Because I am a little obsessive (imagine that!) I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve my life. I spend a lot of time reading, listening to podcasts etc. etc. Knowledge is power after all.
In my research, it has become clear to me that a plant based diet is the healthiest. Gladiators ate all plants for goodness sake. [Although perhaps following the diet of people who were just trying to kill each other, isn't the best!] There are also all the animal right reasons for moving to a plant based diet. I have watched some of "those" documentaries. I understand the ethical issues with big farms. With all this knowledge I have toyed with the idea of eating a vegetarian diet. However, I have come to the conclusion that for now I will continue to eat some animal products and meat.
Why I still eat meat:
First, I admit I enjoy meat. My last meal would include a steak (ideally from Michael Jordan's in Chicago - best one I have ever eaten). I also look forward to the holiday turkey and brisket.
Second, I love cheese more. When I have completely given up dairy, cheese is one of the foods I crave the most.
Ok, let's be honest, I am just a bit of a foodie! I like food and feel limited enough already!
Third, Sam does all the cooking. He is a huge meat eater. He does an amazing job at cooking around all my other food things. Asking him to cook no meat all the time would result in me having to cook more. Yep, I am a little lazy.
Finally, given my gluten and soy limitations, a pure plant-based diet or even a vegetarian diet likely wouldn't work in all environments. I could make it work at home, but it would become even more challenging to eat out, eat at other's homes etc. etc. It can be near impossible now, so I can only imagine.
What I am doing instead
I am trying to limit my meat consumption to one meal per day. Occasionally due to leftovers or other things this doesn't happen, but I am doing my best.
I am trying to eat vegetarian 2 whole days per week. One of these days is usually Wednesday as Sam is out and I have to feed myself all 3 meals. Sam and I are doing more vegetarian meals too. I have found some amazing gf porgies and a cheese ravioli we love in a homemade tomato sauce.
These changes mean I am eating meat about 5 times per week. I may look to slowly decrease this more, but for now, I think it is a good start.