My Vegan-ish Adventure

My Vegan-ish Adventure: One Step At A Time

In my first post on this blog I talked about my new venture into a diet with less meat and cheese. I grew up in an area where consumption of animal products was very high. I myself used to eat meat and cheese every day. That changed recently when I decided to alter my diet a bit in response to the cruelty that is used in factory farms. I’m not sure exactly how I want to alter it yet,  but right now I’m embarking on a semi-vegan diet. I am working to dramatically decrease my meat and dairy intake, but still eat a little bit, hence the ‘vegan-ish’ and ‘semi-vegan’ labels. I haven’t decided whether I want to go full vegan or vegetarian, or something different. For now, I’ve been focusing on cutting out red meat and some dairy as a first step. But today I wanted to talk about the red meat part of it.

I never used to think that I could eliminate beef and pork from my diet, but not long ago, I had the privilege of seeing what sort of progress I’ve made so far. Recently after a particularly long night at work I stopped at a Taco Bell. It was the only place open within a several mile radius, and I didn’t want to go out of my way given how tired I was and the fact that I had a long drive home. Most of Taco Bell’s offerings contain meat; well, maybe it’s more accurate to say that they are based around meat. Since I’m not completely meat free I decided that I’d allow myself some this time. Strangely, I had a craving for beef. This is pretty rare lately; what I mean by this is that since deciding to change what I eat, I haven’t had an especially big craving for red meat like beef and pork. I figured it was probably my body craving protein, so I bought a beef burrito.

After unwrapping my purchase, I hesitated to put it into my mouth. I thought about the horror that the cow my meat came from must have experienced before being slaughtered to feed me. But, I thought, I had spent my hard earned cash on it, so I’d better eat it. Here’s the funny thing: I hated it. The ground beef tasted AWFUL! I even had difficulty finishing it. But instead of sadness, this brought me joy! I always used to love ground beef, and had never hated it-until now. Had I gotten to the point where I was ready to give up some meat? Could I say that I actually disliked it? If so, this would be a big step!

I tested my theory a couple of weeks later when I picked up a sample of a burger at the grocery store I work at. I used to love hamburgers, too, but this time, just like with the burrito, I couldn’t eat it. The taste was so terrible I couldn’t stand it and threw what was left out. My stomach even churned a tad in protest. (sorry to include that disgusting detail; hope it wasn’t too gross.) I figured that perhaps I’d been right, I was ready to give up some meat. Granted it’s not all meat, but it’s a step forward.

So I can now proudly say that I have totally given up ground beef! I haven’t had it since the instances I described, and don’t want it anymore. The only burgers I eat now are veggie burgers! I’m doing pretty well on other types of red meat, too but still eat it (red meat) from time to time. But I’m confident that I can eventually take the step of giving up ALL red meat completely. Now I realize that giving up meat, something I used to think impossible is completely doable- one step at a time.

 

Photo: Free Images/Kaliyoda

 

4 thoughts on “My Vegan-ish Adventure: One Step At A Time

  1. I’ve heard several people say that after giving up meat it really disgusted them to try eating them again, even if they had no problem with it before. It’s kind of fascinating. Anyway, I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    1. Yep, I’ve heard that, too. I think the pallet can change and adjust depending on what we eat. I think by giving up red meat I’m training my mouth and body not to like it. It’s funny because growing up I always hated fried chicken or chicken on the bone because of the little veins and bones, yet somehow I wasn’t disgusted by the muscle itself. Now I’m returning to those thoughts I had as a kid, which is reinforcing my efforts to not eat it. And thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!

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      1. I haven’t tried Quorn, but there are some brands of meat replacement that aren’t bad, acctually. But the real thing can taste a bit odd after not eating it for a while, though. So I imagine it could be strange for someone who’s never eaten it.

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