Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Shift In Tastes

I am starting to lean towards becoming a vegetarian. In fact if I could find more "real life" vegetarian recipes I probably would have already made the transition. Ironically, I was raised on a beef farm. Red meat was a staple in our household, but that is part of my problem. For 18 years I ate meat that came from cattle that spent their days out on the pasture. We "finshed" them with corn and grain and then had them locally butchered. I ate meat with no dyes, no additives, and no chemicals. Our cattle lived like cattle, not standing in feed lots. I can actually smell and taste the difference in "local" beef and "store" beef. Once I became pregnant with my son I couldn't stand to even be around it anymore. Now that the USDA (or is it the FDA) is requiring meat to be labeled with it's source, I am amazed to see where it is coming from. None of the local grocery stores have had meat strictly from the USA. It has all been a combination of several countries. I don't know about you, but that is scary to me.

We have 60 acres here, and I could easily raise my own cattle for beef, but I honestly just don't have it in me anymore. I would be the one doing the feeding and care and I have just become too soft to kill and eat an animal I raised.

In my search for vegetarian recipes I cam across several published in a book by Dr. Dean Ornish. Our local hospital uses the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and I was interesting in finding out more about it. I am impressed with what he has to say. He isn't promoting a fad diet, etc. but a lifestyle that will make you as healthy as possible. The more I read, the more I think my decision just may be a great one for me.

We will see how it goes. My husband is going to be less than thrilled, so I will still be cooking with chicken and fish. Yes, I know that the same issues apply to those too, but as of right now the smell and taste of them does not make me ill like beef or pork do.


  1. I think I could really do a vegetarian diet also. I agree with you in the fact that I need some real life recipes There don't seem to be many out there. Good luck on your transition! Let us know how it goes!

  2. I'll post recipes as I find them. I don't know if I can ever go totally meatless, but I'm going to get as close a possible, at least for now.