Announcement/confession

My vegetarian confession: I ate meat. 

(^Thai chicken soup)

I’ve been a vegetarian since March 17th 2011-so a little over 6 months now. Vegetarianism slowly turned into almost veganism. Let me explain. I read a great book titled “The Kind Diet” (By Alicia Silverstone) and it prompted me to try vegetarianism again after some unsuccessful attempts in 6th and 9th grade. (Aka: getting sick because I wasn’t getting enough nutrients)

I started out by simply not eating meat. Somehow, over time, I developed a pretty severe intolerance to lactose. By having to cut lactose out of my diet I was cutting out a major food group that I enjoyed and I still really miss. (ICE CREAM, yogurt, cow’s milk)

Stupid lactose intolerance means that I can’t enjoy pumpkin ice cream this year without puking or having diarrhea for 2 days straight.

Being an athlete, I have been finding it hard to get enough nutrition- calorie and protein wise. I have been relying mostly on peanut butter and tofu for protein and vegetables just don’t keep me full. I know it is no excuse and plenty of athletes are vegetarian/vegan but I don’t think it was working for me. Since March I have suffered from head aches and fatigue. It has made me so sad to think about eating meat- I think about how so many animals have been tortured for me to just sit and eat them. Sometimes you have to put your health first though. I’m not out to lose weight and I’m sick of head aches/constant hunger.

Another thing that bothered me about being a vegetarian is being a “burden” at times. I’m fairly social and every time I go to a dinner party i’m “that person who needs a special meat and dairy free meal.” I don’t want to seem like a brat when I go places and make a host prepare a special meal for me when my current diet isn’t working well for me. Going out to eat is a whole other problem as well at times and I hate that- I love going out to eat and I dislike limitations.

Saturday Jimmy and I went to cafe and I wanted soup…. guess what… all of the soups offered had meat in them so I figured what the heck, i’m just going to eat it. I felt full and energized after-woo! Yes I felt guilty about the moral aspect of the poor chickens in the soup but again, I don’t feel as if vegetarianism is working well for my health.  

I’m not saying that I’m going to eat meat for every meal and every day, but I’m going to include it in my diet.

My mom made meatballs for dinner last night… I ate some. They were good.

Also enjoyed: salad, spaghetti, and bread.

So yeah, that is my announcement/confession. I ate meat and I didn’t die. I feel a little guilty about the moral aspect but I’m more concerned for my health.

Have you ever had to make a decision that you knew was good for you even though you didn’t want to do it?

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18 comments

  1. I think it’s totally okay. I’m a vegetarian but obviously respectful of others’ eating habits. I think you can be healthy either way, but don’t deprive yourself if you want meat (I don’t want it, so I don’t eat it :). I do eat lots of ice cream, though!). Even though you eat meat some, it’s not like you’re eating it every day for every meal, you can always do meatless Mondays and things like that, ya know?

  2. You can’t get enough nutrients on a vegan diet. Plain and simple. I know it’s the whole b12 thing that vegans hate when you bring it up. But it’s also hard to get vitamin d (d3 is best & it ONLY comes from animals), k2, A, etc. Also, unfermented soy (tofu, soy milk) is processed with hexane and not that good for you. The good soy is fermented (tempeh, miso and soy sauce). I have done a lot of research since my boy started eating solids and I think animal products are a good way to get concentrated calories and some fat soluble vitamins and iron. There are some people who don’t care if their diet is deficient in vitamins/minerals, they eat vegan or vegetarian for the animals but…

    There are ways to get decent meat and eggs. For instance, Maggie henry sells eggs for $4 a dozen at the east end food coop and the farmers @ firehouse market in the strip. They are organic, grassfed and not given any soy in their feed. Cheaper than “free range” eggs at the grocery store. Same with ground beef. Farmers at firehouse has the people from who sell organic grassfed beef for $5.50 a pound if you buy 5-6 lbs at a time. It’s $8 a lb in whole foods.

    It’s a bit more work and harder to seek out humane/well treated animals. But it’s doable and probably better for you.

  3. Oh and I did read a study a while ago that said you can rebuild the lactate enzyme (the one that breaks down milk) by eating just a bit of milk everyday. Then each week adding a bit more.

  4. Any move away from the Standard American Diet is a positive one and I feel the same way about vegetarianism and veganism. That means when a carnivore eats eggplant parm they should stopr for a second and celebrate…”hey! I’m eating a vegetarian meal”

    Eat what you crave, when you want. There is no morality really in food (especially only occasional choices) …just God.

  5. You know, I’m really proud of you for listening to your body. I think it’s great you’re putting your health first too! Sure it doesn’t mean you have to eat meat everyday, but once in awhile ain’t so bad 😉 Who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new food/flavor that you can’t live without!
    Sending hugs!!

  6. Hey, however you eat is 1000% (that was a typo but I’m leaving it for emphasis) YOUR business and YOUR decision. Every body has different needs and it’s important to take care of them. I love that you are doing this – it shows responsibility, conscientiousness, and maturity on your part. Please don’t feel guilty!

    I don’t have a label for my diet because it’s unique to me and can’t be defined in one word. We aren’t meant to be that simple – we’re human!

  7. Eating and food choices are THE very most personal choices we make! I say listen to and respect your body and eat what you want, when you want 😉 I sincerely hope no one would even *think* of judging you for this. You’ve got to make the right decision for YOUR body and your life!

  8. Oh Allie I am still so proud of you for all this! It takes A LOT to not eat meat but sometimes you really have to pay attention to your body. Unfortunately sometimes our bodies really do need the necessary nutrients that only meat can provide and some vegetarians/vegans do not know how to eat correctly to replace those nutrients. I think as long as you keep listening to your body, you will be good 🙂

  9. I think it’s great that you listened to your body. Besides, there are a lot more options for free-range chickens or even local beef… so you can eat your meat without the guilt. 🙂 I give you credit for being a vegetarian for so long. I’m not sure that I could do it!

  10. I am so proud of you Allie for looking out for yourself and taking charge in your wellbeing! After all your right, your health is most important. You can still eat meat and watch the moral aspects. After being vegan for about a year I know first hand what it is like to go back to meat. Choose grass fed beef vs grain fed because it allows the animals to eat what they were meant to, and personally I do pasture raised chicken/eggs (pretty much what Nicole said up above haha!!!). Do I sometimes wonder where it does come from more specifically, YES, but I try not to overthink it. Just see what works for you is what I’m trying to say 🙂

    Goood job my gal!

  11. You have to care for yourself first. You have to be good to yourself before you are good to others 🙂 So follow what your body tells you and nourish yourself well, you deserve to feel great!

  12. I think it’s fantastic that you listened to your body and ate meat… it’s completely fine! I “gave up” meat during my ED days because I feared it and claimed I didn’t like it. But you know what I realize? I really DO ENJOY meat and plan to have some soon

  13. Your health is the most important thing! And being able to recognize this is awesome! That doesn’t mean you have to turn into someone who eats meat at every meal, but doing something to make you healthier can never be a bad thing!

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