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cutting it out

I have developed a new love for this guy.

My husband and I were totally hooked on watching W.hale Wars and Pi.rate of the Sea yesterday.  Since then, I've had a new leaf turn and feel like the option of being a vegetarian seems like something I would like to try to become.

I've never thought anything about eating meat.  But after watching these shows, I just feel differently all of a sudden.  It ISN'T something that I've set in stone but it's something I'm not thinking about.

Since I've now said that out loud here and to a few friends, I've now been told to watch Foo.d, Inc. and read the book Skin.ny Bitch just to see if those would help me in my decision making...

This is just a feeling that I've had surrounding me all weekend following us watching those shows.  It's just unbelievable.  I want to do a lot more research to learn more about the struggles and adjustments that have to take place in order to cut things out.

Anyway, just wanted to throw that out there while I'm thinking about it and see what you guys think?  Is this something you already do?  Have you done it in the past?  Did you love it?  Would you hate it?  How did you overcome it?  How long did it last until you ate something that has a head?

I would love to hear your feedback....

3:12pm - - Amended to say, that I wouldn't cut out dairy, more than likely, just be more selective about what I'm eating and being better about choosing less things with necks or heads.  Subsituting tofu as the protein option and minimizing the red meat/meat in general.  I've never thought about this much until this weekend, and clearly need to do more research... but I just feel like it wouldn't be a bad idea to think about this more....


As I've stated in my blog before, we heart meat at our household but more power to you if that's what you want to do!
Quiet Oasis said…
I'll have to check out these shows.

I don't even like meat, but even as a dietitian, i can't imagine being a vegetarian (not that it'd be THAT hard). But its such a change..... so if you do try it, you should post about your journey. If I was a vegetarian, I'd do the lacto-ovo (still eat milk and egg products) version. But that's just me. :)
christina said…
Hi! First, I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your sweet words after my blog announcement. I really appreciate it.

As for the vegetarian thing, I have thought a lot about it, too. I'm the kind of person that if I think too much about what I'm eating, I have a really hard time. Another book that I've seen is Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet," I'm pretty sure that's what it is called.

I just think there has got to be something to all of this research. It's much harder to actually make the jump and I could never cut out dairy, but I'll be interested to hear your thoughts and how it goes. I would be willing to try it I think.
Sarah (CarolinaGirl) said…
I cut it out entirely for about 3 months once. I caved when given the opportunity for filet mignon.
I'm not a big "bean eater," which I think would make going all-vegetarian much easier. I only eat meat about 3 times/month - either chicken breast or a nice steak.

My husband eats a ton of meat, and we have the same meals, I just usually add the meat last.

Morningstar Farms makes some GREAT "fake meat" products if you like the taste of meat... I like their "chicken" patties. They even make "fake" ground beef to put in tacos and such.

You could always put a timeline on it to try it - say you'll do it for a week or so?
andrea said…
I went vegan for about 3 years and absolutely loved it! I started eating meat again when we started ttc at the suggestion of our RE so be careful!
I've been ovo-lacto-vegetarian for about ten years. It was a good change for me, as I was picky about eating meat and wasn't getting enough protein. The adjustment took a couple of months, but again, it has been ten years, and I can't recall any major problems. (Except people who didn't quite connect that bacon is meat...don't ask me what they thought it was.) Things have been a lot easier in our household as both my husband and I are vegetarians, so no having to make two separate meals. About meat replacements, such as veggie burgers or not-dogs...they can help with the transition, but I wouldn't encourage relying on them too much. They taste fine, but don't necessarily taste exactly like meat. What I've found in general is being vegetarian has forced me to be more thoughtful about putting together meals, and eventually more adventurous in trying out new vegetables. I love the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. It has pretty simple and very good vegan and vegetarian recipes.
The Nanny said…
I've been a vegetarian for 8 years now - and I *love* it!!! It's definitely made me a more courageous and adventurous eater...and I have so much more energy!
AthenaBee said…
My husband and I didn't eat meat for years. We now eat some organic free range chicken and WILL eat other stuff here and there, but not too often. It's mainly wild caught fish for us. (Farm raised fish is guh-ross.) I just have a thing with them being treated humanely.

If you decide to continue eating meat but want to make it more healthy/humane check out all the free range, grass fed beef farms in Ohio/Michigan. They give you SO much info and awesome products.
Quiet Oasis said…
I'd have to second the comment on Morning Star Farms products. I don't even think of them as being for vegetarians they are so good. :) My kids eat those "chicken" nuggets instead of the "real" ones, as well as their corn dogs. Those two things are sooooo yummy.

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