Over the past two years my life has completely evolved in terms of my food choices. Rather than rewrite what I have written about here before, to sum it up, reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and watching Food Inc. changed my life. I can no longer look at meat the same way. Unless it is farm raised, grass fed (which is very hard to find and even harder to afford) I don’t want any part of it. I refuse out of solidarity with the animals who live their lives in pathetic conditions, unhealthy and unhappy. Why would I want to contribute to the propagation of this inhumane industry? Why would I want to eat meat from a sick animal? Why would I want to raise my own inflammation levels through the digestion of this meat? Bottom line is that I just don’t.
I don’t miss eating meat. If I am out with friends or as a family, I will choose a home-made veggie burger over a cheeseburger any day. In fact, I discovered that the veggie burger at Five Guys (not a burger, but veggies and cheese on a roll) is very good! I am on a quest to find the best veggie burger. So far my vote goes to a small vegetarian restaurant in New Milford.
I am able to get my protein elsewhere. I regularly eat eggs and beans. My favorite breakfast is two eggs and refried pinto beans with salsa. My favorite lunch is Sami’s bakery’s millet lavash bread used as a tortilla with black beans, muenster cheese, spinach and corn layered in between. I still have my green smoothies as often as possible - with my goal being every day. I have learned how to make a great veggie burger with both lentil and chickpea. I drink my coffee with more milk. When I make a meal with meat for the girls, I choose antibiotic free/hormone free meat always. For me, I load up on more veggies sprayed with Bragg’s Amino Acids and my favorite jasmine rice. It requires a bit more thought but I enjoy finding and cooking new recipes.
Maybe I am ready to answer that question with a yes. Maybe I can give it a try....to live meat free for as long as it works for me.