'Look into my eyes...I'll stop you being vegan'
If truth be told, I don't really love fish. I find them a bit repulsive with their scales, scary mouths and darting ways. But I support their right to live and that's one of the reasons I don't eat them.
Although a Trigger fish once 'charged' me repeatedly during a dive and scared the neoprene off me. I sank to the bottom of the sea, mask full of water, hyperventilating.
THAT fish I would have happily served up on a platter to anyone who cared to feast on it.
Back to the point.
I don't eat meat or fish and up until recently nor did my children. They've tried it occasionally - the odd sausage here, a mouthful of cod there - but they seem happy to stick with the veggie status quo.
Yucky, Smelly Fish
So lately it's a bit weird to find myself in the fish aisle at supermarkets, actively planning meals that involve yucky, smelly fish.
It's the allergies. My daughter can't eat eggs, milk or nuts so where's a vegetarian supposed to get her protein? And remember she's six, so pulses are not top of her list unless they are served on candy floss.
I can't remember how it happened, but somewhere she tried fish fingers. And liked them.
Do you know, I never thought I'd be so happy to see fish in my freezer. Finally here was a form of protein that was good for her, that she liked and that didn't bring her out in hives.
Vegetarian principles? Straight out the window.
Observe my vegetarian principles...and now watch me hurl them from the window with joy.
Because as much as I support the right to life of animals and fish-type beings, I'm afraid that my daughter's health ranks significantly higher.
If you are a principled vegan or vegetarian, perhaps you are appalled. And of course I can see that viewed from a certain angle I am looking pretty spineless.
But if your child is forced to eat a restricted diet, you may well have experienced that nagging concern about providing balanced meals.
And maybe like me you have a huge portfolio of nutritional horror stories in your head at any one time? The current one is the story I heard years ago about a lack of eggs causing someone to get cataracts. Did I make that one up? Possibly, but it still bothers me.
So the fish might not solve the cataract problem (real or imagined) but for the time being it's helping out with the nutrition/allergies/help conundrum.
Sold-out, spineless sap?
What do you think?
a) Sold-out, spineless sap?
b) Brownie points to me for adjusting my values to suit the more pressing dietary needs of my daughter?
(In case you haven't realised, I'm pushing you towards choosing 'b'.)
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