Aren’t you glad it’s Thursday?! One day closer to the weekend which for me will mean a few days at my parents and then – hopefully – a stop in Hamburg to meet my sister and a friend I haven’t seen in way too long. But before we talk about weekend plans there are some thoughts on my mind that require thinking out loud and I’d be happy to hear your take on the issue so go comment crazy.
Unless you’re new to my blog it’s not a secret that legumes are my beef and vegetable more than side dishes to me. In short: I’m a vegetarian. Lacto-vegetarian, largely vegan, to be exact. All fine and well. If it wasn’t for my background and the fact that any kind of clearly labeled diet is always a potential playground/hiding place for an ED. And yes … Labels are for tin cans.
Does that mean I feel restricted by my diet? Tough one. On one hand: no. I don’t crave meat, fish never appealed to me and gelatin … let’s not even get there. But then there’s the finer line between ‘my’ vegetarianism and others’. I don’t eat any kind of cheese but just those clearly labeled as vegetarian. Which still leaves me with plenty of choices if shopping and cooking on my own – not at restaurants’ or others’ houses, though. About three years [give or take a few months] ago I eschewed eggs from my diet because a) I’d never been too keen on them as is in anway [only hidden in baked goods or the likes] and – more importantly – b) I couldn’t ethically stand the idea of eating them anymore. So generally, this leaves me as a lacto-vegetarian guided by ethics. Ideally, I would like to be fully vegan again at some point but looking back I know it only ever was ethically-led for a very short time before it became disordered.
Nevertheless, I keep a close check on my thoughts and choices at all times. When at an all-vegetarian or even vegan restaurant: Do I make my choice based on my cravings or a fear of higher calorie options [i.e. skipping creamy sauces or nixing the avocado a dish might be served with]? And then there’s the ice cream issue: a bowl of ice cream seems to be the dessert of choice for quite a few bloggers – as evidenced in WIAW posts – and seeing as it’s one of my favourite desserts my cravings are sparked regularly. However, the choices for non-sketchy ingredient ice creams that are also egg-less are slim at stores around here. Vegan ones? Don’t even ask. Unless you live in a bigger city you’re out of luck over here.
So why am I sharing my, shall we call it: dietary dilemma? Because I’m convinced I’m not alone on this one. In fact, I’ve talked to and heard from other people on certain diets longing for foods that didn’t make the cut for their dietary choices. Even some who stick with a gluten-free diet as they said it made them feel better while never being diagnosed by a doctor and not feeling completely awful when eating gluten. One of those bloggers I talked to admitted her choice of living gluten-free was influenced by the media and many others shunning wheat from their diets – regardless of her own [gut] feelings.
I wish I had a solution, a handy checklist to see if a dietary decision we make is induced by ethics or eating disorders, metabolism or media influence, but alas, I don’t. Should I turn
a two blind eyes to that good, prouncable-ingredient ice cream at the store at times or stick with ethics? Is the fact alone I/we feel torn on occasion a sign of an eating disorder hiding in disguise? I’m clueless. But not in an Alicia Silverstone way.
Happiness-inducing today: Finishing the revision of another paper my sister had to write for her studies. Call me a grammar nerd: it’s a label I’m proudly wearing. (:
Stay in touch!
No questions today but whatever thoughts and experiences you feel like sharing on the issue.