I had my first big test last night on my resolve to be vegetarian. My wife and I went to a block party in Brooklyn. There were chicken and sausages. But there was plenty of vegetarian fare too. My wife has been a vegetarian for over twenty years so the people hosting the party knew to make sure there was plenty of meat free fare to enjoy. Most of the family didn’t know I’d just become a veggie so they must have been surprised! So when I went to get my food I looked at the meat and wasn’t even tempted. In fact I was a little revolted at the idea of eating it. There was plenty of pasta, eggplant, broccoli etc. I only needed a plateful. It seems when you don’t eat meat you get satisfied more easily. I’m also enjoying not having to put up with that uncomfortable bloated feeling that often comes with eating meat. Especially red meat.
I feel more secure and confident in my new vegetarian lifestyle. Confident that I can maintain this. Confident that I will never eat meat again. It’s now over a week since I decided to give up meat. I don’t miss it at all. I haven’t had any craving at all for any of the meat I used to consume. I don’t even miss bacon and I thought I’d miss that most of all.
I’ve also given up dairy milk. I discovered coconut milk. It actually tastes better than dairy milk. I’m looking forward to my first trip to Trader Joe’s as a vegetarian. I’m going to try vegan cheese and butter. I’m not sure I’m going to go 100% vegan but I’ll go as close as I can.
I feel better now I’m not eating meat. I feel better emotionally. My conscience is clear knowing no animals have to die for me to eat. I’ve always been an animal lover. I no longer felt I could say that and yet continue to eat animal flesh. I also feel better physically. I have more energy. People often think you need to eat meat to get enough protein. But, in fact, animal protein is actually the worst protein you can have. Plants have protein. Nuts and beans have protein. I also eat a greater variety of food since I gave up meat. I’m looking forward to experimenting with new dishes. I’ll be sharing more blogs on my new healthier lifestyle.