Saturday, April 07, 2007

Vegetarianism

I've tried being a vegetarian before, but living with omnivorous family and my former roomate made that very difficult to do. However now that I'm living in my own place, I have decided to give it another chance. For the past week and a half I've eaten no meat other than seafood, and that only when I'm at a restaurant with friends where there are no fully vegetarian meals that appeal to me. Expect for a bit of sushi at lunch the other day :)

So why am I doing this? The latest motivational push came from watching An Inconvenient Truth. Meat processing consumes more energy and feeds less people than does using the grains and plants to feed people rather than cows. I am convinced that global warming is a real issue, and I want to help do something about it. Eating less meat is one of the suggestions on the AIT website, and I think that is a great thing for me to do.

Of course, there is also the issue of eating less fat and cholesterol. Then there is the horrible treatment of animals in the mass meat industry. All good enough reasons for me to go veg.

Someday I might even give up fish and go fully vegitarian, but not until I've figured out where a few more veg friendly restaurants are around here, and convinced my family and friends to go there when we go out.

If anyone out there has any good and quick vegitarian recipes send them my way!

2 comments:

Sacred Slut said...

Good for you. I've been vegetarian on and off for many years. Sometimes total veg and sometimes as now eat meat occasionally. The latter seems to work best for me. My husband and I were strict veg for some years and it got to be too much of a hassle for me. Also I tend to gain more weight on a vegetarian diet. But I totally agree with everything you said about going veg.

Some good vegetarian cookbooks: The NEW Vegetarian Epicure (Thomas), Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (Madison), A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen (Bishop), The Vegetarian Grill (Chessman), Moosewood Cooks at Home Fast & Easy. Also search epicurious.com for recipes when you have an ingredient you want to use or just for ideas.

Terri said...

Wow Sis, we have more and more in common than I ever knew. I was vegan for a couple years, but cheese finally won. Then I added fish back in while pregnant for the extra protien. Now I even eat some poultry, but I try to keep it free range.

Anything from Moosewood is great. You can find many of their recipes online even.