Beet Badge and a Veggie Confession

I made this felt badge for a recent Craftster swap I organized. My partner likes Dwight Schrute, from the Office, who happens to have a beet farm so I thought this was an appropriate design for her.

I used the standard wool blend felt and embroidery floss for this. To add a bit of pizazz, I went around the entire border with a teeny tiny white back stitch. I think it makes the beet pop!

And since we're on the topic of veggies, I think it's time for me to come clean about a recent lifestyle choice I've made.

I haven't eaten meat for 6 months but I kept thinking that I'd wake up one morning and crave a hamburger so I was afraid to label myself as a vegetarian. When I would order tofu and get the inevitable question from friends, I'd just answer by saying, "No, I'm not a vegetarian. I just don't eat meat."

Well, I've been happily meat free for half a year so it's time to officially confess...I am, among many other things, a vegetarian.

My reasons for not eating meat are personal and would probably sound silly to most :). I'm happy to share and discuss if anyone is interested but I won't bore the rest of you with it. I will, however, answer a few of the frequently asked questions I usually get from friends and family.

How do you feel? 
I feel great!! I have just as much, if not more, energy than I did before giving up meat. I feel healthier inside and out.

How do you get protein?
I'm not a vegan so I still eat protein rich eggs and cheese. I also get protein from tofu, tempeh, beans, meat substitutes, quinoa and other whole grains. Oh and peanut butter!! I love peanut butter.

Does your husband still eat meat? 
He does and we do keep meat in the house for him but he's been very supportive of my choices. He's been open to trying some adventurous new veggie recipes and even takes me out to vegetarian restaurants.

Do you care if other people eat meat around you?
Not at all. As mentioned above, my choice is all about me :). What others decide to eat or not eat isn't any of my business.

Do you miss bacon? 
It might be hard to believe this but I don't miss bacon. I was always really picky about bacon, probably partially because I raised a baby piglet named Elizabeth when I was a kid. I guess I sort of have a Charlotte's Web thing going on.

Will you ever eat meat again? 
I'm not sure about this one. If I ever really want to eat a big steak again, I will. For now, I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything or depriving myself in any way.

So there it is, my beet and my veggie confessional! Thanks for listening.


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Interesting. I'd love to know what brought you to this state of mind.

I had all my teeth pulled in the August 2010. I barely ate anything for a long time. I never really ate meat before, but now I just choose not to eat meat. Shortly after I got dentures, I found that meat upsets my digestion AND I have absolutely no desire to chew meat.
No desire to even put it in my mouth. Mostly I am glad because of the animal slaughter issues I have with the butchering process.
xx, Carol

Meredith said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I've been thinking about going "meat-free" for several weeks now. I've been running with my hubby and trying to change my diet. One thing I'm really tired of eating, is meat! It's everywhere and in everything. I hear so many things that break my heart so I try to purchase my meat from humane sources but that's SO expensive! My problem is the hamburger craving. I LOVE a good hamburger. You don't miss it huh? I think it's time for me to do it and get off the fence. Oh! love the beet!;0)

Anonymous said...

Love the badge. As for the vegetarianism...I'm glad you finally came out- LOL. It's understandable to give yourself some lee way, after all, food is tricky and labels are annoying.

Leslie Andersen said...

Love your beet badge (I love all your badges!) and "hooray" for awesome supportive husbands!!!

Skwishee said...

I've actually been trying to go meat free and it hasn't worked out so well - mostly because I really don't want to make separate meals all the time. I've been experimenting with tofu lately though and getting good results, so who knows?

Good for you! It makes things so much easier when the people you live with are supportive of decisions like that, isn't it?

Brenda said...

Proud of your "just say no to meat." I feel like I should get there...but may start slowly.

Miss you!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

LOVE the badge - it's so cute!

waggonswest said...

The beet is awesome!

I really appreciate your flexibility with your choice to eat vegetarian.

kittykill said...

You are just too awesome for words

Pam Fields said...

What a cute little beet badge! I love it and yes, the white tiny backstitches do make the beet pop! I want to get more in to Craftster but I haven't found a niche there. I need to give it another try. :)

Trekky said...

The badge is so cool! Such neat stitching!

I've been veggie for 22years (the texture freaked me out a little as a kid & I used to cry in the butchers shop!) and I still get people asking me really bizarre questions, like 'what do you eat?' do they really think I've starved for over 2 decades... :)

Shandon said...

I love reading back on this post now! XO