8.12.2008

To Veg Or Not To Veg, That Is The Question...

People always say "Knowledge is power" this is very true. But, knowledge can also be a burden in a way. Let me explain:

Before I had children I was a successful vegetarian for about a year. Then one day my husband and I were eating lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. He got up to use the restroom and when he returned to the table his cheeseburger was gone, I ate it. I couldn't help it, something in me needed to eat it. Well, that's how we found out we were going to be parents. My body needed those proteins and it didn't matter what it was, I was going to eat it. Since then I have tried to go back Veggie quite a few times, but have been unsuccessful.

One of the hard things about living in a very small town in your choices of food. The closest health food store is a 90 minute drive, and don't even get me started on healthy restaurants to choose from for dinner around here. McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy's, etc. You get my point. Every time I attempt to eat the way I want to eat I am left with only a head of lettuce, and starving.

Whenever I am enjoying a burger there is this huge part of me that feels so guilty. I am smarter then this. What is wrong? My main problem with the meat industry is how the animals are treated. Why do we need to torture in such an inhumane way just to be fed? Many years ago when men would go out and hunt for food they would get only kill what they needed, and use every bit of that animal. Native Americans were experts at this. But now it's heartless, and even though the food may be good, every time we do eat meat we are contributing to these horrible acts that go on today in slaughter houses.

My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, he is also the main cook in our home. What's a girl to do? I need to find a happy medium. I need to find a Vegetarian cook book for people who can't cook. Oh and have no resources for ingredients other then a small town grocery store. Knowledge is power, yes it is. I have seen things about this industry, I have learned about the health benefits to eliminating meat from my diet. I consider myself an animal loving environmentalist. I just can't figure out why I am having such a tough time with this one. Any thoughts?

Ta Ta for now

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1 comment:

kate said...

Liz- we have several vegitarians and even a vegan in my family, if you would like me to put you in touch with any of them, let me know! I am sure they can offer some simple and easy recipes to begin with. My mom has been a vegetarian for years but on occasion will have poultry, but very rarely. My sister, Kara, has been all around and is now back to eating the occasional meat as well, but not too often. Maybe just try and stay clear of it for a little while, and if you are having a craving indulge. There isn't any rule that says once you go veggie, you can't go back!

Actually, Itoo, have thought a lot about it over the past few months. I don't think my stomach can handle the whole digestion thing of tougher meats all too well, (okay, sorry for a bit too much info.) but I really do LOVE the occasional steak and burger. I think I am just going to try and cut back, especially with Pete going to be away for so long! Who knows, maybe the kids and I will just stick to eating hummas and tofu!

Kate