- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2016
Hey all! I was veg for real for 6 years, and in the past about 16 months I’ve given it up. reasons such as… 1) got sick of bossing myself around! 2) wanted to be able to enjoy quality food I come across without restrictions 3) in 6 years you’d really hope you’d change, and I did. priorities/perspectives changed.
it all really started from being sick of being the restrictor for myself, and kicked off when SO’s parents took us on a really high end all-inclusive vacay in a country where people weren’t in the habit of turning food down. i realized quickly eating the tiny vertical salads (yeah it was like sushi of cucumbers with a single leaf of lettuce sticking right up out of it hahaha) they offered were going to be a huge bummer, when I could be eating all this super lush local food, so I did and i know it was a good decision! i ate steak like 3-4 times, a huge step for me, and fish almost every day. since then I really only eat chicken regularly though, turkey and steak on rare occassions, fish if i’m vacationing near water and that’s it.
the other day SO made a beef tenderloin roast, which is supposed to be super good, and it was ok but unfortunately it was just soo cow-ish and i was getting total mentality flashbacks to my former vegetarian self! like ugh eating this is disgusting and feeling deeply saddened about the cow! (even though animal cruelty was not in the top 5 reasons I gave it up in the first place, it quickly follows when you don’t have to avoid thinking about how it got on the plate!)
anyway, I’m just curious if there’s any other former vegetarians out there. i read that a huge majority of vegetarians eventually go back, and I’m understanding of the circle of life and all that I really am. just wondering about the experiences of anyone else who might have ever gone both ways so to speak, haha. thank you!
I still eat my regular old veg-friendly way about 90% of the time, but i guess i’m still getting used to working meat in here and there, sometimes it feels totally normal, then other times it creeps up on me and feels totally weird!!
(ps, goes w/o saying but obviously not looking for a conversation about whether vegetarianism or not is ‘right’ or not. no one knows anyone else’s body, life, culture, needs, etc so it is inherently impossible to comment on what is right for someone else’s diet. just looking for personal experiences related to vegetarianism, and comments from veg and non-veg are both welcome! xo)