Less prominent among the great events of 2008 was the transition into full-on vegetarianism for me and FG. I haven't eaten any meat or fish since a smoked salmon sandwich one mid-spring day about a year ago.
In some ways this was a natural evolution. We were already eating very little meat and had been for quite some time. On another level, for me, it was not an obvious choice. Whereas FG used to reject meat and opt for tofu even as a little, and always complained that things like hamburgers made her stomach hurt, that was never me. I like protein, a lot, while I think she could subsist on bread, potatoes, pomegranates, and cherries.
Back in the day, I'd start to get a serious protein craving, and I'd take myself out for a burger, or I'd ask FG to make pork chops or roast a chicken, or I'd invite her out for a sushi date. Nowadays, things seem not quite so easy. Too much soy makes me feel unwell, so a constant stream of soy-based replacements is not the answer. And I don't seem to get quite the same sense of satisfaction from things like chick peas as I do from animal proteins--which means a lot of omelette requests, in my case.
So I eat a lot of eggs and a mix of soy and non-soy meat substitutes and dairy stuff and some legume-stuff too (I love peanut butter). But I still feel this relatively constant, low-level craving for MORE PROTEIN. And on occasion, when I eat an almost-all-protein meal (like fried eggs & fake sausages) I get a rush of well-being and strength, so I think I'm not just crazy or deluding myself.
If you've made it this far... fellow vegetarians, past & present, do you know what I'm talking about? Do you have any advice? I have to admit, I'm getting close to falling off the wagon & getting myself some fish or something like that...