I was a vegetarian for, I think, at least six months this year. Not only a vegetarian, but I didn't eat any wheat as well. No pasta. No bread!
It was completely by choice, but how did I feel then and how do I feel now? Do I feel like a prick because I eat hot dogs, the messier the better? Do I feel less healthy? Well, yes and no.
I recently had a steak sandwich and I was so fucked up the next day that I realise that it's a stomach-learned skill to eat stuff like steak. But I love steak! I had a steak blog, ferchrissakes!
But, mark my words, I also had a vegetable blog.
You can gaze at these two extremes of the pendulum and you can ponder. How has it affected my eating habits? After all, I'm living proof of both experiments. I have to admit that I'm still parsing the data.
One thing I can say is that for me, giving up meat and wheat was not hard at all. It was very interesting. I discovered many things that I had ignored in my omnivore days, namely lots of rice dishes, but also rice noodles, quinoa and cooked fish, which I used to hate (love sushi, hate cooked fish, go figure).
Did I miss stuff like hamburgers, pizza, pasta, bread, steak and hot dogs? Sure. But it was not insurmountable at all. I think one thing that was on my side was that I didn't have any issues with those foods. I wasn't out to make any statements or go on any diets. I just simply gave them up to just give them up. No agenda at all.
So it was just as easy to slide right back into omnivore-mode. Yes, now I crave hot dogs at 4 a.m. or am jonesing to make some fresh-pasta XtravaGanZa but it wouldn't bother me if it all went away tomorrow and the vegetable blog came alive again. Or the steak blog, for that matter!
Wouldn't bother me at all.
Anyone for a shrimp blog?