Not long after I came to Montauban my landlord invited me to eat with him. He revealed that he and his wife don't eat meat for dinner that often and I mentioned my vegetarianism. He seemed a little let down and rattled off all the different French foods I should try. I'd thought about it before I came here; how it's a cultural thing, the food is healthier, probably less cruel. I told him about this and how I'd at least like to go a solid 2 years vegetarian. So we agreed that after New Year's we'd have foie gras.
Now, I have a plan. Like I did 2 1/2 years ago. I was first going to give up all meat by January 1, 2006, but I ended up cramming it into 5 months. Just before the New Year I ended up cheating a little by getting pork ribs with Blake for his birthday and taking a bite of a Whopper that was in the fridge after Christmas. But since then I've not willingly/knowingly eaten any meat. I enjoyed the vegetarian egg rolls Romel's mom made for his wedding and soon found them to be full of beef.
After January 1, 2007 I will eat meat until July 1, 2007. Not regularly. Not at all. Just to try new foods in France and Ireland and to revisit my old friends (jerk chicken, chicken McNuggets, pork ribs, Ultradog, Whopper, crab rangoon, shrimp, fish and chips, etc.). On July 1, I'll be going vegan.
I've been thinking about vegetarianism as a copout for a few months now and the transition's only major hurdle will be cheese (sweet Isis do I love cheese!) but I need to face facts about where my cheese is coming from and what it's doing. Oh, and all the mystery foods at restaurants. But I saw Tom figure that out, I can deal with it too.
So, I'll use the next six months to figure this out while being even more lazy in my eating habits.
THIS JUST IN! SUCK IT!
"Many people are eating too many animal products," Fontana said, as well as too many processed foods and sugars.