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  1. My Compensation Plan

    February 21, 2013 by betaman

    Making the decision to go vegetarian was actually easier than I expected. Likely because I justified it with a compensation method.

    I’ve always firmly believed that life is all about give and take. So for this little experiment of mine, I’m willing to give up the few steaks I have each year for a few extra cocktails.

    I’ll gladly pass on the pork chops for a bit more ice cream once in a while. I can even  live without bacon, if I can indulge in an extra donut once in a while.

    A bit more cheese, if I’m missing out on burgers? Sure.

    Forget that pulled pork. Bring on the Bombay!


  2. Respect Thy Food

    February 17, 2013 by betaman

    It’s been quite a few years now since I first realized the importance of quality over quantity when it comes to liquor. The times of consuming mass quantities just for the drunk are long gone. I know now that life is way too short for cheap gin.

    The same is true when it comes to eating meat, though it’s only been a couple years since I first started focusing quality over quantity. I haven’t eaten meat just for meat’s sake in a long time. Movies like Food, Inc. and Baraka helped me become mindful about my meat consumption, but I still enjoyed an organic lamb chop or the occasional local grass fed beef from a farmers market.

    I understand why the wife made me eat the whole shank of lamb I was given one day while working at the ranch last summer. It took me a few days, but to not finish it would be disrespectful to the animal. I respected every last savory bite, believe me.

    Having been vegetarian now for only a week, I’m already developing a new found respect for my food and where it comes from. After watching Dive!: Living off America’s Waste, I am also growing more dumbfounded at how much food Americans throw out every day. Meanwhile those pork chops still lie buried in the fridge, though they are no longer calling my name.