Going Veggie (or Not): My Vitameatavegamin Undoing #30daysofgood

VitameatvegaminThe only thing “good” about this post is that I am able to use an “I Love Lucy” reference:

Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin. Yes, Vitameatavegamin contains Vitamins Meat Vegetables and Minerals.
(“Lucy Does a TV Commercial”, Season 1, Episode 30).

Emphasis on "Meat”…as in I found out today that the vitamins I had been trying to be consistent in taking actually have meat in them.  The label reads:

…dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (contains gelatin from several species of whitefish)

…that is Vitamin E.

To the Walgreens bottle labeling credit, that note is in bold.  So I am not blaming the company for my inability to read labels, but I am fairly peeved at myself for that fact. 

I have certainly gone through a number of extra steps to try and keep on with this:

  • Asking Canter’s if their vegetable soup was made of vegetable broth
  • Not eating miso soup at sushi because it is fish-based
  • Asking for no eel sauce on my vegetable tempura rolls because it may or may not have eel extract in it (I checked at the Korean market sometime after and yielded both possibilities in my analysis).

…and I have been undone (a little) by not reading my vitamins label!

This reminds me a bit of my fast food consciousness post earlier this month – this sort of automation we conduct in our lives with specific things.  I don’t think it’s so bad that that’s what whitefish is being used for, but I do think it’s bad that I didn’t know that, especially since I could have known that earlier from just reading the back of my bottle of vitamins.

And in the end – it’s kind of amazing, isn’t it?  That there are so many little details that make up our lives?  I never really thought whitefish could ever be entangled in my personal goals – at least not consciously, at least not writing a blog post about it. 

And if a little whitefish can cause a little unraveling of #30daysofGOOD, who knows what other things can in either direction?