People who know me well know that I sometimes go on vegetarian bouts that can last from a few days to a few weeks. Not by any act of concious mind you, but more like going with what my body tells me it would like, much like when it's that certain point in the month where my body screams "PROTEIN!!" *ahems* Then there are things that I just don't like... like hotdogs. I don't like hotdogs. Weiners are a nutriously cheap food that when I was growing up was fed often along with balogna, which I hate as well. But, I've found perfectly acceptable counterparts in the world of veggie based foods, a favorite of mine would be veggie corndogs, complete with a stick!!
Well, lately seems that vegetarian cusine seems to be inhabiting the fridge more than anything else. There is some chicken in the freezer, but that's all. Joey pointed out tonight on his nightly trip to visit me at work before starting his shift that our diet lately has been mostly vegetarian, though he was getting a fish sandwich at that point in time. I thought for a moment and he was right. Our bodies have been functioning differently as of late at the same time our diet has shifted. Only makes sense, I think anyway.
When I got home, I began to check out websites and newgroups regarding vegetarianism. Not that this was my way of saying "Yeah, gonna go veggie" but more along the lines of "well, if it's what I've been craving, lets spice it up." I found a few pleasant groups focusing on recipes and veggie substitutes for meaty meals. These were well layed out, had laid back banter, and generally a good places to visit. Then there was the other 2/3rds....
What the hell? I know you are what you eat, but some of these people must be eatting rotten and rancid cow pies, because I've found a lot of hate and anger out there. What got me was a site that expounded on the evils of meat and how it can be linked to school violence getting rather graphic and cruel with his wording and just down right bilegerent. Then, in that same article, went into how children of veggie eatter households were non-violent because they won't even kill to eat, so they won't gun down a classmate. So... Columbine was a direct result of a Big Mac Attack?
Then the amount of religious sites christian, buddist, and ect... I knew that certain relgions had dietary restricitions. That's all cool, but one site went as far to equate a cow to Satan, yeah... so it has horns. Eat beef and go to hell. I guess the Borden Cow Daisy better watch that they don't yank away her sunflower necklace and thrust a pitchfork into her hooves.
Finally... the group I think has a thing or three to learn about tact. Vegetarians for animal rights. I need to break out the toe stomping boots here. Calling someone a barbarian and maintaining that the thought process of someone who dines upon the flesh of animal is not as highly evolved as one who dines merely upon vegetable fare is complete bunk. Some have even gone as far to put their pets on vegetable diets. Honestly, if I was to do that to our cats, they'd be rebelling and peeing on my couch and bed. It's not healthy for them and those teeth aren't the teeth of herbivores, beleive me. I've had my flesh ripped into by those teeth, it hurts man. They beat people over the heads and brandishing wicked fingers screaming over and over again that it's the animal's right to live. Well, hate to burst that bubble... but until the rest of the world can be aligned into a vegetarian agenda in order for certain species to thrive we gotta have the meat-eatters.
Wildlife, with an absense of wolves and other natural preditors, deer herds have to be culled somehow. Elsewise imagine how sickly the speices will become. You can look at the human race for a good example as to what happens when the herd isn't culled often enough. *political jab* Animals bred for food... they are TOO DUMB to survive on their own. This is why they are butchered, really, what do you think would happen if you were to toss a cow out into the wild? It'd end up getting hit by a truck or shot by a farmer because it's causing damage to his veggie crop, now wouldn't that be a bit of supreme irony?
So, to all of those militant-vegetarians, animal rights yahoos, and religious veggie munchers... BACK OFF MAN! I enjoy vegetarian cusine, but I am not going to join your hair-brained groups just to get recipes and nutritional information backed by some bleeding heart cause or in some obbsessive and dictating newseletter ordained by Jesus or whatever camo nut munching nut that has access to Outlook and Word. I am not eatting the way I do to make a political statement. I eat this way because it's just what make me feel good, mentally and physically. So, until vegetarians/vegans with a cause can get their collective heads out from their asses, I don't want be harrassed for not being 100% vegetarian. I will eat what I like and find those recipes and idea out there and share them with all in a non-hostile and with no ulteriormotive.