That’ll do Pig

One of my favorite movies is Babe.  It was released in 1995.  I imagine all of you have seen it, but if not it is a delight. 

After watching it, I seriously considered becoming a vegetarian.  I loved the Pig and the story.  It made me appreciate how smart pigs are and I began to wonder if my love of all thing’s pork was worth the price of a pig.

Since Babe was released 26 years ago, I’ve toyed with vegetarianism.  I’m not a huge fan of red meat, but I do like a burger or pork on occasion. 

After I was diagnosed with cancer, I consumed even less red meat.  Up until recently, the advice from the American Cancer Society was to limit red meat to 12-18 ounces cooked per week to lower cancer risk.  The new 2020 guidelines are to eliminate red meat entirely. Note: the recommendation is to also eliminate alcohol completely – that is for another day ☹.

Our beloved dog, Yulie, died recently.  Thanks to a hummingbird, I got the message that the best way to honor our dog was to finally stop eating meat and poultry.  I stopped cold turkey (pardon the pun) and haven’t looked back since.

Thanks to Yulie and Babe, I’m joining the ranks of many people (KP, JM) I admire who are pescatarians – basically fish-eating vegetarians.  In addition to fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes, I also eat dairy products and eggs. 

Note: My husband and I follow the guidelines from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch in our fish choices. 

I firmly believe that there is no one perfect diet PERIOD!  I just think this is a good plan for me.  It is easy to follow since my husband and I are both seafood lovers and live in the Pacific Northwest where we can find fresh fish year around.  And seafood is on every menu in our beloved Liguria, so our Italian travel works too. 

That’ll do Pig. That’ll do.

Farmer Hoggett, Babe, 1995



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