Straying from meaty meals

This once very full-time carnivore has been fading meat out of my diet for years and for various reasons. Wanted to share my experience without the intention of telling anyone what they should do. However, I do hope you find something in it that serves you well, welcome.

For most of my life, I had consumed every manner of cow, pig, chicken, turkey or deer at every meal for over 40 years. I grew up in a culture like many of us where meat was the center of the meal all else were sides. “We are the top of the food chain, and besides we get all our protein from meat.” was the mantra.

My initial decline started twenty years ago when I dropped frog legs and Cornish hens forever from my plate since they still looked too much like what they were. With meat mostly coming in the form of clean packages I was able to avoid giving thought to its origins.

Fast forward to a few years ago and I had graduated to Meatless Mondays that started out as a single meatless meal once a week, and eventually, it became an all day thing. Add to this reading the China Study and watching Forks over knives and other like-minded documentaries and my thought process around meat and all food began to shift.

Two years ago after I reviewed Earthlings by Mr. Phoenix, I realized the conditions the critters live and die in were often very unpleasant, and it rattled my growing sensitivities. But I continued to consume chicken, turkey, pig, and cow only now every time I consumed them, I thought of them. I could not shake the growing awareness of these animals lives.

A year ago we got our first puppy, and my heart just expanded with feelings of love and appreciation for a dog. I begin to notice after a couple of months that Paisley’s rear legs are angled just like pigs, and I never notice that before on dogs

Seven months ago a trip to the zoo brought me to the point where I realized I could no longer eat cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, lambs, deer or goats. I have felt great about it, and those earlier conflicts are now gone.

Learning to compartmentalize animals seems a cultural thing. These animals over here on the right we love and care for, and we have laws to protect them from abuse or any harm whatsoever, but these on the other side, we shall eat them.

I have friends who have been vegetarian for decades, and I used to make fun of them, sorry about that. I no longer limit my beliefs around animals and food etc. and trusting the process seems to be where I now reside.

Again, eat as you wish and there is much more to cover over the coming weeks around plant-based, Pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. Glad you dropped in, enjoy your weekend, share as you care to and Be Well!

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