Monday, March 26, 2012

2012, checking in.

My diet has been evolving, but it's definitely not vegan. As people love to tell me. I'm still struggling with similar things that I detailed in my post "It's Not Easy" at the end of last year. I still get asked all the time how being vegan is going, or if I'm a vegetarian...

For people who are truly interested, I usually say something like: "I'm 90% vegan, and 100% at home because it's easy." And I usually follow that by saying I'll still eat meat occasionally, even steak, a burger here and there. Often I hear this: "You're not a vegan!!!" Ok, this is true. Technically. But, I'm vegan an overwhelming majority of the time. This type of surprise doesn't happen in analogous situations. Example: People often say they don't drink. Then, they follow it up by saying they have a glass of wine occasionally, at special events, celebrations. I've never heard someone exclaim "You drink!!!" It's understood it's a lifestyle choice to basically not drink. Same thing with smoking. I mean, c'mon. To be vegan most of the time is pretty crazily different than the average person. How about some props fictional example person!!!

I'm thinking it might be a good idea to lay out what I've been doing for the past 3 months, and what my goals are for the future.

Current:
At Home:
Pretty much 100% vegan. I've figured out all the substitute foods and have enough experience that I pretty much get along fine cooking for myself. Occasionally I may have some bread that's not vegan maybe...

Out: 
90% vegan. Here's my quick math. 3 meals/day is 90 meals/month. roughly 9 non-vegan meals brings it down by 10%. That sounds about right, if anything I eat meat less than that. Maybe more like once a week. I had a turkey burger yesterday for lunch.

Goal:
At Home:
Keep doing what I'm doing.

Out: 
I'd like to cut down to once or twice a month to have non-vegan meals. I think to get there I'll start by making a conscious effort to only have a non-vegan meal once a week. Once I have that figured out, it should be easier to cut that in half.

8 comments:

  1. Best wishes on your path to a 100% vegan lifestyle!

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  2. Wow, I was just thinking similar thoughts the other day, about how nondrinkers who still have an occasional glass of wine are still considered nondrinkers, etc. I'm about 75 - 90% raw food, according to the day. And I'm vegan, although I OD'd on dairy last week (and suffered for it.) I think too many people hear "vegan" or "vegetarian" and think "religion." The carrot gods won't strike us dead if we have ice cream once in awhile.

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  3. Thanks Diane!!! I really do appreciate the support.

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  4. Oh gosh. Stop dilly dallying and just go 100% vegan now. Why would you want to be nearly compassionate towards other animals? I was veggie for 12 years and went mostly vegan 12 months ago. Then I watched 'Earthlings' and some other stuff and have made the full transition. It's not difficult, unless you make it so.

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  5. Hey, I just stumbled upon your blog by accident, and I wish I’d done so before – refreshing reading.

    I quit eating meat about 15 months ago, which alone probably doesn’t make me a real vegetarian, so I’ve never got involved with any vegetarian websites, blogs, groups etc - I just went cold-turkey one day (excuse the pun…), and took it from there. So I was delighted to read “it’s not easy”, which I had always assumed it was for others.

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  6. Hey Matthew - See this post I wrote on why people like you are super annoying: http://iquiteatingmeat.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-not-easy.html

    Keith - Thanks man! I know it isn't often said which is why I started this blog. I wanted to be real.

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  7. Hi there! I too stumbled upon this blog by accident and find it great. My meatless journey has been one flawed with imperfections. I really appreciate your philosophy. I can identify with the ideal of evolution rather than perfection. I am trying to make steps daily to be a better vegan/vegetarian but I get so down on myself when I slip up. This is still fairly new to me so I am trying to find unconventional ways to educate myself. Thank you for your words. I will continue reading.

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