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...originally from Georgia, mind you, so please read my post with the appropriate southern drawl.<br><br>
I suppose my conversion took place between 2004 and 2005 during my first year of college when I took on a culinary degree because I was fresh out of High school and I figured since I liked to cook, <i>surely</i> I would enjoy a lifetime of backbreaking labor in a cramped hot kitchen.<br><br>
Word of advice, kids: If you really like to do something, don't do it for a living. I drove that home after I switched my major to also quit audio production later, but that's neither here nor there.<br><br>
My reasoning was simple, and still is: Even if there is some nutritive value in meats, we (at least in the US, Europe, and the rest of the industrialized nations) live in such an efficiently agrarian society we can more than account for any 'deficit' with rather simple supplementation. Why, then, continue killing mobile life forms with hopes and dreams - well, okay, <i>complex nervous systems</i> and <i>highly developed survival instincts</i> at least, not to mention that highly acute sense of pain (don't you love it when some hick says something to the effect of "Animulz don't feel pain ya big queer!"? More on that bizarre blanket homophobia later.)?<br><br>
Seems awful cruel and silly to me, and keep in mind at this point I still thought human beings were omnivores (or rather, omnivores <i>ab initio</i> and not adaptive ominvores thanks to a cosmically brief series of ice ages. Yes, plural). Now, some years later I've not only read a few books, not to mention compared anatomy (For instance: herbivore digestion = long, slow, alkaline, carnivore = short, quick and acidic; humans lean a helluva lot more toward the prior), but once again I'm getting off track.<br><br>
My first veggie experience might be amusing to some: I decided one week to give it a go, and my first step was to try a veggie dog at the campus cafeteria. I order one from the pleasant Russian woman behind the counter and sit down, preparing for the worst, and, well... It tasted like a hot dog. I assumed of course that it would taste like tire rubber or tofu or something, so I assumed that it was a mistake - perhaps she misheard me. Ah well, I thought. <i>Better luck next week!</i><br><br>
So like a dope I go home for the weekend (went to school nearby so I could mooch offa' the folks) and eat my usual diet (which was low-meat to begin with; my parents aren't veggies but eat with them you might think they were), and come back on Monday once again ready to convert. I wander over, place my order, and...<br><br>
Same thing. I once again assumed it was a mix-up and check my recipt to make sure. Nope, charged for the right thing, and since it was cheaper (which is rather wild, no?), I wasn't gonna complain. This continues for a week, and then finally I ask: <i>Who made this remarkable forgery my fine foreign friend?</i> (Because obviously this is 100% true to life and I definitely speak in such grandiloquent fashion everyday. Honest!)<br><br>
Turns out it was good 'ol Morningstar, the crutch of veggie converts everywhere. Certainly my favorite item they offer, and unfortunately the only one that I can't find now that I've moved cross-country (is there a market that sells these devilish delights around the San Diego/El Cjaon area? Aid would be very much appreciated!).<br><br>
The rest is history, though it may be of note that I went from a "Potato Chips and Beer" vegetarian, as my conversion was a moral one and not out of concern for the health of the 'ol Sarx, to one who now eats fruit, veggies and grains in prodigious amounts. I also picked up a Bodybuilding habit along the way, but don't get the wrong impression: Even though I may hit the weights till I can barely stand (especially on leg day!) I'm still quite corpulent and far too dilatory to do so while dieting and thus shed the lard. But in my defense I used to be a string bean in a fat suit, and now I'm on the bigger side and weigh the same amount I did before I could walk up a flight of stairs without passing out from exhaustion.<br><br>
Wow, that was lengthy. I think some small part of my ego thinks someone in the intertubes has A) some sort of interest in my life story and B) an attention span to accommodate my long-winded demeanor. Wow, I am self-absorbed. <_<<br><br>
Bring on the TL;DR's! I shall await them on bated breath.
 

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I also forgot to elaborate on one of my comments: Am I the only one who's faced ridicule in the form of emasculation? I always had trouble understanding why "I don't eat meat" gets percieved as "I am an unmanly sissy-weiner."<br><br>
Granted, I never understood a lot of homophobic/gender-bias in culture. Sexuality doesn't really have much to do with personality (as my manly-men gay and flaming straight compadres can attest to), and even less to do with diet. Moreover, it's usually the "Big Brave Meathead" that's terrified of eating an unfamiliar vegetable, so this seems especially dense to me.<br><br>
I hypothesize it's the engrained 'herd instinct' that drives the average person to do.... Well, everything. They look and act a certain way because they're 'expected' to, or rather, they <i>think</i> they are. Don't listen to this kinda music if you're also into another (I find this one especially vexing, since I am rather fond of blending Mozart and Tech n9ne on my iPod on my way to a Decemberists concert wearing an In Flames shirt). Don't dress like this or that if you hang out here, or god forbid you let you hair grow long and expect to get a respectable job (another personally vexing one). Etc, etc...<br><br>
Actually, let me realign the emphasis on one of the above statement: "...<i>They</i> think <i>they</i> are (expected to conform)." It's all just fear of being ostracized, and while it's a gloriously useful instinct back when we gathered food and fended off bears 24 hours a day, it's taken on a perverse extreme now that we live in such huge communities and have little or no needs unfulfilled. Back in the <i>Cave Days</i> you'd actually bennefit from one less mouth to feed, so long as the offense was enough to warrant the loss of an ally, which focused the attention on the import of the issue. Nowadays tossing someone aside almost grants you your own identity in and of itself, and so many focus so readily on <i>fear of being an outsider</i> they take extraordinary pains to fit in and eschew individuality in any manner that might be somehow maybe kinda sorta a litttle teeny tiny bit socially unacceptable, and thus you'd be cast out into the cold.<br><br>
All because you fear what others think of you; nay: What they <i>might</i> think of you, but probably don't. So whatever you do, attack your own fears as viciously as possible so everyone around you knows that you aren't it. Uh-huh, that works.<br><br>
Anyway I just wanted to clear that up so someone didn't think I was just tossing demeaning terminology around, although I do tend to do that, but in a more jovial fashion.
 

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Welcome! That's cool about the veggie dogs being cheaper. I'm sure a lot more people would try the faux meats if they were priced cheaper.<br><br>
Have you tried Trader Joe's in the San Diego area? They carry some of the Morningstar products, and they are usually much cheaper than the major chain stores. And on some of the faux meats they have their own brand, which is pretty good.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> Welcome to VB. I live slightly North of you in the Inland Empire. There are quite a few SoCal people on here. Very nice introduction, I almost feel as if I know you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
San Diego is very veggie friendly and you shouldn't have a problem getting veg*n products there. I think you can get the Morningstar products at almost any large Grocery store chain now. I'm able to find them at Vons and Stater Bros as well as some local health food stores. Also, if there is a Whole Foods near you, you'll be able to find just about anything you can think of there.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion (and the welcome, from both of you). I will have to try a TJ's sometime, but somehow I doubt they'd have it. I've seen every variant of Morningstar product except the hot dogs, and damnit, Smart Dogs and Tofu Pups just don't cut it. I'm afraid they might have stopped making them, but I'm too fearful to check...
 

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I believe TJs still has the Morningstar Corn Dogs, which are vegetarian. Haven't seen the hot dogs though.
 

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Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> I'm up in Santa Monica.<br><br>
Trader Joe's here sells their own brand of veggie dogs, which is okay, I've tried it at my sister's house, but I prefer Tofurky Italian sausages.
 

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For a Min I thought you were 7 year old child posting this LOL then I read your post and its a 7 year long Veggie. Welcome the the boards.
 
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