A friend asked me recently why, if I'm an omnivore who can easily get free-range meat and poultry, did I go pescatarian?
The answer is two-fold. First, my primary motivations for how I choose to eat are my feelings and ethics about industrial food in America, and my health and fitness. I find that when I keep my diet focused on vegetables and fish, I feel stronger, leaner, and more energentic. And I find the way the majority of meat is raised in this country completely disgusting on multiple levels. I also don't eat factory meat, because it eats factory corn.
Second, it's simply easier to express and be understood and respected when I say "I'm a pescatarian," and then make the occasionally exception for free-range options.
Hence, there was (free-range) Thanksgiving turkey:
And, because I had my parents visiting, I also picked up a Lindner Bison brisket for Saturday night dinner.
So Thanksgiving weekend, there was meat consumption. Truthfully, it doesn't hold the charm it once did. (Though I definitely enjoy Thanksgiving turkey.) I'll even go so far as to say that my occasional bite of steak or bacon off a friend's plate in a restaurant is infinantly more satisfying than all the meat I can eat in a weekend.
Oh, it was delicious, don't get me wrong. But coming off of the weekend I found myself SO READY to get back to my normal diet. So much meat, sugar and bad carbs, not to mention the need to constantly refuse more, more, more.
It feels like coming back from vacation and getting back into one's usual schedule.
On the other hand, there was so much to be thankful for this weekend, including the ability to easily purchase free-range meat and enjoy it with wonderful friends and family. Many, many thanks to all who joined my table and brought their own bounty to share. Cheers!