Flash forward. My partner and I live in a new city, in a new country. I am unemployed. And my lack of a solid routine became too much to bear. I spend hours daily job hunting. That is good. On some level I believe I am making progress despite still not being employed. But one must purposely leave the house routinely or become insane. I don't know how my cat does it. I have always been a rather active, almost physically manic person. My social energy is also quite generous. To release these pent up energies I joined a gym. I go three days a week and, believe me, those days are glorious. The alternate days can be rough. Attending the gym every day would ruin it because I find my fitness club of choice lacking. I will leave those details for a future posting. Going every day would also be like continuously being in the house and I would lose motivation. I am contemplating a return to swimming laps on those alternative days I don't work out at the gym. And meditation. And perhaps, yoga if and when I find employment. And volunteer work. It is all about meaningful daily structure and mental and physical balance of which the vegetarian thing has a part.
I have no issue with killing animals for nutrition. It's how nature works. What I do have an issue with is how we treat those animals beforehand. Animals are not products and should not be treated as such. There is something very attractive to me about making a dietary statement that is both better for me nutritionally and also spares unnecessary suffering. There are also legitimate environmental reasons to reduce or eliminate meat from one's diet. Again, I will spare anyone reading this those details. They are readily available on the internet, in books and magazines. I should also state for the record that I enjoy eating meat. It's yummy. I dread the day I am "assaulted" by the smell of grilling lamb chops. But, interestingly, I also find I don't miss eating meat either.
I am not eating vegan this time 'round. Not yet anyway. I am not a milk drinker and never have been. I use a bit of half and half in my coffee when it is purchased outside my home. Home brewed coffee is always dairy free. And I continue to eat eggs, though Eric and I have been purchasing free range, "organic" eggs for a very long time. And we don't eat all that many. We recently discarded half a carton because they had been in the refrigerator long past their expiration date. Cheese is a horse of a different colour. A whole 'nother megillah. I. Love. Good. Cheese. If life is too short to drink bad wine, it is also too short to eat processed, industrial, or commercial cheese. I'm just sayin'. Obviously this is my challenge if I am to eat properly and reduce my blood cholesterol and related levels through diet. Oh, yeah, I have excessively high cholesterol. It appears to be genetic.
I began the endeavor while Eric was travelling for work three weeks ago. I had already been eating this way for a week when he returned. He jumped on board the SS Vegetarian immediately and with enthusiasm. It's going really well. Back in the day I read several well known and highly regarded books on vegetarianism. This time around I am re-educating myself using the internet. Information and recipes are only a couple of key punches away which makes it all much less of a hassle. And enjoyable.
So far, so good. We both seem quite content.