Welcome to the November 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Feeding Your Family
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared recipes, stories, and advice about food and eating. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
For about twelve of my twenty nine years, I was a vegetarian. Ovo-lacto-(experimenting at times with)pesco-vegetarian. I never delved into veganism (like so many vegetarians who can't take that final step, I love dairy... Vegan cheese, while delicious, just isn't cheese, folks...), but I definitely took my no meat mantra pretty seriously.
Then, like many vegetarians, I questioned the role meat could play in my life. Living with a meat-eating boyfriend at the time may have lent some momentum to the argument that reintroducing meat could be a good thing, from a shopping, cooking, and nutritional standpoint (I'm not certain I'd like to debate the many merits of eating or not eating meat... These are certainly personal decisions, weighted with ethics, morals, understanding of nutrition, and many, many other considerations. For me, reintroducing meat into my diet was a personal decision that I stand behind having been a good one).
The daunting part after making that decision? Actually doing it.