Wednesday, February 17, 2010

the beginning

today marks ash wednesday and the beginning of lent. while i'm not catholic, i really wanted to "sacrifice" something for the duration of lent to remind me of the sacrifice of the Lamb.

it really didn't take much thought as to what i would give up. like so many others, food is such a crutch. when i'm sad, let's eat! when i'm pissed, let's eat! OH, IT'S 2:17pm...LET'S EAT. and i have a certain weakness for meat. fatty meat. salami. hot dogs. the right side of a cow. WHATEVER. YUM. for the past year or so, the idea of forgoing meat has been on my mind and heart someway or another. it's not ethical, but more of a health thing.

so meat it is.

now, i will eat meat whenever i'm at family meals that i don't prepare (i.e. grandma's house on sunday afternoons) because i don't want to put them out and have anyone worry about what i can't eat. we've prepared with substitute proteins, whole grains, and veggies.

i hope to document my success (and failures), recipes i stumble upon, and what i've gleaned from this forty day adventure. and who knows? i might adopt this as a new lifestyle.

or you may find me on Easter sunday rubbing the easter ham all over my body.
it's a craps shoot.

3 comments:

Kathleen said...

Hi! I'm an all the time veggie, so I might have few recipes for you to try just in case you want something new...

I'd say skip the tofu, it's so hard to make it not suck. For years I lied to myself saying I liked it, but yeah, no. In Miso soup it's tolerable.

Tara. said...

Good for you! I was just debating on what to give up myself. You can do it!

wendy said...

kathleen!!

i'd LOVE recipes. any and all you think even sound tasty, and i'll try 'em! i bought one little pack of tofu, and was figuring worst case i'd miso it up :)

tara!!
thanks!! i'm excited and nervous all at the same time. i can't wait to hear about what you've decided! (and ps, thanks for the blog invite!)