The Deadliest Animals

I thought this comic about how cats are trying to kill you was right on the money, and I know a few of my readers are cat lovers. Hopefully you’ll appreciate it.

It also reminded me of the excellent Simpsons educational video Meat and You: Partners in Freedom.  “If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you care about!”

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Vulgar Vegetarianism

I tend to engage in vulgar vegetarianism.  Yes, I’m a vegetarian.  Except I eat fish.  And other seafood.  And I don’t really eat all that many vegetables.  Mostly it comes down to grains, dairy, a little bit of fruit, and plenty of old-fashioned junk food.

Recently I came upon a list of foodstuffs that I had made up a year or two ago as possible dinner items.  I didn’t want to lose the list, but I also didn’t want the paper laying around, so I figured here is as good a place as any to keep a record (and maybe start doing a little more cooking like I used to.)  I know I have at least 3 gluten-free readers and 2 vegans and this list pretty much violates everything they stand for.  Oh well!

Possible dinner items for a vulgar vegetarian:

  • quesadilla
  • cheese enchiladas
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • (fake) BLT
  • (fake) hot dogs
  • lasagna
  • fettucine alfredo
  • spaghetti
  • ravioli
  • pancakes
  • pizza sandwiches
  • eggplant parmesan
  • curried potatoes and onions
  • (fake) sloppy joe
  • vegetarian chili
  • tuna noodle casserole
  • tuna sandwiches
  • bagel beauties
  • bean burritos
  • bean tacos
  • boboli (pizza)
  • boboli (mexican)
  • mushroom soup
  • salmon
  • seafood salad
  • omelet
  • scrambles
  • greek salad
  • cheese + bread
  • cheese + crackers
  • mac + cheese

Yummy!

Vat Meat!

So, I hear they’re offering a reward for the development of meat from a vat.

I’ve been looking forward to this for years! I’d eat meat if that’s where it came from. It answers the environmental and animal cruelty objections that made me a vegetarian, and only health objections would remain.

I don’t think that would prevent me from eating a little vat-steak now and then!

Wow, I get to use both the futurism and gastronomy categories!

Oh, and another thing…

If you are a vegetarian, and you end up eating at McDonalds, I recommend the #1 with no meat.

The Gregkins Diet

I have been a (pesco-)vegetarian for 3 years.

I am a vegetarian for a number of reasons that all add up together.

First, I think it’s healthier.  After a somewhat serious kidney ailment when I was younger, I was left with only 50% functionality in each of my kidneys.  Because of this, I’m supposed to cut down on the amount of protein I eat.  It’s also easier to avoid fast food that’s terrible for me as a vegetarian, as there’s very little I can eat at most fast food restaurants.

Second, it’s better for the environment.  It takes much less land to grow enough vegetables to live on than it does to grow food for other animals.  That makes for more land that could be opened up for conservation or other uses.  Animal waste also has a habit of mucking up habitats.

Third, it’s a moral thing.  I don’t think I could kill the animals I would be eating, and I don’t think it’s right to ask someone else to do it for me.  I’ve (luckily) never seen the inside of a slaughterhouse but I have heard descriptions.  This last bit was reinforced for me from one of the weirdest places – I was watching a reality TV show about living like they did in the 1800s, and in the final episode they are having a party.  The mother in one of the families decides they are going to kill a pig to have at the party, and her son can’t take it.  He’s taken care of the pig for so long and he just breaks down crying.

Now, lately I have been saying that the weirdest things have been affecting me emotionally.  Well, this was 3 or 4 years ago, and it affected me.  I resolved not to eat meat anymore.

Eventually I broke down and decided that I could probably kill a fish, or some shrimp, so I do eat seafood.

Okay, so that’s vegetarianism.  I also gave up soda about 3 years ago.  It’s not good for you, it’s made by evil corporations, and it doesn’t even taste that good!  Whatever you get used to drinking, that’s what will taste good to you.  So now I only drink juice, milk, and water.  Every now and then I’ll have a soda if it meets only one of the three criteria above, but it’s rare.  And it’s healthier!

When I really think about being as moral as I can possibly be, I think that the only think you should eat, if you don’t want to kill, are fruits and dairy products.  Now, these happen to also be my favorite foods, so last week I basically tried a fruit and dairy diet.  My typical day went like this:

  • Breakfast – glass of orange juice, vitamin
  • Lunch – skim milk, apple, banana
  • Dinner – orange juice, skim milk, and some cheese.

Now, this is not a lot of food.  Which is okay, because I would like to lose some weight, and being that I barely move and that probably won’t change, my diet would probably be the best place to start.  After a week of that stuff, I ate out with Melissa a couple times in a row, and I could barely eat anything without feeling full.

So, do people think a diet like that is a good idea?  Fruititarian + dairy?  I don’t know if I will go back to it when I am single, but I was pretty happy with it.  At this point, I am just rambling on, but I thought everyone might like to know what I eat and why.