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OK, this entry is going to be open. For the whole world to see. Because this is something that has been bothering me, and I feel that everyone should hear what I have to say.

So, most, if not all, of us know that there are certain subjects which are forbidden between polite company. For example, salary, politics, and religion. I would like to move to add a new item to this list: diet. I don't mean if you're trying to lose weight or not - in that case, tell people. Support can be one of the most important things to a successful diet. No, I mean diet preference.

The times, they are a-changin'. It isn't just hippies and wierdos who are vegetarian anymore. And it isn't just vegetarian, either. Now people are Vegan, raw-Vegan, octo-lacto-vegetarian, pescetarian, pollotarian... And I think that most people who have these "alternative" eating styles are certainly free to do as they please. I have many friends who are anywhere from pescetarian to full-blown raw-Vegan - and I support these people, and their right to choose.

What I don't support is the judgment, and the nagging, and the general superiority that comes with a lot of these diets. And, no, chances are that if you are my friend and you are reading this, I don't mean you. Even a little bit. Sincerely - I love that you guys are doing what you do, whether your reasons are personal, or if they are for the greater good, or if they're just cuz you love animals. I salute you, truly, for doing something that means so much. And please - feel free to talk to me about this, but let's do it face to face, not on Facebook to draw attention to ourselves.

I have recently been involved in arguments with a friend of mine concerning diet. Does losing weight necessarily mean being healthy? Is organic meat really any holier than regular old factory farmed meat? Is it the government's business to tell us what we can and can't eat?

I don't know the answer to all of these questions. What I do know is that it is no one's business but MINE what I eat. If I want to eat nothing but veal for the rest of my life? That's my choice and my business. If I want to be a raw-Vegan and eat nothing but uncooked veggies, raw cheeses, chia pudding, etc... Also my business. But it's not YOUR business. And it isn't my business to know every single detail of your eating habits. I'm sick to death of people acting like their shit doesn't stink because they eat nothing but organic meat and produce, don't drink soda, NEVER go to McDonald's... And I'm certainly sick of people who think that the government should dictate what we can and can't eat.

It is the government's job to educate people on good nutrition. This much I agree with. But it is NOT the job of the government to tell us we can't have transfats, or soda, or any of the many other things that people think are a no-no. We have the right to choose in this country. We can choose our clothes, hair color, husbands, wives, and partners, our gender, the gender of our partners, the race of our partners, our religion... we should be allowed to choose what our diet consists of.

I feel better. I needed to vent. I'm really frustrated with people getting in each other's faces about what they should or should be eating. Because let me tell you this - I may still eat chicken McNuggets from McDonald's once in a great while. And I may drink sodas here and there (mostly diet, these days). But you know what? I've lost 25 pounds in 5 months, my blood pressure has gone back down to a normal rate, and I feel much more energetic. My libido has even increased (sorry if that is too much info for some of you). I feel better. And yes, again, my diet certainly isn't perfect. But I won't stand for anyone telling me I'm not doing right by myself. And I won't have them trying to act high and mighty because they live at home and can afford organic products.

So there.



Incidentally, whenever I hear someone talk about being pescetarian, I think that means they worship Joe Pesce for a moment before I remember what it really means.