Becoming Vegetarian

Holy shizzzz, I haven’t even wrote about it. :O

Well hello, My name is Danna and I am 7 months clean. -of meat. My decision to become vegetarian is really not all that hard to explain. About 8 months ago I picked up a book from one of my favorite authors; Jonathan Safron Foer. It’s called Eating Animals. Man, The things he writes. The things he says. Just the fact of the situation itself..

Chicken is fucking delicious. I said it. I am not at all sensitive on that subject. Chicken is yummy in my stummy. It was 7 months ago, anyway. I wanted to try the whole vegetarian thing. I imagined it was going to be difficult, but never did I think it was gonna be impossible. It has become such a major thing in my life. After reading the book I sat down and pondered about those silly vegetarians missing out on grandma’s delicious pork. Then bam. I told myself, ‘hey if they can do it for years, I can do it for 60 days.” And there it was. In April, I challenged myself to a 2 month vegetarian trial. -just to see how a mess I would be without chicken or pork. (I’m not much of a steak eater.) I said only 2 months. *rolls eyes* How hard could it be. Just 2 months. 60 days. I thought.

Well here I am, 7 months without meat. I feel fantastic. I feel so accomplished and I do feel proud of myself. Wanna know a secret? Without trying, I lost about 6-7 pounds. 2 pant sizes. 😀 I wasn’t really looking for that kind of progress at all. Just simply to strengthen my will power.

Well, its mighty strong because on Thanksgiving dinner, this was on my plate: Mashed Potatoes, green beans, pasta annnd TURKEY. I started eating my mashed patatoes, and pasta and so on, but as I kept forking my turkey, I could not bring myself to eat it. I’d bring it towards my open mouth but something stopped me. Aside from my cousin taunting me with “Oooof. You wont be able to say you’re vegetarian, now.” or “Man, you’re gonna have to start you’re counting all over again.” I was getting a bit hot. As I was munching on my green beans, I told myself that I didn’t have to eat it if I didn’t want to, nor did I have to miss out on it if I didn’t want to. I finished my plate and left my turkey there.

I didn’t feel too good about telling grandma, that I’d be passing on her turkey this year, but she smiled and said it was fine. So see, it was a perfect Thanksgiving.

I have been clean for 7 months. And I feel fantastic. I think I’ll stop once I hit a year, but I can’t really say, you know?  But I do plan on indulging in some beef burgers once my grandpa comes back and cooks for me. And you know what? Before or after that, I want to challenge myself to a 2 month Vegan lifestyle. Ha. we’ll see.

Just remember, you are only as strong as you train yourself. I have had to go through some pretty cruel times becoming a vegetarian, but I am well adapted now. Though at times, I do miss chicken in my salad or in my pasta, nothing compares to my strength. I’m pretty proud of myself.

So all of you meat eaters, Try it. Even if its for 2 weeks. You’ll be pretty surprised.

i must admit though, I need vegetarian friends… Midnight dinings with my BFFS aren’t treating my mind too well. Ha. (:

And to those vegetarians out there: Much respect to you.

-danna