Why Did I Eat That?
I was at Whole Foods doing my weekly shop. Given what I do for a living as well as the fact that I so thoroughly enjoy everything related to planning, procuring and prepping meals for myself and family, I do my best to allocate sufficient time so I’m not rushed.
As such, as I passed by the eggs and grabbed the ones I usually get from the local, cage-free, foraged-hen ranch, I noticed something.
The vegan section of the cold food case. Or, rather, as it was titled, the ‘alternative meat’ section.
Before I go any further, please note that this post is entirely self-depricating and self-directed, so no offense is meant to anyone who is vegan. Remember, I was also vegan for two entire years, so I get it.
OK, moving along…
I began to think about the fact that when I was vegan, I was so for ethical reasons. I honestly believed eating meat was wrong and I avoided it, and all animal products, including honey, leather and wool (yes, I was that person- I’ve joked before about how I used to be an angry vegan) and was sure to eat plenty of veg, fruit, ‘nutritional yeasts’ (that’s a whole other topic…), seeds, nuts, tofu and…
I ate it without a second thought. It was the coolest invention ever. On Thanksgiving, I could have a pretend meat concoction made of soy, gluten and beans, shaped into what was supposed to be a turkey limb. I could go to the vegan Chinese restaurant where they had something that looked and tasted (kind of) like shrimp (mixed with Tetra Fin), doused in a thick, corn-starchy sauce with MSG. I could also pop into the local health food store and buy a meat alternative shaped like bologna.
I ate those things, and I ate them often and it wasn’t until years later, and certainly well after becoming Paleo, that it dawned on me that it made absolutely no sense that I felt that strongly about not eating meat…yet I was eating things that were meant to look, taste and ‘be’ meat.
What the heck was I thinking?
I chalk it up to learning, and hey, you never know… perhaps if I hadn’t taken myself from mildly ill (with stomach distress) to absolutely sick (inflamed and in pain on a daily basis with a stomach so distended I was asked if I was expecting) thanks to all the gluten, soy, garbanzos, peanuts, lentils, whole grains, ancient grains and so on and so forth, I might not have found Paleo!
If it took that circuitous route to get me here, then I would say it was worth it!