I’ve always been a picky eater, probably picky about a lot of things really, and it’s been a challenge for me to find the perfect diet. My main problem is that I get bored of eating the same thing all the time. In order to shake things up a bit I look for new things to try.
Last weekend’s Up with Chris Hayes, brought up an interesting topic with regards to food. His segment: You Are What You Eat? brought up a discussion about how cows and chickens are treated in a large part of the food industry. I’ve known there were questionable practices in the food industry, but I didn’t know that conditions for some of these animals are so dirty that meat has to be treated for E. Coli.
The discovery of Pink Slime has created a negative psychological impact on a lot of us, me included. It made me think more about what I eat. The conversation on Up with Chris Hayes made me feel disgusted with how beef and chicken are prepared in this country.
Therefore, I’m officially announcing that I am becoming a vegetarian! Haha, I say this as if it’s so groundbreaking or that anyone really cares about my diet. But, I do hope I can inspire people to think about what they eat and consider removing meat from their diet. Soy based products can provide the same nutrients and are healthier than meat.
I do want to be clear, I’m not making a general statement about the evils of eating meat. I’ve never really felt guilty about eating meat. For me, it’s more about eating something that I know what it is made of and where it comes from. One reason I stopped eating sausage and hot dogs many years ago was that I didn’t like the “mystery meat” idea.
With all that said, I will admit that I won’t miss eating animals, and perhaps I will gain some satisfaction from that; similar to what I get from driving an electric car. The transition has been easy so far, because soy based products taste very close to meat. Quorn, for example, is a company that makes soy based foods. Their Chik’n product, is very good and tastes like chicken. Morning Star is another brand of vegetarian products that taste really good.
I’m going to try and stick to this new diet, although Thanksgiving is going to make that a bit tough!