McDonalds anyone?). I've started shopping more in the artisan bread and cheese section, looking for locally produced goods, and avoiding the meat section of the grocery store like the plague because to me it has an awful blood smell.
I guess my food revelation started when I began experimenting with cutting out the meat from mammals out of my diet due to ethical and health reasons. I decided that if I couldn't kill a cow, why should I eat one? From there I started to become a pollotarian, which changed to a pescetarian, and finally a vegetarian.
- January 2008 - Officially cut out all red meat and meat from mammals.
- September 2008 - Officially cut out all poultry (although at times I had a few setbacks with chicken, probably due to low protein in my diet causing me to crave chicken like nobody's business)
- February 2010 - Switched to only purchasing family farmed eggs
- April 2010 - Officially cut out all fish
I get questions all the time about if I eat eggs, can have cheese, is fish considered meat? It amazes me that some people don't consider fish animals, or I guess don't consider fish to be meat. What else would it be? A vegetable? I think I will always eat eggs, cheese, milk, and of course ice cream. I just try to buy more organic products of dairy and get my eggs from family farms. Organic dairy comes from cows being able to have access to the outdoors, and some brands, like Organic Valley, pride themselves on getting dairy from cows allowed to graze on pastures. LIKE COWS SHOULD.
Anyway, while I'm not one to harass someone who is eating meat (except my husband sometimes), I will share the information I've learned about the inhumane way animals and workers are treated in factory farms and the effect factory farms, commercial egg operations, and overfishing are having on the environment to anyone who wants to know.
I'm proud of the knowledge I've gained and the choices I've made. And even though I'm now expanding my culinary horizons, I will still eat Subway, Dairy Queen, and Oreos.
Some things never change.