So I stopped eating meat mid January and it has been much easier than I thought. I am stil eating eggs and dairy although I cut back a lot, and I try to have days were I go "dairy free". Anyway, I live in Wisconsin and we have LOTS of grilling out and tailgating (Go Brewers!), and I was worried about the tailgating season in regards to the abundant amount of meat eaten. I know there are alternatives, but I've always enjoyed a nice burger on the grill. Well, I had a HALF of a real burger today... and it made me sick. I thought I could do it... I ate most of it, by my stomach was crampy and making funny noises. I'm glad I did that today and now I won't ever do it again. Not worth it... the way it makes you feel. I just wanted to write this because I think Alicia writes in her book something about she almost wants us to have meat after a period of not, because then you realize.. well, it happened to me and turned me off of meat even more. Ick.
Meat was never a big pull for me. I considered going vegetarian since the beginning of high school but I never had the balls to make the change until last may, when I went fully vegan in one "cold tofurky" swoop.
Last Thanksgiving my grandmother, who makes the traditional animal product filled meal, told me that she thought I would go back to being "normal" on special occasions and eat the traditional meal. I told her, "If I did that I would have a very lovely time spending the rest of the evening in the toilet having a very abnormal poo!"
Needless to say she hasn't questioned my bringing my vegan Tupperware food to family dinners!