I’ve always felt like a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to animals. I harbour a love for all animals which has been evident since I was a child, but I’ve always eaten meat. Since I was old enough to understand it, I have been an Online supporter of the Humane Society in Canada and Internationally; signing petitions, sending letters to International governments and also donating.
The mistreatment of animals is something I have always fought against, though on the sidelines. I have never made any major changes in my life, other than refusing to buy down-filled coats and duvets and avoiding leather as much as I can. I only eat very basic meats (chicken, beef, pork and turkey) and steer clear from any other animals or baby animals (veal, etc). I would love to eat only free-range meat and dairy, but spending that kind of money on food is difficult. I’ve always wanted to go vegetarian, but seeing as I dislike tofu and seafood (I know, it’s complicated!), I don’t know what I would substitute meat with. But, you never know unless you try, right?
So this week, I have gone vegetarian. I want to see if I miss meat, and what kind of creative things I can come up with to replace meat in my regular diet. My fiance is oddly supportive (I say oddly because he is both a lover of meat and a wonderful cook with it as well). We’ve made small changes in our diets to accommodate my goal, but nothing major. Yesterday, I had my first veggie burger at a restaurant and was surprised at how much I didn’t mind it!
I’m excited to finally be DOING something, as opposed to just clicking buttons on a computer. Seeing as this is just a weeklong experiment, I can’t promise that I will stay vegetarian, but at least I will find out what kind of limitations I might be working with and if I can find ways around them. So many people do, so I’m curious to try myself.
For each day that I forgo turkey on my sandwich or beef on my burrito, I am trying to picture a little piglet, or a mother cow grazing around a pasture. I’m on Day 3 now, so I’ve got a few animals in my imaginary pen thus far!
I know this is a touchy subject and please know that I am in NO way trying to press my beliefs on anyone! I just thought it would be neat to document the decision to do a veggie-week and see how the week goes!