It’s not that I think meat is a gateway drug that will lead me to camouflage jackets, a rifle rack in my truck, and country music blaring on the radio, as much as knowing I can live without it. If there’s anything my 30 days as a vegetarian taught me, it’s that. Still, surviving on ethics isn’t thriving, especially when being a Paleo, low-carb vegetarian had its drawbacks.
So here I am, back eating meat. With one key adjustment; less of it.
Besides learning that Vegetarian is usually code for “Pasta Lover,” I discovered that we don’t need near the amount of protein we’re told to maintain or even grow muscle. We just need to get off the carbs, CrossFit, and eat right. We certainly don’t need a gram of protein for every pound of bodyweight, or even meat every day. Can you imagine the effect on the environment alone if everyone gave up meat for four days every week? Or just on the weekends?
From here, I’ll become the worst kind of vegetarian there is; a part-time one. No more 24 eggs a day and no more Beyond Burgers, just enough meat every two days to make me feel good and perform well.
It’s weird eating meat after skipping it for so long. It’s pasty, almost plastic. And there’s an aftertaste I don’t remember. But I eat it anyway. Two burgers, about half the size I once did.
I think it’s going to make me sick. It doesn’t.
I don’t like the taste of meat the way I remember. I think I missed the habit of eating it, not the eating itself.
It doesn’t taste bad, really, it’s just not the delicacy my mind tricked me into thinking it was. Funny how going without something for long enough reminds us how we really feel about it. Not just how we think you feel. It’s a lot like cheat meals. We tell ourselves we can’t live without cream in our coffee or chocolate or wine, until we finally leave it all behind, and discover that the thing we loved dearly, never really tasted as good as our mind makes us believe it did.
It’s too early to tell what effects eating meat again may have. Will my joints start aching? Will I start feeling slow and a bit heavy? Will I develop a taste for something I don’t need and justify it for another few decades? I honestly can’t say. The only thing I can say is that the failure to experiment with appropriate intellectual guidelines, is a missed opportunity. We don’t need to Morgon Spurlock it to prove facts we already know, but the occasion detour may be the very thing that keeps us motivated.
Maybe that’s fasting for 12 hours every day or only eating between noon and five o’clock. Maybe that’s skipping the caffeine or eliminating the artificial sweeteners. Maybe, finally, that’s giving paleo an honest try, and leaving the excuses behind. After all, if a guy like me, who literally wrote the book on paleo, can give up meat for thirty days, then anythings possible.
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