when I was little, my mom would make me crepes for my birthday breakfast. With jam, sprinkled with sugar. I’m more of an eggs n bacon kinda girl now, but just looking at this photo makes me drool.
Do you have a birthday tradition?
Well, the cat (or should I say the chicken?) is out of the bag. I’m eating meat.
That’s right… after 10+ years of being a vegan/vegetarian, I’ve given up. Given in to my barbaric instincts. Thrown my eco-friendly, animal-loving tendencies out the window. Or have I? Follow me on a journey between ‘Kate, you’re making a bigger deal out of this than you need to’ and ‘Kate, this decision dictates who you are and what you believe in’…
I didn’t just wake up one morning and mow down on a drumstick. It was actually really, really hard to make the switch. The weird thing is, the decision I made back int he day to go vegetarian was pretty damn easy. Help animals, help the environment, be healthy. Done and done. Can I still do those things if I eat cute little animals?
I want to be strong, vibrant, and socially-aware. I feel this change in my lifestyle will lead me there. First and foremost, I’ll say this. FACTORY FARMING IS BAD BAD BAD. There are many reasons I’m choosing to go carnivore, but please note that my plans include local, organic, sustainable farming. My money is going to local farms that are doing it right. I can still be all the things I want to be and not feel like a total hypocrite.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, it’s a big life decision, much like getting a tattoo or chopping off my hair (hear me out.) Being vegetarian was so much a part of my ‘me’. People assume certain things about you when you assign a label to yourself (republican, rastafarian, Gleek). So now, I guess I’ll just have to find other ways to let people know who I am. I’ll worry about that later. For now, just welcome me back to the circle of life.
Well, today is day 6 of my veggie-paleo experiment. I feel slimmer around the middle, stronger, and overall have more energy. My skin and eyes are clearer. I’m not hungry all the time and I don’t ‘crash’ at some point during the day. In short, I feel f*cking amazing. So why am I still skeptical? Well, it was way too easy.
On traditional Paleo, you eat meat, meat and more meat because that’s what our caveman ancestors did. Since I still can’t stomach eating anything with fur or feathers, I’ve instead upped my seafood and nut consumption. I’ve also (gasp) started using oil to cook with. This part was really hard for me… there’s still a nagging voice in the back of me head telling me ‘Fat is bad!’ ‘Fat makes you fat!’
Here’s what a typical day has been:
Breakfast: Veggie Scramble: Egg Whites plus what ever veggies I can find (kale, onions, peppers, tomato paste, spinach, asparagus)
Snack: Walnuts and Almonds
Lunch: Salad with shrimp or leftover breakfast scramble
Snack: Lara Bar*, apple or tangerine
Dinner: Salmon with lemon, garlic, shallots and kale or brocollini
I also grabbed some almond butter at Costco and coconut oil at Whole Foods. I don’t think I’d be able to do this with out Farm Fresh Delivery… otherwise I’d be driving to the grocery store twice a week to stock up.
In my endeavors, here are some great (and cleverly written) blogs I’ve come across:
I’m still looking for a catch… but to sum it all up again, here’s a clever video:
*I love Lara Bars because aside from being nummy, they only a handful of ingredients and not a sketchy one in the bunch.
I’m actually DOING something tonight. What a strange thing.
We went to Food Con at the Harrison Center and then hit up Big Car for First Friday. Fun was had by all: check it out here on my BFF Rebecca’s blog (along with some vegetable porn.)
So, I guess I’m still on a food kick. I’ve been reading up on the Paleo Diet for athletes. In a nutshell (ha) Paleo suggests eating like a caveman: meat, fish, veggies, fruit (no dairy, grains or processed foods that weren’t available to cavemen way back then)… And while I don’t think I’ll ever start eating meat again, I’m completely fascinated by its philosophy. It really makes a lot of sense to me: eat the foods our bodies were designed to eat.
I’m going to try incorporating it little by little and I’ll let you know how it goes… anyone have experience with it?