For the next couple of days after my dentist visit I was a vegetarian as I had to have food that I didn?t need to chew and that I could swallow easily, with mash and gravy being a firm favourite. I normally will have meat everyday but it got me thinking about if I really need meat in my diet and if I could try and cut down. I have had meat dishes since then, and it was delightful, but I have gone before without meat, once for 3 months.

I know some people are vegetarian for a lot longer but I was quite proud of my little feat but I don?t know if I could do it again as I really do love my meat. It was late in 2001 and my hand was forced yet again to be vegetarian, but it had nothing to do with being ill, and more to do with location. As part of my degree I went and stayed at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Hertfordshire home of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) better known as the Hare Krishnas, and for the weekend I lived as they lived which obviously meant no meat (you can read more about my time there in this post).

When I returned I thought it would be good to try and keep some of the practices going and vegetarianism was one of the main ones, so I just didn?t eat meat. Done. It wasn?t very difficult, although sometimes I would have Quorn in my bolognese, but I didn?t have to try too hard, and I guess it helped that I was just cooking for myself normally so could prepare individual meals. It got to about three months later and one day I just decided that I?d like meat again? and so I did. I didn?t feel remourse or disappointed and I guess I can feel either way about eating or not eating meat.

I think I?d find it hard to completely exclude meat from my diet but I dod think that I eat too much so will try and cut down a little on it. No this sisn?t a New Year?s Resolution, it?s too late for that anyway, but it?s good to think about what you?re eating.

Talking of thinking about what you eat, did anyone see Hugh?s Chicken Run over the past couple of nights? Most definitely food for thought.

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7 Responses to Vegetarianism

  1. tony flaig says:

    Friday last week, I had lunch at a pub near Sturry, and was myself mildly disturbed to find several copies of the Independent newspaper, which referred to the plight of factory chickens.

    It seemed rather ironic as I chomped through my chicken, ham and leek pie.

    And slightly annoying when I visited the rather cramped urinal after my meal to have to stare at the front page in a special display case above the porcelain, showing the living space of factory grown chickens, almost the same size as the toilet I was in.

    I probably won?t go their again, since I much prefer the Times.

    Unforgivable was the Apple crumble drenched in something called custard sauce.

  2. I was a vegetarian for three years but gave up after becoming incapable of anything much more than a semi without the help of one of our local pharmaceutical company?s magic blue pills.

  3. Aravis says:

    I?ve wanted to be a vegetarian, and have tried once or twice. But it never lasts. I simply don?t like enough vegetables/veggie dishes to make it viable. Garden burgers are alright once in awhile, but still? maybe someday I?ll find a way to do it that works for me. In the meantime, I remain a guilt-ridden omnivore.

  4. Adem says:

    I think there?s nothing wrong with eating meat, and I have to admit I had some bacon this morning!

  5. Matt B says:

    One look at a humans teeth will tell you we are designed to eat meat. The selfsame look will also tell you we are designed to consume a lot more vegetative mater. It is good for your heart to cut down on the highest source of saturated fats and so leaner, small and less frequent meat consumption is a good way into that.

  6. Nils says:

    I?ve been feeling uncomfortable eating meat lately. Me too, I?m not against it, but sometimes what we eat, how much and how we get it in the first place is just too much. So much junk and a terrible business, this cheap meat for the masses that you don?t even taste. So, I?ve had less, more consciously and it?s great.

  7. Cheezy says:

    Some of my best friends are vegetarians, but personally, if I?m eating too many veges then I tend to fart a lot more :)


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