Yesterday John and I realized that we had separately reached the same conclusion: It is time for us to give up being vegetarians.
I bet you weren't expecting that! We weren't either. The reason we're making the change, oddly enough, is for health reasons. We're not getting enough protein. We're not getting enough zinc. I need more iron, and there is only so much spinach and lentils one person can eat. Then there is my infertility and diabetes. It is very difficult to eat properly to manage my diabetes as a vegetarian. I'm still eating too many carbs, and my cholesterol is elevated. Not terribly, but enough that my doctor had me start taking fish oil and recommended that I add fish back in to my diet.
On top of that is the fact that the soy has got to go. Rather than go into a whole long discussion of how it is highly processed and sometimes genetically modified and not good for you, I'll just go with this - we eat too much soy. It's not healthy. It could be contributing to my infertility. It certainly isn't helping.
This is not a decision that I've made lightly. I've been turning it over and over in my mind for a while now. It is only after doing a lot of research that I concluded this is the best option for me. You won't see me in McDonalds scarfing down Big Macs. I'm still going to eat plenty of vegetarian and vegan meals. But I'm also going to add in fish a couple of times per week, and then the occasional piece of poultry or beef.
It is definitely going to take some time to get used to. I've been a vegetarian for nine years, and I'm not completely comfortable with the change yet. You should have seen me at the grocery store. The selection at the organic market was tiny, and yet I dithered around and took 30 minutes to pick one salmon fillet, one piece of beef, and a package of frozen turkey burgers. They probably thought I was going to steal some fish or something. Focusing on opportunities to try new and different recipes is my current strategy for dealing with this change. We'll see how it goes.