In the beginning…

I’ve been toying with this for awhile, becoming a vegetarian. I’ve wavered, back and forth, for several years…dealing with questions of the health aspect, worried about boring myself with recipes, and the ever present fact that I just LOVE MEAT! I do! I love it…the taste, the texture, the smell…omg…it’s like eating a slice of pie made by God’s own hand.

But, the ever present nagging guilt lay in the back of my mind, pretty much every time I took a bite. I am, what my parents’ generation will less than lovingly refer to as, “one of those damn hippies.” I love gardens, and organic produce, and crafts, and making something from scratch. Peace, love, and no war…and all that other stuff. But above all that, I love animals. And I absolutely hate the fact that, in order to eat meat, an animal had to die an all-to-early death. Plus, the animal practices throughout the world are absolutely deplorable, so I couldn’t really stomach that either.

So, I came to the conclusion that, though I do love meat, the self-shaming had to stop and I needed to come to terms with the fact that I cared more about treatment of animals and their welfare than I did about a nice, juicy, medium-rare steak (cooked to perfection, with just a hint of salt and pepper, perhaps smothered in a delectable blue cheese sauce. sigh).

Therefore, this blog! I have decided that, while my willpower is strong and mighty, it might help to have some community back-up should my taste buds try to lead me astray. And, for anyone else out there wanting to give up meat, maybe I can be a source of inspiration. Because, honestly…if a Hoosier born, corn fed country girl, raised on the nectar of the green earth (i.e. meat and potatoes) can do it, you sure as shit can to.


One thought on “In the beginning…

  1. You can do it! I stopped eating all meat last July after finally deciding that eating animals was pretty inconsistent with my politics, and I thought it would be SO HARD, especially since my partner is still a meat eater. But it hasn’t been at all, once I made the decision for sure. The only time I’ve had a bite of meat since was when I ordered a veggie pizza and they made a mistake and it had chicken on it. I honestly don’t even crave it. Not even shrimp, which I thought would be my downfall!

    The important thing for me was having some really good recipes from the beginning. I ate a lot of portobello mushrooms at first, and way too much cheese, and I had a few weeks where I was pretty fixated on tofu. Since I’ve gotten into beans, nuts, and squash more, I’ve probably been getting healthier. I find it takes a bit longer to plan and cook food, but it actually tastes so much better, and no guilt!

    Good luck!

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