October is World Vegetarian Awareness Month! I switched to a vegetarian diet over a year ago. Sean and I tried to be vegan for a while, but Sean really loved real cheese (and butter), so we’ve found vegetarianism as a good middle ground. We chose to “convert” (if you will) to a no-meat diet after seeing a few documentaries that really struck us (Food, Inc.; Forks Over Knives; The Cove; etc.). We did a lot more research into the way our food was raised and how it got to our plates and decided to make the switch.
I still eat meat.
It wasn’t an overnight change. Instead, we tried to incorporate more non-meat proteins into our meals and phase out meat. We were fully vegetarian by late summer/early fall 2011. Our transition wouldn’t have been possible without the knowledge of other vegetarian bloggers, the internet (new recipes!), and some great cookbooks I found and that were given to me.
If you’re interested in more information or thinking about transitioning to a vegetarian diet, I’m going to try to post some helpful information every Tuesday throughout the month of October . Here’s what you can expect:
- October 9 – What to watch/read to learn more about vegetarianism/What is a vegetarian?
- October 16 – Transitioning to vegetarianism/Health benefits of vegetarianism
- October 23 – Favorite and easy vegetarian recipes/Dispelling myths about vegetarianism
- October 30 – Defending yourself as a vegetarian nicely (because, believe it or not, some people get hostile about their food choices and yours)
I hope to be able to provide you with a slew of resources that will enable you to learn more about vegetarianism, start an open discussion about the topic, help you understand a vegetarian in your life (maybe), and hopefully help someone who may be considering the “transition.”
*Side note* This is my blog about my experiences. I am not speaking for all vegetarians or the general “vegetarian experience” (whatever that is). I’m just expressing my experiences and hoping to spread more awareness that not all vegetarians are the “crazy PETA people” that most people associate with vegetarianism, though I’d rather we not test cosmetics on animals and crowd them in tanks with other aggressive animals and chain them up and whip them with giant metal rods. Ahem.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my transition to vegetarianism. I’ll be happy to answer them!
Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month! Hug a veggie!