Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chickens don't make nuggets

I thought I would tell you.....

I am becoming a lacto-vegetarian. (For those of you that don't know, a lacto-vegetarian is a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but DOES eat dairy products.) For the past couple of years, I have found it harder and harder for me to eat meat. Just about every time I eat an sort of meat, the first thing that comes to mind is: this poor animal. Seriously. It has gotten a lot worse the last couple of months. Saturday I was eating a chicken sandwich (after mom's reception)- I got 2 bites into it and thought about it too much. I spit out my food and couldn't eat it. I haven't eaten any meat since. I made Graycen some chicken last night and took a bite of it..spit it out. I can't do it. I told David about my decision and he said "you're not going make me be one too, are you?" I wouldn't do that to him or Graycen. Just because it is my way of life, doesn't mean it has to be theirs. I will still cook for them, but I just can't eat it. It makes me sad to think of all of the food I will miss out on, but at the same time, it makes me sad to think about all of the poor animals and I would rather not eat it than waste it.
It is definitely going to be a complete change in my lifestyle. It won't be too difficult when it comes to planning meals, since most of the time I make something that I add meat to. I will make it with real meat for the family and without meat or with "meat" for myself.
This is a really big decision to make, but it is one that I am proud of!


Missy said...

Wow - what a big decision! Good for you for doing what you need to do to take care of yourself! :) I almost quit drinking cows milk when I was breastfeeding my son, it just grossed me out to think of drinking breastmilk from a cow. But now I'm over it. ;)

Sara said...

Good for you! I have been a vegetarian for MANY years. I do eat dairy and eggs, and on doctor's orders started eating some seafood a few years back, but no other meat since I was 13. Let me know if you have any questions :-)