I can’t believe I haven’t posted in almost a month! I have many excuses and believe me, they are all very, very good. First, I got married in Hawaii!! YAY!!!! It was great, Kauai was awesome! Unfortunately, the vegan options, not so much(BOO!). I have to be honest though, I didn’t really try that hard to push for some vegan options.
That’s right, I succumbed to temptation and tasted the forbidden fruit (although in this case, it was dairy, eggs, and seafood). I am proud (a little) to say that I did not eat any chicken, beef, or pork, although that luau pig looked mighty tasty. Don’t worry, I’m still committed to maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle and am back on the wagon again. For those of you interested in a little karmic retribution, I ended up with an itchy, splotchy rash over most of my body (arms, chest, legs) for my entire honeymoon.
Since I’m being all honest and sharing my triumphs as well as set backs, I’m going to confess that I’m not one of those vegetarians for whom meat is disgusting. I honestly enjoy the taste of it. I mean seriously, fresh seafood in Hawaii?!? Hell yeah it was good. And it felt like an indulgence, at least at first. But then reality sunk in, because once you know the truth of where your food comes from, you can’t unknow it, no matter how good the food is.Then came the feelings of guilt, the bloating and, of course, the freakin itching!
When I first started as a vegetarian, I felt a lightness that I chalked up to not having meat slowly making its way through my digestive system, but now I realise it’s more than that. I was no longer struggling against what I believed deep down, which is eating meat is not for me in the ethical sense or the health sense; because once you know the truth of where your food comes from and what it really is, you can’t unknow it, no matter how good it tastes. That being said, it’s still a struggle for me. I struggle because eating conventionally is easier. It’s so ingrained in my mind, I don’t even need to think about what I’mgoing to eat. Being a newbie to vegetarianism, it takes me a little time to figure out what I can eat that will satisfy the little monster in my stomach that tells me I’m craving cheetos, or cake, or both! And I’m ok with that. Because the struggle is something that I’m aware of and actively participate in.
So enough of that self reflection mumbo jumbo. We’ll get to the good stuff in the next posts: food porn!
Stay tuned and thanks for reading. As always, comments please! I’d love to hear what you think, whether you agree with my choices or not!