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I Think I’m a Vegetarian

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I started thinking awhile back that I wanted to stop eating meat of all kinds. But I kept thinking of never eating a steak again or a big juicy burger and I didn’t think I could do it. I’ve been playing with it for the last two weeks. I had a steak last Sunday but no other meat for the last two weeks. It wasn’t difficult.

Yesterday I picked up a dvd at the library, Food Inc. I didn’t finish watching it before I knew I’m going vegetarian. I’m not ready to go vegan. Dairy is another hurdle and I’m not quite ready…yet.

Today I made chili, with meatless meat. Guess what it was good, it tasted like the real thing. The hardest thing about making this choice of no meat is thinking about what you give up. Being able to make something that is part of my old way of eating but better makes me proud. I think I could serve this to my family and they would not know the difference. I worried a lot about not being able to eat with the family, that I would always be making the kids one thing while I ate another.

I need to pick up some more meatless crumbles soon I’ve got a casserole I think I can convert and the kids will never know. I love spicy bean burgers too. This feels good and feels right, yey me!

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Do You Play Pure or Play Guilty

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If there is one attribute I think many of us have its guilt. For me and many others it’s always feeling not good enough, not fast enough, not loving enough and all the other lesser than enoughs.

I don’t know about you but when I play I play guilty. What I mean by that is when I’m doing something like reading, I feel guilty because I feel like I should be doing something else. When I’m working on one thing(and really my work is like play for me) I feel guilt that I’m not cleaning my house, or vice versa.

Where does the guilt come from? No one criticizes my efforts or lack of. Sure there are things in childhood I could point at but I’m not going to becuase I’m a grown up and I have the choice. But it really drives me nuts that I can’t sit down and read without stopping after a few pages to do something else, like clean off the coffee table or send a quick client email or tweet. I miss reading. I miss crocheting. I miss sitting down to work and only doing work without stopping to do something else.

I wish I had some great advice as to how to stop this, I wanted to write this more as a “you’re not alone” type post. I know I’m not the only one feeling this way on a regular basis.

Do you play pure or do you play guilty?

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