A healthy, complete Chinese meal for two?
Well, how’s about one?
With leftovers to drown my single status in for the next day?
I’ll take it.
When it arrived, I immediately looked at the nutrition stats…
Per serving, 390 calories…6 grams of fat…1320mg sodium…18 grams of protein…
As in more than half the amount I am supposed to eat in an entire day?
I might as well have that Argentinean love affair, get knocked up and rub my 3-month preggo belly now because that much sodium is guaranteed to make me look like Quinn, start singing, “It’s a Man’s World,” and hate on every man in my life (hey dad!) for the years of oppression they’ve bestowed on us of the female persuasion.
It only gets worse from there.
Corn syrup solids? High fructose corn syrup? Other words I can’t pronounce?
I had two decisions: eat it or don’t eat it.
It’s not rocket science, people.
I ate it.
And my single leftover serving the next day.
Verdict? It was good.
The sauce was my favorite part – it was spicy, slightly sweet and tasty. If this had been served over brown rice, it would have been even better. However, my moral compass couldn’t help but make incessant 360 degree loops over and over and over while eating this.
It wasn’t the sodium content. I really don’t take in that much sodium in general so that amount isn’t going to kill me to eat every once in awhile.
It wasn’t the ingredients list. My favorite jelly ever (Smucker’s Regular Red Raspberry WITH seeds) contains HFCS. In other words, I’m willing to make exceptions for things I truly love.
It WAS the meat.
I know I call myself an Everythingtarian, and I am extremely proud of that label. I don’t believe you need to eliminate foods (outside special circumstances) from your diet to be healthy and more importantly, happy. This post isn’t intended to hate on meat either. I mean, did you read about my carnivorous consumption of brats + burgers this weekend?
But I’ve read Fast Food Nation.
I’ve watched Food, Inc.
And I’ve read just about every Michael Pollan book there is.
There’s a reason I was a vegan for two months and a dedicated vegetarian for two years. The vegan thing was tough – too much restriction (for me, that is). The vegetarian thing was easy. I’ve never been a huge meat eater, so basing my diet more on fruits, veggies, legumes, organic dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds and whole grains was easy peasy.
I started eating meat again right before I started this blog actually. In small amounts, I discovered I actually felt BETTER eating animal protein. Being a gal with naturally low iron, the boost I got from the occasional dose of red meat helped. A lot.
But sometimes, my innate morality still struggles with the question of whether or not to eat meat.
The arguments for and against eating meat swirl in my head like a twisted torpedo straight from Oz…
I don’t eat tons of meat, so it’s okay.
When I do eat it, it’s usually NOT the organic, free-range kind. That’s not okay.
Usually it’s consumed on special occasions – I’m okay with that.
Eating meat is bad for the environment – I’m not okay with that.
I am a generally healthy person, a little meat is okay.
For the record, The Wizard of Oz movie scares the beejeezes out of me so the thought of a tornado from that scary land of Munchkins REALLY scares the beejeezes out of me.
I have no conclusion to the crazy game of meat morality ping pong going back and forth in my head. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about lately and thought we perhaps could get an intelligent, non-judgmental and informative conversation going about the arguments for and against eating meat.
Key word: NON-JUDGMENTAL.
Recognize I will hunt you down like a rabid dog if you get all high + mighty with your viewpoints on this blog regarding the way people eat, act and choose to live their lives.
You’ve been warned.
Are you a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, meat-eater, etc.? Why? What are your thoughts on eating meat? Sharing is caring!