And by consumer, I don’t mean just by goods, but specifically what we choose to eat.
I am going to say right now, that I will never be a full vegetarian, and never a vegan or a freegan.
I am just too used to eating meat.
That is not to say that I will never eat vegetarian meals on occasion, but I just couldn’t change my lifestyle to become vegetarian unless I had to (in times of war for example).
As for being vegan, I love cheese, honey, milk and eggs way too much to consider giving it up.
(Yes I’ve tried. I tried going on a vegan diet, a vegetarian one and a raw one, and so has BF).
The thought of it makes me very sad, but I always say to myself:
But it is there to be eaten!
And since I know what it tastes like, and now I crave it.
If I had never tasted Morbier cheese (pictured below).. I’d never know just how good it is by itself on a homemade pizza.
For me, it continually brings up this question:
If I eat meat, can I still be considered a very eco-friendly person?
See, many vegetarians and vegans call themselves eco-consumers, or ethical consumers.
I think what they’re doing is incredible, mostly because I am marveling at giving up bacon!
They’re really trying to change every part of their life to be green, and to be honest, it makes me a feel a bit intimidated at how I seem to be so unwilling to budge on giving up meat.
It’s like telling the world: “Yes I COULD do it for the Earth, but I am such a selfish self-serving foodie, I won’t!”
It makes me feel like I’m driving a gas guzzling Hummer (not that the brand exists any longer) and everyone else is being uber green and proud with their Priuses.
See, I think of myself as being a pretty green person in general, but clearly, I am not as green as I could be.
As an example, I’ve given up every sort of paper for the home except for toilet paper (it’s the last frontier!), and I try to make the best choices when I buy items (checking where it’s grown, not buying certain chemicals, etc).
I also don’t eat endangered fish such as Chilean Sea Bass.
It’s not like I can’t live without meat, it’s just that I really love eating it.
But I am torn between what I would consider the very right thing to do (cut out meat altogether), and the thing I love to do (eat meat and seafood).
I just wonder if I’m doing enough.
I should note that what I do is buy and eat organic & ethically raised meats — but even that, I must admit, is for selfish reasons because they taste the best.
It’s true: a Cost-Co chicken tastes nothing like a farm-raised, organic one.
When I tried going vegetarian/vegan/raw, we did it because the good stuff (the good organic meats) just wasn’t on the market any longer and it wasn’t really because we wanted to be eco-friendly.
And I didn’t last very long.
So this is what I’m struggling with as a decision at the moment.
Perhaps a balance is in order, where I’ll try to eat as many vegetarian meals as possible, maybe once a week… and just stop feeling guilty about loving bacon.
What I DO, do
- Eat meatless 2-3 times a week
- Enjoy meals that are vegan/vegetarian/raw (miso paste to make a quick soup? godsend!)
- Watch my meat consumption (it’s been cut WAY back)
- Loving new recipes from meatless bloggers, such as how to make a perfect hummus