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peace! i'm jay from los angeles. resuming my weight-loss journey. i updated my page. i decided to join some groups that are reasonable, realistic with my goals, and i know i will come back to. not saying the other groups weren't. but i'm in a different space now and resuming this journey requires some detours.
i've been striving to become 100% vegetarian for a couple of years now. it hasn't been that difficult; however, chicken has been my "fallback guy" in recent months since finances have been an issue. as you all know, the food/grocer industry does not cater to those that prefer a plant-based diet. "organic" labels come with a hefty price tag. well, it has for me. my financial challenges have forced me to apply for food stamps. and the farmer's markets don't take them here in my city yet. however, they are making moves to change that. but in the here and NOW, i have to rely on retail stores or the local stores that do take the EBT cards.
i'm no stranger to reading labels and taking the time to choose the BEST. so the journey has been a rewarding one. i've met friends last year who are also striving to take this journey 100% and we help each other by swapping recipes, information, and support. so that has been helpful. still, to really explore it, some things i'm not always able to get to keep my meals interesting and satisfying.
but overall, i'm pleased to know that chicken is my only barrier between me and a total vegetarian world. my family has accepted this and even supports it - whether they choose to live it themselves. so i don't have any obstacles there.
the challenge is that there will be chicken in the house because i live with my mother and daughter. although they have not given up any meat, i've had some influence there where they eat very little beef and pork. and i'm grateful for that. my mother buys turkey-based products and my daughter is used to eating ground chicken for her tacos and spaghetti. but she will eat burgers and a steak every now and then. the point is if i were living on my own, there would not be ANY in my house. but if it's here, cooked, and i'm hungry, i'll eat it. so changing up the game means making the conscious decision like i did with beef/pork (not a seafood eater so fish doesn't bother me) that eating animals is something i don't do.
i've come a long way with this to be able to say that chicken is the last to go. i'm happy to have found this group that specifically deals with black people striving to become vegetarians/vegans (which will be my next journey). even though there are more and more sites devoted to black vegetarians and vegans now, i didn't know there was a group here on sparkpeople. so i'm happy to be here to share my journey, my progresses, my slip-ups.
"i found god in myself and i loved her / i loved her fiercely"
~"for colored girls..." by ntozake shonge