Days after Thanksgiving 2015, I announced to my husband, Alex, that I was going to try and stop eating meat (except for seafood). To put this into perspective: I had never, ever considered this lifestyle change before. I totally supported vegetarians and got where they were coming from, but I just never had a personal conviction about meat. I wasn’t actively against it, I just never had a reason to make the switch.
A few weeks before this, I was eating a chicken wing when I suddenly realized how barbaric eating meat off of a bone was. My tolerance for eating flesh slowly dwindled until it became unthinkable shortly after Thanksgiving.
What I miss
It’s been almost two months and I honestly don’t miss much. Being grossed out helps that a lot. I’ve found myself only thinking about two meat products, just a handful of times: bacon and kielbasa. Kielbasa was a staple at family picnics growing up, so it is super nostalgic for me. Also, the local butcher near my parent’s house has the best kielbasa ever. I was recently at a Polish restaurant and I had my only moment of missing meat. I also go back and forth on bacon, because it’s bacon. I noticed that both of these are very salty, so I just keep telling myself that that’s what I actually like about them, and that I can eat countless other salty things. Thanks, brain.
What I’ve learned
- Converting meals to be vegetarian is incredibly easy. This is my favorite find so far.
- Avoiding meat has let me avoid so many other unhealthy options, especially fried food (although mac and cheese bites and crispy tofu still sneak into my diet somehow). This seems so simple and obvious but it’s so much better when it’s happening to you.
- Choosing meals at restaurants is awesome because the menu is basically cut by 1/2 or 2/3. And if you have a vegetarian key?! Ugh, you rock.
- Most people don’t care (good) or don’t remember (cool).
Why aren’t you committing?
I’m not becoming a full-on vegetarian because I’m just not feeling it. Fish/shellfish don’t bother me like land animals do.
As for the future, it could go either way. I know of people who have been vegetarians since childhood, and people who were vegetarians for just a few years. I could decide later that I need to eat no meat at all, or decide to go back to eating anything. This could end in a few months, or years, or I’ll just eat this way forever. For now, I’m excited about it and the many, many chickens I’ll be saving every time I don’t order wings.