Over 30 years have passed since I was a vegetarian. My coworkers thought I was crazy. Dinner invitations were met with hesitation. Some friends made excuses like “My hamster is sick and I can’t come over for supper”. My life as a vegetarian lasted 18 months.
At the grocery store the other day I was asked if I was a vegetarian. I said no. When I thought about the correct answer, I really had no answer. There’s not really a good word to describe my eating habits. Most weeks two thirds of my meals are meatless. I avoid processed foods and fast food restaurants. I guess I try to eat less bad food and more good health enhancing foods like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, less animal products, and more craft beer.
I stumbled upon this old TED talk this morning. If you are not familiar with the work of Dr. Dean Ornish, this short video is a great place to start.