Ignore the Journey reference. I have a slight obsession with old school music. :)
I grew up in a family of omnivores, so I was raised as an omnivore. The occasional piece of bacon for breakfast, ham or turkey sandwiches for lunch, and chicken or beef for dinner. I never thought twice about it because living in the South (which I did for the majority of my childhood 10-19) you get used to hearing people taking hunting trips, going fishing and loving barbecue. Then, my senior year of high school rolled around and I was watching a documentary on tv about factory farms and I immediately stopped eating animals.
Most people thought this was weird, I had people tell me it was stupid and crazy and ask stupid questions like “so now you only eat vegetables…?”. When I first made the switch that was probably actually true. One thing that noticed, was the lack of accommodation for vegetarians in the south. Going out to eat was not an enjoyable experience because many places, I would end up having to get a salad- without the chicken please- (insert “whaaaa??” from the waiter here).
But although my diet choices haven’t always been easy and have been questioned by many, it has taught me to get creative with my food and to try SO many new things. Just yesterday for lunch, I had a homemade seitan sandwich and for dinner I had a moroccan spiced chickpea burger. Two things that I probably would have never considered if I were still an omnivore. I have also fallen in love with asian fare because they have so many vegetarian options.
So now when people say things like “so you only eat vegetables..?” or “well where does your protein come from?” I can say that I eat whole grains, seitan, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes which are all very good sources of protein. And then the inevitable “well don’t you miss meat?” question comes. I can definitely say that no, I don’t miss meat at all. If I missed it, I would eat it because I don’t deprive myself of anything that I crave.
Are you a vegetarian?
If you are, what made you decide to make that lifestyle choice?