The Reluctant Vegetarian is a mother, wife, and public school teacher of French.
I also am very interested in Buddhism, writing, photography, and none of these are pursued in any formal manner whatsoever.
My decision to revisit becoming vegetarian comes from several factors, some of which include my decision of a few years ago to study and follow some of the tenets of Buddhism, and my awareness and unease with how animals are handled, raised and processed in North America.
After having watched documentaries like Food Inc., and speaking to individuals involved in the food industry, it just really no longer made sense to me at all to be so disgusted by the industry, yet continue to consume it as though I knew nothing about it. I mean really, if it grosses you out, why keep eating it? Just didn’t make sense to me at all.
So, despite the fact that my first attempt at vegetarianism of many years ago ended with me becoming anemic and not being able to get over it until I started eating meat again, I decided to do a Take Two. Hopefully, with the help of some web sites that help track calorie, protein and iron contents of the food I’m eating, I can make some healthier choices and avoid becoming sick again. So far, so good — I’m going on almost a month and feel really great about my diet and decision.
This blog is a space for me to share my experiences as a vegetarian in a very meat-centric neighborhood: The majority of my neighbors are farmers and country folk whose main diet consist of dairy, meat and potatoes. I’m not mocking, it’s a fact of this region, and they have reason to be quite proud of their heritage.
To that end, my approach in this blog is going to be showing how one can survive as a vegetarian/aspiring vegan in this type of environment. Can I successfully attend “bring a dish to pass” events without grossing everyone out yet still giving myself a viable, filling option? How am I juggling the idea of making a meat dish for the rest of my family while I make a meatless dish for myself?
Finally, this blog also is designed to provide a space for me to share recipes — some will be found (all the found ones will be sourced as best as possible), some will be my own — that are for foods that do NOT attempt to make ‘pseudo-meat’ dishes.
One of my pet peeves is “meatless meat” foods — think soy turkey, facon, fake ham, etc. It has always bugged me that some vegetarians want their cake and eat it too. There are so many amazing meatless vegetarian and vegan dishes out there to be had, I never understood why anyone would spoil that by trying to re-create a whole turkey out of tofu. Ew. The disturbing irony of that is just too great for me. I can’t do it.
There is no need for it, and with this blog, I hope to prove that.
There’s more to my meatless philosophy, and you can read more about it if you’re interested, on my other blog about my Buddhist practice, here:http://beginningdharma.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/the-reluctant-vegetarian/