Well, as I previously stated in my blog about Skinny Bitch, I am going to give it another go to become a vegetarian. This time I really feel like the whole meat-industry and abuse of animals is the argument that was most compelling. Its hard to talk about the environmental impact because there are counter-arguments stating that soy-production WOULD be just as polluting if it were on such a scale. But still, the problem is scale. The problem is the over consumption. That was my inspiration last time. I failed last time (2011) because I was going to China for 10 weeks. And honestly, have you seen all that amazingly spiced food?? Yum! Anyways, so I am going to take this seriously this time, even though we’re going to South America. I haven’t had any meat yet since last sunday. I know I know, it hasn’t really been a long time. And honestly, I have to agree with that statement, because going 4 days without meat for me is not really a big deal, its not something I have a problem with, it was in my habits. I’ve never “craved” meat, though I did appreciate it like any carvinore would.
What is going to be difficult will be fish, or sushi, when I’m in the mood… d’oh! But I think what I love the most about sushi is the spices (again), the sesame oil, combined with rice wine vinegar, etc. So I can still have the vege-bowl at Kazu! yay!! That may be my favorite meal ever.
So what helps?
- I LOVE cooking, and I LOVE cooking healthy! finding healthy, vege-based recipes is just a blast for me. I have a few favorites, but I’m always finding more meal-ideas! Health is Happiness is one of the cool vegetarian /health blogs I am subscribed to, and I just love it. The images and the new use of different ingredients are enticing!
- I work and study at a university which is fairly vegetarian, even vegan, friendly. There are 3 different student-run coop cafés which sell all kinds of vegetarian options like sandwiches, burritos or soups
- I work and study DOWNTOWN in a part of town that is awesome and has lots of vegetarian-friendly options! I’ll have to find out about the vegan part (when I get to that) but even if I’m in a complete rush, I can have a quick falafel if all else fails. There’s also Le Commensal, a vegetarian weight-based buffet which has recently become controversial in its admittance of some flexitarian-oriented platters-read meat eaters.
- As previously stated, my tastebuds are not attracted to meat per se, and now what I’ve read in Skinny Bitch has helped me feel more “icky” about meat-eating.
So that’s it for now. I have been meat and coffee free since wednesday now. The coffee bit is harder than the meat. I’ve been drinking lots of tea. But the no-sugar rule has been IMPOSSIBLE to stick to. I’ve looked at websites talking about sugar addiction and they are indeed usefull. So I have to keep that in mind.
Well, that’s all there is to say about that. I’m going to go back to my studying.