Regarding my so-far unsuccessful attempt to go vegetarian–I’m still about 50% carnivore, I guess– I did a KERA/NPR radio commentary on the subject recently. (Read or listen here if you like.) That brought a nice message from Tonia Ollerton, a listener in Uvalde, Texas. Here’s some of what she wrote:
Tip: start thinking of it as eating “animals” and not
It is hard to convert to vegetarianism without the
support and recipes (!) of other vegetarians. I find that support on http://www.vegweb.com. The recipe Q&A Forum hosts discussions on a wide range of vegetarian-related issues and issues just related to living.There are also tons of good recipes there and not just for tofu!
I live in Uvalde and there aren’t many other vegetarians here. The support I get from vegweb is vital to maintaining the lifestyle. I’m vegetarian to help prevent diabetes and heart disease, which my family is very prone to. So far it’s working for me!
I promise you after a while you will lose the cravings for meat. Also, go to PETA’s sites on factory farming. Those videos will turn your stomach. But good vegetarian food is the best cure for a meat craving. Once you start
exploring the recipes, you’ll discover so much that’s so very good to eat.
Thanks for the encouragement, Tonia. I’ll see what’s out there beyond barbecued tofu!