A couple years ago I spent a couple months on a pescetarian diet. Inspired by my yoga training, it was an interesting experiment to see if I could eventually transition to a vegetarian diet. It was hard, and I gave in a couple times along the way (pulled pork - who can resist?). Eventually I knew my body wanted MEAT or, at the least, more protein. Plus I was really struggling to balance eating only fish and feeding a family who was not.
Despite my failed attempt to clean up my carnivore diet, I did learn something along the way - a little bit of self-deprivation is good for the soul. Denying myself delicious things taught me a lot about my mind-body connection. It felt empowering to be in control. It was a truly spiritual connection. In fact, self denial is a reoccurring them throughout many religions. Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert fasting (and then tempted by Satan). The Buddha fasted for 49 days during his quest for enlightenment. In Judaism, Yom Kippur is used as a day of fasting and meditation. Considered one of the most holy days of the year, it’s a day for prayer and penance. By removing food, you remove distraction and are forced to focus deeper on your spiritual pursuits.
It sounds like I’m going to fast, huh? Well, I’m not. I find it an amazing and noble cause, but it’s not for me - at least not this stage in the game. But, what I am going to do, is try to cut out meat again. This time, however, I’ve got Chris on board. First we’re going to eat down our supply of meat in the deep freezer, which shouldn’t take too long, and try our best to make vegetarian choices at lunch. It won’t be easy, especially since we eat out most weekday lunches, but should be a good challenge for our will power. I’m looking forward to feeling both powerful and frustrated at the same time. Here’s hoping!
With that said - anyone have any good tofu recipes?