Sunday, June 10, 2012
So, what have I been up to? Well, for the first half of the week - not much. Nothing good, anyway. The mid-week and finally, the end of the week, I was going through a transformation of some sort. Let me back track to....oh, 11 years ago. I was a vegetarian. Yep. I was a vegetarian for 8 long years, up until 3 years ago, that is. Why did I give up meat in the first place? Well, it wasn't for health reasons. I was 16 years old, and rebellious and concerned for animal rights. That is what started it. It went on until I was 24 years old, from sheer habit and a formed repulsed response to meat from not eating it for so long. (I really was so repulsed by meat...5 years into vegetarianism, I wanted to eat meat again but was unable to. I always said it would require psychological intervention to do so.) I wished to eat meat again, so I tried and tried. It took 3 years to finally put it in my mouth without gagging. I grew to enjoy some meats over time. I even loved some. I had a little steak obsession going on for a short time. A very unhealthy steak obsession. This was the Summer of 2009.
Now, fast forward to this week. I was considering giving up my omnivorous nature again. Become a vegetarian again, that is. Pondered this thought for a few days, did heavy research. Even though I was a vegetarian for 8 years, I did so very unhealthily. I was young; I didn't care about vitamins, minerals, proper protein intake. Or vegetables, especially. I was a vegetarian who never ate vegetables....besides the occasional potato or or corn cob. My obsession for vegetables didn't happen until about 2 years ago. I LOVE them. But I kept up on the meat-eating as well.
Now, I am ready to do this the right way. The healthy way.
But there is more.
Eventually, I am looking to become a full-blown Raw Vegan. Now, this will take time. A long time. Possibly a year. You see, I am horrible at recipes. You would think that taking the "cooking" out of the recipes would help. Maybe so. I am adding in raw vegan meals here and there. A few per week. Slowly, the dairy-filled, cooked meals will fall away as I learn new, interesting raw vegan recipes.
I am actually quite excited about this. The vegetarianism comes very easily to me; that is a no-brainer. The rest will come naturally, I am sure. I am not an animal or animal by-product eater. It doesn't appeal to me too much...I feel great when I eat vegetables and fruit, nuts and seeds, etc. I am sure taking the cooking out of the equation will help me even further.
And if I never get to the "raw" part of it, and that part of the equation doesn't suit me, that is fine by me. Being a Vegan itself is also wonderful.
I am so happy being a Vegetarian again. I wish I never quit it in the first place. I caved to peer pressure and pressure from my family (they made the lifestyle a living hell for me and mocked me constantly). People in my life will make this difficult, but I don't care anymore. Scoff all you want. I know what's right for me and I am going to do it whether you like it or not! I (stupidly) gave your lifestyle another chance and it just doesn't work for me.