No meat for me – My first weeks without meat


To be honest I love good meat. I’m into the preparation, the taste and the meals you’re able to cook with meat. Nevertheless I’m trying to skip meat.

I love meat

Due to the fact that I already got in contact with cooking when I was a child, that I worked two years as an assistant cook during my school leaving examinations and that I just love food I think I’m able to say that I’m a cook-enthusiast. When I met my girlfriend about nine years ago she’d already been a vegetarian. She just hadn’t been into the taste of meat wherefore she skipped it and only ate fish and seafood. When we became a couple I still ate and prepared meat, somehow she liked my meals and started to eat meat again.

I don’t need to eat meat

It’s not that I thought that I have to eat meat. I like vegetarian, mostly asian, food. My grandparents have a farm wherefore I got into contact with good food and animal welfare very early. I appreciate high-quality meat and therefore carefully act accordingly, wherefore all in all I had meat maybe twice a week. I love the taste of a bloody steak, medium-rare burgers, beef wellington or red deer. Regarding to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual I tried to eat clean and neither eat ingredients I can’t spell nor shitty artificial food. Beside cheat days I think I’m convinced that my way of eating is mostly healthy.

Did I already mention that I love meat?

The question you might ask therefore is why am I trying not to eat meat since December 28th, 2015. After reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall I thought about changing my way of nutrition and sports nutrition. Due to the fact that I felt that I needed sugar during my long runs I took energy bars or gels with me every time I crossed the 20 kilometres mark. Below that I already relied on a banana and a spoon of peanut butter before every run. During McDougall’s book I came across Scott Jurek, ultrarunner and vegetarian, who is on a plant-based diet since 1999.

He didn’t change his way of eating because of a trend, which isn’t my reason too, he did so because he is into it. Recently he gave a radio interview on BBC Radio 4 where he talks about his carbon-rich vegan diet. I’m just a food and sports enthusiast nevertheless if I already ate little meat why shouldn’t I try to skip everything above sea level and have a look at what happens?

To cut a long story short I’m not into a vegan-diet and I’m not a vegetarian. I love meat but only high-quality meat. I’m into animal welfare and therefore I dislike people who are responsible for cheap meat and hereby unfortunately cruelty to animals. All in all it’s a personal project and I like to inform you how hard or easy this project can be.

One thing I can say up to now that it’ll be not as easy as expected. During a recent stay at a hospital for example I ate a Mousse au chocolate. After my second spoon I had a look at the ingredients and noticed that it unfortunately inherits calf skin gelatin. Why? If it’s for example trendy to be a vegetarian or at least eat veggie why must it be so hard to avoid meat or food with animal-based ingredients?

Hi, ich bin Florian. Meinen Kaffee und meine Kleidung mag ich eher Schwarz. Ich schaue gerne in die Ferne, laufe ihr dabei auch mal ein Stück entgegen. Mehr von mir findet ihr auf Instagram.

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