what did i learn during these thirty days?
- well, there are meatless options at most places. some of them are damn good, too.
- fast food sucks. okay, i'm sure most of us already know that, but it really does. not eating meat helped me avoid fast food for a month. yes, it's convenient, but it generally is low quality crap that i don't need in my belly.
- fresh & easy has an amazing vegetarian chili. this stuff is seriously good, and i think i like it more than any other canned chili.
- apparently, there is meat in a lot of stuff. it's cold, so we've been having more soup lately. when you start looking at labels, you find that a lot of stuff will have bacon thrown in.
- i want to find a local farm that is doing quality, free range cattle. if i'm going to eat meat, beef specifically, i'd like to know that it's fed right (grain fed) and not raised in horrible conditions. this may take some time, and cost more, but i think it's worth it. (a friend gave me a link to page river bottom farm - a sanger farm doing just this)
- it would be good to get veggies from a csa. just like the better raised beef, it would be good to support a local farmer, and buy seasonal vegetables. i hear good things about the farmer's daughter csa.
- i've been thinking more about cooking, and want to experiment a bit more in the kitchen. i've found some interesting recipes, and want to get some more cookware and try out new foods. if i'm eating, it should be an enjoyable experience. sure, there will be quick, easy meals, but i'd rather they be the exception, rather than the rule.
- i really want to try this.