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So, I've been thinking about becoming a vegetarian. I've been feeling like I live to eat, and that's not a good feeling, especially when being busy (and crocheting so much) means that I tend to spend a lot of time sitting. I want to eat better, and I think that if I restrict meat in my diet I won't be able to eat a lot of the bad things I eat now, like fast food. It'll force me to eat more vegetables, and be more creative about the meals I make.

While I'm at it, I may almost go vegan, since Cory's lactose intolerant (and I'm all but), and we tend to not drink hardly any milk and cheese can hurt our tummies.

I just don't know whether I can do it, though. I love bacon and Burgerville and chocolate and all that yummy stuff. I know that I won't miss it after awhile, but I miss it now, even though I haven't really stopped eating meat yet.

I tend to find dorky reasons why I maybe shouldn't go veg - one of them is that I have a subscription to a recipe mag that isn't veg. I have a hard enough time trying to figure out what to make for dinner when meat IS an option. And I think it may be more expensive, as well. But of course I can't back that up because I haven't tried yet. :) I also don't want to inconvenience other people when we go out to eat together or I visit them for dinner, which is a really dumb reason to not become a vegetarian. Oy.

Anyway. Lots to think about. Cory's ready to try it too, but I still am torn.

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dotcombabe
May. 16th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
Nico and I have been vegetarians for quite a few years now and I don't think we'll ever go back. I think cooking is so much easier without meat :)
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
Really? I'm worried that it's going to be harder - I mean, what's easier than throwing chicken in the oven and whipping up some potatoes? :D I'll figure it out.
dotcombabe
May. 16th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Casseroles, stir fries... veggie burgers!!! I made awesome kidney bean kievs the other day. Reminded me of my chicken kiev days but these were so much more healthier and tastier. You can do it! :)
solteronita
May. 16th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
If anything, I think it's less expensive to be vegetarian. Meat is expensive.

Also, Burgerville's black bean burgers are vegan if you ask for them without the chipotle mayo.
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Have you veg cookbooks, or do you get your recipes from online?
solteronita
May. 16th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
I have some cookbooks, though I get most recipes online or from library books. There are a lot of books made for new vegetarians or vegans that give you a lot of basics, if that's what you're looking for.

I think the best way to look at it is as an opportunity to try all kinds of new foods. So many people look at it as deprivation and restriction, and it's just...not. It's quite delicious!
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I should go look for a new-vegetarian/vegan cookbook.

I'm excited to try new things! I just will miss the old things. :D
random_llama
May. 16th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
You could always cook vegan at home but allow yourself to eat meat when you go out. If it's not your religion or political creed then there's nothing to stop you having some occasionally to deal with cravings or prevent inconveniencing hosts.
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
I have a feeling we won't be completely vegan for quite awhile, for that reason. Hopefully the going-out-to-dinner thing doesn't happen very often though - that's part of the reason I want to do this. I eat out way too often.
aellwynde
May. 16th, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
Meg was a veggie for about three and a half years. It was a challenge for me to learn to cook without meat. She is still primarily vaggie by choice- she isn't big on most meats after having lost the taste during that time period. I'd love to hear about your changes, if you go that route... how you shop and how you make balanced meals. I hope you'll share those details.
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I will try my hardest to post veggie goings-on - I think it'd be a good resource for me to look back on too.
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rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
I like tofu already, so that's a plus! :D
melinika
May. 16th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
I've been vegetarian over half my life and the kids are vegetarian too. My husband isn't but he only eats meat outside the house. I find eating vegetarian to be cheaper and easier than eating meat but then again I'm totally used to it.

You can get vegan chocolate. ;)
rivulet
May. 16th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's interesting how many people are telling me they're vegetarians - apparently you're more prolific than I thought! :D
mandajayne
May. 19th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
I've been vegan for about 5 years now. I would be happy to recommend some good cookbooks, as well as a few veggie options in corvallis. Yum!

rivulet
May. 19th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to mosy on over to Borders today - perhaps I will look fora couple of good ones.

And I bet you're going to say Nearly Normal's - I've still never been there but I want to!

(How the heck have you been? I haven't heard from you or your sis in ages!)
mandajayne
May. 19th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Not normal
It's funny that you said normal's. Not at all what I think of when I think of eating out vegan. I never really warmed up to them for some reason. My first thought was 'El Sol de Mexico' on 9th. They have fantastic spinach enchiladas that you can order without cheese and sour cream. Also, at Aomatsu, you can order an asparagus/avocado roll that is to die for. Interzone has a great weekend breakfast that has lots of vegan options. Also, China Delight has really great tempeh and tofu options. Who knew Corvallis was so veggie friendly?

A great cookbook to start with is "How it all Vegan" they have a series of three book out now that are pretty fast, good recipes. Yum.

I am doing quite fine, thank you. E and I are actually perusing the thought of moving back to Corvallis when he gets done with school in a couple of years. Maybe you and Cory will still be there when that happens...

-a-
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