Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vegetarian Inc.

It's been about 6 weeks or so since I've had meat (not counting seafood.) As I mentioned in one of my recent New Things, Husband and I watched Food Inc and have not been the same since.

I never started out with a mission of not ever eating meat again.. I figured that after watching that documentary the horrible images would fade (they still might) and I would be cruising through the drive thrus and stuffing my face with Five Guys burgers within a week or so, only those images haven't faded, the statistics are in my head and I actually enjoy eating this healthier lifestyle. What does this mean?

Well, while I was running this morning it hit me that I'm probably running way deficient on my protein intake, I'm sluggish and just feel like I need more protein (hard to explain) so I decided that with my strong craving for some Zaxby's, today was the day I consume meat (other than fish) for the first time in weeks... I could almost taste the Kickn' Chicken sandwich, only when I went to order it, I couldn't do it. I ordered a salad instead.

Part of my decision was the guilt for ruining what I've been working so hard to do - lose weight and eat healthy. (organically and locally)

The other part was the thought of eating those buffalo sauce soaked hunks of chicken. I thought maybe smaller chunks on a salad would be more manageable.

We got home and I promptly removed all of the chicken from my salad. I absolutely could not stop thinking about those chickens that are so over grown that their little bones and muscles can't support their weight - I couldn't stop thinking about them falling over and laying around in their own shit because they are engineered to grow 3 times faster than normal.

I can't bring myself to eat meat, I just can't do it. I'm not sure if I will again, the information is everywhere you turn. And to kick it up a notch, I just saw a horrifying trailer for a new Documentary by Joaquin Phoenix. It's called Earthlings. I won't be able to see this movie, I can hardly watch the trailer. But if you do click that link, be warned. To say it's harsh does not even describe it... I think it may have been the nail in my meat eating coffin.

Hi, I'm Angie and I think I'm a vegetarian......


Unknown said...

What about organic or free range meat? That is the direction we went in. My husband is all about meat, but we limit it to only 2 times a week.

Kellie said...

I haven't eaten meat in 6 months. Just decided one day I couldn't. Reading this post? Sealed the deal. I can't bring myself to click the link yet, though.

SallyT said...

I've been a vegetarian since 1976 and a vegan since 2006. It's really not difficult to get adequate protein. I'd recommend the book "Becoming Vegetarian." The authors know their nutrition and the information could be useful to you. It is possible that you are low in iron so a multivitamin might help you out. Don't give up! the animals will thank you!

Jamie B said...

Yay! Another conscious consumer!

Anonymous said...

YEA! More meat for me!