I have a very vivid memory of being a little girl, sitting down to dinner, and asking my mom what chicken was made out of. "Well, it's made out of chicken," she said. I still wasn't able to connect the food on my plate to the flesh of a bird.
Years later when I moved to New York City for college, my European roommates were huge foodies and were constantly trying all sorts of new dishes. I had never been much of an adventurous eater, but living with them really inspired me to "expand my palate." Essentially I ended up trying obscure body parts of exotic animals cooked in foreign secretions and pretending it was classy. One night at a fancy Greenwich Village restaurant in the summer of 2007 it dawned on me that the tongue meat I was chewing was the tongue of another animal. I had another animal's mouth in my mouth. I spent the rest of the night in the bathroom. And that was the end of red meat.
In December of that year I fell into the trap. I was looking for a way to "stop eating crap and start looking fabulous," and I suddenly found a book that promised exactly that on the cover! Of course I was really expecting to read instructions on how to drop a few pounds, and when I got to the chapter about chickens I excused myself by thinking "well I don't eat red meat," and turned the page. "But I Don't Eat Red Meat..." was suddenly addressed in the chapter, sitting there in front of me in black and white, and as I read on I knew that was it. In January 2008 I officially began my life as a vegetarian. I have been an on-and-off vegan since, on-again since May 2009 and planning to stay that way.
I have never felt healthier, happier, fitter, or more aware of my life and my body since becoming a vegetarian. My immune system is stronger than ever, my body is energized, my mind is clear, and I have a completely refreshed and healthy outlook on food. For the first time in my life I not only enjoy cooking, but I love to do it! The benefits I have gained from choosing this lifestyle have been limitless and I couldn't be happier. I'm so excited to start Veg is Sexy as a means to network with other vegetarians and vegans, share our stories, our ideas, our truths, and our lives!