Is meat really killing us?

I have a dilemma.  We have a dilemma.

Over the weekend, a dear friend of mine who lives in Texas was out and about.  Like many of us, sometimes it’s just easier to grab food while you’re out.  It was convenient so that’s what she did.

I’ll just speak for myself and say that I typically visit Chick-fil-A once a week (don’t give me any side-eyes).  Well, on Saturday morning, she visited Chick-fil-A, too.  But this time it wasn’t the magical, glorious, and this is the best fast-food experience ever that she received that day.  It was quite the opposite.

She ordered the Chick-n-Minis.  You know the cute little chicken breakfast biscuits with the chicken nugget and the very soft doughy rolls.  Well when she bit into that biscuit, OMGEEEEE, let me tell you that was not chicken (see photos below).  She posted the picture on social media and at first glance I thought, this is fake.  It can’t be real.  I then read the post behind the picture and found out that it was indeed real.  If it was ANYONE else or someone I didn’t know, I would have thought, there is no way.  Not Chick-fil-A.  Not my friend.  Not the top of the food chain, best fast-food that was ever invented.

My stomach started doing flips like I was in this years Winter Olympics.  I wanted to keep looking at the picture but then I was scared.  I was disgusted.  Not only did she get chicken that wasn’t all the way cooked, but what is this mystery meat?  They tried to tell her it was fat!!!  I believe we have been around enough chicken to know what chicken fat looks like.

I trusted Chick-fil-A like I trust the brakes on my car.  In life, there are things that we expect.  We expect for our brakes to operate correctly time and time again.   This is why we go through quality control, right?  Same with Chick-fil-A, we expect for chicken to be chicken.  We expect them to do quality control on all of their food items that they are pushing out that window and at that counter.

I don’t eat a lot of fast-food, but when I do, Chick-fil-A was at the very top of my list.  I don’t even eat their nuggets a lot.  I do try to eat somewhat healthy even when eating out but there are still occasions when I have.  My family eats them often, infact too often.  Now I feel like I’ve been compromising my soul.  Compromising my body’s health.  Chick-fil-A isn’t cheap.  One stop at Chick-fil-A for lunch or dinner and we will easily spend a quick $24.  This isn’t a Wendy’s 4 for 4!  I’ve been compromising my coins.

What am I to do now?  Do I stop eating meat all together?  Do I cut back on meat? Do I stop eating chicken?  I mean it was a freaking nugget.  How do you go wrong with a nugget?  The white meat of the chicken?  It’s suppose to be the best part.  I was hurt and it wasn’t even me who bit into that piece of garbage.  You know, I very seldom eat Chinese food now because of that whole “cat” speculation that has been going on for years.  Now I feel like I need to add another food/restaurant chain to the list.

I feel like I’m in a Catch-22 situation, honestly.  I feel damned if I do and damned if I don’t. The food industry has taken a turn for the worse. There are so many documentaries on why meat is no longer good for you.  I’ve had family members who went vegetarian but had to eventually add a little meat back into their diets for the protein.

We need food to survive but this food is killing us.  I need a personal chef—however that isn’t the life I live at the moment.  I know I don’t want to be vegan.  I mean here I am posting blogs on the best way to cook steak and then I’m suddenly torn by this here sitiation.  You don’t just go from steak to vegetables everyday, all day.  Now you see my dilemma?  But perhaps cutting 75% of meat out of my diet will be best.  For now anyway.

I need your help!  Any vegetarians or pescatarians (I just learned of this) out there?  Any suggestions or support groups you’re aware of?  I could use a recipe or two!  What are your thoughts on this?  Is meat really killing us?  Is this our life?

For my friend, I will keep you updated on what happens as she has contacted corporate.  In this situation a free coupon isn’t going to solve the task at hand.  

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via Daily Prompt: Compromise

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12 thoughts on “Is meat really killing us?

  1. I feel trapped. From GMOs to pesticides on veggies and fruits, who do we trust, where do we go. Even if you plant your own garden, your subjected to soil quality and pollution issues. I think stores and restaurants that participate in using non food items should have that in bold print on their menu and all literature. Remember back when restaurants had to list all the calorie counts on their items, this is what should be required now. I am not as healthy as i want, but i do pay attention to labels and ingredients. I remember recently trying to buy some all natural yogurt and pudding for my babies and every single one had artificial ingredients it used GMOs except Fage. I mean the entire display. What are we to do.

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  2. I won’t say a transition is easy. I was vegetarian so transitioning to vegan was relatively easy for me. I love cooking my own vegan meals and I never get tired of what I cook. There is so much variety. I purchase from the local farmers and try to buy organic as far as possible.

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  3. I’m a vegetarian who’s in process transitioning to veganism. I have been a vegetarian for 2 years now and can honestly say that I do not recommend it for everyone. Majority of what we eat should be organic, non-gmo fruits and vegetables. Buying a no-gmo, hormone free chicken from a local cage free farm every once in a while and freezing it and cooking it yourself is what I would personally recommended. Eating that once or twice a week is a good compromise. Naturally, any food- but especially meat- that you eat from a restaurant or fast food chain will be processed in a completely disgusting, unclean, and inhumane manner. That said, there are times when exceptions have to be made for convenience. I can totally understand your disgust, things like this are a huge problem in the food industry.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I agree, this food industry is so messed up. It’s a shame. I am going to try to be as vegetarian as I can. But i’ve been doing fish lately. not sure if that is any better.

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