I am probably navigating through my first day back to school as you read this. But two nutrition classes are sure to make my semester more enjoyable! One of the classes has a lab with it...so maybe we get to cook??
I have some guest posts for you the next couple of weeks so that I can focus on school AND moving to the city that I'm attending school in, but I will be posting Wednesday for WIAW Iowa fun!
I ‘virtually’ met Amanda when I got serious about blogging and started researching what other bloggers were doing (AKA, creeping on everyone I could find) and coming upon a bunch of bloggers that had attended Blend Retreat. Amanda’s blog was one of the first I found!
(As a sidenote, I think I’m attending Blend 2013. So if you’re going, see you there!)
Today I thought I’d share a story of mine that I seem to tell frequently in real life, but haven’t ever shared on my blog.
Growing up, I didn’t really enjoy eating meat. Rather than having to take another bite of my veggies, my parents had to make me take another bite of chicken. I always thought I was weird – I mean, who didn’t like KFC? But by the time I turned 16, I realized that there were others out there who didn’t eat meat, and I decided to join their ranks.
After becoming vegetarian, I wanted to fit in with other vegetarians, so I tried out the whole ‘vegetarian-for-a-good-cause’ stance. Although it was nice being in a group, I never wholeheartedly got behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. I just never cared about eating them. I flitted between true vegetarian (no meat or seafood) and pescetarianism (eating seafood, but no meat) but stuck with pescetarianism longer.
I stayed away from meat for six years, until the summer after college. As I was watching my boyfriend make a turkey sandwich one day, I decided that I really wanted to try it. The feeling was a out of the blue, but it made me think. Why not try it again?
That night, he cooked me up some pork chops, and I haven’t looked back. I guess my taste buds changed over the years, and I liked meat again!
Six years is a long time, and being vegetarian was a pretty strong part of my identity. It took quite a while to consciously remember to eat meat, and going out to eat is still a little overwhelming. It was a big change for me.
Ultimately, I’m glad I was a vegetarian: I tried foods I never would have sampled otherwise. When you go someplace that offers one or two vegetarian meals (which happens a lot in Iowa), your selections are pretty limited. Not eating meat forced me out of my comfort zone with food.
Last, it made me a healthier individual overall. Getting my veggies in is a no-brainer for me now. I love vegetables, and I can’t say that I would have otherwise. I also now chose some healthier items because I enjoyed eating them as a vegetarian.
Have you ever changed something that seemed fundamental to your identity? What did you learn from your experiences?
More Vegetarian Curious posts here!