For the second time, I became a Pescetarian.
I learned a lot about myself...
The joy of seafood and veggies was this awakening akin to Buddha to his Nirvana.
I gave up meat to maintain weight.
While I'm against animal cruelty and depleting our planet's natural resources, I believe we all play a part in the great circle of life.
At least it was dramatic when Mufasa tells the young Lion King Simba about the conscience that comes with devouring impala and them zebras.
And then I failed...
Yes, my taste bud raved by the taste of meat, yet, my system starts to be toxic again.
I was hungry every 2 hours, hyper-acidity is off the charts, and I gained the weight back.
I got depressed and moody and sarcastic.
For 6 months I ate everything from pork chops to grilled chicken to quarter pounder burgers, I was at the top of the food chain.
Yes, higher than Anthony Bourdain could ever be.
That stint would eventually end on December 31.
It's been 34 days since I last tasted meat...
Temptations don't affect me anymore.
I've become stronger.
Watching videos and reading materials about the cruelty the livestock industry is experiencing made my resolve stronger than Batman not leaving the Justice League, because he's got no super powers.
The Batman feels a little out of place sometimes.
Startin on a new year is pretty powerful. It makes you wanna stick to it no matter what because damn: 2015 is gonna be SO far and by the time you get there, damages have already been done making the effort triple hard.
That's like an underfed Simba trying not to eat Pumbaa with Timon not around.
A great big news ... from McDonald's!
I looked for an alternative and found out McDonald's is serving a fish burger called Filet-O-Fish.
The heavens have opened up...
Particularly, I'm no fan of it allegedly using mechanically separated chicken for its Chicken McNuggets.
Here's a snippet about the origins of the iconic Filet-O-Fish from Nwitimes.com:
It was 1962. Lou Groen owned a McDonald's in predominantly Catholic Monfort Heights near Cincinnati, Ohio. During Lent, Catholics didn't eat meat on Friday, and Groen watched his customers flock to a nearby restaurant for a fish sandwich.
So Groen, who was also Catholic, decided to create his own fish sandwich. He cut up halibut, dipped the pieces in batter and fried them. Groen was so happy with his sandwich that he traveled to Chicago and suggested that Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's, add it to the menu. Kroc wasn't impressed. But Groen didn't give up. Finally Kroc, who founded McDonald's in 1955, made a wager.
McDonald's would try out Groen's fish sandwich on the menu for Good Friday, as well as Kroc's own meatless creation (which he favored), called "The Hula Burger" (a slice of grilled pineapple with a slice of cheese heated on a bun). They would see which sandwich had the higher sales and that sandwich would be added to the menu.
On Good Friday, Groen sold 350 of his fish sandwich. Kroc never said how many Hula Burgers he sold (one source says six). And by 1965, McDonald's Filet-O-Fish was perfected and added to menus.
Today, customers eat more than 300 million of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches each year and it's considered the world's best-selling fish sandwich.
Love at first bite...
A pure unadulterated kind of love. Rose Dawson could never! Partnering it with fries and iced coffee (I don't touch soda) kinda borders the love affair to obsessive affair.
It's just so good.