The great thing about being a vegetarian for health reasons is that, for any reason, I could decide to partake in some meat. In my case, I'll break down and have small amounts at holidays most likely. Probably a substantial smaller amount than I would in previous days.
St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and between having an Irish significant other and a mother who lives for corn beef, I've realized something - it's not me that'll cause me to give up. It's other people.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that people are going to just go out and shove a burger down my throat. What I mean is - when you're surrounded by people who don't eat the same way you do, you're more tempted to make that concession for the ease of everyone. Like the St. Patrick's Day thing - I love Corned Beef. But my body doesn't process anything that comes from the mooing milk factories (unless it's lactose free milk or yogurt) at all. But, I keep thinking I'll end up having some anyway.
Also, my fiance' and I are headed to his home town this summer for a month, and I'll be the only 'vegetarian' there. I think I'm going to starve, save for 'meatless fridays,' which sadly, I'll look forward to (his parents are catholic).
I'm just remember what we ate like while we were there last time and it worries me. I keep thinking I'll just give up on everything I've accomplished by that point just so I don't have to have other people adjust things for my sake. I know I'm doing it for my health, but I'd still feel kinda bad having people go out of their way just for me.
That's four months away, so I guess there's time to deal with it until then.
I guess I'll just have to deal day by day and exercise some will power.
Next up: Product Review on "Don Lee Farm's Vegan Veggie Patties."