About two months ago, I made a not very educated decision. I stopped eating chicken and processed meat products such as sausage or salami. I thought I don’t need to do a lot of research to know that these are not very healthy for me. I was trying to eat healthier so I stopped eating these and said myself I will see how it goes.
I was calling myself a semi-vegetarian as a joke but it turns out this actually is a term. Or at least it is used commonly over the internet. I don’t know whether it is an official term or who gets to decide that.
Anyways, to be honest, I don’t feel any healthier after two months, and I still don’t know what I should expect by not eating processed meats or chicken. I just believe this is healthier overall. Good thing is I am not having a very hard time avoiding chicken and processed meat. I have other options like fish or steak when I want to eat something nice with lots of protein in it, so I am doing fine.
When I think about it, this decision was more about moderation for me. I just knew that I was eating too much unhealthy meat, and I wanted to slow down a bit. I didn’t want to go from one extreme to another and become a vegan. I just wanted to slow down a bit. Stopping to eat processed meat and chicken was something I could do without pushing myself too hard. So I made a decision. As I said, it was not an educated decision I made with a lot of research behind it. But sometimes I feel like if I try to know everything about a topic before making a decision, I probably can’t make any decisions at all.
I could probably apply this logic to other things too. There are lots of things I would like to quit: drinking coffee, drinking beer, spending time on social media etc.. I probably would like to quit all these bad habits and live the “perfect and healthiest” life, whatever that means. But I know it is almost impossible for me to do that. I would be too stressed about thinking what I should do and not do all the time. I would like to enjoy moments without thinking too much about do’s and don’ts. So, “being a semi-vegetarian” type of moderation decisions help me balance my life.
Of course, moderation doesn’t apply to everything. I am not very knowledgeable in this area but I would guess a drug addict cannot decrease the amount of drug intake and be fine with it. Even if I am wrong about drugs, I think you get the point. In most cases though I believe it is clear where applying moderation is and is not a good idea.