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Saturday, May 28, 2011

I saw that on a sign at our local Ice cream/Coffee shop last night :)

Unfortunately, my post is not warm and fuzzy like the title.

It's about why I've decided to become vegetarian.

While I'm not going to give any gory details, I feel like I should give some type of warning that what I have to say is rather unsettling, and I totally understand if you want to stop reading and leave now.

With that being said...

Last night I was flipping around on Netflix and ended up watching a couple food-related documentaries. I had no idea how much of an impact the one would have on me! It was called Food Inc. It was HORRIBLE, but I couldn't stop watching.

I will not (can not) go into details, but in a nutshell, they showed the deplorable conditions that certain animals are kept in (and what happens to them) before they end up in your local grocery store.

I ended up having terrible nightmares about the chickens, and I can pretty much guarantee that I won't be eating any type of meat in the near future (if ever! again).

I don't know why I never really thought about it before, but I'm definitely thinking about it now (and can't stop thinking about it).

So anyways, as of today I am a vegetarian.

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    Congrats on your quality decision! Such willpower is to be commened!
    3706 days ago
    congrats on your decision to go veg...it's quite a commitment for sure! I have a very hard time understanding how folks can eat mass produced meat (maybe they just don't think about how it come to their plates...but I grew up eating wild game and then veg when the game ran out for the year, so maybe I'm biased!) Good luck!
    3709 days ago
    I really want to thank you all for your comments. I will (eventually) get around to responding to everyone individually, but with my current work hours I don't know how long it will take me. I'm on Day 5 of no meat and other than overdosing on turnips the other day (insert smirk here), it's been great!
    3711 days ago
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    Congratulations on your choice to go vegetarian! As a proud veteran vegetarian (9 years and counting), I applaud your choice. You are making an amazing commitment. You will feel better physically, and in turn you are doing something to help the earth.
    The choice was simple for me; I just didn't really like meat, and I was appalled by the way the animals were treated. So, it was a very simple choice. Let me know if you're intereseted in any vegetarian cookbooks out there. I know several good ones.
    Best of luck to you!
    3711 days ago
    This experience is totally relatable. I watched a PETA video, by chance, on HBO one time. I cried the whole time -- even though I've been a long-time vegetarian, simply because I'm picky and don't like meat. So now that I don't like it, I also do eat it because of what they go through. I had nightmares, I couldn't sleep, I cried at the drop of a hat. My whole mood changed to imagine with these animals go through.
    It's interesting that you brought this topic up because I'm currently at work (I work in a drug treatment facility with prison inmates) and my last group we talked about this very topic. It's sickening. They didn't realize any of this, and they were very concerned that the only way to get meat that hasn't gone through those conditions is to pay an arm and a leg -- which they can't, being born, raised, and living in urban areas.
    So... it's just such a disgusting topic that needs some MAJOR attention.
    Also, if you want even more convincing to go VEGAN (which I am not and I can only hope to be someday), read Skinny Bitch. That book will turn your life around.
    3711 days ago
    I watched that last year and since then I have been a vegetarian. Well really a Pesco-Vegetarian. I eat fish and other seafood. But I do not eat meat, red, white or otherwise.

    The Do List:
    All Fruits and Veggies
    Fish (mostly salmon and tuna)
    All Nuts

    The I Don't List:
    Most dairy products*
    Red meat
    White meat
    The Other White meat
    Soy products (just a personal choice)

    *occasionally I will have cottage cheese or greek yogurt or Fro-yo; however for me I don't like how it makes me feel. I tend to become bloated and experience joint pain with too much dairy.

    I was turned onto a great meatless alternative: Quorn
    Check out their website, it has really helped me with alternative meat sources.
    3711 days ago
    Such the animal and meat lover here. I couldn't go veggie but good for you!!! I have a hard enough time eating w/ Gluten issues, adding meat to it would be whole nother ball game!

    Organic and humanely raised is a nicer option though to standard meat. Love free range farm fresh chicken eggs! You can so taste a difference from store bought eggs. I miss having my own chickens!
    3711 days ago
    Spurred by your blog, I went and watched Food, Inc. It was excellent! I'm a veg already as I mentioned but, nonetheless, there was a lot of other info there about corn, soy, and other products, which I can act on.

    I had already read Pollin's book (Omnivore's Dilemma) so I already knew much of what he said such as how corn producers have had a massive (and undesirable) impact on other foods and the US in other ways. He also covered the Polyface farmer in much greater detail. You might enjoy Pollin's book if you have the time.

    Thanks again for the well-written blog!
    3712 days ago
    Your post is very inspiring. I wish you the very best on your journey and will keeping up with your blog. I haven't seen the film but I think I might. I do eat meat do to my anemia I have tried to be a vegan and it didn't work for me but I do admire a lot of vegetarians like Paul McCartney and Bob Harper love those men! I say stand up for what you believe in there are some great vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. :) emoticon
    3712 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2011 4:39:27 PM
    I remember years ago watching an segment on 60 minutes about how calves are treating in order to make Veal. Ever since I watched that I have never eaten Veal. I struggle because becoming a vegetarian is not in me to do. However I do limit the amount of meat I eat, trying to make about 50 to 60 percent of my meals vegetarian. I also buy organic, grass fed and free range. I know it is not perfect but it is a start. I admire your determination and wish you luck on your new lifestyle. :)
    3713 days ago
    Congratulations on your compassionate choice. I went vegetarian over a year ago for the same reason and inspired, in part, by the same film. Feel free to ping me with questions, support, tips, tricks, etc.. I am happy to share all that I have learned. Good luck and congratulations again. emoticon
    3713 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/29/2011 1:23:31 PM
  • ERIN4771
    i have to say, that one along with a few others are what did turn me on to the vegetarian lifestyle as well, and have been there for over a year...couldn't be happier...it's not for everyone, and honestly, it would be easier to give in and eat chicken (i tend to have a hard time finding enough protein some days), but, then i remember WHY i became a veg head, and the thought leaves my head....congrats on your new lifestyle change, if you need any help with recipes or food ideas, dont' hesitate to ask, the hubby and i have a few recipes we love and are more than happy to share!!
    congrats!! and our many animal friends thank you!!
    3713 days ago
  • JACKIE4019
    I've seen it but I don't think about it. I'm a meat eater and that is just the way it is. I can't raise my own meat so I have to rely on other people to do it. emoticon emoticon
    3714 days ago
    Interesting blog. I'm not convinced it matters how we treat animals given that we eventually kill them anyway. That is, either it's immoral to mistreat them and kill them OR it's not.

    That was the philosopher in me. The pragmatist in me says that eating a vegetarian diet is better for me as well as the environment (and a better environment is better for me). So it all comes back to me. Call me selfish but that's why I'm a vegetarian.
    3714 days ago
    I've never seen that but I HAVE gone on websites and watched videos, and it feels like enough to turn you away from meat... Sadly, I'm still a meat eater :( But just like JLITT62 said, my hubby and kids would never go for vegetarian. I'd like to try it myself, but it would definitely be hard at first! It's just sad that they can't keep them in good conditions and do things in a humane and pain-free fashion!!!
    3714 days ago
    I guess I should check it out.
    I don't think we could be vegetarian...I have in the past but my husband would not go for it. I do buy all organic meat, though.
    3714 days ago
  • JLITT62
    If it weren't for my husband, I'd be a vegetarian - almost vegan - who eats fish. which is why I spend the extra bucks & get what meat we do eat from the farmer's market.
    3714 days ago
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