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Meat or lack thereof

When I was a freshman in college, I stopped eating meat as part of a semester-long project. I read a book called The Intermediate Man in which the author says that we should not ask someone else to do something that we would not do for ourselves. In my project, I applied the concept to food. If I am not willing to raise a cow, butcher it, and cook the parts, then it's not ethical for me to eat the final product. I am, however, willing to grow plants, pollinate them, prepare their fruits, and cook those, so they are okay to eat.

The result of this project was that I was an ovo-lacto vegetarian for ten years. I liked being a vegetarian. Eventually, my doctor suggested that I was overweight because of a lack of “good quality protein,” and I allowed him to convince me that I needed to join the world of the omnivore. (I weigh more now than I did then!) Then I became pregnant, and he reiterated the importance of eating meat.

I know, deep in my soul, that eating meat is wrong for me. It's like a poison. But… it's easier to eat it then to not eat it. I'm a vegetarian at heart, and I feel like a fraud.

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4 thoughts on “Meat or lack thereof”

  1. i’m reading a great book called “real food” that talks about what we eat today. if you’re struggling with what you feel you should/shouldn’t eat, i would recommend it. the author’s last name is planck. unfortunately, i can’t really relate. definitely a meat eater here. fridays during lent are tough.

  2. i’m reading a great book called “real food” that talks about what we eat today. if you’re struggling with what you feel you should/shouldn’t eat, i would recommend it. the author’s last name is planck. unfortunately, i can’t really relate. definitely a meat eater here. fridays during lent are tough.

  3. Oh my gosh, your “feeling like a fraud” comment is one that I struggle with all of the time! Every time I eat meat, I wonder why on earth I am doing it. I struggle with the animal cruelty issue.
    

  4. Oh my gosh, your “feeling like a fraud” comment is one that I struggle with all of the time! Every time I eat meat, I wonder why on earth I am doing it. I struggle with the animal cruelty issue.

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