I have a confession. I love animals...but I am also not a vegetarian. Does that make me a hypocrite? I think so. It's something that's actually always bothered me and often been a source of guilt. I've tried to make myself feel better by telling myself it's not that bad because I only eat chicken/fish...or that I rarely eat meat, only when I'm out...blah blah blah. But at the end of the day, meat is meat. Either you're vegetarian or you're not.
Anyway...the idea of being a vegetarian has been buzzing around in my head for some time now, so when my fiancé suggested he was going to try it out for a month, I decided to join in. Both of our parents are vegetarians, so I'm used to always checking for veggie options at restaurants or cooking vegetarian meals anyway. It can't be that hard, right?
Wrong. Today was only day 3 and I almost failed by ordering a BBQ chicken pizza at Whole Foods. In my defense, I have a poor memory and I actually forgot...but I remembered just in time to switch my order to a garlic, spinach and ricotta pizza instead (which, in case you're wondering, was as good as it sounds). While I was waiting for my pizza to be heated up, I walked around to see what else looked good to me (now keeping in mind my modified diet). Sadly, four out of the five things I would have considered having for lunch all contained some type of meat.
I've always considered myself to be someone who is "practically vegetarian", but today was an eye opener for me. This is going to be harder than I thought. BUT, I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge. Besides my main reason of not liking the idea of killing animals, there are tons of other added benefits to being a vegetarian. It'll push me to incorporate more fruits/vegetables in my diet, it will inspire me to be more creative when I'm cooking, it'll prevent me from eating out as much (and therefore save money) and overall I'll be happier and healthier knowing exactly where my food is coming from. I mean no one's ever gotten seriously ill from undercooking tomatoes. Beef on the other hand.....
Anyway, you get the point. So here's to my new vegetarian adventure!! I'll post updates periodically on how it's going and will definitely share any good recipes/restaurants I find. Wish me luck!!