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I’m Going Veggie!

January 3, 2010

Photo by D Sharon Pruitt of Pink Sherbet Photography

To celebrate New Years, the family went out to eat Korean BBQ.

The meal didn’t sit well with me. I had been off of red meat for a while–not strictly, but I limited my intake of it. I’ve been doing this for a few months, so when I did eat red meat (meatloaf), it tasted salty and just plain weird… Not as good as I remembered it. I was so used to Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs, their turkey meatloaf, or their breaded chicken.

Anyway, I had some chicken from the restaurant and thought it tasted okay (better than the beef or pork). My Mother told me to get more chicken to throw on the grill, and I obliged. I went to the place where they had the raw meat sitting, and had issues staring at it–shiny slimy red meat encased with white fat. The pork next to it didn’t look much better–red slices with white fat marbelized in between. I was able to scoop some and throw it on the grill, and even managed to eat a little bit of it. I kept on convincing myself it would taste normal again with the next bite…or the next one… or the next one…it didn’t work.

As soon as I got home, I started googling. I was going to do it, I just didn’t know how. I had to figure out how to eat a balanced meal while still maintaining a healthy diet.  So I told myself that starting January 2, I would cut out all my meat +  fish. I didn’t (and still don’t) think I can go as far as cutting out dairy and eggs, though I’d eventually like to.

Day one as a lacto-ovo vegetarian was a success though…I think I can do this!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 8:06 pm

    Belle! I too limit my intake of red meat. I actually don’t eat much meat during the week and only get “carnivorous” when I go out to eat. I cannot imagine not eating eggs though, me luvs da yolk! Keep it up!! If you want, I can tell you where to find some yummy meatless alternatives 🙂

  2. juniperjune permalink
    January 8, 2010 7:59 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for nearly 10 years now, and I had a similar experience when I started– it started more as an aversion to meat than as a moral choice, but as I started to think about that aversion more, it turned into a moral issue. And just like you, I had a period of about six months when I thought of myself as “avoiding meat,” and gradually realized that I didn’t even *want* it anymore. So I predict success in your resolution! If you need advice on strategies, restaurants, or cookbooks, let me know. 🙂

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