It has been two weeks since going vegetarian for Lent. I would like to note I was vegetarian a little longer than that, but Lent was the official day for my diet change.
This past weekend I was at a house party and I had causally mentioned I couldn't eat the ham because I am currently eating vegetarian. One of the loud-mouth idiots who I've had less-than-entertaining conversations with decided to make me a little upset.
"Why are you vegetarian?"
"For Lent. And I do I have some ethical concerns as well, so I have been eating a little less meat before Lent."
"That's kind of stupid."
"What kind of ethical reasons?"
"The environmental issues involved with the meat industry. The over-consumption of meat. The poor conditions for animals..."
"Yeah, that doesn't make any sense. That's stupid."
I rolled my eyes and in a tequila buzz, spat "okay. I am not having this conversation anymore. It's like the Donald Trump bullshit you brought up not so long ago." (He's a Trump supporter)
I've had some slightly disrespectful comments about my new diet. Not by many people, but a few to make me notice. It does sort of remind me when I went from eating fast food everyday, to making healthier choices -- for some reason a lot of people were pretty rude about it.
But then I thought about it.
At one point of my life, I used to be an asshole. I used to make snarky little comment about the vegetarian diet. This was years ago...before I knew about the meat industry. Before I knew about the piss-poor conditions of animals. Before I knew about how we're strangling earth and choking her harmony and health.
I was asked the other day if I will stick to a vegetarian diet after Lent. I can't say for sure. It's not just a decision that affects a portion of my life, it's my whole life. I don't want to say "yes, for sure!" and be unrealistic about how difficult that lifestyle change might be. What if I fuck up and have a shrimp? Do I lose my vegetarian card? Will I feel like I've totally let myself and other people down?
I could definitely see myself doing mostly vegetarian and having shellfish sometimes. I believe that's reasonable, at least for now. I've done something like that before, and it was doable. By the way, the reason why I'd do shellfish is because I am considering the health benefits in seafood, and because I need the iron in shellfish. My anemia was pretty bad even when I was eating meat.
I do want to admit that I don't know everything. I am not a guru on vegetarianism and the lengthy list of ethical issues in the food industry in general. But, I think I am making a good choice.
Here's some foods I have had in the past week:
Falafel. These things are so good I can eat them all the time.
This is an egg white scramble with bell peppers, onions, and Tofurky. I also have a side of garlic naan bread and tomatoes.
This is a better photo of the vegan dinner we had for Valentine's Day. All of it was amazing.
New Foods I've Tried:
I have tried tofu bacon and it's OKAY. I don't think I'd buy it again, honestly. Also the Tofurky is okay. I think it is tolerable with a mix of other foods and vegetables. It does taste a little it weird on its own. So far, I gotta say that the Morning Star crumbles and the 'chkn' products from both Boca and Morning Star are AWESOME.