In the past year I have gradually gone from eating very little red meat, to no red meat. I have gone from a fair amount of chicken, turkey, and fish, to only fish. I thought this journey would be hard but the truth of the matter is—it wasn’t—sort of … well … okay maybe it is …
When not eating meat was a semiconscious/part time decision it wasn’t hard, at all. Then, we saw Food Inc. (a most see for every person on the planet), coupled with a yoga retreat where we had a vegan/vegetarian chef cook for us all weekend (if I only had a personal chef) and well, it went from semi to, “I will no longer eat four legged creatures.” I know, the poor fish … oh, well. I love the Ahi, what can I say?
The not eating four legged creature part of the journey has been a tad bit harder. It is amazing how you can’t get an In N Out burger out of your head, when you say, “no more”. Why is this? Well, damn it, they are just that good. Now, when I just have to have something from In N Out—the good news is French fries and milkshakes are still okay (not good for me, but okay). You can also get a grilled cheese at In and Out and it is very tasty (I recommend animal style with extra cheese).
However, I have a question for all you vegetarians out there … how do we deal with no more bacon? Is it really a world worth living in if there is no bacon? I have purchased some substitutes and have not tried them, yet. I will keep you posted in future writings.
Also, can I just say, I almost had to stop watching Diners Drive-ins and Dives, on the Food Network, because it is starting to make this very hard for me. The Mexican place in Salt Lake City—please! It looks amazing. I almost cried when he went to Memphis and went to Gus’s Fried Chicken (where the daily board says, “daily special, chicken”). Also, Rendezvous for Ribs … my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Also, if you are in Memphis, you must go to Gus’s Fried Chicken, it is amazing.
Finally, I have one musing is pepperoni really a meat? True story, I have a very intelligent, vegetarian friend (who shall remain nameless). We were talking about the trials and tribulations of this lifestyle when she confessed that she had eaten pepperoni pizza for years, because, she never thought about pepperoni as being a meat … we had to then change our pants after peeing in them from laughter.
I am still new to this journey and I feel compelled to chronicle this, and my hope is, I am not alone. Until next month—Textured Vegetable Protein for all and to all a good day!
Originally published on 10PercentSolution