Vegalocatarianism. Or something.

After doing some reading and watching one too many internet videos of the horrible things that happen to baby pigs, cows and chickens in factories, I’ve decided to eat…differently…for a month. And then evaluate. I’m cutting out meat completely (not hard since I don’t currently eat much) and trying to cut out animal by-products, which is going to be 82947298347923874 times more difficult than the no meat thing.

I love cheese. I love cheese a lot. I’m fine swapping my half and half for almond milk in my coffee every morning. Almond milk is tasty. Fake cheese? Not tasty. Doesn’t melt right, doesn’t have the right texture, does’t taste like sharp white cheddar. Cheese and I have had a long, happy life together, but I’ve found out some things about it that make me question our relationship. And so I’m taking steps to move on.

I’m trying to be realistic here, however, and there’s no way I’m quitting something I love so deeply cold turkey. So for this month, my goals are:
1. No animal flesh. Nada. None.
2. No mass-produced dairy or eggs. In other words, cheese will only be acceptable if it is from a local farm and not a dairy factory that milks its cows to the point of being unable to walk.
3. Figure out how I feel about seafood/shellfish. This month I’ll continue to eat shellfish and other fishies, but look more into how they are farmed. If eating spicy tuna rolls means I’m also contributing to the rape of the planet, I could be convinced to re-think eating them. Maybe.

I’m thinking this is a pretty reasonable place to start, but that’s easy to say when my belly is still full of these cheese-and-egg covered breakfast pizzas I made over the weekend for a brunch tailgate:

(Thanks for the picture Nicole!)

I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was full of good company and good food – mine was pretty stellar. Except for the part where my dog peed all over the living room carpet in a desperate plea for attention. That was embarrassing.

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  1. Rach
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I just found your blog from you advertising yourself on facebook. I’m glad I found this one because I was really getting sick of clicking the bookmark for your old one and finding that it STILL hasn’t been updated. Anyways, glad your back.
    On to more important things…
    I’ve decided that since another one of my favorite people has decided to convert to this weird vegetarianism thing, I will increase my meat and cheese intake. Look out bacon, I’ve got your number!

  2. Mary
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    As you should! Long live bacon! Took me forever, but I finally got my shit together and coded something worthwhile.

  3. Sarah Bordeaux
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    I went vegan for a month and it was hard, but I felt great. Good luck!

  4. Allison
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    i will force feed you my vegan mac & cheese until you agree it IS tasty 🙂

    for realz tho, i think what you are doing is great. heck i was vegetarian for 10 years before i bit the bullet and went full out vegan. godspeed.

  5. Mary
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Baby steps. 🙂 I’m currently finishing up all of the existing dairy products I have because dumping all of it in the trash is a waste of money that I cannot indulge in. I’ll start counting my month for real once they are all gone – aka as soon as I finish the carton of half and half in my fridge. The almond milk is ready and waiting in the wings!

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