So lately I have been struggling with the idea of eating animals. I'm just not sure that it's right that I eat them, and I hate the thought of them suffering. But I'm worried that I wouldn't get enough protein if I didn't eat meat.
Right now I eat: turkey, eggs, chicken. Occasionally, perhaps every other month, I eat salmon. Very occasionally, like twice a year, I might have beef.
I used to eat a ton of soy but I won't now. I am afraid of the estrogen-effects.
I have stopped drinking milk- I used to be a HUGE milk drinker, but since I began lactating, myself, I got really weirded out by the thought of stealing the breastmilk of cows. (I explained it to dd, 4, and now she says "Poor baby cows!" every time she sees a milk carton.) DH puts milk in his coffee so I still buy it, but I have started getting the organic milk in the hope that the cows have a better life. It says they have access to pasture. Who knows. It costs twice as much as the non-organic kind...
But what the heck would I do without yogurt, and cheese? Those are a large part of my diet. Isn't it pretty much as bad (for me, the way I explained above) as if I just drank the milk? How do you vegetarians deal with this question?
I'm rambling, I guess, trying to sort out my feelings and where I draw my own personal lines. I think I would still eat eggs, since the ones in the supermarket aren't fertilized and would never become chickens (isn't that right?) And there's peanut butter.
Help me!!! Tell me about how you deal with all of this.
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