After my last post about Independence Day in Washington DC, I’m posting about something that is THOROUGHLY UNAMERICAN!
As of this weekend, give or take, I will be embarking on a little journey to change my diet. I’ve been watching documentaries on Netflix about high plant and low/no animal product diets, and they have me intrigued. I’ve been thinking about trying a vegatarian or vegan diet for a while, just to see what it’s like, and I think now is a good time for me to start. With it being the summer, I don’t have too much going on that a change in diet would be too hard or distracting and I’d have time to get used to it so, if I choose, I can maintain it during the fall semester.
The first documentary that got me hooked was Vegucated. I had seen films on the horrors of the meat industry before but I think this one was the straw that broken my back. I said “give or take” in the paragraph above because I have half a carton of eggs and some left over chicken in the freezer that I don’t want to just throw away so I’ll probably eat that for a few more days while I taper off of animal foods. But after that I can pretty easily see myself as a vegetarian, if not a vegan. The thing that would keep me from full veganism would be milk and cheese. If I can live without those, then I might as well go vegan.
Look at all the colors!
So anyway, I’ll be trying this for the rest of the summer. I’ve already bought a whole bunch of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, and milk substitutes. Although I recognize it’ll be tough at first (especially when I’m on campus and just want something quick to eat), I think I’ll be able to stick to it. For my New Year’s Resolution this year, I vowed to not drink any soda and I haven’t since January 11th (that’s when I made the resolution). Plus I love fruits and veggies, especially raw ones. And I love juice. Seriously. I’m basically Buster Bluth when it comes to juice.
One thing that will work against me is that, for the most part, I do love meat. But there was a time when I also loved soda and I’ve pretty much moved on from that bad relationship, so in a few weeks maybe I’ll feel like that about meat too.
I guess now in addition to blogging about flowers, this little project that is supposedly about grad school will also be about my adventures in vegetarianism.
PS If you’re interested in the other documentaries I’ve been watching on having a more plant-based diet…