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A Deep Sadness

There is only one more story to recount from our weekend trip to Door County, one that made me incredibly sad. While I love to include photos in my posts, trust me, you wouldn’t want any sort of photo with this one…

Jason and I were traveling home along the interstate. I was trying to keep myself awake – if Jason can’t nap, I can’t  😕 – and I was watching the farm fields roll by out the side window. Jason, obviously scanning the road, saw a deer shoot across the northbound lanes. It narrowly missed the oncoming vehicles and made it to the median.

Then, it shot across our southbound lane…

Fortunately for us, the deer was well ahead of our vehicle. Unfortunately for the deer, there was a different vehicle right there.

The deer attempted to jump the minivan, but was unsuccessful. The van clipped it as it jumped, and the deer was sent airborne. After a couple of mid-air flips, it hit the road. By this time, Jason had stopped our vehicle and we had to sit there and watch the fatally injured deer attempt to get up – twice. Of course, it couldn’t. It finally just flopped to the ground and moved no more.

It was one of the most horrible events I’ve witnessed. I couldn’t keep from crying.

This incident definitely got me thinking. First, and this might make me sound like the most heartless person ever, but I didn’t even think about the people in the van. All I was upset about was the deer. Second, the sadness and pain I felt at seeing this poor animal hurt right in front of me made me feel like a major hypocrite. I’ve read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and I’m now reading Skinny Bitch. I have a decent understanding of how our food industry treats animals. And I am a meat-eater.

But I’m now exploring a change in diet…

I have contemplated reducing/eliminating meat from my diet for some time now, but I haven’t gotten very serious about it. I have thought about it in terms of my health, especially as I seem to experience some major digestive issues with meat. At this point, I’ve eliminated a lot of dairy from my diet (but obviously not all dairy 😉 ). I’ve also thought about it from the eco-friendly side of the issue. But during the hour/hour-and-a-half car ride from the accident scene to Milwaukee, I started to think much more seriously about my food choices. In addition to making me feel like crap most of the time, eating meat also means that I’m eating the animals I care about very much.

After a few days have passed, I still feel the same. I’m already beginning to work on reducing meat in my diet. At this point, I would like to work towards a pescetarian diet. Huh?? Basically, it would be a vegetarian diet in which I include fish (and since I’ll likely include eggs, I would add an “ovo” to that  🙂 ). I’m not about going cold turkey. This is much more of a lifestyle change for me.

I plan on chronicling pieces of this journey here on my blog. Getting into the outdoors has really impacted my worldview. It has motivated me to take better care of myself and to care more for our environment. To me, there is no separation between how I treat myself and how I treat the world around me. And if I hope to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come, I best be treating myself and the environment pretty darn good  🙂

 

Hello? Spring?

Ah, Wisconsin in April/May. I am waiting not-so-patiently for spring weather to stick around for more than a day or two. The cold  and rain are starting to get a bit depressing.

Jason and I headed out for our longest run to date since November. We went approximately 3 miles – I would have had actual mileage, but my Garmin conked out a couple minutes in. I now know the charge life of my new toy 😐

Wind and a couple of steep hills on the route we chose wrecked my quads. My legs felt heavy and didn’t want to move, so we took a couple of walk breaks. While not ideal for our second to last training run before Saturday’s 5K, sometimes you just have a bad day.

At least there are little peaks of spring to perk me up. It’s coming!

On the weight loss front, I’m trying to turn over a new leaf. I want to feel healthy inside and out, and I’m not happy with how I’ve been treating my body the last few years 😳  . I’m revisiting Bethenny Frankel’s Naturally Thin, slowly trying to incorporate each naturally thin “rule” one by one.

And I definitely want to pick up one of my favorite blogger’s new book – Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time.

Right now, my focus is treating my diet like a bank account. Yesterday, I was a rockstar…

  • A starchy breakfast of oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter.
  • Leftover Chicken Posole full of meat and veggies.
  • Carrots with dip and some pita chips for an afternoon snack.
  • A hearty dinner of Pork chops with coleslaw.

Today – after ordering buffalo wings and having a couple pieces of leftover birthday cake for dessert – I didn’t do so well. To be honest, my poor run got to me and I used food to make it better. Not good, but at least I recognize where part of the problem lies.

Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll pick myself up and get back on track.

Tonight, Jason is off playing poker with some friends and I’m catching up on the Real Housewives of Orange County with my two girls.

Hope you’re having a wonderful evening wherever you are and whoever you’re with!

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