Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Go Fish


I reposted this picture of a faux fish to illustrate this post.

As I mention in my FAQs, my decision to not eat meat that I made about five and a half years ago hasn't fared very well in my house. But, when I am not there, I have made the conscious decision to not purchase or consume meat for myself.

Although I often get a lot of questions about all of this, I don't regret this decision at all. I've kept a lot of junk out of my system this way, and I've also learned how to cook great meals without meat.

But being surrounded by meat-eaters makes me feel like a kill-joy. I don't think people "understand," and going out to eat or being a guest at someone's house is often rough.

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Yes, here it comes. Over the weekend, my little sister convinced me to eat fish again. Ahh, the infinite wisdom of a 13-year-old. I'm not sure how this happened or the exact rationale. People DO ask me often, "Well, if you don't eat meat, do you eat fish?" Like fish isn't a meat? Well, I guess it's not.

The prospect of voluntarily ordering fish is a little unnerving, since I still think about where it comes from, flesh, etc. And because of this, it's I'm pretty sure I WON'T be picking up poultry or bigger meat down the line. And I am still hesitant to pick up other seafood at the moment, so it will remain at fish, at least at first.

I have not had any fish since I made this decision, but I suspect it will come up soon. I do NOT want to eat it more than occasionally, and maybe after a while, I will stop eating it again. So for now, I consider this a temporary "experiment" of sorts, and I'll figure it out from there. And no, I don't want to be called a "pescatarian." I don't even like being called a "vegetarian," because I'm kinda not. No labels, just being picky about my food!

P.S. I apologize if I have alienated any of my readers by this. I guess I'm still on that journey of figuring who I am... and what I choose to consume.

2 comments:

  1. This is an interesting post. I've been a non-meat eater for more than 20 years, and I've never really had the experience of feeling like a kill-joy. I've just learned to be really adaptable. I do eat fish from time to time (mostly canned tuna, something I've loved since I was a kid), and over the summer I contemplated eating meat, but that lasted about six weeks and two turkey sandwiches before I decided that it felt like more trouble than it was worth. I didn't enjoy "training" myself not to be an herbivore. That said, I'm a veggie more out of habit than anything else, so if there's ever a time when I'm craving something with meat, I'd definitely re-evaluate. That just doesn't seem to happen more than once every 20 years...

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  2. IMHO - the only time it's a problem is if you told me you were Vegan (more a lifestyle). Otherwise who cares?

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