I am a pescitarian (the practice of a diet that includes seafood, and excludes other animals – wikipedia) and have been for about 6 years now, although I haven’t eaten pig or cow since 16. Normally I refuse to label my diet as a group because I feel it often boxes people in when we should be thinking outside the box, however for the purpose of time/ranting let’s stick me in this category. My boyfriend is 100% a carnivore, and in fact when we first started dating he informed me that dating a vegetarian is more often than not a deal breaker for him. “They’re too needy”, “they don’t enjoy food”, and “I can’t take them anywhere without having obnoxious requests” are things I hear often from coming from people such as my him. Now I’m not going to make this blog post “Meat vs No Meat”, however something struck me the wrong way during a conversation I had with him earlier. We are going to Jackson Heights with his mom (both are from Taiwan) for traditional Chinese dinner which always contains high amounts of meat and oil that give little to no nutrients, so I had prepared a quick bowl of cereal (Kashi) with some fixin’s: wheat germ, fresh blueberries and bananas, and rice milk. Hoping to get some vitamins in both of us before the feast you know what he says? “I know my body and if I eat this now I’m not going to be hungry in a 2 hours for dinner if I eat this all now.” Sure this may sound right at first, but if you take a step back and think about it, the whole point of me getting him to fill up on something healthy now is so he would eat a little less of the unhealthy stuff later, not skip the vitamins and gorge on oyster egg pancakes.
This really is our only struggle, however now a days he gloats about eating less meat and trying the concoctions I come up with and we both know for sure he has never eaten so well in his whole life. I’m not going to be a hypocrite and say I never eat bad (because I LOVE cheese), but I always try to balance out the bad with a lot of good and I think if more people did this in every day to day habits, not just eating, the world would have a better equilibrium.
And for those of you wondering, yes I’m making that pineapple and banana my breakfast in the morning.