I became a vegetarian over a dozen years ago. At first I was concerned about hormones in meat products. We were living in Kentucky and organic food was hard to come by. Jamie Oliver visited the local bookstore promoting his Food Revolution TV show and discussed Pink Slime (Watch Pink Slime Video). I was convinced. After I read more and more about the meat industry I made a moral choice not to consume meat anymore.
More recently, I have learned a lot about the impact animal production has on our environment. In Mark Bittman, Going Vegan if Only for a Day he discusses how eliminating animal products for one day or even one meal can make an enormous impact on our society. I have decided to take up Mr. Bittman’s challenge and go vegan (a little bit). I am going to focus my Networked Learning Project (NLP) energy on maintaining a vegan diet everyday until lunch. My primary focus will be on alternate protein and dairy sources. I plan on researching vegan breakfasts on Pinterest and Skinnytaste.com to start. I will also Google search alternates to my whey protein shakes and egg replacements for baked goods.
I am a little hesitant to pursue this topic. In general people have a negative reaction to my vegetarianism. After learning about my choice people most often tell me how they couldn’t live without meat and start listing all of their favorite meat products (EWWW!) Others have seen my choice as a dinner party/restaurant hurdle to overcome. Sometimes I hear about how unhealthy this diet is or how people were born to eat meat. I know that “how to make muffins” might be a more popular choice….but I promise you vegan muffins can be delicious too!!!!!