Today is my 4th day as a vegetarian. I woke up on Friday and couldn't eat meat. It seems surreal. A few weeks ago I was craving fried chicken, now all I can think about is the poor bird. I'm not sure what changed. I wanted to become vegetarian for awhile but didn't know where to start. It just started weighing on my mind more and more, and now I cannot disconnect the meat on my plate with the animal it was before. I think, to eat meat, that's what I was doing.
My BF is an omni. From what I've read on these boards it's not uncommon to have a S.O. who eats meat. I was very respectful and carefully explained my decision. I said, "I know you like eating meat and I have no intention of trying to get you to change too." That was all it took. He's very understanding, even supportive, of my decision to change. He's even agreed to try any vegetarian dish I make, which was frankly more than I expected!
He even forewarned his mom for our pending holiday trip to see her. He was smart about it too.... he said I was trying to eat healthier and was opting for more vegetable dishes and avoiding most meat. So not to be surprised if I pass on turkey at Christmas dinner. His mom was complimentary and said I should pass on any good veggie dishes I get because she wants to eat healthier too! So I don't have to deal with explaining the label of "vegetarian" while I adjust to my new preferences. That might be too much on my 2nd week!
Whew... I feel better getting that all off my mind.
Glad to be here.