Friday, September 16, 2005

Changed my mind

It was a tough decision to make, but I am, for the first time in 16 years, no longer a vegetarian. If you asked me 5 years ago if I thought that I'd be eating meat and fish again, I'd probably have said "no way", but my outlook on the topic has changed over the past two years or so. I feel good about my decision, and don't think I'll be looking back.

10 comments:

Daniel said...

It can be uncomfortable at times to be a vegetarian, especially on holidays :/. Fortunately it is very easy in NL, because all grocery stores offer many alternative products, and most restaurants have a pretty wide choice for vegetarians. Besides that a relatively large percentage of students are vegetarian, making it easy to be a vegetarian in social life. I have been vegetarian for just over five years now, and I can't imagine eating meat at this moment in life.

Both directions are tough choices, either if it done with a moral or physical motivation.

Tal said...

After being a veg for 16 years I got pretty used to the questions, ribbings, lack of food choices, so that wasn't really a factor for me.

The main factor was that in the past few months I have begun to feel that I need meat for health reasons. I still have problems with the way animals are treated, but I decided that, in this case, my needs have to go first.

Daniel said...

Sounds reasonable... My dad worked at the University of California in 1979. At that time there were still many ex-CIA and army researchers working at the university. One of them did an unpublished research for the army about nutrition. One of the results was that people need one piece of meat every three or four weeks (IIRC) to have a healthy diet. That was the guideline that particular researcher took for his diet. But I don't know if those research results are still relevant or up to date ;).

besonen said...

that's the great thing about your mind, you can change it.

i was a vegan for 10 years. four years ago i became very ill (i'm not implying that i became ill because i was a vegan). since then my diet has included animal products.

eating mindfully is still important to me. my diet is comprised more and more of only local, organic, wild, and seasonal plants and animals.

Tal said...

besonen, I agree that even eating animal products the choices we make of what we eat are still important. For example, here in Canada (and most likely elsewhere, but I can only speak for my experience) farmed fish is a big controversy. I would only eat wild fish, not the engineered, drugged farmed fish that is also sold.

Seán said...

Got to get that Omega 3 in, cures depression and all that good stuff. Unless you eat a lot of Walnuts and Red Kidney beans there's no way to have a balanced veggie diet.

Tal said...

Well, if your vegitarian rather than vegan, eggs are a source of Omega-3. Also, there are many kinds of soya milk available that have added Omega-3.

It is possible to have a health vegitarian or vegan diet, but it does take more work.

As it is, I'm not eating large quantities of meat/fish anyway, so my diet is still primarily vegitarian. So far I'm basically only eating meat and fish when I eat out which doesn't happen all that often.

Tal said...

Yuck, that should be "if you're" not "if your". Sorry.

Seán said...

It's tough alright, I was a veg for a year but then my skin was in bits and I had no reserves of energy. Also when you're in lazy mode a bag of chips and onion rings from the greasy chipper down the road is technically vegetarian. I don't see why vegetarians discriminate against vegetables and fruit so much, they're still alive, just more vulnerable than animals. It seems cruel to me to pick onm the weak and slow. It's Cheetah burgers for me from now on.

Tal said...

Nobody said being a vegitarian is about eating healthy :)

However, as I said above you, to be a vegitarian and stay completely healthy you need to be careful about what you eat. It sounds to me like you were missing something core from your diet.

I am still a fan of the vegitarian diet; I've just decided that at this point in my life it isn't right for me.