1 Week as a Vegetarian - Reflections
Friday, August 13, 2010
Yesterday finished my one week experiment as a vegetarian. During this week I have also educated myself on vegetarian and vegan lifestyles to help me decide which is best for me. I have decided that I am going to aim for a "Practical Vegan" lifestyle. I will refrain from eggs and dairy in my home and when dining out. But if the choice of dinner at a restaurant is a plain salad (chilled lettuce anyone?) and adding some bread that may contain egg and dairy, I'm having the bread. If it's my Dad's bday this weekend (it is!) then I'm going to have a small slice of cake.
I don't like the way factory farming treats dairy cows and chickens but the truth is that I'm human and I'm not turning my world completely upside down. My biggest issue is not so much the treatment of animals (although that is reason enough) or my health (I'm thinking it's a little harder to eat healthy and balanced meals asa vegan) but the environment.
These animals consume so many resources and create so much waste. By giving up milk and dairy I can help in a large way. But eating an egg or two at a special occasion isn't going to send the world into a downward spiral of soylent green cruisine either.
Anyhoo - eating up my last couple boiled eggs today and the last of my kefir milk tomorrow. I still have a couple weeks of cheese left, but after that! Vegan, baby!