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October 21, 2007

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I must have stopped eating meat about the same time as you in '89 when I was 12.

From a personal point of view I think in some ways cold turkey is making it much easier on yourself than easing in. If you make gradual changes you're more likely to lapse because you're 'allowed' this thing or that thing but then you just end up feeling bad because you never made the transition. Cutting it all out straight away makes the defining line all that clearer.

I have to say I haven't made the change to vegan and I think you're right, that would be much harder than meat-eater to veggie for me too.

Warm turkey (tofurkey?) stage here. I've been a vegetarian for about 15 years and have been going vegan just this year. The husband and I never really ate much dairy besides good cheese and the occasional ranch dressing, though. Eggs have been harder to avoid.

I've been somewhat less than strict other than cooking at home. For example, if someone offers me a bite of their chocolate mousse, I won't say no. If a waiter puts a basket of fresh bread in front of me, I don't bother asking if it's made with any dairy products. And so on. It's enough for me to consciously avoid buying or ordering egg or dairy.

We've also gone on a raw food kick lately, which has been a different experience...

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