Life Decisions – Vegetarianism
Just a quick one tonight, folks. And it’s going to be a bit of a heartfelt one, so I’ll try to keep the pondering to a minimum!
Today I made the choice to go vegetarian.
Those who know me well may be rolling their eyes right now and thinking “Really? Again?” but the fact of the matter is this is something that has been playing on my mind for a long time now. About a year and a half ago (right when we got back from South America in fact) I decided that I wanted to give it a try. I had some friends who had recently converted, and I was honestly more looking for a way to lose the South American gut that I’d managed to acquire while overseas (damn those emañadas!).
Recently, however I have been thinking more and more about the other reasons to do it. Pollution, animal cruelty, and health are just a few. I love meat, but I have finally decided that I can’t put the fact that I like something ahead of how wrong I believe it to be. If there was a way that I had easy access to meat that was sustainably processed and cruelty-free I wouldn’t have so much of a problem. Now, I’m not going to preach and I really think that you need to educate yourself before making a decision such as this, otherwise there’s no way you can really commit to it (trust me). There are numerous sites that helped sway my decision, and I would be happy to elaborate on my reasons, should you ask me. But I promised I wasn’t going to preach (at least not on my blog, anyway).
And yes, I have thought about protein. And iron. And I am confident that I will be able to get all 9 of the essential amino acids. Thanks mum in advance!
I’ve also gone back to drinking soy milk. Not sure about how good a vegan I would be, but considering I didn’t eat dairy for the first 18 years of my life, I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard. Luckily I get sustainable and cruelty-free eggs from my mother-in-law.
So, there you have it. Most people make this decision without making a big song and dance out of it, but I know myself, and I know this isn’t going to be an easy journey, so I’m making myself accountable. I’m accountable to you, to myself, and to the environment. I’ll let you know how I go!
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