Monday, August 30, 2010
I'm amazed at how seriously people take foodie labels: vegetarian, piscatarian, vegan 'til dinner, flexitarian...
My DH and I don't care what you call it, but we've completely changed the way we eat.
I can remember going on a wild hamburger comparative taste test while we were dating, hopping from Micky D's to Burger King to Wendy's to rate the double cheesburgers. And our favorite restaurant of all times had been Five Guys Burgers. We were real beef eaters, resorting to bouts of Atkins to minimize the impact on our growing butts. Feels like another universe to us today.
We had been gradually reducing red meat to help manage his cholesterol since he can't take statins. Seemed that diet and exercise made more sense. Then we got totally turned off chicken and turkey when we saw a show depicting the disgusting way our agricultural system manages poultry farms. For the past six months we eat fish and veggies supplemented by the occasional eggwhite or grating of cheese (though dairy products are seriously reduced and then only low-fat versions).
Does that make us part-time vegetarians? Pescatarians? Wannabe vegans?
We don't care what the label is. We just know we feel healthier now. And it is comforting to know that we're not supporting an industry that systematically tortures animals and pollutes the environment.
My DH has seriously reduced his insulin intake and his blood lipid counts are way down. Oh, and we've lost 50 pounds between the two of us.
One more interesting byproduct of our changed eating habits: we actually spend a lot less on food these days, leaving room in our budget to buy the new clothes our trimmed waistlines require.
What a total victory for the good guys.