Detour into vegetarianism leads to surprising pleasures
Recently I decided to venture off the path of my common eating routine. I had fallen into the habit of cooking the same meals and using the same familiar ingredients. I was in search of a better understanding of my “foodie self ” and, although nervous, I decided to shake things up.
My new path was simple, but unlikely for me: I would become a vegetarian.
At first it seemed crazy—a guy who is infatuated with all things culinary giving up his favorite dishes of Parmesan chicken and pulledpork sandwiches, trading them for vegetable stir-fry and lentil soup! But my habitual-self was yearning for something different. I was craving something challenging, exciting and new.
That’s when it hit me: I was going through a food phase. I started slow. First I gave up red meat, then turkey, pork and finally chicken. To my surprise, a world of possibilities opened. I was satisfying my craving for a new way of eating and I began to question why more people don’t live this way.
Before this food phase, I found myself only searching for my next delicious meal. It was as if I didn’t care where my food came from.… Read the rest