Friday, February 22, 2013
I love meat, I really do. I could never go straight-up vegetarian. Chicken, salmon, cod, I LOVE THEM. Beef and pork are good, but I could probably live without them...but you can never take my fish and poultry from me! :)
That said, I probably eat meat maybe 3 times a week. I mean, it's not like I have meat for breakfast, and I usually don't have it with my lunch either (which is generally salad, some kind of whole grain, fruits, and some kind of protein in the form of cheese, nut butter, or legumes/hummus). My husband is a vegetarian, so I cook a lot of vegetarian dinners and with good recipes, you really don't miss the flavor of meat. So I usually don't bother to "supplement" my dinners with meat.
I used to think dinners weren't complete without some chicken or something, and I used to eat a LOT of chicken with my meals, but laziness reduced the frequency I prepared it once I moved in with my then-fiance (I didn't like making two dinners most nights, and also cutting up chicken is time-consuming)...and then trying to lose weight and eat healthier reinforced eating less meat in order to reduce unhealthy fats and all that.
And I couldn't be happier now! I feel healthy, I still get my tasty meat, I enjoy eating my protein via a wider variety of sources, I'm keeping my blood vessels/heart less-clogged, AND my dinners are cheaper now!! Win-win-win-win-win!
Also, it makes Fridays in Lent way easier to plan around for a Catholic girl. :)