I’m Still an Apatosaurus

I’ve been unfaithful, I’ll admit.  Captured by the look and intoxicated by the smell, only to find pure joy in the taste.  I’ve been disloyal.  I’ve cheated.

But that damn hamburger was so freakin’ good!

Today is my two-year anniversary being a vegetarian.

I still get up on my soapbox to lay blame on the meat industry for diseased and tasteless meat.  I still pontificate on the cruel treatment of baby boy chickens, cast into barrels and buried still alive because chicken companies only want the girl chickens, only to put them in cages the size of that piece of paper on your desk.  I still preach about the filth cows and pigs have to live in- so much so that the industry has to douse the animals with antibiotics before they’re slaughtered so those germs don’t pass to the consumer.

Yeah, I’m a lot of fun at parties.

But, like I said before, I do cheat.  A pinch of bacon here, a forkful of meatball there.  That hamburger that one lonely, dark night.  That glorious time in Puerto Rico…

Physically, I feel good.  Well, besides the migraines, which have seemed to subside thanks to the acupuncture.  Oh, and that little swallow/choking problem I’ve been having (I have a Dr.’s appointment next week…)  On the whole, though, I’ve been really healthy.  I haven’t had the flu in a few years, I don’t get many colds, and I don’t have allergies.  While everyone else around me drops like flies in the winter, I’m still upright with clear sinuses.  I’m really wondering if it has anything to do with me not ingesting all those medications and chemicals.  Hmmm.

I have been eating chicken on occasion.  I found an organic, cruel-free farm in Huntington and the last time I was there I stocked up on these teeny, tiny little chickens (no added water to plump up the breasts.)  They’re really tasty and I can eat knowing these chickens lived free-range and happy.  We were able to witness the free-ranginess of them when we drove up…there were eggs in the bushes, in the flowers…everywhere!

So yes, I can now consider this a life-style change. I miss spicy chicken wings, MR’s cheesy meatballs and hot drippy sausage/pepper/onion heros from the San Genaro Feast less and less each day.  Really.  I do.  I thoroughly enjoy a spinach salad with garbanzos and kidney beans.  Stir fry me some bok choi and peapods with some chili sauce over brown rice and I’m a happy camper.  I loves me some Chipotle veggie bowl.  I don’t need no stinkin’ steak.

Unless I find a free-range, grass-fed beef farm.

I got the A-1 ready.

If you’re in the area, stop by the Makinajian Poultry Farm at 276 Cuba Hill Rd, Huntington, NY 11743- (631) 368-9320.  They also sell eggs and maintain a country store with organic produce, dairy and frozen food.

Happy Herbivore Day to Me!

Today is my one year anniversary being a vegetarian. It was a year ago today that I read the book “Skinny Bitch” and it changed my life.

I have had missteps, I’ll admit. I calculated that I have eaten meat approximately 20 times in the last year. Beena will say this doesn’t make me a vegetarian. I say it’s a moment of weakness. Bacon is my downfall. It’s a curse. A millstone around my neck and the only thing I truly miss.

So where am I now? I haven’t lost ANY weight, but I feel better internally than I have EVER felt in my life. I eat different vegetable (most of them green) and have an ongoing respect for soybeans. If I ever have a few bucks in my pocket, I’ll invest in soybeans. Not porkbellies. Why would one even think to invest in porkbellies? I’ll have to Google that…

Anyway, I like me a good salad almost as much as you would like a steak.

I now appreciate freshness in my food. Nothing tastes better than fresh, local produce!

I am still falling back on premade veggie burgers, but not nearly as much as I did.

Thank God for Chipotle. And cilantro.

Will I continue on this road paved with spinach and leeks? I think yes. Fall is the best time to be a vegetarian. Pumpkin and squash and apples and root vegetables…to me, that’s comfort food.

NaBloPoMo #10- My Addiction

Hello. My name is Mamasoo, and I have an addiction.

I am addicted to Chipotle’s Vegetarian Burrito Bowl.

Big freakin’ deal, you may say? It’s good for you.

Yes, it may be pretty healthy, and not the worse thing that I’ve consumed at lunchtime in NYC. But it’s also eight freakin’ dollars! For salad.

So what, you may also say? At least it’s not as expensive as that Chop’t place all the suits wait forever on line for.

Okay, yes. It’s not as expensive as Chop’t. But considering I can eat this every single day for lunch, as well as drag MR over to the one by PC Richard’s on the weekend, it’s frightening that I’m even considering shelling out $40 for my lunch for the week.

But think of all the guacamole goodness. And the cilantro. Don’t you LOVE cilantro?

Okay, okay, I agree. The guacamole is absolutely to die for. And the rice with the cilantro makes me happy, very happy. But everyday? Won’t I get sick of it? And it’s eight dollars!

Think about the salsas, though. The fresh tomato salsa and the tomatillo red-chili salsa. The roasted corn salsa. The cheese! How can you possible get sick of the best burrito bowl in the world?

Okay, you’re right. It’s a GOOD addiction. And healthy, too!

That’s right! Now pass the hot sauce…

Update to the Epiphany

It’s been one month since my life-changing epiphany. How is my new vegetarian life going? Not as hard as I thought it would be. I’m still cooking meat for the family, but it’s practically no effort to cook something else for me to eat. I do feel it’s hypocritical of me to cook animals for everyone else while I’m protesting the meat industry, but my family is not going to change. One less person is better than none, I guess.

Healthwise, I feel great. I’ve lost 5 and a half pounds. I’m not as hungry as I used to be. I don’t feel as grouchy as usual (people may dispute that, but that’s how I feel!) For the first few weeks I didn’t have any migraines, but then they showed up like bad realtives at Christmas. The changing of the seasons, and the fact that I haven’t been to see Dr. Evelyn, my chiropractor, probably has a lot to do with the frequency of occurences. I just found a video that totally captures my “aura”- the time when the migraine shows up visually. Link is here.

To recap, I’m:

  • not eating meat.
  • not eating dairy, except for 3 mozzarella slip-ups, for which I paid for in bathroom visits.
  • trying to eat organic.
  • not eating refined sugar, except for finishing up the package of Twizzlers I bought.
  • limiting myself to 1-2 cups of coffee a week, in dire emergencies.
  • trying new veggies. Broccoli IS good!

I’m also taking my vitamins every night, and walking to and from the train/bus stop every day.

It’s evident that this can be a healthy way of life for me. It takes a little planning, and things cost a little more, but the way I feel is totally worth it all for me!

Goals for next month:

  • Try 5 new vegetables
  • Have dark greens every day
  • Make a large meal on the weekend for lunches for the rest of the week.

Thirty days. That’s what it takes to change a habit. And this is one “habit” I’m glad I changed!

The Epiphany!

It’s been way too long since my last post! I have to write some flashback posts of everything that’s happened since August.

But first and foremost- my epiphany.

SS23 and I were making our weekly library trip (Columbus and 10th) and the book I had reserved somehow went to the Midtown library. Panic sets in. What will I read for the 2 hours going home? SS23 gave me one of her books to read- one that I had picked up in Borders over the summer, but put it down in favor of Twilight. Sometimes, SS23 will reserve books I had been thinking about, or had read in the past and absolutely loved- I think she’s a little psychic. Out of all the books she had reserved, when I bemoaned the fact I had nothing to read, this is the one she handed me- Skinny Bitch.

Get thee to the store and buy this book.

It was last Friday. I read the whole book during the commute home. I was numb when i got off the train.

I don’t want to give a whole synopsis on the book. You can read it on Amazon. But I want to tell you- it changed my life. I wish I was ALOT younger when I read it!

Since then I’ve:

  • Switched green tea for coffee. I’ve come to realize that my drinking coffee is a ritual, a social thing. I LOVE coffee, but I never drank it alone. I was always making a pot for MR., buying it for the soccer game, brewing it in the office for the girls. Whenever I had me-time, I would always reach for a cup of Red Rose tea. I never drank coffee by myself. So taking the social aspect away, I’m drinking green tea. And I don’t miss the caffeine- that stuff has just as much as a normal cup of coffee!
  • Stopped eating dairy products. Later in life, I became lactose intolerant. So this was a no-brainer. Rice milk, soy yogurt (yummy!) olive oil spread. As the book says- we’re the only species on earth that drinks the milk of another species. Ew.
  • Cut out the refined sugar. The title of the book is Skinny Bitch. Emphasize the SKINNY!
  • Started eating only organic products. The trace amounts of pesticides used on my vegetables is building up in my system. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Will cancer show up eventually? I’m protecting my family, and buying organic. It might be too late for me, but I’m going to try to protect my kids.
  • Shunned meat. No chicken, beef or pork. Read the book and you’ll understand why. Unfortunately, I can’t impose this restriction on my family, but hopefully, over time they’ll see the light. In the meantime, I’ll double cook. It’s not hard. They need the veggies, too. (If MR brings home a deer, however, I’m eating it! It’s organic, and was not subjected to the cruelities of the meat-packing industry.)
  • Become a vegetarian. In one week, I’ve eaten new things. I’ve learned to cook differently. I’ve had to plan. This has shaken up my life, and it was the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time. How complacent I’d become! It’s a new adventure, and one I’m excited to embark on!

So it’s been a week. How am I doing?

I’ve dropped 4 pounds. I have more energy. I sleep better. I’ve become “regular” in my potty activities. I don’t feel as irritable as usual. I feel lighter. Soulspeak will probably know what I mean. She read the book too.

Any regrets? Besides not doing this sooner? One so far. MR made his famous chicken cutlets the other night. They’re awesome.