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.