Eating Meat Responsibly
Have you ever walked by the meat section in the grocery and really thought about the massive amounts of flesh just laying there? What about the fact that you are in just one store?!?
In the mid-size city where I live, there are what seems like, hundreds of grocery stores! It’s pretty overwhelming to think of all the lives sacrificed everyday for our nourishment. Thoughts like this made me turn to vegetarianism a couple of years ago. Imagine that, a farm girl vegetarian?
My Vegetarian Dilemma
My decision to be a vegetarian was an easy one, I am an animal lover, and it breaks my heart to think about the abuse going on during the raising and processing of animals for consumption. I won’t go into details, you can watch multiple documentaries about it on Netflix, or pick up a book at the library, but there are so many inhumane things done to animals, it’s hard to imagine anyone thinking that this treatment is okay.
My life without most animal products was kinda tough. While eating a vegetarian diet, I suffered a hip injury playing tennis, not sure if my diet had anything to do with it, but it definitely makes me think.
My digestive track, was to put it nicely, a mess! I felt like I could never quite regulate my energy levels, I had a lot of crashing, and highs and lows. I was eating more grains than I had in years, and although I know that beans and lentils are not my friend, I ate them anyhow, for protein. And, ironically, my cholesterol numbers went up, crazy! I wanted it to work so bad, for the sake of all the animals I was saving. But, my body just did not agree!
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Making the Decision to Eat Meat Again
I decided to eat meat again last August. I just wanted to test it out, to see if I might feel a little more normal again. Surprisingly, and somewhat sadly, I really did. I’m playing tennis again, and my digestion is back on track (most days).
I made a promise to myself, when I went back to eating meat, that I’d only be eating responsibly raised and sourced meat and seafood. I wasn’t going to support the inhumane treatment of animals.
For that reason, I am a loyal customer of ButcherBox. Which means, no more buying meat from the store, not knowing how those animals were treated, or what antibiotics they may have been given. (If you are interested in reading more about my views on mindful eating, and the importance of listening to your body, check out my post).
I’m guessing many of you have seen the ads for ButcherBox meat delivery service. Our family started ordering from them again last August, but we had been customers prior to my diet change. They are a great company, with high quality standards, I truly do recommend giving them a try!
The following is directly from the ButcherBox Website:
When it comes to eating meat, quality matters.
“There’s no way to substitute for standards. That’s why we pay special attention to every step of the process. From food to bedding, our animals are cared for. We make sure to accommodate their natural tendencies – cattle like to roam, hogs like to move dirt with their snouts, and chickens like to peck.”
“After all, quality is influenced by how the animal lived: Was it healthy and content? Was it ever given antibiotics or hormones? Was it humanely raised on a farm with sustainable practices?”
To read more about their sourcing please check out the following link:
What to Expect When You Become a Customer
My box arrived today. I’m always very pleased with the quality of the product on delivery, after all, it’s meat and it definitely matters! They always package it in eco-friendly packaging, with proper insulation so the meat stays frozen.
This is what was in my box:
- 6 -Boneless Chicken Breast
- 3 packages of Chicken Thighs
- 2 lbs of ground beef
- 2 – 10 oz strip steaks
- 16 oz premium steak tips
How does it work?
If you’ve ever had a meal delivery service before, the process if very similar, if not, here’s what you can expect.
- With ButcherBox, first you choose your box. You can customize one or choose from a variety of combinations. As a family, we don’t really eat much pork, so our box generally includes just chicken and beef (with occasional bacon). You can change it up every month if you’d like, I often do.
- After you choose your plan, it’s time to choose your delivery date and frequency. We get it delivered every other month, as a family of 4, and we are able to make it last. You can cancel or pause at any time, there’s no long term commitment.
- ButcherBox will email you a few days before you box ships, in case you want to make any changes. And then again when it ships, that way, you know to be looking for your meat, especially if it’s coming on a warm day.
- Once you receive your box, place your meat in the freezer until you’re ready to cook it. Not sure how to cook it? ButcherBox has a library of recipe ideas on their site. I have used their recipes many times, I’m not exactly a gourmet chef, so I need a little (or a lot) of ideas and guidance.
A Great Special For First Time Customers
This month only, new customers who sign up will receive 2lbs of Free ground beef for life. Follow this link (or any of the links in this post) to purchase: ButcherBox Special.