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A Healthier Lifestyle

8 Aug

I stopped eating red meat about 9 years ago because I was addicted to fast food; sometimes eating at Burger King twice a day. Having a croissant sandwich for breakfast, a whopper for lunch and then eating pizza my fiance brought home was sometimes a normal day. No wonder I was feeling sick all of the time. My absolution began after reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.

I stopped eating hamburgers right away. Instead, I thought the safer, more healthy option was chicken. So, I didn’t go cold turkey…it was slow going. I rationalized that fried chicken sandwiches and french fries were the healthier choice. My addiction to fast food was and is a hard fu&!ing habit to kick.

Bacon…oh sweet bacon, was nearly impossible to give up. I told myself “it’s not red meat…really”. Bacon tastes goood. However, my hunger for knowledge about the food we eat, was stronger than my love for bacon.

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17 Mar

I guess I can’t really call myself a virgin…I’ve been a vegetarian for about 7 years now.  I’m still learning the right way to eat. I know I should eat healthier, instead I opt for the easy, quick items which I know aren’t good for me. They don’t have meat in them, but that doesn’t make them healthy. I don’t eat the burgers that the fast food places serve, however I still manage to go through a drive-thru every few days. Jack in the Box serves a great breakfast sandwich on a croissant; omit the meat and yummmm. I don’t even want to know how many fat grams or calories are in that little number.

My grown, carnivorous daughter lives at home and when we’re out shopping always seems to get a hankering for Mickey D’s. They are not so veggie friendly, so mostly I get fries and soda; now there’s a healthy lunch. Sometimes I’m good and I get a salad, but those days are few.

I’m still learning. When I cook, I’m cooking mainly for myself because my daughter hates a lot of what I eat. She won’t try tofu or tempeh, hates zucchini and eggplant. I use those items a lot. She’s 28, so I figure if she wants to eat meat, she can cook it herself.

Like I said, I’m still learning; how to cook healthy vegetarian meals for one, as well as some things that even a picky carnivore may enjoy.