Nothing but Crows (kaleekolai) wrote,
Nothing but Crows

Vegetarianism so far

I've discovered a few challenges with vegetarianism (at least for me)... mainly, the smell of cooked animal flesh is soooo wonderful. I went out for dinner last weekend and the whole table next to me ordered homemade burgers that smelled absolutely amazing. I ordered a veggie just wasn't the same. Which brings me to my next point. Although Toronto is a great place to be vegetarian, it's sometimes tough finding places that have GOOD vegetarian menu choices. A lot places will have token vegetarian options (like salad) and others...well let's just say a piece of beef found its way into my tofu and eggplant dish the other day. Despite the fact that I don't have any real negative feelings towards meat, this really upset and disturbed me. I can't even really explain why but it was a pretty intense feeling.

I'm rather enjoying the choice I made. I can't even really articulate why I made it either and I don't think that it's a choice that anyone else needs to make. The closest thing that I can come to explaining it would be to say that it's a spiritual choice for me. That probably won't make much sense unless you live inside my cooky little head. You see... being someone who is very drawn to Buddhism, I felt myself drawn to this aspect of it. Many but not all Buddhists are vegetarian, particularly if you're party of the monastic order. There's something about abstaining from meat and spiritual development that seem to go hand in hand for me. I don't really know how to explain any more than to just say that.

I honestly feel like I'm making more of an effort to eat better now too and that is really good. I still have my vices but overall, I feel like I'm eating quite a bit better. Today I made a creamy pasta sauce from scratch! I've never made a cream sauce from scratch before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It turned out fairly well, despite needing a bit more salt and pepper. I made it with portobello mushroom, cauliflower and garlic! Next time I might try adding some more spices/herbs and see how it goes!
Tags: vegetarian, vegetarianism

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