I made the switch

 

As I mentioned in this post, I’ve realized that cow’s milk is just no good for me. Not sure if I’ve become lactose intolerant or what, I just know dairy makes me feel icky, and I don’t need a doctor to put a label on it.

 

So I did my grocery shopping today and got these – they taste good! I’m pleasantly surprised. The only issues I see are 1) I can’t go a day without yogurt; I can’t give it up but am not too keen on soy/coconut yogurt; 2) Buying coffee – Dunkin and Wawa have regular stuff and Starbucks is the only place I know that offers soy milk as an option (it’s out of the way and a lot more expensive).

 

I was told that Greek instead of regular yogurt should help and I did buy one small cup of soy yogurt to try. And I’ll either have to start making my own coffee at home again or taking soy creamer with me (??).

 

SEE. This is why I’ve avoided being vegetarian/vegan. You have to have and do all of this special stuff. It’s all high-maintenance. lol Worth it, but work, geez… I will say – the few times I’ve toyed around with the idea of being vegetarian/vegan, I’ve kinda thought that it’s too extreme. But in looking at my own diet, I’m not that far off…

 

I’ve pretty much always been a polpescetarian – I don’t really like the taste or texture of beef/pork, and as I got older and  realized the impact they can have on your health, I definitely backed away. Sausage makes me gag. Even turkey sausage. Don’t get me wrong, a hamburger or a hot dog at a BBQ aren’t bad, and bacon is ok, but the stuff they put in them…freaks me OUT (especially after watching Food Inc./Forks Over Knives). Turkey bacon is good and I’ve embraced bean burgers (surprisingly not a huge difference from beef).

 

So continuing along the vegetarian scale, the next hurdles would be eggs and milk. Once I realized that I’m pretty much cutting out milk products from my diet now, I thought hell, I might as well just be a vegan. But then I thought – no way in hell I’m giving up eggs. I had some amazing cheese scrambled eggs at the diner as my post-workout meal this morning. So the term “ovo-lacto vegetarian” popped into my head. But then I’d be an “ovo-vegetarian.”

 

Finally, I realized, that to really, really be an ovo-lacto vegetarian, I’d have to give up: chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, crab, and cheese…which means…NO PIZZA EVER AGAIN. Yeah, OK. I’d give up milk, eggs, and yogurt before pizza. I only eat pizza like once a month, but the thought of never having it again makes me dizzy. (I’ve tried vegan pizza – NOT the same.)

 

In conclusion: screw the labels, I’m just going to stop consuming what makes me feel gross; and clearly, I’ve over-thought this whole thing…like I do everything else in my life. The end.

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Make Sure You’re Actually Buying Beef When You’re Buying Beef

Make Sure You’re Actually Buying Beef When You’re Buying Beef

Like I needed another reason to avoid red meat…

“By now you may have heard of a problem where beef waste products—lovingly called “pink slime”—are being processed and, according to ABC News, sold as actual actual meat in most supermarkets. If this sounds gross and you don’t want it in your meat, here’s how you can avoid it.

The “pink slime” is created by taking fat waste, simmering it at a low heat to separate any muscle from the fat, processing the separate muscle with ammonia, and then shipping it in a frozen brick to supermarkets to be added to the beef you buy. The product was previously only used in dog foods and cooking oil, as a dog’s stomach can handle it, but now we’re eating it, too. Even fast food restaurants like McDonalds and Taco Bell have stopped using this processed meat product in their food but we’re still buying it regularly because grocers are not required to disclose the full contents of their ground beef.”

 

& this. Between these articles, Forks Over Knives, and me really not liking the taste anyways, this vegan/vegetarian thing is looking better and better. I was just reviewing my diet list last night too. Wowzers…