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Posted on Apr 22, 2011 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 18 comments

Dietary Decisions

Happy Earth Day, friends! Thanks for all your advice regarding my muscle soreness and whether I should continue working out yesterday! It was interesting to hear comments from both sides: take it easy vs. get back on that horse. I’m sure you’re all on pins and needles waiting to hear what I decided to do, hehe…

Harry Powell.

As if you’re surprised, haha. I went the take-it-easy route and took Harry with me for a stroll after all your comments to do some light exercise. Let me just tell you, Daxter was NOT a happy bunny when I took Harry out for a solo walk. I could hear him whining and barking from the street! Yeesh, what a drama queen. Since he missed his big bro sooooo much while we were gone, I let them bond by bathing them both after we got back, bwahahaha! If you ever wondered what it’s like to experience my dogs post-bath, I invite you to observe the following:

Thems my crazy dogs. πŸ™‚ I do feel a lot less sore today, and I think it was probably a good idea not to go back to power yoga for the third day in a row (even though I actually kind of wanted to! Weird!) because overdosing = dead motivation for me. So yay!

Here we are, a mere 2 days away from Easter Sunday, for those of us who celebrate it. And here we are, a mere 2 days away from me getting to close the book on being vegan, since that’s what I did for Lent this year.

OMG SO CLOSE ALMOST THERE!!!!

Er, that’s supposed to be my excited face, but I realize now that I just look slightly (very?) deranged. Ah, whatevs — it’s been a loooooong Lenten season, okay?!

So, I’ve done a good deal of thinking about whether or not I would want to maintain veganism or vegetarianism post-Lent, and this is basically where I’ve landed:

Pescatarianism (plus bacon.)

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After a lot of soul-searching, I’ve decided that I want to go forward with a predominantly pescatarian diet, adding seafood back into my diet as a protein source. During this period, I’ve become educated on exactly what factory farming is, and how it affects us — physically, ethically, economically, and environmentally — and I can’t un-know what I know, y’know? While I want to be conscientious and try my best not to support factory farmed fishing as well, I just feel that it’s an easier line to ride than having to deal with doing the same for other meats. From an ethical standpoint, I also just don’t face the same dilemma with eating seafood as I do with eating other animals (I know that many astute vegetarians and vegans will steadfastly disagree with me on this point, but I’m sorry, it’s just how I feel. Fish are not cute!) Plus, let’s just be honest: I love fish. Sushi is my desert island food. A bagel with lox is my first pic on any breakfast or brunch menu. I just love it.

This really isn’t any sort of intense hard-and-fast rule or anything. I’m finding that I’m not a huge fan of dietary labels since it totally makes me feel bad if my body ever craves something other than what I’ve “sworn off” (and who’s to say I’m not going to get a hankering for a couple ounces of filet mignon at some point?), but I think that in general this will be a really good fit for me. I’ve also made the executive decision to include the occasional slice o’ bacon in this food philosophy, for obvious reasons (like, uh, deliciousness?) Locally sourced though, please! πŸ˜‰

In addition, I’ve also made the decision not go to back to drinking cow’s milk. I simply love almond milk too much! And hellooooo, coconut milk ice cream much?!

Plus, as part of my experiment with veganism (and subsequently, the few Lenten slip-ups I’ve had hehe) I’ve found that my body doesn’t love it when I have milk and cream anyway. So while I will probably be consuming more than my fair share of cheese because I lovelovelove it so much (the bleu-er, the better!) I will be animal-source milk-free. (Does that wording even make sense? Haha.)

Considering that the next time you hear from me I will be officially back on the fish & cheese wagon (hooray!), here is a countdown of the things I’m looking forward to most come Sunday:

1. SUSHI.

Sushilicious

‘Nuff said.

2. Cheese, specifically those of the bleu and goat variety. Holy delicious!

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Best salad ever = greens, red onion, bleu cheese, craisens, apple/pear, some kind of candied nut. OMG. Tied for first salad = arugala, red onion, goat cheese, beets, craisens, some kind of candied nut. (Are you seeing a pattern here?)

3. Fondue.

I know that this may seem like it’s the same as #2, but I think it deserves its own category. While I’ve made due with vegan fondue once during this period (and it was really good!), there’s just something about the real thing that I can’t match. I’m insisting Steve take me on a Melting Pot date ASAP.

4. Lox.

Smoked salmon is expensive (and for those of you who question it, rest assured it’s fully cooked!), but this flavor combination is outta site (and the protein from the fish keeps me full forevahhhh!) I may stick with Tofutti “Better than Cream Cheese” since I do find it very tasty and it’s dairy-free, but the delicious fish shall stay the same.

5. Non-vegan desserts.

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I love vegan sweets – they’re delicious! The vegan mango cupcakes that Amanda made for my birthday party were phenomenal. But they’re not very easy to come by in a lot of settings, and I do look forward to being able to indulge upon occasion without having to worry about butter in the frosting or eggs in the cake.

6. Shrimp, scallops, lobster, and all other delicious food from the sea.

Pad Thai Shrimp

Om nom nom.

7. Being able to actually order the things that I want off of a menu.

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I was so miserable this past Sunday having to order a crummy salad instead of other amazingness on the menu. Plus I felt like a tool asking for the “Mandarin Chicken Salad without the actual chicken.” Hooray for having free will! πŸ™‚

So, there you have it! I’m sure you will continue to see a lot of vegan and vegetarian meals grace your computer screens as time goes on, so don’t fret, friends. And in a while, I’m sure I’ll be reevaluating my dietary needs and desires again! But for now, this is the plan. πŸ™‚

What’s your food philosophy? Are you vegan? Vegetarian? Omnivorous? Predominantly carnivorous (I’m lookin’ at you, Dan! Hahaha :)) What is your reasoning for your diet – ethical, environmental, just personal? I’m so interested in hearing about where you’re all at!

Oh, and since I won’t be seeing you guys until after the weekend, Happy Easter!

18 Comments

  1. Bahahhaha… love the (plus bacon) addendum!

    • Of course I thought of you as I typed it out! May need to get one of those shirts…. πŸ˜€

  2. I am totally omnivorous, because I’ll eat just about anything, but I do get local meat whenever I can. We actually buy an entire grass-fed, local beef from one of my parents’ friends, and that will last us about a year. We’re thinking of buying a local hog this year too. I’m even trying to get more local with my produce, hitting up farmers markets and possibly joining a CSA.

    I am not opposed to eating vegan food–some of it is quite tasty–I’m just not willing to cut animal products out of my diet. I don’t have an ethical problem with eating animals, but I do not appreciate the environmental effects of animal farming (or GMOs or non-organic farming in general).

    • I so desperately want to join a CSA! I don’t really have the funds to do it on my own right now though… maybe once I have a husband, haha. Or once my brother starts appreciating vegetation more. πŸ˜›

  3. I love that you included bacon in your plans! haha!

    I suppose I am an omnivore – I eat beef, chicken, turkey, seafood, etc. I don’t eat dairy (well, I vary rarely eat any), but other than that I don’t cut anything out. Lately though, I feel like most of my protein has been coming from bacon (ha!), salmon, tuna or beans — I kind of go in stages of what foods I like at any given moment.

  4. 1. I think the dogs might have some water in their ears!

    2. Congrats on getting thru to end of Lent! Better than we did…

    3. Nice looking fondue pot. Wonder who owns that beauty? πŸ™‚

  5. I’m not sure you realize the harm to the environment massive farms cause, the corn, and wheat that you are eating is probably just as bad for the environment than factory farmed meat. Just sayin’.

    • Oh, I definitely realize the harm that the huge amounts of corn processed has on the environment as well. Any kind of massive factory farm – whether the focus is livestock or grains isn’t good, and that’s why if I wish I could eat completely locally farmed foods at all times. It isn’t really feasibe for me monetarily right now, but I have high hopes for someday, haha. Anyway, most of the corn and wheat that you’re talking about is used to feed the livestock that we consume from factory farms — they utilize waaaay more than we are actually eating ourselves. So not eating factory-farmed meat is actually fighting both of these factory farming issues, wouldn’t you say?

  6. happy easter!
    I dont restrict anything in my diet, and I actually find myself craving protein (be that cheese, meat, chicken etc) So I tend to listen. But Im just now beginning to try to find the right balance

  7. OMG, Cousin, I KNOW THE FEELING! I can’t wait for Easter! Although, I gave in to the free Sundays, so I have been having meat once a week. We aren’t supposed to fast on Sundays, and it turns out that I feel like I’m fasting! =P Anyway, I’m glad to be back to deciding when to eat meat.

    I like the amount of thought you’ve put in to your decision. I think we should all be more intentional in our food choices. Good job!

  8. Hi!

    I’ve decided to de-lurk/un-lurk/say hello.

    I am finished my first week of the CSD cleanse, and I feel like I am suffering every day. I deeply miss the fresh white fish and caribou I have weekly (I live in northern Canada and am half Gwich’in, so wild meat and fish is a staple in my diet)! I also have cravings for my favorite daily snack: Chocolate.

    Why did I decide to start this cleanse before Easter weekend? What’s wrong with me?!

    I do feel better and less bloated. I am curious to try eating gluten again to see how my body reacts. I am hoping that it won’t be a problem, because I miss having a slice of toast with peanut butter in the morning.

    I think I’m with you on this – I am not going to be a vegan at the end of this!

  9. i’ve been vegetarian for 11 years (!!) (well, pescatarian on and off over the years- currently off for the past 2) and i think that as long as you are thinking about your food choices, whatever they are, then that is a good thing. Just making eating a more conscious event so that whatever you decide to do for your body is well informed.

  10. I think of myself as mostly vegg+cheese πŸ˜‰ I eat mostly all vegg, but I don’t restrict myself if I want a piece of meat every once in awhile, I rebel against labels.

  11. I was vegan for lent as well, but I gave up early and ate cookies and smelt yesterday.

    Lox is amazing. I make my own at home and it rocks. You should try it, it’s really easy! (I have the recipe on my blog on the recipes page, but it’s more of an assembly than a recipe, really)

  12. I’m an omnivore! I have found I eat a lot more vegetables now since I’ve become more health-conscious. I eat less meat during the week now so I guess that’s a step in the right direction.

    I think the important thing is to find what’s right for you! There will always be people from both sides who want to offer up advice or sway you either way but it’s frankly none of their business and it’s a personal choice πŸ™‚

    Have a great Easter Weekend!

  13. My schnauzer used to do that same thing right after a bath! It was hilarious, the way she’d burrow into a towel and then run all over the place. Your video made my day πŸ™‚

    • Just another reason why they are the best dogs evaaaaaaaaar πŸ˜€

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