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  • Archive for August, 2009

    Becoming a Part Time Vegetarian

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

    It’s not easy becoming a Part Time Vegetarian…but it’s a heck of a lot easier than becoming a Full Time Vegetarian.

    The concept came to me in a dream. I imagined I was an FTV (Full Time Vegetarian) and I was in Kansas City. Some friends suggested we go get a Z Man from Oklahoma Joe’s. For those who have never been fortunate enough to go to OKJ’s, it’s a brisket sandwich with an onion ring and provolone cheese melted on top. I have mine on Texas Toast, thus making it what I call the R Man.

    So in my dream, as an FTV, I had to ask my friends “Does OKJ’s have any vegetarian dishes?” At which point they beat me to death with golf clubs.

    I awoke in a sweat, screaming and covering my head.

    Then it hit me! “What if I was just a Part Time Vegetarian (PTV)? What if I ate vegetarian dishes for those meals that I don’t really care about, like drive-thru burgers from chain restaurants, etc. and saved my carnivorous desires for more select moments?”

    Brilliant!!

    So I started slowly. I ordered my Burrito Bowl from Chipotle sans carcass. Delish. I ordered a salad one day, sans mammals. It was fine. I ordered Chinese without either canine or feline. I didn’t miss it.

    So now I’m a Full Time PTV.

    For example, on Sunday the fam wanted to enjoy Stroud’s for lunch. I had the Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & two litres of Gravy over all of it…guilt free. Every meal since has been vegetarian. If I get a hankering for dead animal carcass, I get it, unless I have these desires for every meal.

    What’s the benefit so far? None. Haven’t felt a thing. Haven’t lost a pound or added a glow to my skin. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

    If there is one benefit it would be that I have broken a habit. I don’t eat meat “just because” any more. I eat it when I want it.

    Time will tell. I’ve been a PTV for a few weeks now and I do see changes in my behavior. I shop differently and I seek restaurants where they have PTV options on the menu. Make a point of asking for the PTV menu when you dine, except at Truck Stops.

    Give it a shot and report back to the group.

    I have started a Facebook Group as a sort of online support center for those wanting to begin the journey towards Full Time PTVism. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114370262417

    Keep us posted on your successes and failures so we can all grow together.