Dead Things Aren't For Eating

An interesting phenomenon has taken place in my life. People say it's not natural to be vegetarian. I guess in some ways maybe it's not. But on that same token it's not natural to create meat in the ways we currently do it. . So tomato, tomahto.

The interesting part is how the lifestyle becomes a part of your person. At least for me. I was vegetarian for 2 years. Lacto vegetarian. Then I was vegan for a year.

When hurricane Sandy struck I went back to eating meat for a short time. A few months I guess. But the call of a meat free diet never ceased. It just drew me back in. It felt natural and right. I wasn't happy at all with the chicken or the turkey or the beef. I wanted away from it again.

The one exception being some forms of fish. Tuna and shrimp aren't quite as off putting as the rest. And while I do take personal issue with eating living things I don't find it as morally objectionable as I do the rest.

It's not a big struggle to go without the fish. There are plenty of alternatives. Canned tuna is just so convenient.

I have been eating eggs though. Which I haven't done in a long time. While they are technically vegetatarian and fish is not I take a bigger exception to the consumption of them. It seems obvious there's a lot more suffering associated with egg consumption than there is related to tuna or shrimp.

I often consider just going vegan again. All that I would truly miss would be the cheese. There is vegan cheese. I've never tried it. But either way it's not a big sacrifice.

I guess my point is, I thought after I strayed I would enjoy the meat again, but that wasn't really the case. It's just so dirty and costly and cruel.

Even though I sometimes lose perspective, meatless is the way I prefer to be. Down in my bones and on some unconscouse level, it just feels right.