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Hi, I'm not exactly new, but I have been posting more over the last few days.

I wasn't going to do an introduction, but then I changed my mind. I'm fickle that way.

Let's see... my v. history... I have been an on-again, off-again vegetarian for all my adult life. I wanted to stop eating meat when I was a teen, but my mother was dead set against it even though she knew of my lifelong love of animals. I have a lot of sympathy for kids who are trying to be vegetarian against their parents' wishes. It's very easy for someone to advise a kid to just defy their parents and not eat meat. But having been in a situation where a lot of pressure was brought to bear on me to eat as my parents ate, I know that it's not easy at all.

I stopped eating meat sometime after leaving home. There were a couple periods in my life when I had to move back home, which were rough in terms of sticking to my ideals. Mostly I stayed vegetarian.

I can't remember why I started eating meat again. I think it was an intense craving situation involving Thanksgiving. Since then I have gone back and forth. My very wishy-washiness on the issue will not recommend me to many people here, I know. But hey, it's my life, my history -- not theirs.

Over a year ago my husband stopped eating meat and I did too, for a while, to be supportive. It was during Lent -- I used Lent as an excuse even though I am not even Christian let alone Catholic. After Lent I had fish occasionally and then slipped back into other kinds of meat occasionally.

Anyway... this is already longer than I meant it to be...

A week or two ago I had a really horrible dream, which I do not want to tell because it was so awful, but when I woke up I knew I couldn't eat meat anymore. Not a huge difference in my diet, since we never have meat in the house, mostly I eat rice and veggies. A few days after that, I was looking through a cookbook and the pages with meat recipes actually made me nauseous. When we went to a Chinese buffet restaurant with some friends that evening, I could hardly even glance at the meat dishes. It was like seeing hunks of my own flesh there.

So, here I am, back to not eating animals, and feeling like this is absolutely the right thing for me to do.

There's a weird part of me that doesn't want to call myself a vegetarian. The reason is, I've noticed that when you call yourself by a dietary label, other people seem to feel that it gives them license to get really picky and personal and in your face about your diet. I hate that kind of thing. I don't get in anyone's face about what they eat, and I don't want anyone else in mine.

I'm also a bit leery of the assumption on the part of many people that becoming vegetarian is a step on an inevitable, or at least highly desired, path to becoming vegan. I have no intention of becoming vegan. I respect the choice, but it's not mine.

So what I am saying about it is this: I don't eat creatures anymore. I eat grains and veggies and yogurt and things that are not creatures. Other people will undoubtably say that makes me a vegetarian, which is fine, but at this time I'm not interested in the label.

Other things about me:

*I love reading, mostly fiction

*I like making things: I dabble in collage, quilt-making, drawing, altering toys, and so on. I want to get back into painting

*I worked for many years at the local co-op grocery/natural foods store

*currently I'm a grad student

*a close friend of mine used to work for PETA, and I was in their Washington DC offices several times in the late 80s

*my spouse is also on veggieboards

*we have several cats and two rats

*I want to get my cable tv shut off because I think it is sucking out my brains

*I definitely do not believe that fish is not meat -- it is -- but I know why this is so frequently misunderstood by some people

*I have a definite interest in the raw foods movement, though I wouldn't want to go 100%

*I want to live in the desert Southwest (USA)

*I am not a Christian

*I love avocados

So hello everyone! *waves*
 

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Hello back, everyone!

VegAnaconda -- I'll check that out, esp. if it's anything like the interview meme on Livejournal.

veggiewriter -- we can form a brain-sucking club!

everyone else -- hi, hi!
 

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um, if people ask, say that you are a consciencious eater or something like that.


also, re TV. my husband and i were no-tv for about two years. Then, we went back to just the basics (no cable)--just whatever we get. WE find that we watch about 2-3 hours per week, usually PBS shows where your brains don't get sucked out, but where you learn cool things. So, a little TV can go a long way.
 

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Originally posted by zoebird

PBS shows where your brains don't get sucked out, but where you learn cool things. So, a little TV can go a long way.
I have weaned myself from excessive watching, though I still allow interior decorating shows (Trading Spaces!) to suck my brains sometimes. And I'll watch Friends *blush* if it's one I haven't seen before. But mostly I don't watch it much, except for PBS and History Channel documentaries and so on... which I admit are a good use of the medium.

The expense is nagging at me, though. Why pay so much for something I don't use much?
 
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