Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Are Any Of My Followers Vegetarians?

I have a lot of knowledge about what's good for a person & what's bad for a person diet wise.  I'm not talking "diet" related to weight loss although I have that knowledge as well ... I'm talking "diet" related to what is & is not healthy to eat.  When I'm being "good" ... which at the end of my current journey of weight loss dieting will be forever & for all time ... I don't eat things that are "fake" &/or loaded with chemicals.  I can ramble on about all the things I've learned about sugar substitutes & fake butter & fake eggs & a multitude of other things that are, well, fake, but that would be boring unless like me you are "into" learning about that stuff.  For now, just believe me ... I have a lot of knowledge about these things.  This does not mean I have always practiced what I know but I've known what I know   : )

I've noticed that for the last couple months I seem to have developed an aversion to meat.  I've always bought organic or free-range meats because I didn't want to eat meat that had been saturated with growth hormones & other additives.  I had read more than enough accounts on how these things pass through the animal's meat & into humans & how a lot of our health problems today (including early puberty) can be linked to them.  That, however, is another story & comes under the ramble/boring reference I made in the paragraph above.

I never seriously considered becoming a vegetarian except perhaps for a brief time when I discovered that Paul & Linda McCartney were vegetarians.  It had always seemed to me that eating a vegetarian diet was associated with good health.  Then Linda McCartney developed cancer & that sort of trashed my thinking that vegetarian = healthy.

Back to my aversion.  I'm not sick to my stomach exactly but recently I've noticed that I have kind of a sick feeling when handling raw meat ... chicken breasts or steaks for instance.  Chicken breasts in particular remind me of a piece of flesh that could have easily been sliced from my way-too-ample thighs.  I don't see a chicken breast, I see flesh ... & seeing flesh rather than something good to eat just isn't palatable.

I've never studied vegetarianism but I ordered a book from Amazon to begin my research.  It is neither a "pro" nor a "con" book on a vegetarian diet.  The author has studied both sides of the issue & has interviewed various people on both sides including farmers & meat processors.  He thus far has accomplished something very few people can accomplish ... discussing both sides of an issue & allowing the reader to make his or her own decision.  Some of the things related to the meat industry I've already known.  Others are new to me.

I have lots of questions & I'm pretty sure this will be the first of many books that I will be reading.  I will also discuss this subject with my doctor.  In the meantime, I thought I would ask if any of my followers are vegetarians & if you are, please email me at lv2stitch (at) yahoo (dot) com.  (You know how that should look for emailing purposes.)  I'd be interested in hearing your story.      


bettyj said...

Well Shirlee I am not a vegetarian but due to allergies my dog is. He can also have some salmon and sweet potato in his diet. I don't use sugar substitutes, because my cousin who has a Phd in chemistry told me not to. Good luck with your decision.

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sorry Shirlee I'm not a vegetarian either.
Hope you can find someone that is and can answer your questions.
Prim Blessings

TheCrankyCrow said...

I'm not a vegetarian either, Shirlee, so no help here...But I'm not a HUGE meat eater either. I truly try to block out that "flesh" thing and other images about my food on many occasion.....For example - eggs....I LOVE eggs - scrambled, fried, boiled, deviled....any way I can get them - but sometimes, the thoughts I get when seeing them raw disturb me. (If you haven't figured it out yet, some folks think I'm a little strange...) ;o) Good luck on your new journey and quest.....Happy Thursday! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Angela said...

Evening Shirlee, So glad to hear you are feeling better. Sure hope that new medicine continues to help you. I love Mary's cross stitch designs. I actually started a very simple tuck today, just says Halloween. Thought that was easy enough for starters. Don't ya just love those comfy clothes? I am so ready to snuggle in for the winter. Just love cold weather, so unlike Mr. P, who loves summer time. Can't wait to see your finished products. Take care.