Two days ago my daughter called and said "quick put up this website and watch this video." She's not one to be argued with! The website was www.earthlings.com.
I began to watch the trailer and by the time I got to the screaming elephant I was done, horrified, and couldn't watch anymore. As I was driving home I remember screaming out loud in the car, awful words and praying that there was a special hell for the people I saw doing unspeakable things to defenseless animals. Within a few hours I had come to the understanding that I could probably never again eat anything that walked, crawled or swam. The thought of eating any kind of flesh became very revolting to me. I thought that since no animal had died to make cheese, eggs or milk I could keep these. I am aware that chickens and cows are being kept in pretty inhumane conditions to produce these as well so will try to find organic versions
The day before all this I had started a low carb diet to release me from my carb cravings and now, here I was not being able to stomach meat or seafood and not very adventuresome in the kitchen with vegetables. Being 90+ pounds overweight I knew I wasn't going to starve anytime soon and maybe in the meantime I could try life without meat and find some new recipes.
The first night I made whole wheat pasta with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes , peppers, feta and olives. I had explained what had happened to my husband and although he had taken out hamburger to bbq, he thought my pasta looked inviting so he had half of it.
Yesterday I went to the store and came home loaded down with tofu, garden burgers, cartons of egg whites, and lots of fruit and veggies.
Breakfast was easy, yogurt, fresh mangoes and flax cereal. Lunch was a green salad loaded with vegetables and fruit. Dinner was a garden burger on a whole grain pita with Gouda cheese. ( my husband enjoyed this too).
Today breakfast again was yogurt, flax cereal and fruit, lunch was a cold plate of fresh tomatoes, Gouda, and artichoke hearts with a whole wheat pita.
I decided to try cooking a meatless lasagna even though it is stinking hot outside and turned out an amazing dish using tofu instead of meat. I wish that I had mashed up the tofu so it looked more like ground beef because I know it is not going to fly with my husband and son. oh well.
One thing that has been very interesting since I started this meatless program was that I am not hungry, not searching for food all the time and am not craving the empty carbs I have been so addicted to.
I'm not sure how long this will last but I have promised myself that every time I am tempted to eat meat, fish or poultry again I am going to review the video. So far the only thing I am really sad to have to give up is salmon sashimi but I keep visualizing salmon suffering in nets and being gutted before they are dead.
Oh, and I have lost 3 pounds in the last two days