Sunday, May 22, 2011
So, off and on I throw around an idea of becoming a vegetarian. It basically goes like this: I think about it, then snack on a steak, then think about it some more, then boil up some pelmenie, and so on. I wouldn't say that we consume a ton of meat, but then maybe we do and I just don't think about it as I savor my favorite meat dishes. Becoming a vegetarian would be life changing for our family. My husband is a big time carnivore who thinks that it is not dinner if it doesn't contain meat and who laughs when I mention to him that he might consider ordering a veggie burger next time he stops by at a burger place. My youngest son takes my daughter's meat portion while she takes his pasta portion. And Nicolas is cool with either and I usually eat every one's leftover veggies. So it is no wonder why I would be the one to pioneer this venture.
I love vegetables, but when I look at the vegetarian recipes, I cannot help but think that the rest of the family will simply not eat most of it. My kids don't eat all veggies so if I take meat out, they would have to complement by eating lots of carbs which alone are not super healthy especially if their color is white. So, I will probably going to begin this journey on my own. I will most likely not able to quit cold turkey so it would have be a gradual process.
Maybe some of you who had us for dinner or whom we treated with a fine a shish kabob are picking up your jaws from the floor. I know that vegetarian lifestyle is not very well understood nor supported by the Russian community here. In fact, I only know one person, a girl I went to high school with, who is a vegetarian and I know many Russians. But there are several reasons why I want to try it out:
1) It is now common knowledge that a diet high in fruits and vegetables helps prevent many diseases.
2) We can't afford organic meat therefore we usually consume meat from cows/poultry that have been fed hormones and/or antibiotics and other things to make them grow faster. And this, cannot be a good thing.
3) This idea of switching has been circulating around me for a while and is being recycled through interactions with different people, statistics, testimonies, thoughts about cancer...
I know that completely giving up meat will result only if a complete mind change occurs. I don't want to make vegetarianism a religion though. So I will try it out, but in all honesty, I don't know how long I will last. I am leaning towards being a selective vegetarian, but selective could be so broad! I will sure to keep you posted. In the mean time, I welcome your comments. Have you tried it? How did you do? How did your family do?