Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Still a Vegetarian ... for Now

The six week experiment is over, but for now I'm still sticking to the vegetarian thing. Although, the other night I dreamed I was at a restaurant with some friends and they wanted to order mussels, and I couldn't because I was vegetarian, and I was really mad because I really wanted mussels but because I couldn't have them I ordered french fries instead. And I thought that mussels would have been so much more healthy than french fries.

Then I woke up and realized that in that context I would have had mussels AND french fries, so really the non-veg option wouldn't have been so much healthier than the veg option.

But two of my best friends are visiting me this weekend, and I don't know if I will stay vegetarian over the weekend if it is inconvenient in a social context. So we shall see.... I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

Are you vegan? That would be really hard. I've been vegetarian for about eleven years now, but I eat a little cheese, eggs, fish, and seafood. I'm an anti-factory farms vegatarian so the cheese bothers me because I live in a small town where I don't have access to "alternative" cheese. But I do find that by getting the strongest, sharpest cheeses, I can enjoy smaller amounts.

JAM said...

Wow - 6 weeks already! That sure went fast - other people's dietary experiments go fast just like other people's pregnancies!!! Good for you for sticking with it. I've been vegetarian for about 8 months, and I've cheated a few times, for special occasions where the meat was sustainably raised and ethically treated. I didn't really enjoy eating it though, so I probably won't cheat again, although I'm sure I've had things with beef broth or gelatin in them, and I'm not worrying about it to that degree. I would say that if you do anything 95% of the way, you get 95% of the benefits, so have a cheat once in a while when it really means something to you, and for daily life, stick with it. I think a lot of us stress about being 100% compliant or a total failure, and there's a lot of in between. It's a lot easier to be 95% when you know you can have something if you really want it and you believe it's worth it.

Anonymous said...

Went vegan 20 years ago -- not only no meat of any kind, but also no fish. But I was in graduate school and did not keep my diet balanced, thus ending up depriving myself of important nutrients, mostly vitamins.
I kept getting sick, developing rashes on my skin and what have you, until the doctor connected it to my diet (it took a while, actually). At that point, she offered me two options: 1) go on on expensive supplements 2) relax my diet to include a greater variety of food, chiefly fish and soy. I took option 2), with which I am happy to this day.
Essentially, my body told me what works for me and what does not.