It’s been about a year since I posted about how I was thinking of quitting being a vegetarian. It’s something I had been thinking about for a while. To say I only intended to eat vegetarian for a week, I did it for a pretty long time. A year and 11 months.
Most of the comments I got about the post were pretty positive and saying that I should do the best for me.
I didn’t start eating meat for a long time after that because I wanted to be sure. There was also something inside me that made me feel like a bit of a quitter if I decided to start eating meat again. Even though I knew it wasn’t going to be something I did for the rest of my life.
I thought about it long and hard. For around 8 months.
I decided I was going to start eating meat again early December. I put a date on it about 3 weeks in the future to make sure I was prepared mentally. I know that sounds weird, but I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it.
Would I feel upset? Would I find it difficult? Would I find myself with a slab of meat in front of me and be unable to eat it? Would I feel guilty?
It’s so weird, even writing this, I do feel bad. I know that most people eat meat. I visit many of your blogs and you review restaurants that includes meat in your meal. But for some reason, going from vegetarian to eating meat feels like something that might leave me open to attack. Although most people that don’t support the animal industry and all the vegetarians and vegans I know are very respectful of other peoples views, there are those that are not so respectful and can be vicious about it. Sadly, those are the ones that are most vocal.
That’s why I didn’t talk about it back in December. I was afraid of getting negative comments. But I’m not afraid of that anymore and feel it’s something I want to talk about because it wasn’t an easy decision to make. I hope that it helps other people in similar situations feel at ease with whatever they decide to do.
That’s not to say I think that YES, TOTALLY, YOU SHOULD EAT MEAT AGAIN.
It’s more that if you want to eat meat again, that’s okay and though you might feel a lot of pressure or that you are going back on your commitment, you have to also remember that only have one life and if something isn’t working for you, you have the choice to change your mind.
People will always have opinions on what you do, but you have to decide what sits right with you. Does killing an animal so you can eat it make you feel sick? Or are you able to deal with it without guilt? It guess one thing to do is to inform yourself of the industry of all animal products because it’s very easy to separate a packet of minced beef in the supermarket from a cow that was once wandering around a field minding its own business.
Don’t be ignorant towards it. But do be sure.
So, anyway. I decided I was going to eat meat again and my boyfriend made me a lamb dinner. I thought I would be nervous to eat it and would feel bad about it. To be honest, I didn’t feel anything. It felt like I had never stopped eating meat. I expected to feel ill like many people say will happen when your body isn’t used to processing meat, but I didn’t. I did do a little research which told me it takes quite a few years without meat to be at the point where your will basically get the shits. So I was cool.
Another thing that helped me is that I told people before that I was going to be stopping, which helped when I sat at work and ate a bacon sandwich. Nobody was critical of me at all.
I’m really glad I spent some time in my life as a vegetarian, but I’m also glad that I stopped and can enjoy food again.
So there you have it. I am no longer a vegetarian. Openly.