Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Nein to Meat

Sierra is a vegetarian now... just so you know.

I will not make any smart comments because she seems pretty serious about it, meanwhile I'm asking her to look for a happy medium... maybe decide some animals are okay to eat. We've agreed on fish so far. Chickens are definitely out though.

I blame this on the vegetarians that came over for dinner last Friday night... no more "unique eaters" allowed in our house ...seriously. :)

I have made sure Sierra is not doing this because it is "cool". Maybe being a vegetarian is just becoming more common, but I've never met so many vegetarians or lactose intolerant people in all my life. The last two international schools have been FULL of them.

I'd like to take a little poll of an American school and the school here. Number of: Vegans, Vegetarians, Lactose Intolerant, Peanut allergies in each... Perhaps the kids' old teachers will help me. :) Sounds like a good "dateline" topic. :)

Anyways, Sierra decided this on Saturday afternoon. Since then she has passed up McDonalds, bacon, salami sandwiches, pepperoni pizza, and sausages for lunch... and she didn't even whine at all, let alone give in. Of course, now I will feel bad feeding the family steaks this weekend... Wait! Oh good, Sierra is in Copenhagen this weekend with the Volleyball team! Bring on the MEAT! :)

However it's pretty impressive if you ask me. All of the before mentioned meat products are some of her favorites and there is no way I could have had the willpower to NOT eat them all weekend.

Being the supportive parent that I am now mixing egg salad sandwiches for her lunch and I'm going to try and have some meat-less meals just for her... but the rest of family isn't going to stop eating steak or meatloaf. Sorry Bear. She is actually being very mature about the entire thing... here they go becoming their own people. Guess that was my job huh?

We'll see how it all plays out. Go life go!


franziengland said...

Been there, done that :) . I guess this is part of growing and mature and as you say becoming their own people. But how much should it affect you and the rest of the family?
In some way it is healthy to eat less meat so you will support that, but as you say, not all the way maybe.
L told me a year ago that she wanted to be a vegetarian. I think saying NO is the best way to have them be more stubborn then ever, so I told her it was a good thought and asked her to read all about what she had to be aware of, and what was important to eat for compensating the lack of protein for example. If she did that I would support her and serve a vegetarian meal to the whole family 1-2 times a week and she could slowly decrease her meat eating.
Never saw any books, never heard anything more. After 1,5 month we all ate as before, including her. Ta da :) !

Anonymous said...

A really good, and easy read about this is "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer. He's not holy about being vegetarian at all. He just lays cold hard facts out there for people to read, and from which to base their decision.

He also chose to become vegetarian after he became a dad, and thought long and hard about what that meant, and the future that lay in store for his kid.

I can't remember how old your oldest is, but I think she may just be mature enough for it.

honeypiehorse said...

Betty Crocker has a pretty good family vegetarian recipe book


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