Dairy vs. Meat

French cheeses

I'm an odd one. I stopped eating mammals in the 80s. Occasionally I'll consume some sort of mammal meat — usually pork, sausage or bacon — but for the most part I eschew it. Truthfully, I don't enjoy it. I never did. Which is why, when I read "The Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka, this line stood out to me greatly because it explained the ease with which I could give up meat –something everyone else I knew LOVED:

"Because," said the hunger artist, lifting his head a little and speaking, with his lips pursed, as if for a kiss, right into the overseer's ear, so that no syllable might be lost, "because I couldn't find the food I liked. If I had found it, believe me, I should have made no fuss and stuffed myself like you or anyone else."

Giving up dairy would be miserable for me. It is, for lack of a better term, the life-blood of my diet. I eat yogurt at least once a day, if not two. There are so many amazing types of cheeses to taste, try, consume, and adore that I can't imagine a day without it. And butter — even that has degrees of amazingness from banal and bland to full, rich, creamy and decadent. It's the starting point to every wonderful dessert, and the finish to sauces.

However, it's my love of ice cream that would make giving up dairy the worst. While I don't care for whipped cream, I love ice cream. Just the thought of the rich concoction melting on my tongue spreading rich saturated flavors throughout my mouth sends shivers down my spine. Can anything be so wonderful as a taste of the right ice cream?

Meat is nothing — a side dish to life. Dairy, however, is the starting point to everything decadent, wonderful, and interesting in the dietary world.

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One thought on “Dairy vs. Meat

  1. Provoked says:

    I was a vegetarian for quite a few years… No flesh of any kind. I thought that was the moral position regarding the unnecessary harm to innocent life. I thought I had removed the slaughterhouse from my support.

    I too lived on dairy… I come from a European family – We had some sort of cheese at every meal. I worked for 2 years at Hickory Farms and sampled hundreds of varieties of imported cheeses… I also ate ice cream and yogurt daily. So I do understand from where you come — I loved anything made of cow’s milk too… And I thought I was supplementing my aging bones with calcium. What better reason to eat dairy?

    Well, 3 years ago I was given information that reverses that question for me. I can’t possibly abide by the horribly cruel practices of the dairy industry. I learned that the cows are kept in a state of constant artificial impregnation. Their newborn calves are taken from them almost immediately. Some go to slaughter with their umbilical cords still attached. Others live out 4 short months in tiny crates to become veal… Even the cows are sent to slaughter at a fraction of their life. No… I found there was nothing kind or “wholesome” in cheese.

    And as far as the calcium goes… I learned from a few respected dieticians that cow’s milk makes our blood acidic – This actually leaches calcium from our bones to compensate. If you research you’ll find the countries that consume the most dairy – Are also the ones that suffer with the highest numbers of osteoporosis among many other illnesses had when eating things that come from animals.

    Finally, it seems so odd to me now when I think of humans never being weaned properly. All other species – once they get their teeth – Live on solid food. Yet we adults – are still at the mammary glands – Of another species no less! Even stealing the milk from the calf it was meant for!

    I have found that cow’s milk is not wholesome, nor healthy, nor kind. There are a great many plant based “cheezes” that are delicious and satisfying. You might want to search the web for many other reasons to eschew dairy. Notmilk.com is a good start. Or the Humane Myth (dot) org.

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