How I Became A Meat Eater

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I remember the exact moment when I forsook my vegetarian ways. It was July 5, 2003. I was in some little town in the middle of nowhere with my boyfriend (now ex) and his family. They had invited me to celebrate the holiday with them, and I had a great time. We rode in an old 50s car that was mint green and we fed their horses. Plus, we lit off sticks of dynamite. I thought I was going to go deaf! But, as the day went on, my stomach started to make strange noises. It was calling for food!

Luckily, dinner was about to be served. But there was a major problem. We’d be eating hamburger and hot dogs. That was it. Immediately, I panicked. I was already pretty hungry, and there was no way I could deal with not eating until we returned home late that night. So I loaded a cheeseburger with ketchup, and I ate it as fast as possible. After the initial shock wore off, I realized that the burger was pretty darn delicious. And the rest is history…

Since then, I’ve tried more than just burgers. I eat chicken regularly, will have a sandwich with cold cuts at least once a week, and baby back ribs are one of my favorite foods. Still, I always wondered which was better, being a vegetarian or being a meat eater. The answer still hasn’t come to me, but I do know that it became much easier for my mother to cook for me once I started eating meat.

To say that I was a picky eater before I turned to the dark side is an understatement. Not only did I not eat meat, but I hated most vegetables too. By the way, I’m still grossed out by lettuce. But that’s another story…

That left me to lots of pasta, fruit and JUNK FOOD. I would literally eat candy and potato chips for dinner some night. Especially when I would hang out with friends and walk around the neighborhood, they would eat at Subway, while I’d walk a couple blocks down to grab Chewy Sprees and a chocolate bar from the gas station.

The only reason that I didn’t blow up like a whale was that I was a three-sport athlete in those days. I had practice or games 6 times a week, and I loved being active.

Once I started eating meat, I was able to skip the candy, and eat a real main course. I’d devour my mom’s Greek chicken and rice dish, and make myself a turkey pastami and Swiss sandwich. Things became much easier, which was great, because I wasn’t going to be playing sports for the rest of my life.

Now, I’m 22, and though I’m actually trying to cut back on red meat, I still am happy that I made the switch to carnivore. Throughout college, I barely worked out, and if I was still eating Skittles for dinner, I’d be drastically overweight.

I work out 4-5 times a week now, eat healthy meals (that include meat and other forms of protein) and I rarely let myself eat candy. Fruit is way better for you, and it tastes better. So now that I’ve ranted in this post, I’m going to share some deliciously healthy dinners that include meat!

Honey Mustard Chicken
Teriyaki Steak Stir-Fry
Light Turkey Meatballs
Orange Ginger Chicken Breasts

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  • http://kitchenmeditation.com Roxan

    I have vegetarian tendencies, but for the reasons you mentioned above I am not actually a vegetarian. Sometimes there just aren’t good vegetarian options, unless you eat candy or chocolate. Or sometimes the option is a creamy pasta sauce… I think it’s healthier to eat a lean meat like chicken than it is to eat a creamy pasta.

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