Saturday, May 12, 2012

you can't be a vegetarian and not like vegetables.

That's what my mom said. I said, "Challenge accepted."

Let me back up. As many of you know, I gave up meat for Lent. That was a few months ago. After Easter, I went back to my carnivorous ways for a few weeks before deciding to just give up red meat. That went well enough that the other day I made the executive decision to become a full-fledged vegetarian. My mom made potstickers for dinner, which I have always hated because they smell like death, so I looked for leftovers. Everything either had meat in it or required more effort than I was willing to give, so I reluctantly decided to just suck it up and have potstickers. Half way through the second one, I casually asked, "These are vegetarian, right?" to which my mom responded, "I never said that."

So that is the story of how I decided I was going to be a vegetarian and then promptly ate chicken 10 minutes later. #winningatlife

Anyway, yes, I am a vegetarian now, unless I change my mind. I don't really think I'm going to miss anything except maybe the BBQ we always have in Kansas City. It's a family tradition. Oh, and maybe Christmas ham. And bacon, though I don't have either of those that often. Wait, and pepperoni. Okay, I'm done. Other than that, there are lots of good substitutes and things that are better than meat that I can eat. I have several recipe sites bookmarked that I need to look through more thoroughly.

Now I just have to come up with a clever response to the inevitable, "Why are you a vegetarian?" question. My favorite so far is just to roll my eyes and say, "Because I feel like it, GOSH." It's really the most accurate, too. Why did I decide to become a vegetarian? Why did you decide to suddenly start caring about my dietary choices?

That's what I thought.

(I mean, I do have legitimate reasons. I just prefer to work on perfecting my art of avoiding questions.)


  1. It's my job for almost 16 years to care about your dietary choices. Sorry 'bout that. :)

  2. you make me laugh, girl! "which I have always hated because they smell like death" and "Because I feel like it, GOSH." = hilarious! :)
    i've always wanted to go vegetarian but as i'm already skinny as a stick i'd only get skinnier which is not my goal. but one day... ;)

  3. I've wanted to go vegetarian, but I wont for two reasons. Reason #1 I couldn't convince my family. Reason #2 I actually like meat, but in very small quanities. So I many go semi vegetarian... Is that possible?

  4. so basically I stalk your blog all the time but I'm too lazy to comment. so. I'm going to comment now. I would just like to say that you make me laugh. and that I'm kinda sorta vegetarian. like, I don't really like meat, but I'll eat it occasionally. just cause. but yeah. I'm feeling really random right now. soo I guess I'll just stop typing. ;)

  5. Woo! Another veggie!
    I read Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Eating Animals, which made me stop eating animals. And I still don't really have a concise reason, and I tend to ramble on when people ask me why I'm vegetarian.
    Also, it can be really hard to get substitutes here sometimes. So I'm pescaterian, for a bit, and then I'll move into full-on veggie, and I don't eat Haribo or whatever (gelatin).
    Eat a lot of chickpeas. Drink water with each meal and tinned fruit afterwards to help with your body digesting fibre. Keep an eye on what you eat; it can really affect your tiredness levels if you don't have a good source of protein. You might want a supplement at first? To keep iron levels up and whatnot.

  6. I'm not sure if you can really call yourself a vegetarian while still eating pepperoni. That seems like something you'd eat regularly enough for it not to be a special occasion thing like the Christmas ham and KC BBQ.

    1. I said that's what I would MISS, not that I'm going to eat it.

    2. OOOOOH Damn girl i was going to give you crap about that because barbecue and Christmas ham are two things that I can see a vegetarian eating still. NEVER MIIIIND.
      (Also apparently something like 20% of people who call themselves vegetarians eat red meat on a regular basis so yeah that's why I was wondering.)

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  8. my uncle is a vegetarian, and his reasoning is that 'he doesn't like to picture eating something that once had a face.' to tease him, I once made a smiley face with peanut butter on his pb&j sandwich.

    honestly, though... if vegetarians love animals so much, why do they eat all their food? :P

  9. Love it when Kendall finally knows how I feel when people ask me why I don't eat red meat! ;)



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