Probably I should’ve had this in my last blog…that’s what I get for trying to blog while drinking a totie or two and watching some juicy DVRd shows.
Zach and I talk about the health and wellness of ourselves, our planet, our family a lot. I know we’re not alone in this.
Zach is the kind of guy who likes to try new things all the time. He’ll just randomly fast just to see if he can, he’ll typically try anything that will challenge his mind at least once (don’t ask about the time that we tried drinking sugar water and vegetable oil. Blech). He’s kind of crazy like that.
About a month ago Zach told me he was going to try the Paleo diet. Two days later he read the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and decided he’d try vegetarianism instead. So his reasons aren’t to lose weight, isn’t for any of that other than he no longer turns a blind eye to the food industry that constantly pumps out really crappy and potentially harmful products.
Since he started that we’ve talked a lot about it, for obvious reasons, and I decided I’d give it a shot. My reasons are not nearly as noble as his are, my main reason is because we’re already making 2 meals (we are, as of now, not forcing our kids to give up
the delicious, deliciouss meat) I might as well try out the vegetarian option. I love veggies, I love fruit, love complex carbs, it’ll be fine.
For those that don’t know, I work in the health field. I’m a fitness instructor and a personal trainer. I know a bit about nutrition, etc, so I know all the details on meat. I should also mention that we buy our meat from local farmers (mostly). If it’s not local farmers then I’m paying lots of money for the grass fed beef at the market. I really, really, really believe in the locovore movement and try to show that support by buying as much as feasibly possible from our local farmer’s market.
I think that’s probably why I’m not completely sold on the idea of me being a vegetarian. That said, I have started to realize that by me eating meat in restaurants I am still contributing to the mass meat market frenzy. As of right now, when I think about the future of my eating habits I can see how I would be more picky about my meat (not just beef, but chicken, turkey, all my animal friends). Perhaps eating my local meat at home and bring it with me to BBQs (because I just can’t get any more pretentious) and then choosing to not eat meat at restaurants. This I see as feasible.
We are fairly healthy people. Our pantry is pretty bare of highly processed foods. Rarely will you find high fructose corn syrup gracing our shelves. So again, this isn’t necessarily for health. It’s not an attempt to lose weight. It’s merely unhappiness with how our country treats our food-and by definition-us. Perhaps it’s our little stand against “the man”?
Thank you for all of your comments on the last one. I know that’s why I blogged about it, even though it’s a personal decision and I in no way am trying to convince other people of giving it a go, I just like hearing the discussion, I like being part of the debate about our food system. So feel free to comment, feel free to email. I don’t know much, but I know I love you.
I applaud you for your efforts in getting out of the food pyramid (that thing will kill you). And I love anybody and everybody who wants to talk about the total catastrophe that our food system is. So awesome job to you and Zach.
By the way, if the garden at camp needs help. I am quite the gardener and would love to help.
I think this is a great thing to do for yourselves and our animal friends. I was a full-fledged vegetarian for a year. We were living abroad and the meat markets and butchers there in France really sent me over the edge….I had teetered on the edge for years. Then we came home and within 6 months I was pregnant….couldn't stop craving meat. I haven't gone back to being a fully committed vegetarian with such a large family now. I think I am just not motivated enough to be creative with meals or cook 2 meals for our family. You have me thinking though….and that is good!
Loved your explanation :)I have to tell you! When I was driving to South Dakota 2 weeks ago, I actually drove by many of those cattle farms that I have only seen in documentaries so far…. OMG, I was just floored by the stench JUST DRIVING BY!!! and it was sooooo sad!!!! just packed in there, no grass, just mud and stench… oh my heart!It's just crazy that the more I read about diet and how interlinked the government/FDA/big business farms/etc are, it's just frightening… I'm reading "Death by Supermarket" right now and holy crap man… makes me wanna jump up and down and shout at someone! And the FDA… oh my, don't get me started :)I'm just sad that I have spent the last 30 years or so living this "no worries, the gov't knows best" attitude… and I'm sad for myself, my body, and my children's body that I didn't pay attention earlier. BUT, it's never too late to change right?? :)Obviously you have blogged lately about things we are passionate about haha… me and the hubby seem to comment a lot lately :)Maybe some night we should have dinner! 🙂
Yeah, totally with you on this. We essentially do what you're saying – good meat at home and then really no other meat. Except the occasional Five Guys.
I have been a pescatarian for 15 years. I loved meat before I made the choice based on humane reasons to stop eating anything but seafood. (I know seafood and dairy have huge environmental and humane issues, hopefully someday I can move further down this road.)I wrote you a very long comment but blogger ate it. So I am trying to be brief.I get so excited when I hear about people learning more about these issues, recognizing the problems and trying to do something about it.Bocca burgers are gross.There is a million ways to make yummy tofu if you treat it right.I think you will stop craving meat. My husband and I seem to go on opposite cycles, when I am feeling like cheating, he is really thinking meat is disgusting and vice-versa. I don't know why it works that way, but it has helped us both stick to this diet for 15 years."Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself know peace." Albert Schweitzer."The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"Mahatma GandhiNo matter how hard I try I can not get your blog to accept my comment as me… I am not anonymousI am Semi-feral