I took the leap. I’m a vegetarian (in training).
Here’s the back story: Two years ago I made the decision to stop eating red meat. For as long as I can remember, I dreaded steak night, ground beef didn’t appeal to me, either did anything made with ground beef. For years, I went along eating those meals, but never enjoying the food I was putting into my body. I grew up being told that what my parents put on the table for dinner I had to eat. They raised me to be grateful for the food I have, which I am, but I eventually realized that I could choose what I wanted to eat.
Fast forwarding a couple of years: I have a completely new circle of friends, many of which are vegetarians or vegans. They show their compassion for animals and love for life in everything they do. I hear my new circle new speak about and support remarkable causes which made me extremely interested in their veg lives. I took it upon myself to research these causes, read articles about vegetarian/veganism, and watch documentaries related to the food industry. My eyes and my mind were wide open, and for the first time I truly asked myself, “What am I eating?”
Jessica was the first person I told about my decision to become a vegetarian. I wrote her a long, unorganized email asking for every bit of advice she could provide. What she doesn’t know is how nervous I was to send the email. Now, Jess and I met through Brenda and Love Infinitely, we spoke occasionally on twitter and in mass email messages, and anything I knew about her I learned through her blog. Basically, I was compelled to tell this girl I barely knew that I decided to go veg and I wanted her help. She replied with the biggest congratulations ever! I was now stoked about my decision. Thanks to Jess and Steph, going veg was easier than I ever expected.
What hasn’t been easy is telling people outside of my veg circle that I no longer eat meat. People are confused about my decision and often I hear, “You ate meat your entire life…” It’s not about what I did, but how I am choosing to shape my future. I didn’t realize changing my diet would be the easy part. Informing others of my decision is the most trying part of my veg journey, but I’m ready world and I won’t give up.
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