More than half of the way through No red meat December and quite frankly I’m a bit bored. This is not challenging. This is not that hard. I don’t feel like I’m denying myself anything and really I’m not. Giving up red meat for 30 days is a lot easier than I thought it would be.
Let’s get one thing straight. I LOVE Beef. I’m a child of the 80s and vividly remember the Wendy’s ‘Where’s The Beef’ campaign. Hamburgers, steaks, I can’t really think of what else you make from beef but you get the picture. When I was a little girl and my father would ask me what I wanted to eat, I would apparently always answer “steak”. He used to do a voice as an imitation of little me saying “steak” which was quite funny. And Funny because it was not the voice of a little 7 year old girl, more of a Bill Cosby/John Belushi comedic voice, anyway, it was gold. And accurate because I love and have always loved Steak. If I were to die tomorrow, I can almost promise you that my last meal would involve a rare-ish steak, béarnaise sauce, chips, with mint chocolate chip and cookies n cream ice cream for dessert. I haven’t put a lot of thought into it, but that would probably be my all time favourite meal.
Knowing this, and knowing that I always choose beef as a choice of filling, topping, or protein, I thought this would be a really tough challenge.
But it’s not. And I’m disappointed.
I’m not sure whether I’ve gone for the easy option by considering pork white meat and not red. (Let’s face it marketing works on me, and to me pork is “the other white meat”) There is a fair bit of debate on the internet as to which camp pork belongs to so I don’t feel like I’ve knowingly cheated but I feel like I must be cheating because it’s just.too.easy. It could be because right behind a juicy steak on my list of favourite foods, is a nice juicy pork chop. If my Dad is to blame for my love of red meat, my mom gets blamed for my love of pork. If I had to pick one meal for my mother to make it would be her famous (in my eyes) breaded pork chops with white rice, corn, peas, and of course apple sauce on the side. There has to be apple sauce otherwise it’s just not quite right.
I know I shouldn’t complain as I eat my Ham, cheese, and tomato sandwich (ok, no I’m not actually eating one right now) but you know what I mean. Can I challenge be a challenge if it’s easy???
Clearly next month we’ll have to step it up a notch! Will we go fully vegetarian? Liquid while the sun is up? Vegan before 6? (see article here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/mark-bittman-vegan-before-6-vb6_n_3224415.html) I’m not sure what January has in store, but it will be tough. I’m ready to get back to the Challenge part of the Challenge.