Recently I’ve been thinking about how frighteningly costly meat is. Not only have I read numerous articles and watched a depressing amount of documentaries on the corruption of the meat industry, but through first-hand experience seen the depletion of ten, twenty, thirty, forty dollars a week on meat alone. Alex and I only get chicken now, and even that at Whole Foods is an exorbitant $8.00 per pound (for an organic, “free-range” package of tenders.) Even salmon – something I love grilling on the pan – is a hefty lump sum for a measly amount. I mean, are we that addicted to meat, poultry and fish that we can’t just cut down the weekly cost and make it a once-in-a-while specialty purchase?
Opt-in for sustainable food
Much of the world, most especially Americans and Australians are addicted to meat. It’s true – we can come up with various creative ideas to make a perfectly delectable dish. But honestly, let’s take a look at two demeaning factors here: 1) it is a costly investment and 2) please watch “Earthlings”, “Cowspiracy”, or better yet – “Okja” (which is a fiction film but gives great insight into the horror of the meat industry.) These should be two major incentives to cut off your meat and poultry consumption and perhaps look for cheaper, and far more sustainable options like tofu and eggs.
I am not a vegetarian or a vegan – yet – but that’s only because if I end up at a nice restaurant with a mouth-watering dish on the menu that involves meat of any kind, I will usually jump for it. But in day-to-day life, both Alex and I try to remain frugal in our purchases. And we try to care for the environment as well.
The food you eat defines your body
Also, I do believe that listening to your body is extremely vital to living healthy. If eating a certain food feels good and nourishing for your system, then that’s your body signaling the benefit of that food. Meanwhile, with something such as a burger or a handful of fries deep-fried in oil, if you’re attuned to your body enough, you’ll feel the immediate reaction of it in response to the food it’s digesting. It’s not conducive to your well-being.
My intention is not to swiftly convert anyone to vegetarianism. I would recommend that people become more conscious of what they eat and most especially, where it comes from. Perhaps that’s an article for another time. But you know the saying – you are what you eat. There are foods out there that are loaded with optimal vitamins and nutritional energy that your body will be happy to consume. Meat is not one of them. Alcohol as well, is not one of them.
Save by converting to a fruit and produce diet
The funny thing is, fruits and fresh produce are amongst some of the cheapest foods to purchase (I’ll leave nuts out of this). So it’s a tad backwards to imagine that we’re saving money when we prioritize frozen pizzas over a pack of broccoli that we could easily sauté in some inexpensive olive oil.
Alex and I were discussing how we were going to save money (and time) while living on the road. That’s when this topic popped into mind and I decided to share it. It’s not worth spending money on animal flesh that becomes short-lived in the fridge and wallet-depleting. It’s also not worth buying cheap packages of meat that contain god-knows-what in them!
We have a choice
It has become standard and mainstream for our culture to be habitually consuming meat products. Eating meat really has become an obsession in the Western World. In other regions around the planet, people who live less fortunately depend on their cattle and livestock for fundamental food consumptions. However for most of you who are reading this, I presume you shop at supermarkets or better yet, farmer’s markets, for your food. Perhaps you even grow your own produce (A+ for that). This means we have a choice. Meat is almost an addiction for many of us. It’s rife in banners and ads that scatter across our attention in day-to-day life. By displaying a delectable looking burger with a nice, thick hunk of meat stuffed in the middle with melted cheese oozing on top, our attention is fixed. Or maybe not. Maybe for you it’s seeing the image of a nice grilled steak garnished with parsley that makes your mouth water.
The point is – it’s widespread. No wonder our culture is obsessed with meat – it’s almost as if we’re subconsciously programmed to love it.
You do you
But this blog post shouldn’t dissuade you either. If you rave about meat on a constant basis, or feel a slight craving for it every once in a while, then do what feels good. What I’d like to promote is becoming aware of how your body feels afterwards, which is an in-depth post for another time. If you eat meat and feel instant regret after you lick the plate, that’s an indication that something’s off and your body really doesn’t need (or want) it at all. But most of all, it’s safe to say that by limiting your meat & poultry consumption would also be reducing the money slipping out of your wallet. And your body might just be thanking you too!