New forum member, vegetarian for about 6 months.
I've changed my diet for health reasons as I suffer from ulcerative colitis. But as you can imagine, as I researched and put more thought into my food, the types of food and where my food originates, it only solidified my resolve to stay vegetarian. My health still isn't good but I'm working hard on eating low impact, high nutritious foods so I can let my body heal.
I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania... Yup... Farm country where people eat all kinds of animals and byproducts of those animals (scrapple anyone?). So I know the meat based diet. I lived it for many years. And the ironic part is, as a farm kid, I was so close to nature and yet so very far from it. Sustainability, healthy, ecology, moral implications to eating flesh... It all weighs on me now and I cannot be a meat eater any more.
The best thing about being a vegetarian? The food! Do you know how many awesome foods I've discovered since becoming vegetarian? And the new ways of using foods and food combinations has revealed to me that cooking meat was keeping me from experiencing food in a better and more wholesome way! Do you know I can make a vegetarian meal for a rom full of beef eaters and they never know? Hell, I can make it vegan and they never know! Why? Because I'm making food in such new and delicious ways, and not just grilling up some fatty flesh!
My biggest gripe about being vegetarian? The food. I travel a lot and most restaurants are totally and completely uninspired by the vegetable diet. Most veggie burgers are just gross. Most salads are useless and lack nutrition. So when I travel I often go hungry. Lol
My other gripe? Meat eaters...and not because they eat meat but because they take any chance they can to judge me for my choice of not eating meat! I don't judge them for eating meat but I get made fun of horribly by family because of my choice.
In the end I don't want cancer.... And with my condition I could have it....modern drugs don't do a lick of good for me, believe me I tried them.... But food? Yup...it's helped. It's slow to help but it has.
With that said, I'm a 32 year old husband to a beautiful wife and dad to one daughter and one non human daughter, aka the dog. I also have three chickens that spend most of their day eating bugs, chasing one another and harassing the pinion jays (I don't know what happened, but at some point the chickens and jays declared war upon one another...you'd think there would be enough room on 3.5 acres but nope... All out war). They will occasionally gift me with an egg now and then, which we do eat. Their names are earl (he's a weak rooster runt...poor guy, but at least he's safe on our land), and the two hens, Cora and Gwen. Gwen is the head chicken... Which doesn't mean much except that she gets first dibs on the mealworms I give them.
I do eat eggs and cheese, though I limit the cheese. The only eggs I eat are from my free range chickens. I miss dairy a lot but choose not to eat it unless I get it locally and even then I only will eat cheese, not milk etc. I miss yogurt terribly, but I am hoping to start making my own almond milk yogurt. I consume almonds as if they were going out of style.
Things that have helped me be vegetarian? My wife has gone vegetarian with me... And we own a vitamix blender...green smoothies rock! Also, we are the proud keepers of a 20 by 40 foot vegetable garden... Which yields an insane amount of food for us, the dog and the chickens and most neighbors. We have so many vegetables in the season that I even leave heads of lettuce out for the deer! If I ate everything out of that garden I think I'd have a kale overdose and turn green myself. I'd photosynthesize.
O that's a really long intro but hey, I'm glad to be here.
My daughter...the human one, not the dog one.