My first year of eating no factory farmed vertebrates went fairly well.
When eating at home, it took no extra cost or effort to stick to the diet.
I’ve become less comfortable eating at restaurants, because I find few acceptable choices at most restaurants, and because poor labeling has caused me to mistakenly get food that wasn’t on my diet.
The constraints were strict enough that I lost about 4 pounds during 8 days away from home over the holidays. That may have been healthier than the weight gain I succumbed to during similar travels in prior years, but that weight loss is close to the limit of what I find comfortable.
In theory, I should have gotten enough flexibility from my rule to allow 120 calories per month of unethical animal products for me to be mostly comfortable with restaurant food. In practice, I found it psychologically easier to adopt an identity of someone who doesn’t eat any factory farmed vertebrates than it would have been to feel comfortable using up the 120 calorie quota. That made me reluctant to use any flexibility.
The quota may have been valuable for avoiding a feeling of failure when I made mistakes.
I still have some unresolved doubts about how much to trust labels. Pasture-raised eggs are available in Colorado in winter, but chicken meat is reportedly unavailable due to weather-related limits on keeping chickens outdoors. Why doesn’t that reasoning also apply to eggs?
I’m still looking for a good substitute for Questbars. These come closest:
- Bearded Brothers energy bar (too much sugar)
- Bulletproof Collagen Bar (high in saturated fat)
- Hammer Whey Bar (too much sugar)
- home made protein balls (whey protein, almond meal, almond milk, erythritol, cocoa powder) (sticky/messy)
For most people, it would be hard enough to follow my diet strictly that I recommend starting with an easier version. One option would be to avoid factory farmed chicken/eggs (i.e. focus on the avoiding the cruelest choices). And please discriminate against restaurants that don’t label their food informatively.
I plan to continue my diet essentially unchanged, with maybe slightly less worry about what I eat when traveling or at parties.