Some of you may have noticed that recently I’ve been eating alot of vegetarian meals. I’ve briefly mentioned in a couple previous posts about the possibility of me becoming vegetarian.
Recently Tim and I watched Food Inc. (while we were eating lunch, nonetheless) and its really been weighing heavy on my heart. My reason for wanting to become a vegetarian truly doesn’t have anything to do with eating animals. I don’t have any moral hang-ups over eating meat. Sure I love animals just as much as the next girl, but I do understand meat as a food source. What I have issues with is the way in which these animals are treated/raised. The conditions described in this movie are horrifying! I truly don’t want to be a part of a multi-billion dollar industry that allows animals to be raised in the dark, standing in their own feces, and fed a unnatural diet just because its cheaper.
But its not just about animals, the way crops are grown is just as big of a problem.
I’ve put some serious thought in the last few day about what I can do to change the way I eat to make a difference. I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t become a vegetarian overnight. I’m not one to just jump into something without doing my research and I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time to properly research the nutrition requirements behind a vegetarian diet. Also with having a small son I need to consider his nutrition as well. Do I provide him meat to eat? Or not? These are the things that I need to really spend some time considering and researching before I can make drastic changes in my eating habits.
Some of the things I can change right now are:
1. Eating more locally grown and organic produce – There are many reasons to buy local produce including: less travel time, supporting local farms and families as well as other nutritional and environmental reasons.
2. Buy Non-GMO.
3. Buy cruelty-free meat/dairy whenever possible.
4. Buy in-season produce.
I have a house/freezer full of food that doesn’t fit these descriptions and I’m not going to throw out all that food and start over, but I am going to make a serious effort from this point forward to purchase food products that are more responsible choices.
And while I have decided not to run out and become a vegetarian this very moment I will be making some positive steps in that direction. I want to try out new vegetarian recipes as much as possible and significantly reduce my meat consumption, as well as spend some time researching nutrition requirements of a vegetarian so that one day I might be able to revisit the idea of vegetarianism with a better understanding of how to do it properly.
I would love to hear any thoughts, ideas, recipes or information you have on this!