Yesterday, Stephen and I celebrated our “one year 6 month anniversary”, it just so happened that I was actually home on this particular date so we figured why the heck not, and went out to dinner.
Like an idiot, I forgot to check the menu before we left, but at that point I was so HUNGRY that it didn’t even cross my mind to do so. We went to Casa Margarita, an authentic Mexican place. Coming from a Mexican background, we’re known to love our meat. I kind of got nervous when I was presented with the menu. “What if there aren’t any meatless options? I can ask for a taco without meat, can’t I?”
To my surprise, there was more than one vegetarian option! Hooray! I got the vegetarian enchiladas, gave Stephen my beans in case they were made with meat (at my grandma’s they sure as hell are!), gave him my chicken soup that came with both of our meals, and was totally pleased with my margarita and my vegetarian enchiladas- which tasted EXACTLY like a regular enchilada, just without the meat. What is there not to love?
Side note: As I watched Stephen eat the Chicken soup, I almost gagged thinking about having to chew chicken again. For the record, I have NEVER been a huge fan of chicken. I’m not sure why- but even when I was a kid I never looked forward to having to eat chicken, something about the texture- I think? I don’t know. Now though, my dislike of eating chicken is tenfold. I couldn’t even think about it without almost getting sick.
I love that Stephen doesn’t even react in any sort of way when I shriek with excitement at “VEGETARIAN BURRITO!! STEPHEN!! THEY HAVE A VEGETARIAN BURRITO! AND! OH MY GOD! THEY HAVE VEGETARIAN ENCHILADAS! AND! VEGETARIAN FAJITAS!!!! WHAT DO I GET!?”
And he’s like: “Are you gonna eat your soup?”
And when I hand it to him like a hot potato, he looks at the two bowls of soup like it’s Christmas morning and smiles at me like: “that’s what I thought, mwahaha” and is just happy that he gets to eat more food.
I’m so thankful for that. I can’t imagine what it would be like if he was rude or had any negative reaction at all to the way that I’m deciding to fuel my body. I don’t give him crap that he wants to eat meat, and he doesn’t give me crap that I don’t. Perfect.
What I love about deciding to be a vegetarian:
(For the record, I have yet to say to anyone in person “I’m a vegetarian!” I don’t know why. I always say “I don’t eat meat.” I feel like it doesn’t matter, and I hate labeling myself in any way other than “I’m short!” and “I’ll [almost] a college grad!” I digress..)
-I love that after no longer relying on meat to get protein, that I am far more conscious of everything else that I eat in order to get as much protein as my body needs. As someone who lifts weights on a regular basis and hoping to gain some sort of muscle mass, protein is extremely important in my diet for that reason. Instead of just mindlessly adding a chunk of meat to my plate, I am looking at new recipes, trying new foods all together, and getting creative in the kitchen- WHICH I LOVE!
-I am far more conscious of other decisions that I make in my day-to-day life that has nothing to do with eating. For example: I am in the middle of doing some hardcore research about the makeup that I use and the makeup that I am about to buy. What’s the use of giving a crap about the animals that I [no longer] eat if I don’t give a crap about the animals that my makeup might be tested on? I remember a girl in 7th grade did a presentation about animal testing, specifically for cosmetics, and the pictures were horrifying. After my “research” I’ll let you guys know what I find- Unless any of you have some helpful hints about animal friendly cosmetics!! Let me know!
-I have more room on my plate for veggies. I’m not really a fan of a half-empty plate (half-full?) so I just fill the rest up with veggies! That’s definitely a win-win situation all around.
-Some people can take vegetarianism, or veganism, or any sort of dietary lifestyle to the extreme. So far, the people that I have met (virtually and in real-life) have been so NORMAL and down to earth about not eating meat that it has been so refreshing. It’s kind of like how I feel about the running culture. When someone who is not a runner, or not part of the “running culture” asks you about running and you tell them “oh, I’m training for a 10K!” or “I’m training for a half” or “Oh, ya know, I got up at 7am to run 10 miles, no big” and they look at your like YOU’RE NUTS- yeah, it’s the same feeling. “I haven’t eaten meat in almost 2 months!” gets about the exact same facial expression. Sure, sometimes times (if not most of the time) the facial expression is one of “holy shit, you’re INSANE. WHY would you do that?” (the exact same face is made for both running AND not eating meat) but, I still feel like a badass 🙂
- No matter what you eat, tell me what makes you feel like a badass?
- Any info about animal friendly cosmetics?