Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Am I not a vegetarian any more?

Spending an entire long weekend nursing a sore head does crazy things to one's thought processes. Yes, most of Saturday, all of Sunday and all of a precious public holiday Monday I contemplated chopping off my head to rid myself of migraine pain. Medication came too late and so was ineffectual.

Not being able to face work on Tuesday due to the flatness of spirit that follows the demon migraine, I considered ways to avoid it in future (having the right drugs on hand and taking them before the stake gets driven into my skull would help, yes).

Now I have been vegetarian for some years now, and previous to that was never a great fan of la viande. Give me vegies any day. Love 'em. Love 'em. Love 'em. I don't have just one reason for being vegetarian. It's partly because I object to the animal cruelty that goes with farming pigs and chickens in particular. I believe that grain production would be more sustainable if it fed people rather than animals. I believe it is healthier for me. And I just don't like handling raw flesh and muscle, nor do I much like the taste and texture.

But in my post demonic state, I wondered if a change in diet might somehow make me feel better.

I went to the organic, free-range butcher (well, he's not, but his produce is) and bought a small piece of red stuff. Then I cooked it. And I ate it.

It wasn't too bad. But, to be perfectly honest, I really enjoyed the organic broccoli, asparagus, beetroot and potato better.

Even so, I feel that I have betrayed the cause. Sorry.


Hashi said...

Interesting that your body is prompting you to eat meat. I think you should listen. My body is pushing me in the opposite direction right now, towards veganism. Huh?

Olivia said...

I don't like to see things in black and white, so I don't think you have 'betrayed the cause'. I'm a vegetarian of many years and can't quite imagine eating meat now, though I joke about becoming a 'baco-tarian'. I feel like I remember the taste of various meats quite clearly, but I suspect they would actually taste very strong to me if I ate them now.

Anonymous said...

i read something today about it being healthy to continue to question our own positions on various issues over the years. Regardless of whether the questioning ended up in eating meat once or often, a bit of questioning and re-evaluating really is a good thing.

In all my years as a migraine sufferer (i get them less these days) I never leanred to have the meds to hand. And I regretted it many times.

Michelle said...

I think you are just listening to what your body is telling you. You have not betrayed the cause at all.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend, and that your migraine is a distant faded memory now!