Sep 29, 2009

To be a vegetarian or not to be... THAT is the question!

Hi friends,
I'd like to invite you to read along with me as I live an experiment that has been brought on by reading the Bible.  So strange.  For those of you out there who read the Bible, you know that you can read the same passage over and over, and every time learn something new!  This happened the other day in my Tuesday morning Bible study.
Genesis 1:27-29

27 So God created man in his own image,
       in the image of God he created him;
       male and female he created them.

 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
 29 Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
So, I already knew that God made us in His image.  I knew that He made all of the animals and the plants... but what I never paid any heed to in this passage before is verse 29.  God was telling Adam and Eve what He got them for dinner, and it wasn't steak and mashed potatoes. 

I am not about to go off the deep end and forget that later in the Bible God tells us that it's okay to eat meat now... I am just intrigued by this idea... we were originally created to be vegetarians, because there was no death in Eden.  The first death is the animal that was killed to make clothes for Adam and Eve. Prior to that moment, there was none of that "killing for a purpose".

This got me thinking... if God created us to be vegetarians, we must be able to accomplish this without eating tofu, AND maintain a healthy, balanced diet...  so my journey for the month of October is to try it out.  I will still be cooking normal meals for my family, I do my weird stuff alone, but I will be attempting to eat a vegetarian diet.

I will acknowledge to anyone who is reading that I may fail to finish the month... eating chicken noodle soup and stew is sounding super yummy right about now... but I feel like I want to experiment with two things... 1.  I have heard vegetarians say that when they stopped eating animal flesh, they got a burst of energy and felt healthier and less... swollen, I'm curious if this is true... 2. Just an experiment in self-control: can I be creative and consistent enough to give this lifestyle a real chance?

In case you are wondering if I am going to become a permanent vegetarian, I really don't know.  I can't imagine NOT eating Turkey on Thanksgiving, but if I find myself consuming more natural vitamins and fiber, perhaps I won't feel the need to eat as much meat.  I have heard some vegetarians say they lose the taste for meat... all of this seems very unlikely... I really like steak, however I will never say never... 

Who knows, maybe I will give it a try and it won't take.  Then I can tell people that I was a vegetarian for a month... sounds like a funny story in the works. If anyone reading is a vegetarian, or has any good non-tofu recipes, I would really love to look at them!

Looking forward to the start of October and my own personal veggie-fest!

3 comments:

  1. All I can say is better you than me! I can't wait to see what you learn!

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  2. I was a vegetarian for a few months as a teenager. But I got sucked back in to the meat world via bacon. :)
    I have a whole bunch of bean recipes and slowcooker recipes that are hearty. Let me know if you want any.

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  3. Thanks! I would like some hearty bean recipes and slow cooker recipes. I figure I will be making normal meals (tacos, pizza etc.) for my family, so I will probably need to make something early in the week and eat leftovers throughout the week (so I don't have to cook 2 meals every night)
    :) Bacon will be one of the more difficult meat items to give up!

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