I love these stories! They are so true.
Now just try being a- non-meat, non-corn, non-bread eating person in the midwest. I live in the middle of a former cornfield in central OHIO. Salad here means iceberg lettuce, two (plastic) tomato wedges, maybe a teaspoon of carrot shavings, and a slice of onion- smothered with dressing and topped with bacon bits.
I was recently in Kansas City for a trade show. I used to be able to order a baked potato with sour cream and cheese, onion rings, and a side salad at the steak houses or barbeque places. Now, I'm confined to the side salad, no protein whatsoever. I carry protein packets everywhere- and it's almost impossible to find unsweetened/unflavored protein. All of the flavored ones have either tons of sugar or splenda.
And yes, Fergus- it is very difficult. Even my husband, who was a great meat lover when we met and married, is ambivalent about going back to it. My daughters are split-they want me to eat it -if it improves my chances of living a longer, healthier life- but are not so inclined to eat it for themselves.
My son-in-law is constantly pointing out how his grandfather lived to be 100- Elmer would only eat meat and salads, dairy, and apples. His wife- who ate pastas, whole grains, took vitamins etc- only lived to be 83 and was fragile for about the last 15 years. He is grateful that I do not make an issue of his meal preferences.
Some of my friends now use the term land-based animals to describe beef, pork and poultry- how funny is that?
the honey. By definition bee vomit is an animal product and vegans don't eat it, just like they don't use leather, drink milk, or eat dairy. I was never a fan of the stuff- esp after I learned that raw honey can poison infants. So I'm guessing that honey-eating vegetarians would have to be defined like milk and egg eating vegetarians do- maybe (honeybees (Apis mellifera
))- api-vegetarians? although that might make them bee eaters...
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett
Post Edited (gelchick) : 1/2/2008 11:14:27 AM (GMT-7)