I Want To Cut Down On Eating Meat

For a few months, my roommate and I have been exploring ways to cut down on eating meat. Mainly we’ve been eating too much red meat, but we do eat way too much meat in general. He gets these vegan burger patties from Whole Foods and it’s my job to cook them. It turns out, vegan burgers are pretty good.

Also, did you know that you can get groceries from Amazon now if you live near a Whole Foods? Here are the burgers we get. They’re “Beyond Burgers”. I’m not a strict vegan so I haven’t done that much research into the brand or anything. Just so you know, I’m a member of the Amazon Associate program and I earn from qualifying purchases with the ad below.

No, they don’t taste like a beef patty, but they taste good anyway. I try not to over-season them, but I do season them a little bit. I usually just throw some simple sea salt and black pepper.

I like hot sauce on mine. My roommate hates hot sauce. I put cheese on mine mine. My roommate doesn’t like that, either. One day he’ll just have to deal with it probably, because I’m not a professional chef and will forget one of these days.

I’m going to try to cut down on eating meat a few times a week.

Anyway, I could see myself eating vegan food a few times a week. I guess it’s not actually vegan food if I put cheese on it, and a lot of other stuff, but it’s a step in the right direction. I’m also starting some Krav Maga classes so I can get more physically active. Exercise is important, but so is eating right. I still like meat, but I think the trick is moderation. It seems that we’re finding we all just eat way too much meat. Of course, everything about food changes all the time because there’s still a lot we don’t know about it.

Vegan food is also very expensive. Some of the prices are starting to come down a little bit, but it’s still not at the price it needs to be. I suppose there’s other ways to not eat as much meat besides getting expensive vegan food? I think pasta dishes cut down on it a lot. There are also some really interesting things you can do with Cauliflower and peppers that I want to try.

Leave me a comment and let me know what are some of your preferred meat-cutting meals? I could always do pasta every day of the weak. I also don’t require meat in my spaghetti. My roommate does, though. You can contact me via my contact page, follow me on Twitter, and like my page on Facebook.

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My Doppelganger Works At A Gay Spa

First of all, I’m gay. I’m on Grindr and Scruff a lot. They are gay dating apps. Some say gay hookup apps. Also Tinder, but it’s not as effective. Well, neither are Grindr or Scruff. Right, the point is, I’m gay. Apparently I have a doppelganger and he works at a gay spa.

Quite frequently I get a message from someone on one of those apps and we’ll talk for a few minutes. Then they’ll mention they saw me out and they’ll say they thought I was cute. I’ll get very excited and start to wonder where they saw me at. But then they say they saw me at this gay spa here in Louisville.

I’m familiar with the place because everyone told me about it. People tell me it is a place where gay guys go to hook up. I’ve never been there. I’m not knocking it, it’s just not my thing. I’d rather secretly crush on someone for a few years, confess my undying love for them, and get turned down, like always.

Sometimes I’ll mention that I don’t go there because I’m not into hooking up with strangers, at least not like that. They’ll say, “Nope, this place isn’t actually like that.” Then they’ll try to get me to come back where they’re at in the spa.

Anyway, these guys won’t believe me when I tell them that it wasn’t me. They think I’m lying. They’ll swear up and down that it was me. Sometimes the conversations turn into really stupid fights because of it. These guys always get the last word, and it’s usually something like, “Okay, whatever, dude. I know it was you.”

All I want to know is, who is this guy? And does he really look like me? Is he younger or older? Is he cute?

I’ve thought about going to this gay spa to see if I can find him, but then I’ll lose my only real good defense in these situations: being able to say I’ve never been there.

eric shay howard anime snapchat filter

By the way, I wrote this really quick Thursday night before bed on top of my clean clothes because I really wanted to post a blog every day this week. I DID IT! I blogged every day for a week while working full-time and going to grad school. It is possible. They might not have all been the greatest blog posts in the world, but I did it. I’d like to keep this going as long as I can. I’m afraid if I stop I’ll lose momentum. That’s what happened to my YouTube channel. Ever since grad school, I just haven’t been able to figure out a new way to make YouTube videos.

Also, my roommate snapped this picture of me while I was writing this blog post. He was playing with the new anime Snapchat filter. I’m pretty sure that anime filter got my lazy eye matched perfectly, which is super interesting.

Do you hook-up? Most gay guys tell me they do. I’m the “weird one”. It’s fine. You do you, man. Leave me a comment and let me know some of your weird Grindr and gay app dating stories. You can also contact me via my contact page, follow me on Twitter, and like my page on Facebook.

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I Make My Coffee With A French Press

I haven’t talked about coffee very much on this blog. Coffee is good. I try not to drink too much of it, but I go through periods where I definitely drink way too much. I’ve tried lots of different coffee makers, contraptions, and gadgets. I still prefer making my coffee with a French press.

eric shay howard using french press

When I don’t have the extra funds for coffee from a local coffee shop here in Louisville, I generally use my French press. I prefer the raw flavor of the coffee without the paper filters. The coffee is usually a little stronger than it is when I use a drip coffee maker, but not quite as strong as espresso. I also prefer how simple it is to use. I heat my water on a stove and pour the hot water into the French press with the coffee grounds. Wait 4 minutes. Done.

I make my coffee with a Bodum French press.

I use this Bodum French press that I bought from Amazon. The link below is an affiliate link; I earn from qualifying purchases.

About the only draw back I have found is the soot in the bottom of the cup I drink from. I don’t mind it, but some people don’t like that. To reduce the soot, I try to set my grinder to a decently-sized coarse setting. Depending on the grinder, this setting will vary. It definitely takes some experimentation.

eric shay howard drinking coffee red mug

Reducing The Amount of Coffee I Drink

Anyway, I’m blogging about coffee today because I’m trying to actually reduce the amount of coffee I consume. However, I’m also trying to not eat as much. Working from home has really let in some bad habits. I’ve found that if I don’t drink coffee in the morning, I over-eat instead. I try to keep the coffee black in the morning.

Usually around the afternoon, I go out for a latte so that I don’t over-eat during lunch, either. The last few days I’ve been going earlier than that because of what’s been going on in Louisville.

Anyway, I’m trying to reduce the amount of coffee I’m drinking because I’m trying to lower my blood pressure. It’s all about moderation, right? When I do drink coffee, I try to drink it black (except for when I get a latte). I know this won’t help as much as exercising, which I’m also working on. Finding an exercise routine that works for me has been very difficult. I wasn’t a gym goer as a teenager and I have no friends who prioritize the gym, either. I’ve signed up for some Krav Maga classes next week. I’m hoping being around others and trying to learn something new helps me at least stay more active.

How do you like your coffee?

Do you prefer drip-coffee? A French press? Something else? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m open to trying out all sorts of new coffee things.

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