When I was twelve years old, I decided to be a vegetarian. My mother was not thrilled and told me that if I was going to eat differently than the rest of the family, I had to cook for myself.
So I did.
I had always enjoyed cooking, so it wasn't a huge chore except on the days I got home late after activities and then had to think about what to eat. And my mother was always harping on about protein and a balanced diet. Of course she was right to do that, but at the time it was a huge pain in the a**.
I was never a vegetarian for ethical reasons (although of course I understand them), but because I never really liked meat.
I remained a vegetarian for eleven years. Then I started working as a chef and had the opportunity to taste really beautiful cuts of meat, cooked perfectly. Little by little I started eating meat again.
Then I met my partner who is a vegetarian and we moved in together.
So now I have a happy balance. I eat vegetarian at home, but if I go out and want to eat a big hunk of rare beef filet, I do that too. And I think I'm probably much healthier for it too.
Are you a vegetarian? A vegan?