Saturday, January 08, 2005

On becoming vegetarian

"What do you eat?" That's what everyone says. Actually they say "how do you know you're getting enough protein?" followed by the "but what do you eat" question. So I reckon if I get it down in a blog I can just say "read this" and you'll know.

I've never liked eating meat. I mean, that's what I grew up with but I didn't enjoy it. I don't think I even knew what a vegetarian was. You know, pot roast on Sundays, chicken, hamburgers, meatloaf. The usual. Oh, and the occasional it-must-be-a-few-days-until-payday creamed tuna on toast. If I'd known about Child Protective Services I'd surely have given them a call. But I just never like the whole meat thing. Back then, it had very little to do with any ethical position it just grossed me out.

After I got married I got very interested in cooking. I love cooking, entertaining, trying new recipes, exploring new cuisines. We didn't eat a lot of meat but we certainly weren't close to being vegetarian either. I gamely made roast turkey for Thanksgiving (I'd shake it over the garbage can to get the stuff inside to come out - there was no way I was going to stick my hand in there), grilled hamburgers in the summer. But I didn't like it.

Finally a few years ago, while trying to cut up some chicken without actually touching it (it's not easy, try it) I realized I just couldn't do it anymore. That night I asked my family if they would be willing to go along with a vegetarian diet. I promised them I wouldn't make weird stuff and that they would still eat very well. Much to my surprise they said yes.

So here we are - nearly three years later - well fed and happy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

but do you kill spiders?