If you're subscribed to my newsletter, then you know that I have drastically reduced my consumption of meat. It's a decision I made out of concern for the environment and my health. And long before I ever considered reducing meat in my life, I used to always think that I could "never" entirely give up meat, because I'd miss a good steak - especially my dad's steak. Or I'd miss other things like meat pies and I don't now, the occasional burger but...
Now that I have reduced meat in my life, I have found that I no longer crave meat, nor have a real desire for meat. I haven't even fully cut it out, and yet I've stopped desiring meat in my meals. If it's there, it's there. But if it's not, I'm not mad. One of the reasons I don't go full-blown vegan, is because I want to reserve some room for cultural food experiences. Additionally, when my dad grills steak or lamb, or anything else, I will have a small serving, because the joy on his face when he feeds his family is one I never want to lose or miss.
But besides all that...I've been truly surprised at how little desire I have for meat. When I started this journey, I also felt giving up fish was rather difficult. I actually try to keep some fish in my diet for the nutritional benefits. And there's also a certain connection I feel to my grandmother when I eat fish, and I have a hard time letting go of that.
Perhaps what helps, too, is that Impossible Foods tastes so much like meat that at Universal Studios, they had to switch to Beyond Meat because they were getting too many complaints that customers were being served actual meat.
Anyhow, if you're considering cutting down on meat, but are worried about missing it, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how adaptable our palates are when we make changes in our lifestyle. So...maybe this should also be a reminder to myself that I can make a greater effort to cut down on snacks 😊
Anyone else notice this change after cutting down on meat? Or anyone considering cutting down on meat but not sure how to or are hesitant to?
Maybe this shouldn't be surprising, but I definitely was surprised to notice this change.