As of last night, around 5pm I've cut out meat from my diet. I've been planning this since around last night at 4:59pm or so. It all started yesterday morning when Cassie and I were out to breakfast. She convinced me to try a piece of egg, a food item I haven't had for about 15 years. It's a slight phobia of cracking open the unfertilized birthplace of an animal. I'm well aware egg is in pretty much everything, and that doesn't bother me. I just don't want to look at it. It was at dinner where I was looking at sauce options at spaghetti works and Cassie recommended I try the one without meat and I figured... why not. Not only will I eat this without meat, I'm going to eat everything else without meat too. Instead I can attempt to put things into my diet that I wouldn't normally eat. So I made my order, and the waitress asked "Would you like a meatball with that?" Bitch. So it began, a spur of the moment decision impacting things I do every day.
I don't plan on doing this forever, but I see it as an experiment. Can I start eating things I wouldn't normally eat because I've cut out the standards? Will I feel better? Will I lose weight?
Lunchtime comes today and I have to make a decision on what I'm to eat. So I go to a local sandwich place by the office and for the first time in my life utter the words "veggie sub". I even looked around to make sure nobody could hear me first.
He takes out some bread and layers with tomatoes. I don't like tomatoes. He looks at me and says "what else do you want on it?" I look around and complete the sandwich with american cheese, onions, lettuce, oil and vinegar and finally pickles. I brought it back to my desk and took a bite without even looking at it first. First impression... i really like those pickles.
After work today i'm going to whole foods and see what I can try and hack together as far as grocery shopping. I see veggie pizzas, noodles, pasta and bags of salad in my future. Things I still don't have to figure out how to cook... but just things I already like that won't have meat in it. I'm not trying to eat healthy... i'm just removing my default and still going to eat like crap.
I recalled the story to Cassie last night on how I started drinking only diet pop. I stopped drinking regular pop for a whole year first and only drank water. Once you lose your comparison then settling for something not as good is easy. So I don't think you'll see me eating tofu anytime soon, but I'll stick to things that I'm already familiar with and in time i'll try eating things i'm not. By that time I won't know any better?
Being this is an experiment I don't see it lasting more than a couple months unless my life dramatically changes for the better because of it. I have no idea with slaughtering animals and then ripping the flesh off their tasty bones so i'm sure i'll be eating meat soon enough. Besides Christmas is coming.. so that's a given.