As far as protein intake goes, Ada being sensitive to dairy and eggs wasn’t too big a deal to me. About half the dinners I cooked were vegan anyway, just because that was how I cooked. Spaghetti with kidney beans or chickpeas. Indian chickpeas, lentil soup. Black eyed peas with mashed potatoes and a vegetable. The raw pumpkin seed chocolate cookies I just ate for breakfast have protein and good fats.
But once she started reacting to beans, it made it a little trickier– I’m eating meat or fish at every meal. I don’t have a problem with meat-eaters. I enjoy meat, especially a beef stew or baked chicken with crispy skin. But I was really moving away from that type of eating. I could envision myself being vegan one day and that’s cool with me.
I don’t have a passion for vegetarianism or veganism that makes me want to try to convert the world. I’ve got enough causes that I do wish to convert the world to. I have friends that are that passionate about vegetarianism and I think that’s awesome. What I do care about is being healthy, humane and acting responsibly towards the earth.
Thus, I do think that the average American should take the advice I’ve heard so many times about cutting meat out of a few of their meals a week because of the positive impact it would have on the environment if we all did that. So maybe I’m a little passionate about it.
It’s funny how all these things in my life start tying together. Vegetarianism, caring about health, food allergies, being humane to animals. After watching Food Inc. I really couldn’t bring myself to eat commercial meat.
We actually buy the Smart Chicken brand anyway, because that is the one that is organic at Harris Teeter. I would rather get chicken not fed corn and soy feed, because it’s better for the chicken but also because a few of the moms I know whose kids also react to corn find their kids do better eating chicken not fed corn.
And although I’m not totally sure of what minute amounts of everything Ada reacts too, why eat genetically modified corn and soy when organic is available? Notwithstanding the fact that you in take a lot more pesticides through non-organic meat and dairy than non-organic vegetables, so that’s where we put out money.
Anyway, after watching Food Inc I went to Smart Chicken’s website to look around at how they treat their chickens and found out that they are the only chicken processor in the US that is humane-certified. So now I’m basically only eating Smart Chicken Organic Chicken.
I would like to still move toward vegetarianism, but right now, with Ada’s protein issues and the fact that I’m nursing and need to keep up my own health, this chicken and fish that is sustainably certified is what I eat. Its funny– it makes it simpler in a way. Last night I was looking at the frozen fish and wondering which one to buy. My choice was made easy by the fact that only two had the Marine Stewardship Council’s seal.