Sometimes I like to try things simply to try it; usually just to see if I can. This can be a good way to push myself out of a comfort zone. In this case, it’s vegetarianism.
I have absolutely no ethical, moral or religious objections to eating meat. In terms of the food chain, it’s only natural – not to mention delicious. (However, I do have a major objection to the mistreatment of animals that are raised for food.)
Being a temporary vegetarian is just something that I wanted to try (or in this case, try again.)
One of the few things that I remember from science class is that a good hypothesis should always be testable, which either produces similar results or counter evidence. This is me retesting (an imaginary) hypothesis.
In college I wanted to try to be a vegetarian for three months (a randomly selected amount of time). I was successful for maybe a month before giving into the temptation of delicious animal flesh.
At the time I blamed my roommates for flaunting fast food Sirens around me, but truth be told, my willpower eventually caved. Since I was able to make it a month, that seemed like a good amount of time to try again.
There is one exception—Thanksgiving.
Unless you are Canadian, Thanksgiving falls in November, and that seems like an idiotic time to test my self-imposed-dieting willpower. I also happen to really like turkey, which is why I’m not even going to try to abstain from my carnivorous tendencies on that day.
If I can make it the whole month otherwise, then one day really isn’t that bad.
Technically, the type of vegetarianism I’m going to try is
lacto-ovo vegetarianism, which is a cool sounding term that basically means the only animal products that I can eat are eggs, dairy and honey. I’m willing to part with some types of food for a good experiment, but cheese is not one of them.
I’ve successfully made it through a day and a half, which simultaneously makes me hopeful and realize this could be a long month (or a short experiment.)