Simply put, this blog will be about living as a vegetarian in Fort Worth, Texas, a town that loves their steaks, steakhouses, chicken fried steaks, etc.
I did not choose to become a vegetarian because of my deep love for animals (though I do love them). Like many girls my age, I read Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, which discusses the benefits of veganism (one who includes NO animal products in their diet, including eggs and dairy). What really made me want to join this revolution were the dietary and environmental benefits the authors of the book described. After reading the book cover to cover on my way home from Minneapolis, I stepped off the plane dedicated to a diet free of animal products.
However, after about a month of hardcore veganism, my dedication to my new-found lifestyle slowly declined. After returning to school, I realized it was going to be harder than I had imagined to be a functioning vegan in college. One B-12 deficiency later, I was eating eggs again. It wasn't long until I became lax about foods containing milk products. But the one thing I knew I would never, EVER, eat again was meat.
When I made the switch to a meat-free diet, most people didn't understand why I would choose a diet that was "so difficult." In reality, though, this town has a lot to offer as far as vegetarian dining. All you have to do is look. Although eating vegan was something I didn't have the time or energy to do, eating vegetarian is something I don't have to think about anymore. It has become a part of who I am and is something I no longer second-guess.
So, as a reformed carnivore, my goals for this blog are as follows:
- Write about the benefits, frustrations, complications, etc. that come with being vegetarian
- Post about vegetarian food options at local restaurants and chains, as well as recipes I may find or try
- Include interesting and educational information about "green" living through vegetarianism