For health reasons, I've been vegetarian for over 12 years--the health reason being I couldn't stop eating crappy foods like Whoppers and such. Since then my cholesterol has dropped and I've lost weight, shifting it into muscle with my new-found energy.
But recently I've been wondering what a nice steak would taste like and if I really missed it.
Well yesterday was my girlfriend's birthday and since she eats meat and my diet generally dictates where we go out for dinner I decided to take her out to one of the "nicer" steakhouses in Seattle--Daniel's Broiler. I told her we could go anywhere she wanted: The Met, El Gaucho, where ever. She felt Daniel's had the best steak so we went there.
Anyway, my curiosity got the better of me and I surprised her when I ordered their Filet Mignon (medium, for those wondering). I got nervous about it at first and really hesitated when it arrived.
The first bite was really good. The second, even better. I started to wonder if I was going to start eating meat again. Then, after eating about 1/2 of it (mind you, this was only a 9 oz. piece of meat) I kind of stopped liking it. It tasted ok and all, but I was just done eating it. I started in on my baked potato instead and finished it.
So the question is, was my mind/body craving the meat for some essential mineral and, having received it, the desire subsided? In full disclosure I have forced myself to think of meat as "bad for me" even though I really don't think that way; I just think the type of meat I tend to eat is bad. I'm beginning to wondering if that is what made me "turn on the steak" half way through it.
Anyway, I thought it was a very interesting experiment and I'm open to the idea of eating meat again if it's "high end" meat, but I've felt sick for the past 18 or so hours and I'm thinking I might be a "one and done", having satiated my thirst for blood.
I'm guessing I'll get a ton of people telling me I can eat meat without eating bad, and I'm going to preempt this by saying that I truly cannot. I either drink or I don't drink; I smoke or don't smoke; I exercise a ton or don't do it at all; I gamble in Vegas or spend the weekend by the pool. It's a character flaw for sure, but trust me that I cannot control myself. I've already started daydreaming about bacon chicken sandwiches again...