Goodbye, meat

Unless we’re talking about playing the meat-flute (or other sexual things hinted at by hilarious euphemisms), I’m indefinitely staying away from meat/fish starting January 1st. I’m going the vegetarian route (ovo-lacto-vegetarian, to be precise, though I’ll probably be eating vegan-fare a bunch anyway) for numerous reasons, which can be summarized quite concisely in a short bullet-list:
  • It’s better for animals, my health, the environment, etc
  • I believe it’s “the right thing to do” and can’t back up eating meat with an argument that doesn’t eventually boil down to “I just don’t care enough”
  • It’s something I’ve been leaning towards (actively or not) for a while / New year, new decade, blah blah blah / I am finally ready to do it!
  • The boyf is vegan and it’s an important ethical issue for him
  • It’s a way to reduce amount of non-consensual suffering/pain I cause

Don’t worry–I won’t get all holier-than-thou on anyone and start being a militant vegetarian; that only alienates people. I’d much rather talk about the benefits of vegetarianism and my personal experiences with it all (both positive and negative), letting people make their OWN choices based on the information they get and what they feel are their priorities. 🙂

I can’t promise this will be an uber-strict, lifelong decision, but I CAN guarantee that I’m not taking this lightly and that I HAVE thought about it a lot. I’m not doing it for a pre-set time period (like, “oh, I’ll stop after a year”) and I’m not just doing it solely because I’m with someone who’s vegan. My choices, while informed and influenced by others, are still MY choices (and, really, do I seem the type to make a decision like this just because of a partner?). I eventually wanted to make vegetarianism a part of my life, and so I’m starting now and taking advantage of the veggie-friendly environment in which I live and operate in Providence.
Can’t say I automatically hate meat/fish, though (this is an ethical, NOT taste-based, deal), so here’s a list of things I’ll miss (and yes, I know there are veggie alternatives to all of these, but still) most:
  • Double Bacon Cheeseburger from Burger King (comfort food like WHOA)
  • New England Clam Chowder (I weep)
  • Thanksgiving meal in all its turkey-having glory (favorite holiday meal evarrr)
  • Sushi (of the not-just-vegetable kind, om nom nom)
  • Skirt-steak
  • BBQ kebabs from shitty little carts in Puerto Rico
  • Ham croquettes
  • Chicken/lamb “plates” from NYC carts (DELICIOUS)

I am not dedicated enough to be a vegan (for now), and it’s way more of an inconvenience than I am ready to deal with at the moment. Plus, jumping straight from meat-loving omnivore to strict vegan is ridonkadonk (at least for me). Just look at all the animal products and by-products that exist and make their way into the things we use on a daily basis! The list is INSANE. I’d like to gradually try to step away from using as many animal (by)products as I can, though, and/or at least ensure that my eggs are free-range and that sort of thing. It’s a process, so good luck to me. My first mission: find places in Puerto Rico that sell vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fare, both pre-made (restaurants!) and for cooking (stores!). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Goodbye, meat

  1. mz. aida says:

    Hey lucie!I'm really glad I made the switch. Veganism is still a future possibility, but for now I'm just concentrating on sticking to ovo-lacto-veggie-ism. 🙂 So far, so good.I'll definitely be popping my head back in over at GA soon; I've just been way out of the loop lately!

  2. lucierohan says:

    suckling-You fucking rock for going veg. Your reasons are pretty much the same as my reasons for cutting out meat and eventually dairy (though I have to admit that for me animal welfare takes precedence over the environment and my health).I think it's a good idea to start with a vegetarian diet and then work your way into a vegan diet. Your better than me because I was vegetarian for 6 years before I even thought about going vegan.Rock on sister! Your presence is missed over at genderagenda.

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