Monday, May 12, 2008
Kate and Jim ask: "why vegan? Are you some kind of commie pinko NUT?"
(cookies can be vegan, oh yes!)
Kate and Jim live down the road, and they are the bee's knees, our good pals. They comment here often, and have spent a small fortune on my pots.
"I thought today about your uncomfortableness with x-rays. (Not that I desire extra radiation in my body and I try to keep it to a minimum myself). But we note that you're very health conscious. (I know that you're lactose intolerant which explains alot of your diet choices)
When I was younger I had adopted a somewhat vegetarian diet. I'd go on and off it every couple of years. The past 20 or so, I've been off. So my question basically is when and what made you and Maude decide to become vegetarian (other than dairy allergies). It is a lifestyle, and one that takes a bit of extra thought, menu planning, etc.
If this is too personal, let me know. I was just intrigued. Was it a gradual process, or had you both been of like mindedness when it came to this?
Nosey - aren't I??? :-)
Well, Kate. Lemme explain. Everybody in my family seems to be lactose intolerant, so I stay away from dairy. It makes me very sick. Like I had some potato chips last week, and later looked at the label, after I felt like cr#p, and discovered, of course, that they had dried milk in them. Believe me, I'd eat ice cream and cheese etc if I could.
I am health conscious? Hmmmm. Maybe a little. When I was 16, a long time ago, I read Sinclair's "The Jungle", about slaughter houses, and said 'that's it Mom, no more meat!'. Listen, I can see little fishies or deer living the good life in the wild, and one day they are caught and boom! Dead and eaten. No big deal. BUT, the majority of our meat and poultry comes from disgusting factory farm conditions where there is a tremndous amount of suffering, including some nasty processes for killing and packaging. There is what? Salmonella and e coli in there too? I don't want to eat another animal, and so I don't. My stomach is just not interested.
Now, this blog actually rarely has much that is personal, actually, and I am happy that all my friends eat what they want to eat. That's their business and I don't care. I will not ask people to do as I do, and I won't even discuss it unless I am asked.
It just happens to be a fairly healthy diet. As for radiation and xrays, it just seems like the darn dentist always wants xrays, and the heck with it!!!!!!!! What is it, 70 bucks, and they don't show anything the last set didn't show????? I don't want to tell the dentist what to do, but hey, minimal head xrays, please.