When it comes to food I am not into depriving myself. That may not make sense to some when I tell them I am a vegetarian. But I didn’t become a vegetarian “cold turkey” (excuse the pun). When my daughter became a vegetarian at age 6 for ethical reasons, I found myself cooking and eating more vegetarian foods. What started to happen was that gradually meat didn’t sound good to me anymore. I would occasionally still cook it or order it at a restaurant and it started not to taste good to me anymore either. I also found myself thinking more seriously on Anna’s perspective of killing animals for food.
My body led me down the path to vegetarianism somewhat involuntarily. The more vegetarian foods I ate, the more I craved them instead of animal foods. That, combined with rethinking my views on how we raise and eat meat in this country started me down a path that was very natural for me.
To think that I would also give up milk and eggs and *gasp* cheese, was never actually a serious thought, but lately I’ve been realizing that we hardly go through milk anymore and cheese seems to last forever or go moldy and there many days that I wake up and say to myself “I ate completely vegan yesterday!”
I listen to my body and its cravings more than ever, which are definitely changing and I’m ok with that because there are so many great vegetarian and vegan dishes to enjoy!