pressure? Or did they find it wasn’t serving their dietary needs? Were they missing out on fun at BBQs?
I’m not sure I could make such a life change; for life. Though, I find those who are truly determined to live vegetarian or vegan to be very inspiring. They have a strength I don’t think I’ll ever have.
In this world of message after message being sent our way by email, news, television, music, blogs, etc. it’s difficult to find where you fit in and commit to being yourself despite others support or disdain. Sometimes we’re not even sure who that “self” is anymore.
While I still eat meat, and will probably do so for the foreseeable future, I eat far less than I ever have before. Deli meat for lunch and meat-centered meals for dinner have now been replaced mostly by vegetables, fruits, and nuts. I eat far too much bread, and when I eat too much meat I feel a digestive difference.
Despite my conflicting desires, I’ve found peace in my choices and strength in my commitment to eating the best for me. Over the years, I’ve strengthened my commitment to the mantra of Michael Pollan’s philosophy: Eat food. Mostly Plants. Not too much.
It’s what works for me.
Find what works for you and commit yourself to it – despite what any blogger ;), news article, or tv reporter tells you. Whether that may be higher fat, lower carb, paleo, vegetarianism, vegan, or some other acronym. You know your body and lifestyle better than anyone else ever will.
This is what I love about the internet. You can be who you want to be, or hide behind a story. You can learn about all directions for your life and find a tribe of people to support you. Either way, you get to choose.
And I choose to be the real me.
I agree with Pollan: isn’t it at least good to question where your food comes from?
And in a food related note, Goldie’s is a new local vegan restaurant. Want to go for quinoa burgers with me?
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