There have been a series of events that have occurred over the past few weeks and have contributed to my newly acquired flexitarian status.
Firstly, WTF is a Flexitarian?
When people ask me what a flexitarian is, I tell them that basically you’re a vegetarian but if you want to have a burger you can have a burger…
Or if you need a better explanation read this well written informative article: WTF is a Flexitarian Diet (And Should You Try It)?
On Christmas Day I had an unprovoked allergic reaction to wine. And I swear on my future as Australia’s most reputable blogger that I hadn’t consumed any wine. The sulphites had finally found other ways to ruin my life. It was time to take the plunge into a preservative-free existence. Obviously I wouldn’t be doing this to until the New Year though. I still had two weeks of holidays, a gifted bottle of champagne to consume and a road trip to Adelaide to embark on.
Also it’s really hard to be healthy on holidays. But after a hangover that lasted most of Christmas Day, coupled with a swollen face I was determined to at least try. I packed a punnet of cherries,three apricots, falafel chips and a box of date bars to have in the car on the road trip. Four days and three hotel check-ins later and the only thing we had eaten were the apricots.
… Then something strange happened.
Self-inflicted portion control
The day we arrived into Adelaide I had a small meal early in the afternoon and when I went for dinner, later that night, I didn’t order anything. Not only did I not order anything I didn’t even take a bite from the boyfriend’s plate. I was experiencing no symptoms of hunger. I explained to Billy that this had never happened to me before and that it was of great concern. And what was even more concerning was this continued for a few days: sharing food, skipping meals and ordering entrées.
On New Year’s Eve we did a wine tour and hit the first cellar door at 9.45am… without breakfast. As we were the only ones on the 12 seater bus tour we asked our tour guide Bruce if we could go to Maggie Beer’s farm next. Bruce kind of rolled his eyes and told us not to get our hopes up, Maggie wouldn’t be waiting at the gate wearing an apron and a smile as she personally welcomed us. But she was and I loved that I was able to tick off yet another chance meeting with a D-list celebrity chef. The cafe was full of FREE samples of which I only tried a few and the moment I ordered the kids meal I knew my New Year’s resolution was going to be food based.
The last day of the road trip we stopped at Hungry Jacks in Horsham. Which, by the way, is the slowest fast food outlet in the world! I order a double cheese and bacon burger with fries and chicken fries. I ate it all and it was absolutely delicious but I did feel like I was going to have a heart attack afterwards. The same day I watched a documentary on Netflix that my fellow dancer/blogger/comedian friend Rachelle Plass (click her for a link to her blog) had recommended. Rachelle is one of those people you classify as a super human and the ‘About’ section of her blog should read: “world class ballroom dancer, vegan, bloody good eyebrows”, so I’m always happy to participate in anything she recommends. Anyway, ‘Cowspiracy’ is a Netflix doco that was produced by Leonardo Dicaprio and once I had watched the film I was hoping for that flick of the switch revelation that would make me instantly stop consuming animal products, but alas it did not happen. As the credits rolled I could only think that I wasn’t going to throw out the bacon, cheese, butter and mayo (my favourite) already in my fridge. I figured that since I had already contributed to the deaths of the livestock used to make those products, the least I could do was enjoy it! I went immediately to the kitchen and made myself a sandwich.
Watching the doco did however make me think about cancelling my Netflix subscription and becoming a full time SBS viewer. It also made me consider Maggie Beer’s sustainable living lifestyle and if I too could and have a pet quail that I later killed and made into pate.
I did really enjoy the idea of being a vegan but I don’t have that level of commitment and or will power to avoid all kinds of cheese. So I have decided to be a flexitarian instead.
I’ve been following this diet for two weeks and so far I like it. I can still eat pasta, which I’m stoked about and if you go out for dinner and everyone is sharing food you’re not that annoying person who orders tofu and everyone hates you. It’s ok to have the pulled pork nachos as a flexitarian! I’m all about the soy lattes and I’ve even forgotten about the leather Balmain blazer that I imagine myself wearing to my low paying entry level job.
New year, new preservative-free, documentary loving, flexitarian me!