February 17, 2013 by betaman
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February 14, 2013 by betaman
First, don’t call it a diet. Diets don’t work, ask Dr. Jenn. This is a lifestyle choice for better health and nutrition.
Second, I’m sure there are hard core vegan types who would laugh or call me a hypocrite. Well I’m not going there. I’ve enjoyed plenty of tasty vegan meals, but it’s better we just not go there.
Third, I am not nor am I sure I ever could be a strict vegetarian. I am now one of those lacto-ovo-pesce types. I am an omnivore and I like my cheese, eggs, and fish.
What I have done is given up consuming land animal meats, for now. That means no more chicken. No more steak, pork chops, or hamburgers, and no more lamb, mmm… lamb.
This semi-vegetarianism is defined by various sources as one who eats a primarily plant-based diet with the occasional inclusion of meat products. For this little project of mine, however, my only meat product shall either swim, crawl, or attach themselves to the ocean floor. Any questions?
The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life
Spice Up Your Life: The Flexitarian Way
The Part-Time Vegan: 201 Yummy Recipes that Put the Fun in Flexitarian
The Healthy Hedonist: More Than 200 Delectable Flexitarian Recipes for Relaxed Daily Feasts
Almost Meatless: Recipes That Are Better for Your Health and the Planet
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February 13, 2013 by betaman
So, why go vegetarian? I mean, aside from the health benefits and positive impact on our planet. Why me, when I’m relatively healthy and love a good piece of meat so much!
Someone near and dear to my heart, who wishes to keep such matters private, will be undergoing painful treatments for the next 24 weeks or so. Others I love have vowed to make their own personal sacrifices during this time to show their support. I considered a few different ways to do the same but nothing felt just right. Then I decided to give up meat.
Nobody has challenged me to do this but myself. I am my own coach, judge and scorekeeper. And rather than look at it as a sacrifice with challenges to overcome everyday, I have decided to make this a game I can enjoy.
Yesterday I could’ve had a hot pastrami sandwich, an all time personal favorite. Yes, I may have enjoyed eating it at the time, with my new goal clearly in my mind I felt even better saying no. Besides, I enjoyed some of the best Dim Sum I’ve had in a very long time instead. And the proud feeling I had after picking out and tossing the succulent center of my steamed pork bun has lasted much longer than the temporary bliss I would have surely enjoyed by tasting it.
I would much rather reign triumphant over these tiny things than feel like a failure for a moment of physical pleasure. So I play this game to win. And every time I pass on the tasty meat dish, I score.
Challenge? Bring it!
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February 8, 2013 by betaman
We all must make sacrifices.
People in third world countries sacrifice basic necessities like clean water without even having a choice. Cancer patients sacrifice quality of life for more time with their loved ones. Diabetics will give up an appendage, or sometimes two, for the lifestyle choices they make.
I have my own personal reasons for giving up something I enjoy so much. Meat.
Organic Grass Fed Lamby Chops
One would think that after living with a vegetarian for 17+ years, this would be easy. But don’t underestimate my love of a tender charbroiled pink chop from a grass fed lamb I knew by name.
This journey of better health and dietary contentment may not last forever, that is not my goal. But we shall see what happens over the next 25 weeks as a vegetarian.
These are the chronicles of a meat lover gone veg.
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