“I quit eating beef when I was about thirteen. I kind of phased everything out, so it took a few years actually. I do it because I really love animals.
~Carrie Underwood, Singer-songwriter, Vegetarian
To my mind, the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body.
~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian social and spiritual leader, 1869 - 1948
Additionally, I discovered tips and fun ideas for socializing. VegCooking writes, "If you’re going to be having a meal with family or friends who eat meat, discuss the menu ahead of time. Offer to make a vegetarian dish or two for everyone to try." Why didn't I think of that when it was time for that jambalaya dinner? Brilliant! Many foods are vegetarian or vegan without even "trying." I also found a website that lists all kinds of accidentally vegan foods.
I see that each experiment may feel most difficult during week number three. When I used to swim competitively, the 3rd lap of a 4-lap (100 yards) race was always the toughest. The beginning is exciting; during second lap you still have energy, third lap is the hardest to maintain; and the fourth lap is a final burst of willpower. I made most of my vegetarian slip-ups during the third week. This is good to note for my upcoming experiments. I now know that I should look for extra support and resources during the third week, in whatever form that make take. Maybe one form of strength is knowing how to address our weaknesses.