Giving up meat, sort of.

At a party on Saturday, after hearing that I work at a Catholic church, a girl asked me what I gave up for Lent. Not feeling up to the discussion, I quickly said “I’m still thinking about it.” Not really caring, she walked away. The encounter got me thinking that I probably should give something up for Lent. I know myself well enough to know that any major change, like not using the internet or driving, would be futile. I eventually decided on a good option: no meat, at my house.

My new policy results from a guilt that always lurks in the back of my mine, primarily about the environmental impact of eating meat. Animals bred for consumption require massive amounts of food and water resources, take up unnatural amounts of space, and produce massive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. Between that and reading The New American Diet, a book that introduced a generation to vegetarianism in the 1980’s, I decided I should give it a try.

So while I ideologically should be a vegetarian, I have never been good at sudden change, so I thought this no meat in the apartment policy would be a good place to start. I do not eat out very much, so I will not be able to eat meat very much during most meals. It works both ways too, because I know I should not eat very much meat, I will not eat out as much as well.

And when I do eat out, I will be able to eat meat to reward myself for not eating meat. I learned in the new American diet that pets train faster when they are rewarded for doing good behavior than scolded for bad.

I will occasionally update readers on this new endeavor throughout the semester. I will keep track of any health benefits, if I feel different emotionally, whether energy levels are impacted, the amount of money I save, and anything else worth noting.

The most difficult temptation is living a thirty second walk away from the Crown and Anchor Pub, where you can get a delicious cheeseburger and fries for $4.75, how I loathe it.

2 responses to this post.

  1. That sounds tough. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot! I’ll leave the learning to you, though… I love my meat too much.


  2. […] of my first posts was about not keeping meat in my apartment for lent and health reasons…yeah, that lasted […]


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