The food that ended my vegetarianism?
A turkey sandwich from Panera.
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Back in January, I made it one of my New Year's Goals to stop being a vegetarian. Out of my friends, I am the only one who doesn't eat meat. It wasn't really an issue if we were to go out to a restaurant, since most places have salads where the meat can be left off. The issue came into play when I would go to people's houses for dinner. I don't like it when people feel like they need to do something special for me - being a vegetarian or diabetic (which, as all the diabetics know, is false since we can eat anything).
It took me a long time - 8+ months - to get the courage to try meat again. Also, it had to be at the right time. I would never eat meat before I ran because I didn't know how it was effect my stomach. Then there was always the issue of eating where I live. I don't buy meat for myself (obviously), and I really don't like eating out, so therefore I'd never eat meat. However, tonight everything just happened to fall into place. I didn't wake up thinking "this is the day I will eat meat." It just kind-of happened.
As I pondered the menu, I thought I should try meat. If you know me in real life, you might say that I'm rather picky. The two kinds of meat that I ate before becoming a vegetarian were chicken and turkey. I never really liked anything else. Turkey seemed safe, so I ordered it.
It was rather weird to be eating meat again. I had to distract myself to not think about where it came from (the reason why I became a vegetarian in the first place). It tasted okay...not awful, not brilliant. The good news is that my stomach wasn't upset, which pleasantly surprised me.
Will I go back to being a vegetarian, or be a meat eater?
I don't really know. I like vegetarian foods a lot, but I think meat is necessary for me now. I'm training a lot and need it. I'll probably just get it when I go out to eat to start.
Who knows? Maybe in a month I'll start cooking with it. I take that back. I've never done a post about my culinary abilities. You'd be laughing right now if you knew them. I'll save that for another day.
Have you ever been a vegetarian, if even for a short period of time? What was the reason? Do you think you could ever be one? I never thought I would be one.