Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Update on Meat Intake

I posted a few weeks ago how I am trying to cut back on my meat intake. My reasoning for this decision again are the following-

  1. I always thought the idea of eating an animal's flesh was strange. When I was younger, I would sometimes remember in mid-chew what I was eating and I would thoroughly gross myself out.  
  2. As I continue to learn how the meat industry manufactures their products, I am starting to feel more and more uncomfortable with buying their products. That leaves me with the only option of buying local and organic items. I support both buying organically and locally, but it does cost more which I need to be conscious of. And I said a couple posts back, organic does not always mean ethical.
  3. Lastly, it challenges me to try different dishes at restaurants and to cook differently at home. I would have never discovered how delicious chili is made with textured vegetable protein in place of ground turkey or beef! I hope to get this book someday - How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman. 

That being said, I am not completely vegetarian by any means. Currently, I am only eating seafood, chicken and turkey. I have not eaten beef or pork for about two weeks now. I no longer buy meat to cook with at home. If I do go to a restaurant, I will usually review their vegetarian options first before seeing what chicken or turkey dishes they have.  And let me just say- many restaurants (especially chain restaurants) do not have diverse vegetarian options. And if they do, it tends to be not as tasty and skillfully prepared as their non-vegetarian options. 

So that is basically my update on this new venture. Because I have dramatically decreased on my meat intake, I am being more intentional about replacing those missing nutrients (i.e. protein, iron, etc.) with other food items such as beans, spinach, eggs, etc.

We will see where this journey takes me. Perhaps, I will eventually become a vegetarian. Right now, that is not my end goal.  My goal is just learning how to cook different meals and become more aware of how my food choices affect my body and my global community. 

2 comments:

  1. Well, Carl is doing vegan for lent and let me tell you there are some good recipes out there to prepare. Albeit a bit expensive but I think I pinned it somewhere....

    Anyways, I hear you about the beef and pork. It sure tastes funny in the States and those feed lots are gross! So we have bought a quarter beef local and had it butchered at the shop where my brother works and we just bought a pig from our friends. The kids even remembered the little piglets from the summer....well good to know where your meat comes from if you want to eat it, right?

    I think you are wise to look at your options and explore more this whole meat industry thing. Thanks for your thoughts.

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