I am not 100 percent certain that this was the exact date, but according to this post, that was the last time I mentioned eating chicken in my blog.
So, that being said, it’s been almost 2 years now since I’ve (knowingly*) had chicken.
Now, I am not writing this post with any sort of scientific data to bestow upon y’all, but here’s the way it goes – I just cold-turkey (or should I say cold chicken????) stopped eating chicken after watching Food, Inc. If you have seen it, you know what I am talking about…and though there were other animals in the show, being raised for food – the chickens, they just spoke to me.
I am not a person that would subject ANYONE to PETA-style expose videos just to prove a point, but I have seen quite a few. It’s scary.
This was a HUGE and WEIRD change for me to stop eating chicken. Back in Florida, I used to eat Chick-fil-A probably 1-2X…a week. Like, religiously (punny, heh) and always the same thing – Combo 1 – with large lemonade.
It’d be dramatic and exciting to say that when I abruptly stopped eating chicken, magical things happened to my health, fitness and appearance…but to be honest, it really hasn’t done anything (physically). For a fame of reference, here’s a check-in post from my 30-day Vegan experience . Since then, I have gone back to eggs – organic, cage free, vegetarian – though I have to admit I kinda sorta have this weird ethical dilemma about that…
I have been making much more informed decisions related to what I buy, what companies I support and I do think I am an more educated consumer, but it still is hard, everyday – I could never deny that. Still, I could never ever go back to the way I used to eat.
I have gone back to eating meat in small quantities – a turkey sandwich at Jimmy John’s, a carnitas burrito bowl at Chipotle (our local shop gets pork from Polyface Farms) and of course, sushi (yes, I consider fish a kind of meat). I personally feel that my body runs better with a small amount of animal protein (I don’t drink dairy milk, but I do eat cheese and greek yogurt) and also performs better in my athletic pursuits.
Again, I am not a dietitian, scientist or professional and you may agree or disagree with me. In fact, I’d love to hear your thoughts from any part of this spectrum – I enjoy a healthy debate.
What’s on your plate?
* I believe that there have been a small handful of instances in which I’ve eaten something at a restaurant that used chicken broth – i.e. soup or sauteed veggies, etc.