arcticfox

More on going vegetarian

I just looked at the poll and have been thinking about this all day. The majority of you thought I should just cut back on my meat consumption and I think that you're right however I think that I'm going to take it one step further. I'm going to try and maintain a pretty much meat free diet and attempt to make any meat I do eat organic. Of course, I don't want to become militant or extreme. I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable and therefore I don't plan on making other people conform to my new dietary habits. That means I’ll probably eat meat when it’s served to me, unless of course there is a meat-free alternative also being served. That being said, I'm going to make my own personal grocery list meat free for the time being and see how it goes. I'm also going to try and cut out most of the fast-food junk that I'm putting into my system since it's mostly meat based and definitely not organic or humane by any stretch of the imagination. I will be leaving in dairy and probably eggs, however I’m going to try to ensure both items are also organic as much as possible.

Since hazelbranch and daririb asked the question of whether my motivation for this change was health related or conscience related I figured I'd address it.  This choice has absolutely nothing to do with my overall health.  I think that changing my diet in this way will probably end up being a healthy choice but that's not why I'm considering it.  I am simply motivated by the way "food animals" are treated and the impact that factory farming has on our environment.  That is why I am choosing to eat organic meat if I want meat.  I know that animals have not been pumped full of gods know what and kept cramped up in little pens.  I won't bother you with the information that I found out but it was enough to make me rethink my eating habits.  I could see the slightly extremist points in it but even putting that aside the truth of it really struck a chord with me.  So, that's where I stand at the moment.  We'll see where it goes from here.

As I was running my errands today I decided to put my money where my mouth is and see what it would be like to start cutting out the meat.  I picked up a fruit smoothie from a juice bar around lunch time, followed by a cinnabon (I couldn't resist the smell of it!!) and then as I was headed to an appointment I stopped in to get a subway sub.  My first thought was to get my usual, roasted chicken sub, and that was when I realized how ingrained meat eating is in my life.  I got a veggie sub, paid less and actually enjoyed it just as much!  I realized it was the combination of the sauce, green peppers, dill pickles, salt and pepper that I really liked and the meat was kind of secondary.  That made me feel good.  It was like a resounding confirmation that I will be able to do this without feeling inconvenienced. 

I'll keep you posted in case you're curious how things work out!


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I know you can do it. I'm still debating cutting out all meat but fish - even though I don't need to (Jah low cholesterol!). Because of my ADD I think I pretty much NEED fish in my diet, esp. Salmon or Mackeral.

I salute your efforts and I wish you the best of luck in keeping it up!
Thanks! I'm pretty sure I can do it too and I'm probably going to do it gradually so it's not quite so big of an adjustment all at once. I have to admit, fish is definitely one that I'd be more inclined to keep in my diet too. I think I'll just play it by ear! Thanks for the luck!
I went vegetarian for about five months during the summer, for the same reasons you did - animal cruelty, plus I suddenly didn't have the desire to eat it. It went fairly well, although it was tough going out to dinner, not to mention worrisome when wondering about staying healthy.

So though I did start eating meat again recently, I'm glad I did it. Good luck!
I have a feeling it will be challenging and I don't know if I could do it full-throttle but at least this way I feel that I'm doing something.

Thanks for the good luck!