Forced Frugality: Applying Lockdown Life Lessons to Reach FI Faster

By Dr. Leif Dahleen of Physician on Fire, WCI Network Partner

The last time I went even a week without eating red meat was 40-some years ago when I was an infant with no canine teeth and no ability to discern edible from inedible objects. Back when I didn’t know a Lego from a lamb chop.

I’ve somehow managed to get by with more than 15 years of shacking up with a dietitian without dropping red meat from my diet for more than a day or two. That changed abruptly in February 2020 when I agreed to give up red meat completely for Lent.

For seven weeks, we almost didn’t touch red meat at all, and that’s a big change for this meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. I say “almost” because there were the airport lounge dumplings we semi-accidentally ate that very likely contained pork. Also, I thought it would be funny to eat one of the last two mini pizza rolls that my kids had heated up, not realizing that I was eating pepperoni until it was too late. I think I avoided beef…

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This article was written by Josh Katzowitz and originally published on