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A couple weeks ago I became a (mostly) vegetarian. I don't really have that much to say about it, but one of my (vegetarian) friends complained that I hadn't told her yesterday, and so by extension I thought maybe I should tell everyone.

It's something that I've considered for a long time, I've just never quite had the impetus to do anything about it. So I can't say that there was any dramatic event that made me switch, just a slow build up of straws, and an environment that is pretty conducive to that choice. The particular last straw was reading yet another article on how horrible factory farming animals is, specifically pigs, that I stumbled across while looking for vegetarian recipies. Really I was trying to find a good varied week long vegetarian menu to give me some ideas on how to further reduce meat in my cooking, so clearly I was already open to some good propaganda pushing me in the 'right' direction.

I still eat sushi, and I'm open to the idea of eating organic free-range happy animals, but after a couple weeks of no meat-with-feet, it doesn't sound as appealing as it did when I started. Well, less than a couple weeks I guess, because I tend to forget sometimes. I ate some Hawaiian pizza at some point, it's funny how little I think about what my food is sometimes. Steak? Obviously meat, but pizza toppings? Those apparently weren't meat in my head until I was slowing down on my second piece and noticed. Not that I didn't notice that it was Hawaiian pizza mind, I'd suggested we order it. :-P

Combined with re-starting Yoga on Friday I feel pretty clean. Probably a purely psychological reaction. Although on the negative side of the physical score-card, I'm having some increased low-estrogen-due-to-nursing symptoms, like slightly inflamed gums, and I wonder if my change in diet is compounding that somehow. I am taking B12.


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Sep. 6th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
Yay, go you! :)

When I went vegetarian almost 4 years ago, I went completely cold tofurkey. And I immediately felt really good for a good while. Then when I went vegan about two years ago I got another amazing boost. Now I'm back to being more vegetarian than vegan (due to present circumstances :)), but life is still good.

BTW, you don't need to worry too much about B12 if you're still eating dairy and eggs. But you can get fortified soy milk and fortified breakfast cereal to get a good daily dose of B12, iron, calcium, etc.
Sep. 6th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yah, the B12 I actually started taking several months ago because I was feeling tired, not that there isn't ample non-nutrition justification for that in my life, but I think when I take extra B12 I do feel better, and I don't really care if it is a placebo. :-)
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