He’s She’s my buddy, that cow there and I’m almost convinced she would let me stop and hug her, but I haven’t yet tried. As of late, cows, chickens, goats and the like, have been on my mind. Long time readers may remember in the past I was a vegetarian and was actually a vegan for two years as a University student, but this time last year I went back to eating meat for a variety of reasons. But lately, there’s been a quiet knocking on my conscience, a lack of peace which can only mean change is around the corner. I think the major catalyst was one day last week when I was looking at the website of where I will get my pet hens from, less than an hour or so later I was walking through the shopping aisle and saw freshly cooked chickens for £3.90. I stood there, for more than a moment or two wondering how a chicken’s life can be worth so little, thinking about all the work that went into keeping that chicken alive and it boiling (pardon the pun!) down to less than £4…something just didn’t seem right.
I was then a part of a discussion about the future, things like finances and number of children and the like. And I brought up my hope to raise my children with an understanding of where meat comes from, an appreciation that it is something that should be valued because it comes from life, a desire to choose quality over quantity. The discussion then went onto dairy and incorporating goats milk and rice milk, focusing on whole foods, organic where possible, taking no food for granted and not thinking things should come cheap and easy, because like everything in life what is cheap and easy comes at a cost…
And I suddenly wondered if I was lying to myself, why was it such an important element of the future and yet not now. Why was it so important my children have food without hormones in it, and not their parent(s)? Yes I do try to purchase organic food, but I do not do as much as I should. I became uneasy with what I stood for, or didn’t more importantly. So I decided I would rely on one of the foolproof exercises for finding peace and spent 10 minutes thinking about where I want to be in five years and made a mental list, which will no doubt make its way into my inspiration book. But, as I know all too well, we don’t get to where we want to be by being passive, it requires action, small changes and baby steps that are going towards the “right” direction.
And so my decision? To become a flexitarian. There are no hard and fast rules to this choice, all I have is a vision. My vision is to drastically reduce my meat consumption and to only eat meat that requires sacrifice – financial and practical. I’ll be buying meat from the butcher, where the animals are treated in the right conditions, allowed to enjoy life, are local and organic; where the meat is free from hormones and toxins; I will be taking the same approach to all animal products – eggs, yogurt and cheese etc. I’m not sure how often I’ll eat meat, I’m hoping not to have it more than once a week, but like I said, no hard and fast rules. As for dairy, I’m hoping to have a dairy free day at least once a week and apart from that focus on free-range and organic.
Life is a journey, I’m not sure how long I’ll be a flexitarian, but for right now it is what gives me peace and promise.
My name is Frugal Trenches and I’m a Flexitarian, how about you?