Ahhh, it happened again! I was asked, “You don’t eat a lot of meat, right?”
I often get mistaken for a vegetarian, or close to it (a “flexitarian”).
Why would someone think that? Because they see me as a “healthy eater,” and therefore I must not eat a lot of meat, because we all know meat is unhealthy, right?
This time, I responded: “Oh no, I eat a lot of meat!”
Which was a little awkward, because I don’t think I necessarily eat a “lot” of meat. I mean, what’s a “lot of meat” anyway? More meat than other people eat? More meat than other kinds of food?
For the record, I have been both a vegetarian and a flexitarian in my (sicklier) past. So relative to my past self, yes, I do eat a lot of meat. I have replaced a lot of the less bio-availably nutrient-rich and more processed foods that hurt my digestion and kept me weak with more animal foods that don’t.
But really, I just said that as a way of saying: I eat meat, and I’m not ashamed of it!
Hopefully this TIME article ending the “war on fat” will help change the tide…
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