My blog originates out of a desire to help myself and others seeking a healthier way of being. As a result, I am confessing that I am struggling vegetarian. The challenge that I face is related to time, access, knowledge, and finances. The time issue creeps up either in small or large ways. A small way is taking the time to plan my meals for the week along with the weekly run to the produce junction. In addition, time is needed to exercise and meditate because vegetarian eating is a lifestyle, so exercise is needed to assist digestion. Time plays a bigger part with getting to a grocery store that sells vegetarian food items such as tofu, tempeh, falafel, etc, trips which I cannot always make because of time.
Access is another issue, since the store locations that would best support a healthier diet are not in my immediate area. My neighborhood is a wonderful mix of upper income, working class, and new entrants as a result of gentrification happening all at once. Most residents don’t purchase a lot of products in the community including life sustaining items such as food in the neighborhood.
Finances can be an issue for all parties even me. Sadly, broccoli in many communities cost more than the dollar menu French fries. This is an issue that I am only slightly insulated from, but anyone of us could be struggling with this additional limitation.
Lastly, the knowledge part is something that I struggle with in particular. I grew up in a family that ate all imaginable and unimaginable parts of the pig. Along with eating the wonderful edible pig, a lot of food was cooked in a white substance called Cisco aka lard. Conversely, my mother was a big advocate of not eating lot candy, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and playing outside. Also I must confess, I do love vegetables and fruits. I guess I got the good with the bad from my family. Thanks, Mom. Smile.
So, I am confessing, so that you know I am SO SO imperfect as it relates to this vegetarian and healthy living thing. It is my hope to share my journey, support fellow struggling vegetarians, and keep myself accountable in a public way via this blog. Hopefully, my starts and stops along the way will be amusing as well as supportive to others. My next step is to share a weekly post about my food mishaps along the way to being a better vegetarian! The other weekly post will be more general healthcare topics. We can be our best selves together. Join Me. Share this Blog Post!