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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!

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11 thoughts on “Going Vegetarian For a Week

  1. Good luck! I did similar experiment for a week I think last year or so, and it was very interesting, made me realise how many options there are other than meat. (I didn’t use tofu or anything “unnatural” – I mean those things that are supposed to look and taste like meat but actually are not meat – that seems a bit odd to me, I might as well eat meat then.) Also I cooked different non-meat stuff every day and it was wonderful! I realise you maybe just inspired me to do this again.

    As to touchy subject – yes. Truth be told, I’ve become scared to upload food photos (non-veggie ones) on social media sites or even on blog, because there seem to be quite a lot of reaaallly angry vegetarians out there… (not all of them of course but quite a few). I get their frustration, but just like you don’t achieve much by going and punching a smoker in the face outside, or by throwing tomatoes at someone who wears leather, yelling at, or very loudly and demonstratively condemning people who are at least conscious about the subject (meaning people who donate and have worked as volunteers in shelters – like myself) seems a bit odd. I don’t think anyone will convert to vegetarian ever in this way.

    It’s my first (and very long) comment on your blog but I love both your blog and Youtube channel, and I wish you all the best.

  2. I’ve dabbled in vegetarianism (which sounds weird and silly, I know) but my motivations were largely environmental (factory farming) and health-related (also factory farming). I used to do several vegetarian meals per week, and I’d like to get back to it. I bought a wonderful cookbook: FOOD: Vegetarian Home Cooking that I really like that serves as inspiration.

  3. Hi Chelsey. I found the transition to vegetarianism sooo much easier than I thought it would be. You will be surprised at how many resources there are out there to help :) – great recipes (Pinterest is a great visual treat), bloggers, food recipe websites and books. I really hope it goes well for you. Good luck.

  4. Good luck with this. I am mostly vegetarian (bacon is my foil!) and rarely miss meat. The only time i make exceptions are when eating at a nice restaurant or when the craving for something meaty strikes me – usually it’s fish.

  5. I wish that I liked vegetables enough to become a vegetarian! Unfortunately, if I ever did become one I think the only thing I would eat on a daily basis is bread and chocolate…not the healthiest of meals lol! Both of Tom’s sisters are vegetarians (one is actually a vegan) and I am always amazed at how many intriguing meals they are able to make when I come over for dinner. Vegan ravioli was actually quite good! Hope your vegetarian week goes well!

  6. Congrats. I became vegetarian 15 years ago and gradually transitioned into a vegan about 5 years ago. I send you my very highest hopes! :D

    If you have any questions, I’d be glad to offer some pointers.

    • Thank you :)! I’m actually reading Eating Animals right now to educate myself a bit more on the entire issue. Any tips or pointers on how to make the transition easier would be so appreciated! It’s been easy for the last month, but I’m slowly running out of ideas of what to eat. In pretty much every dish, I’ve substituted meat for chick peas and I’m worried I’ll get tired of them at this rate. I’m still trying to like tofu but.. it’s hard lol.

      Congratulations on 15 years though! That is wonderful!

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