Tuesday, February 23, 2010

now he wants to be a vegetarian...

... there was that one year when The Boy only wanted to eat food that was green, his favorite color. Then I made the adjustment when he decided he didn't want his vegetables cooked, only raw. A survival tactic that resulted from my "cooking" no doubt. Now The Boy declares he no longer wants to eat meat after seeing a dead chicken hanging out of the back of Tyson truck on the way to slaughter. sigh.

16 comments:

berenike said...

Point out to him that the best way to campaign for farm animal welfare is with his mother's dollars. If he doesn't eat meat, farmers don't care what he thinks. If he eats RSPCA (whatever the US equivalent is) approved meat, shops, and farmers, notice that that is where the dollars are going.

It is pricier, but then, you can eat beans more days, and they're even cheaper than grown-in-tiny-cages factory farmed meat :)

ocd sister said...

If it makes you feel any better, for years one of my brothers refused to eat anything with "green monsters": no herbs, no leafs, no veggies - nothing. Then he graduated to legumes and other staples and would only eat Chef Boyardee and Kellog's Frosted Flakes (brand names, mind you). It's just a phase. Try to survive it as your Lenten penance! :)

Tim said...

Oh, that should be an easy one to break. Just make sure you really enjoy your tasty meaty meals while he has to eat only veggies and rice.

Mary Ellen said...

Tell him to eat hot dogs...it just contains meat by-products. If you're lucky, he won't ask what a meat by-product is.

Smiley said...

Vegetarianism is actually a very healthy diet. If you wish i can send you many recipies so that you dont have kitchen disasters. INfact it is much easier for the body to digest vegetables and fruits than meat. It is also very helathy for him to eat vegetables. Drop me an email i will send you a ton of recipies. I was from india and trust me i have seen the benefits of vegetarian food versus eating meat.

margaret said...

It's a natural progression from only eating green stuff, of course.

On t'other hand, it probably won't last. Humour him for a couple of weeks and then serve up his favourite meat dish, that was my mother's tactic. I didn't actually become a real vegetarian until I was both parent-free and broke.

Dymphna said...

It'll pass. When my mother was a young farm girl she got so upset when her favorite chicken was killed that she wouldn't eat meat for months. And then one day her mother made a sugar ham and she went back to meat.

the Mom said...

pepperoni pizza...is there more to say?

mherzog said...

Here is a good video on vegetarianism: http://meat.org

TCN said...

Honestly, if God didn't intend for us to eat meat, then why did He make it so tasty?

I agree with the pepperoni pizza above. Nobody can resist forever. My hips are proof of that.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

Well... maybe he could be an Orthodox monk. They don't eat meat.

In ICXC
John

Blanscet Hernandez Family said...

Like Dymphna said...it'll most likely pass. I went through the same thing, except in high school. I'm not a big meat eater these days, but I have gone back to eating it. Make sure he gets some soy protein (Boca burgers are actually good!) or beans and lentils. Balance, baby! He's a growing boy!

Terry Nelson said...

First, have him stop watching Oprah.

Second, tell him Santa Claus eats meat - my mother got me to eat anything by telling me Santa ate it.

Smiley said...

at is the problem with him wanting to eat vegetables and being vegetarian, am i missing something?

joan said...

The boy wants a gun so tell him he has to eat like a man?
thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/marlboro_mans-f/

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

When I went through a similar stage in my teens, my mother and I first reached a compromise: I would "wean" myself off animals by dropping red meat first, but still eating fish and some fowl.

Then she served up the same steamed or fried tilapia every meal for two years. Tilapia and white rice became the cornerstone of my diet for two freaking years. I'm still not sure how I lasted that long.

I did eventually go back to eating meat--and boy, is it yummy!

Yet I can no longer stand to eat tilapia.

In a related story, when I was in uni, I met a young man who had stopped eating animals when he was about five years old. I was surprised that his mother hadn't tried to starve him out the way mine had, and asked a friend what she would have done if her five-year-old had come to her with the same decision.

She said: "I would tell him that God made some animals to be our friends and some animals to be our food."