I recently made one of the biggest changes in my life, and that was to convert over from a fish eating vegetarian (no meat, no poultry, no eggs) to a semi meat eating member of society. I’m just as surprised by my change over as anyone else, because for as long as I can remember people have been trying to get me to eat meat. Any meat. Biltong gets waved under my nose at any given opportunity, boerewors rolls get chewed loudly in my ear and in moments of
drunkness weakness people assume I will cave and fall into a big meat eating frenzy.
That’s why, when I finally took my first bite of meat about 3 weeks ago, no-one was daring me to do it, in-fact no-one really gave a damn, which made it a whole lot easier to do. (stress under pressure and all that)
After a meat free 20 years I took my first bite of something that wasn’t out the ocean or made from soy. Why? I was so so bored of bland flavours, soft textures and a boring repetitive diet. Training for a marathon has also sapped me of all my energy, and my body has begun to crave more and more protein. I also felt I hadn’t used my incisors in 2 decades as the chewiest thing a vegetarian gets to eat is a mielie. One of the biggest factors though, which got me eating meat again, is that there are now so many more ethical options available to me.
The reason I stopped all those years ago (apart from my dad slaughtering my pet sheep, true story) was the idea of how the animal was killed and the process from ‘farm’ to table. I have heard horror stories and was far too sensitive, back then and even now, to contemplate eating something which had been bred, pumped full of hormones, never seen sunlight nor touched the ground – in some cases – then killed, purely for my eating pleasure.
The choices which I refer to earlier are meats (although I’m still only on chicken) and eggs which are not only free range but organic too. If you read the difference between the two you will understand that ‘free range’ is not necessarily the best option. It seems though, that neither is organic, and that’s why I particularly loved this from Woolworths. Knowing my meat comes from a healthy and natural environment, makes it that much easier to stomach. Pun intended.
For those of you looking to change your lifestyle, or simply embrace the earth and go a bit greener, my suggestion would be to know what you eat. Read labels, do your research and try go organic. I even try grow all my herbs and vegetables at home, pesticide free.
If you are a fish eater wanting to make the right choice, there’s a simple way to do it. Simply SMS the name of a fish to 0794998795 and you will receive a message back giving you the status of the fish. green is good, red is bad. Simple.
It may seem like an absolute mission to suddenly change your diet and eating plans, but if you can make one small change, and everyone can make one small change, just imagine how much difference that could make.