A Change of Heart

Before I venture onto the topic of the day, I wanted to give everyone a head’s up that Peanut Butter & Co. has a sale going on at their website: 6 jars of peanut butter for $25.  This includes my beloved White Chocolate Wonderful!

OK, moving on…

If you’re familiar with this blog, you know that I am not vegan or vegetarian.  I’ve posted lots of delicious recipes for chicken, turkey, beef, and fish.

However, I’m finding that I don’t crave animal products much lately, and at times, I find them difficult to eat.

I’ve always loved animals, but it seems as though my love for them grows as I get older.  In fact, I’ve recently asked Michael if we could have a pet penguin, an elephant, and a turtle.

He said, “No way, Jose” to all three, by the way.  Can you imagine that? 😉

I suppose that as my love for animals has increased, my desire to eat animal products has naturally decreased.

This shift happened very gradually.  I started to get a bit queasy when handling meat in the kitchen.  I didn’t get as excited to eat steak.  My taste for chicken has sort of gone away.

Oddly enough, I love fish more than ever before.  I suppose that means I’m a bigger fan of Babe than of Nemo.

When I was in my teens, I didn’t eat meat for a long period of time because I thought it was a good way to control my weight.  Then in my 20s, I prided myself on the fact that I could eat meat in moderation and remain healthy.  Never did I imagine that one day I’d have a personal moral conflict with eating meat.

But here I am today thinking that I’d rather have a cow for a pet than for dinner.

So what does this mean?  Am I now a vegetarian? A pescetarian?

The short answer is no.

For now, I’m just going to listen to my body and significantly cut back on the amount of meat that I consume.  I’ll continue to make sure that any meat I purchase is organic and free of antibiotics.

After all, I can’t rip both dairy and meat away from Michael in one week! 😉

Speaking of Michael, he is supportive (as always) and listened to me as I divulged my feelings about eating animals.  He even sweetly offered to eat some meat-free meals with me.

You can still expect to see dishes that include meat since I’ll continue to make them for Michael.  I’ll eat them myself when and if my body feels like them.

But you can also expect to see adaptations of those meals, including meat free options.  I’ll also be exploring more recipes that include more beans, quinoa, pasta, legumes, tempeh, and grains.  And as I mentioned already, I’ll still be eating fish regularly.

Whether or not I become a vegetarian someday or a pescetarian, I do not know. For now, I’m just going to take this day by day.

Have you ever switched to a way of eating that doesn’t include meat?  How was the transition for you? I am really curious to read what everyone has to say on this subject, so please share away!

Enjoy your day!

(I swear that I didn’t mean to end this post with a rhyme.)

 

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16 Comments

  1. I don’t eat red meat because of bad food poisoning I had as a teenager. And I won’t eat anything from the sea because I think it’s gross 🙂

    I’ve toyed with the idea of going vegetarian since I don’t eat much meat, but I’m not a big fan of soy products and I find I really need protein from meat to run well.

    I think it’s so interesting how everyone’s bodies are different 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      I don’t really care for most soy products either. They seem so…fake. So like you, I don’t think I could ever be a full vegetarian. Plus, I could never give up salmon! 😉

  2. Hey love! missed you!!

    Hope you and Michael are well!!

    I like that you are just going to listen t your body, that is key!

    I do not eat red meat, I just do not like it at all : p

    I do eat chicken and fish though!

    Happy Thursday!!! xoxo <3

  3. Michelle Zoni

    I have to say, this is definitely something I can relate to. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m a vegetarian when ordering lunch at work or out with a group to dinner b/c I almost always order something without meat but it’s just been a combo of calorie counting (or points counting I should say) and taste preference. I’ve never enjoyed red meat, and when chicken or pork isn’t the centerpiece of a dish, I usually just fill up on the other goodies on the plate and take just a couple bites of the meat. And I go through moments where things make me queasy (this happens often with sushi which, when I’m in a good phase, I love, but I’ll go 6 months without it sometimes b/c it makes me sick to think about!) I’ve debated going all vegetarian but a) it’s really hard when you have a meat loving husband, b) I can’t imagine never having prosciutto again and c) I do believe that as humans we were built to consume meat so while I LOVE animals, I think in moderation it’s ok. But like you, I just go with what my body feels like and make substitutions where I can. For instance, I now buy Quorn “chicken” and make a Greek pita with it for lunch once a week. It started as a quicker way to get lunch together but now I really prefer it over chicken in a sandwich. And veggie burgers are a personal favorite, I eat them constantly! Anyway, this is my longest comment EVER but I’ve never been known to be short on words 🙂 Looking forward to some adaptable recipes!

    • thegrassskirt

      Veggie burgers are an awesome option to regular burgers. I really like them! I had no idea that you felt the same way that I do. I love having someone else in my same boat! 😉

  4. This is very relevant for me as well. I recently started transitioning to a greens and plant foods-based diet. It also consists of a lot of raw foods and eliminates gluten and dairy. I’ve never been much for milk and I can live without cheese…but gluten is a tricky one. As for the meat, the plan I am following does not completely restrict it, but it does call for a big reduction in animal protein. I am craving meat (mostly chicken) much less since I started my transition, and I definitely get grossed out when I prepare it. I can’t even eat it off the bone anymore without getting queasy. Is vegetarianism in my future? At this point I can’t say…but I have been very pleasantly surprised at how tasty and satisfying the meals I’ve been preparing are. So I guess time will tell.

    • thegrassskirt

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! You and I are definitely on the same path.

  5. I’m right there with you, Erin! I don’t like the idea of giving up salmon and other fish — so I probably could never be a full vegetarian. But, never say never, right? Nevertheless, I find myself not wanting meat (especially red meat) because I know what it will do to my stomach. And sometimes I also get queasy thinking about the animals, too. I guess in the end, we don’t really need the label of vegetarian, pesca, or vegan (even though it can be helpful to order food at restaurants with those buzzwords because it takes out the headache!). I think letting your body tell you what it needs and wants and responding accordingly is the best way to do it. (I guess that’s why I’m doing it that way, too!) 🙂

  6. I have been more in tune with my body since I was diagnosed with Asthma – certain foods can just set me off at times. My spouse and I are trying to eat closer to the ground, which means much less processed foods – more fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, lean proteins, meatless meals a few times a week, scale back on the dairy. By the way I am loving the Unsweetened Almond Milk – thanks for that:) I have not bought soy milk lately. I still like a good glass of wine and like they say everything in moderation:)

    • thegrassskirt

      I’m SO happy that you are enjoying the almond milk! I swear that I’d be lost without it! 🙂

  7. I completely relate to you – I just rarely crave meat, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE salmon and tuna!! My meals mainly consist of vegetables, grains, and beans of some sort. When we do have chicken or beef, I just don’t enjoy it like i used to. I follow the same principle – just listen to your body and see where it leads you. 🙂

  8. I really like the “no labels” approach you’ve taken to eating. Like you, I was a vegetarian in high school for very wrong reasons. I used the veg label as an excuse to reject foods, but I also enjoyed the “cool” factor associated with it. Being a vegetarian automatically meant that I was a compassionate, animal and earth-loving person. :-p As I repaired my relationship with food, and grew into my own skin, I began to give myself permission to eat whatever I wanted (as long as 95% of it was “real” food). I slowly introduced fish and poultry back into my diet, and occasionally ate a small steak. Today, I eat what I love and crave, and that usually includes lots of veggies, fruit, dairy, GF grains, and smaller amounts of fish or chicken. I haven’t eaten steak for two years, not because I won’t let myself, but because it just hasn’t appealed! However I refuse to “banish” it in my mind because I never want to feel deprived again. However, I’m starting to wonder if those cravings will return…I’ve found that meatless meals are often more interesting and inspired than those that contain meat. Can’t wait to read your recipes! 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      I absolutely love this comment. I’m definitely going to listen to my body and not put any labels on myself. 🙂

  9. I’ve blogged about this same topic a couple times before. I eat a lot less meat than I once did, and both Greg and I are kind of vegetarian inclined (we mostly eat vegetarian at home, but sometimes eat meat out). I don’t want to limit/label myself, because sometimes I do want to eat meat, and sometimes I find the vegetarian options too limiting or unappealing compared to the meat options. It’s definitely an interesting topic…

  10. In October it will be seven years for me and I don’t miss meat one bit!!

    I’ve been a pescetarian for most of that time, but I gave up shellfish last year and in the last 6 months I’ve slowly but surely been eating less and less fish. It’s been more difficult than I thought (far more difficult than giving up the rest, and particularly in terms of convenience when eating out) but an animal is an animal is an animal so I’m really trying!

    By the way, there’s a place near me in NYC called the Organic Grill that does a “Tempeh bacon panini” and it’s TO DIE FOR. I literally can’t bring myself to order anything else when I’m there, and I was over the moon to discover I’m in their delivery area! It’s the little things! 🙂 Anyway, good for you for considering that change! I’m happy for you!!!!

    • thegrassskirt

      I’m going to have to visit Organic Grill the next time I’m in NY. I am absolutely obsessed with tempeh lately!

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