Rebecca: I don’t want to eat meat anymore.
Rebecca: Because I don’t like eating animals. But I’ve been eating meat for too long to just give it up. I want to try being vegetarian for a month.
Jeff: OK, I’ll do it with you to support you. Let’s start in February.
Obviously our conversation went a little more in depth than that but you get the gist of it.
I grew up eating meat. I never really thought about it. My mother made chicken dishes for dinner. I had bacon with my eggs in the morning. I’d order a burger and fries at a diner. And, of course, there was always a Thanksgiving turkey. It was just part of my life-as it is with most people.
But recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about it.
I don’t like eating animals.
Especially after seeing Food, Inc.
I don’t like how animals are treated. I don’t like that animals are killed for food.
I understand that it’s part of everyday life for some people. And I am not going to try to force you to agree with me.
But there is something I can do about it for myself.
I used to think that it wouldn’t matter if I became vegetarian because people are going to continue eating meat regardless. It’s not like when I stop eating meat, everyone else will too. But it makes a difference to me. It matters to me.
I know it’s going to be hard because I like meat. I feel horrible about it and that’s the reason I’m doing this in the first place. I feel guilty for liking meat. Eating should be an enjoyable experience, not something I should feel guilty for.
SO, starting February 1st, 2010, Jeff and I are going to become vegetarians for an entire month.
I’m actually starting earlier than February. I haven’t eaten any sort of meat since Tuesday (January 12th).
I think Jeff is the sweetest boyfriend in the world for doing this with me. I didn’t even ask him to.
I’m not sure if it’s going to be a permanent thing. It’s not like I’m going to stop feeling bad about eating animals. I’m just not sure that I can give it up completely. I am going to try though.
I’m sure we’ll be trying some interesting vegetarian recipes. I’ll definitely be posting them.
If anybody wants to join in on the challenge for a month, leave a comment or send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just to make something clear:
I am not doing this for health reasons. I don’t think I’m going to lose weight and I’m not treating this as a diet plan. It’s a moral thing for me.
- Are you a vegetarian? Have you always been one? Was it hard to become one if you haven’t always been one?
- Any fun recipes to share?
- Best ways to get protein in without meat?
- Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!