I love researching stuff sometimes more than I like doing stuff.
So when I was thinking about moving towards a vegetarian lifestyle many years ago, I started searching for websites that would support that goal. I happened upon one such site, Meatout Mondays. There's plenty of good information there, but I think one thing that I liked most about it was that it wasn't geared towards dumping meat all at once, but taking a small step by giving up meat one day per week.
I was really successful at not eating meat for a while, but then I stopped trying and eating meat is really easy as long as I do one thing: Practice denial.
In order to eat meat I have to intentionally forget everything I know about the meat industry, meat's role in my health and what it does to the environment. Sure, I know there are some more responsible ways to get meat and that not all meat is as unhealthy as other meats, but at the end of the day, it's still unnecessarily eating another living creature.
Unnecessarily. That's the key here.
So, I'm making a step. I'm giving up meat on Mondays. And today was my first intentionally meat-free Monday in years.
I'm happy with myself. It would have been much easier to eat leftovers that were in my refrigerator that had meat in them, but I didn't. Yes, I'm going to eat them tomorrow. And maybe I'll eat meat every day for the rest of the week. I don't know, I haven't planned that far.
But next Monday, it's going to be vegetarian for me.