Hi. I've coined a new term.
Occasiotarian: A vegetarian who occasionally lacks will power and thus partaketh in the forbidden flesh once, maybe twice, a week. Tops.
Let me just say this: I love animals. I always have. When I was a sophomore in high school I did a class project on PETA. During research for said project, I came across a video of the Chinese fur trade. Dogs, crammed one on top of another, in steel cages. Terror in their eyes. And then, one of them was skinned... alive. I started bawling right in the middle of the classroom. I'm honestly surprised I didn't throw up. That was the first time I was introduced to the real horrors of how animals were being treated.
But that didn't stop me from eating meat. Momma loves a good steak- charred on the outside, bloody on the inside.
Then I started getting into documentaries- particularly food documentaries. Supersize Me. Food, Inc. King Corn. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. After every movie I was inspired to change the way I eat. Especially Food, Inc. I'd give up on meat cold turkey (heh), and ultimately in a few weeks, I would cave and have a few bites of steak. In my mind, at that point, I had already failed in my mission, so I started to eat meat regularly again.
About 3 weeks ago, I was watching 30 Days, a TV show by Morgan Spurlock, the creator of Supersize Me. In that particular episode, a hunter moved in with a family of animal rights activists to see how they lived for 30 days. At the end of the show, he had rescued and rehabilitated a baby cow all by himself. That goddamn cow was so happy. And something about that just stuck with me. It wasn't gruesome. They didn't show much on how the animals were treated, but something about that cow just did it for me.
So I stopped eating meat. Almost. This time, I'm allowing myself to give in to temptation every now and then. I'm not beating myself up for eating meat here and there. Something about the psychology of allowing myself to "cheat" actually makes it much easier, because I know I can eat it if I really want to.
So far It's been 3 weeks, and I've eaten meat twice. That's pretty good for someone who basically used to eat meat at every meal- and I feel good about what I'm doing. I'm not the perfect vegetarian, chances are I never will be. So there you have it, I'm an occasiotarian.
Have you been inspired to drastically change how you eat? Got any great vegetarian recipes for me?