I hate New Years’ resolutions, but this year I think I’m going to make one for the first time since I was in grade school. Recently, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to make a meaningful difference in my life. Admittedly, I will never stop swearing, I don’t aspire to run a marathon (the 10k I did without training two years ago nearly killed me), and chocolate and I will never divorce. So, what’s available for me to try?
Vegetarianism and/or veganism. I’m an animal lover in general; my dogs are my surrogate children until I have my own, but I’ve always felt that it was okay for me to eat certain kinds of animals because that’s what’s always been done. Chickens, cows, fish, etc. have been eaten by man for hundreds of thousands of years, and I’m not disputing that fact. What has made me decide to at least try vegetarianism are the methods with which animals are processed into food. That’s about as much detail as I’ll go into on that subject, but if you really want to know what goes on I suggest watching movies like Food Inc. and Earthlings; they were real eye openers for me.
Anyway, enough about my reasons behind doing it, let’s get to the facts. I love eating red meat. That’ll make this tough. I also love to cook, and I’m not excited to work with things like tofu, seitan, and tempeh; I know about all those meat-substitutes because of a failed vegetarianism bid I did a few years ago. Then we get to the flavor of food. You can only put so much Sriracha on a block of tofu before your tongue falls off. So I’ll need help in that regard as well. I’m also completely okay with the fact that I’ll likely fail, considering I like to do restaurant reviews, but in that scenario I’ll stick to organic and humanely raised meats. Come at me, 2013.
So, are any of you vegans/vegetarians? Am I being a big baby, or is it really pretty difficult to do? Let me know!