15 Years Since I Et a Critter!

August 10, 2009

I just channeled Elly May Clampett for a minute there, didn't I?  I can't help it; sometimes my inner hillbilly comes out!  After all, I am from Texas.  Hey, fellow Texans; please don't be offended.  You know the rest of the world tends to view us as hicks or rednecks or bumpkins.  If we can't have a sense of humor about it, we're in deep horse doodie!

Back to the critters.  It's been 15 years since I had one on my plate; other than my cats trying to steal my dinner, that is.  And trust me, I have not withered away since I stopped eating meat.  People who know me know that I always say I don't eat anything with a face or with parents.  No chicken, no fish, no flesh.  But I'm strong and have good energy 15 years later.  I am certainly not a pale sickly twig!

Why'd I stop eating meat?  I read a book by John Robbins called Diet for a New America and decided to skip meat-eating for a week,  just to see if I could do it.  I never went back.  Once I knew about factory-farming, I couldn't forget that I knew it.  So there you have it.  I won't get preachy about it. People know where I stand, and as much as I'd like for everyone to be vegetarian, it has to be your choice.  You don't make a major lifestyle change like that because someone else is beating you up about it.  You do it because you want to.

I'm not vegan yet, but I'm always moving closer to it, and I'm intrigued by the raw diet.  I do eat an occasional egg, although if I think about it, it grosses me out to think of eating a liquid chicken.  And I do eat a little cheese.  Why can't someone invent a tasty, melty non-dairy cheese, for cryin out loud??

So what do I eat on a daily basis?  By now, you know I eat hummus…I talk about it all the time.  Green hummus. Healthy hummus. Hummus with sundried tomato pesto added.  Now I'm on a mission for the perfect artichoke hummus recipe.

But I do eat other things – not just roots and leaves – and I'm going to talk more about that soon so stay tuned!  Meanwhile, happy anniversary to me and to all of the critters I didn't eat!  In honor of this anniversary, check out this funny little Farting Cow video from Animal Planet.  Trust me, you'll laugh!  Just don't laugh so hard that you…well, you know!


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