Day 33: The flexitarian life is a struggle

Breaking up is hard to do. Especially with meat.

Last week, I decided to essentially go vegan for five days out of the week, with exceptions for when I am with family for they could not tolerate such heresy.

Why am I doing this?

One word: cholesterol.

For as long as I’ve ever been testing it, my cholesterol has always been above normal. I don’t think it has changed much since, which could just simply mean I have naturally high levels. This much is true: I know I haven’t been helping my cause by eating copious amounts of meat whenever possible.

From a restaurant called Mr. Fuji, I ate a burger that contains the following:

Grass-fed beef katsu, pork katsu, chicken katsu, American cheese, bacon, pepper jack, cheddar, fried egg, wasabi mayo, spicy mayo, tonkatsu sauce

Looking back, it was a cry for help.

I’m not doing this for moral reasons. Feel free to discuss what that’s all about in the comments below.

How am I doing so far?

Have I been consistent? Nope. I find myself habitually thinking about meat, even craving it. Recently I ate dim sum and, by instinct alone, ate whatever I wanted. Today, I compensated by eating vegetarian pho. That felt like a cardinal sin.

I find it helpful to eat with other vegetarians and vegans and share food with them. Their commitment to “the cause” enables me as well.

Am I getting healthier?

It’s too early to tell. I’ll check back in a month or less. I do find myself eating less in general, but I’m also hungry — almost constantly. Eventually my body will relax and be cool with the current arrangement, but once the weekend hits, GAME ON.

Will I succeed?

Maybe. If I know me, I’ll eventually stop without thinking about it, and I’ll move on with my life. However, I look at myself in the mirror every day and wonder if I’m doing everything I can. I look at my wife and ask myself if I’m ensuring that I can be by her side for as long as possible.

There’s a part of me that believes I’ll do better tomorrow. Got any thoughts on how I can get there?

-Lee

Write with intention. Think with compassion.