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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Chucky and Tiffany Become Vegetarian

It was sometime during the last week of September 2010 when Tiffany informed me of "World Vegetarian Day" about to commence on October 1st.  And, since both Tiffany and I generally eat and dine meatless why not give it a whirl?  Generally speaking, neither she nor I consume much meat.  We aren't really red meat eaters nor do we consume mass quantities of chicken and seafood.  Our general preference while dining has always been tofu when available.

Our favorite restaurants have historically been Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, and some of the franchise chains (Moe's, Chipotle, Tijuana Flats, Subway, Firehouse Subs, Cici's Pizza, Carrabba's, Elephant Bar, etc.).  And we have since found out that all of these are "vegetarian friendly" (offering vegetarian menu options).  Probably most important, both wine and beer are vegetarian!  Just kiddin'.

And, why did Chucky and Tiffany decide to travel the less-traveled vegetarian road?  To get to the other end perhaps?  Well...  Like the majority of my fellow Americans I find myself middle-aged, overweight, having high blood pressure, fighting to control my cholesterol, and a minute plethora of related medical conditions.  And, mind you, not the type of medical conditions favorable to the super-hero or geriatric crowd.

We have elected the vegetarian path for many reasons.  So far, we have both gone goo-goo gah-gah over the lifestyle change.  We're finding it much easier to adopt than either of us had imagined.  We don't feel that we're sacrificing very much, we have more energy, and we feel good about what we are doing.  I would venture to assess health is the predominant reason for the change.  But, we feel good about the animals too.

We have discovered some hidden "gem" vegetarian and vegan restaurants and stores in the Orlando, Florida area.  As each day passes and stones turned, Tiffany and I learn a wee bit more of our lifestyle pursuit.

We begin our blog Day #26 into our lifelong challenge to "test the vegetarian waters".  And, yes... water can be classified vegetarian.  Okay, okay... in most municipalities (some have Sea Monkeys and other critters happily dancing through their tap water).

Welcome to our blog!  I hope to share opinion, experience, trials, tribulations, and just about everything you probably did not wish to know of a couple recently converted to vegetarianism (lacto-ovo vegetarians, those who still elect to eat eggs and dairy products).  Hey!  Join us if you may?  

Hi-dee hi-dee ho my friend!


  1. Interesting choice, I would really like to continue to hear how this life choice changes your lifestyle as well as how it helps you both become healthier.

  2. Thanks Kathleen! Actually, I do plan on including some "metric" information in future blogs. Maybe weight, photographs, some medical info (general doctor visit feedback), blood pressures, and cholesterol readings.

    This is why I'm insisting on anonymity. So I can include some personal information without having it used against me (insurance, hiring, financial loans, etc.)

    Big Brother, whether meat-eater, vegan or vegetarian, is always watching!