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The Transition from Omnivore to Vegetarian: Phase 1

Updated on June 21, 2011

Transition: Omnivore to Vegetarian

Buying food is as important an act as preparing the food you purchase. If you want a good meal it is vital to start with the best ingredients you are able to buy. Recently I was walking around the grocery store, just taking my time looking and comparing prices and reading labels.

There were two reasons for this activity, one I engage in this behaviour every now and then just to keep myself informed about what food costs, what is ebbing sold as food and where it all originates. My preference is for local food grown organically but there is too little of that available.

The past few weeks, my wife and I have been talking more about the years we were vegetarians and the meals we ate and enjoyed. I am very fond of beans; even a simple red bean and rice dish is enjoyable when prepared properly.

Another reason for being fond of beans is it is possible to grow your own and then save seeds for future gardens and make your own bean dishes. 

We also enjoyed tofu but I have stopped buying it locally that is in local stores because the last two times I purchased it, it had gone bad. Curried tofu is delcious but you need good ingredients to make it.

It is not clear why we stopped being vegetarian and went back to eating meat. I am an omnivore, by that I eman there is little I will not eat, or at least try once, but that does not mean I cannot return to being a vegetarian. There are many options within the global vegetarian cuisine, so diversity is not a problem.

We have decided to reduce our meat consumption; to limit it to only the organic and local beef that our food buying club buys every other month. We will also eat fish, maybe once a month, as we are both fond of wild salmon. Eggs and cheese will remain in the rotation as both can be purchased from local suppliers and I enjoy them both too much to stop consuming them.

It is time to expand my cooking knowledge which is exciting; time to learn how to prepare recipes from other countries that are vegetarian base. Food shopping is an important part of meal prpeparation and this first step in our transition from omnivore to vegetarian is to increase my knowledge of what I can make with the food I can buy locally.

Tonight we are having a vegetable stew with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage as the main ingredients.



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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome and thanks for commenting.

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    Mokie 8 years ago

    It is nice to know others have had the same experience....each time I go strickly vegetarian, after approx 6 months i too become exhausted or dull feeling for lack of better words.... I thought I had balanced my protein from tofu etc, but as soon as I go back and add fish and redmeat to my diet, I feel so very much better and "with it".....I can now do with out cheese, but eggs I love..... so for now I am a conscious choice omnivore, and I'm sure I'll go vegie again...... this is a great hub thanks so much

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome.

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    Georgina_writes 8 years ago from Dartmoor

    Great hub. I was veggie for many years, then began eating meat. I feel really uncomfortable about killing animals for meat and milk, but every time I've tried a spell as a veggie over the last few years I quickly become exhausted. I know it's not anaemia, so what? Lack of meat protein - who knows. We still eat a lot of veggie food and you have some great ideas here. Thanks

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    To each their own is my position on most things, thank you both for dropping by.

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    suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I go back and forth - I went years as a vegetarian - now I eat some meat. I need to transition back. Great Hub, as usual.

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    Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

    As always, I enjoyed your hub. I am a carnivore and I do not think I could give up meat. However, I have begun to limit my beef intake because it disagrees with me. I always learn something when you write!

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

    I love stew. Thank you for an excellent hub.

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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    At this point I do not know if we will make the complete transition but it is possible. Thanks for dropping by.

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    msorensson 8 years ago

    Two of my siblings are complete vegetarians, and this morning I was remembering about the daughter of one of my former colleagues who stopped eating meat at 16 because she could not stand the thought of animals being killed for food.

    My son and I both eat meat, but not a lot.

    I suppose sometime in the future I would be able to become a complete vegetarian but that remains to be seen.

    Like you, I enjoy cheese and eggs and milk.