Hello readers! I just got chills saying that. Thanks for your comments on my "last meal" post. The past two days haven't actually been that tough, for all my whining I've done pretty well. I have to say that 95% of that is owed to my wife who has been a vegan for some time and 5% to planning. I've had to ensure that I have enough food at work for breakfast, lunch, and at least three snacks. I pre-planned and bought a big bag of a vegan, asian-themed snack so I have that already at work. However, I still need to bring enough food for the other snacks and meals. It's weird. I like the constancy of knowing I have something and not needing to decide what I want for lunch today. On the opposite side it is boring to eat what you bring all the time. I want something exciting and interesting for lunch. Leftovers - no matter how good they are - are not exciting. I don't know if I can trust myself to order out yet without a chaperone.
In addition to the vegan challenge I've been trying to give up drinking soda. For those who don't know me, soda is my crack. I have a lengthy love affair with soda (specifically coke). It has seen me through good times and bad. Brought me up when I'm feeling down and mellowed me out when I've been excited or upset. But since my motivator for changing my eating habits and diet is the ecological vice the moral/animal rights thing, I have to give up soda. Or, at least drink much less of it. It take almost 940 gallons of water to produce a six-pack of soda. I don't think I can give up red meat for ecological reasons (2,500 gallons of water for 1 lb. of beef) and not give up or at least limit my soda intake. I know all the other health reasons for not drinking (that much) soda, but those reasons do not motivate me.
I'm not denying the animal rights argument to support a vegetarian/vegan diet. It just doesn't jive for me and I'll tell you why. Research wars, research slavery, research oppression of workers, and research the Holocaust. Humans have caused so much pain and denied the rights of humans for so long. I'm sure I'll come around to the animal rights cause/argument. But, please think about the things you do that could help your own kind. Other humans belong to you more than the cows and pigs and chickens do. So please keep that in mind. I'm not a saint, I'm just saying.