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Vegetarian???

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.
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  • v ROCKYCPA
    Great blog! and good for you for finding what works and keeping to it.
    2158 days ago
  • v HAPPYCRICKET
    Loved your blog! Since January I have eaten a "beegan" diet (see my label? Careful to note that I eat vegan except for honey, but I still wear leather, pearls, etc.) emoticon I started eating this way under threat from my dr.that I would have to go on Lipitor to reduce my cholesterol. Well, my cholesterol responded fantastic, and I love my new way of eating.(I know it doesn't work for everyone, but thank God it did for me.) Like you, I did not realize the brutality and horror of factory farms. Now, nothing has had to die or suffer in order for me to eat. It feels great, and I am healthier, too! Thanks for posting.
    Christine
    2158 days ago
  • v MARISABELLES
    I So Agree with you ! Enough already with labelling people. I don't eat meat since I started meditation and it all happen naturally, without have me even considering to become vegetarian. I use to tell people curious about it : i'm just waiting for a meet craving... and it's being 5 years and I still don't miss it.
    I Totally love your no-nonsense way of seeing things. Thanks for sharing all the benefits you got from it.
    2158 days ago
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