Wednesday, February 11, 2015
To Be or Not to Be...Vegetarian?
I don't have any issues with Katherine's choice, except that I want to go about it the right way...
Being educated: The biggest concern I hear about eating vegetarian is the lament of the loss of protein. Is this a misconception or is it a real issue? In lieu of becoming a registered nutritionist by Friday, I wonder if there is a good book that Katherine and I could read together so that we are both more knowledgeable on the pros or cons of avoiding meat.
Being healthy: Bagels, pasta, and chips are all easy meatless options. I need to make sure we have some good options for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Being understanding: I want to make sure I am clear on Katherine's choices and reasons. Are eggs OK? Fish? Does she want to avoid meat for an ethical reason or is it a matter of taste? Vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan?
Being together: We eat together as a family as often as we can and this tradition remains important to me. Lately, I've been cooking with more meat and less starchy foods. How do I satisfy the varied desires of all the family members without spending the entire day in the kitchen? (Well, I already fall short on that since Jack prefers a diet of pizza and Chipolte.)
Being involved...but not too involved: I want to be supportive and helpful but I want to give Katherine space to figure this out on her own. Maybe she would like to cook dinner once a week? Maybe we could prep together on Sunday afternoons? I could do nothing and let her figure it out?
Or should I wait and see? My fickle teenager might just be back to bacon by next week