So I'm going vegetarian. For six months. An arbitrary amount of time, yes, but you've got to start somewhere, and I figure if by Thanksgiving I'm still craving animal flesh and decide to go back to being an omnivore, then that will be the perfect time to chow down on the traditional turkey with all the fixings, and which I will especially enjoy if I've stuck true to my goal. (Because I sure do enjoy turkey with all the fixings.)
Anyway, this is actually Day 2. Officially I started April 1 to consciously avoid meat. On March 31 I went to McDonald's as a symbolic gesture of my "last meat meal," and had a quarter pounder. It was as gross as you'd expect (they don't make their burgers with love) and served perfectly to kick off this plan to cut beef from my diet with just the right amount of enthusiasm and self-righteousness. Yeah, I'm a vegetarian now.
|Last meat meal.|
My reasons for wanting to become vegetarian (if only for a set amount of time) are many, and include:
- Health – I will be forced to eat a more nutritious plant-based diet.
- Animal welfare – I will be doing my small part towards causing less suffering.
- Learning about food and nutrition – I will have to do research to maintain the right amount of macro and micro nutrients in my diet and I will be forced to learn to cook for myself.
- Research – I'd like to be part of the on-going conversation around food and what and why we eat what we do.
- Personal challenge – can I be self-disciplined enough to follow through with this for six months? (I've tried this before and it didn't stick...)