Do you still adhere to vegetarianism? If so, do you still use the meat substitutes? What are your reasons for remaining veggie, if you do?
For me, I became an SDA and a vegetarian shortly before I honed life skills like preparing nutritious meals and shopping for food. So I just really don't know how to prepare meat. Also, I'm pretty healthy well into my late 50s, and I can't help but think that might have something to do with it. EGW said enough crazy and erroneous health stuff to fill a library, but the major points of the "health message" seem to be sound.
That's exactly the deal for me, too. I've "rebelled" against the "health message" by actually not eating crappy food full of cheese and Crisco and mushroom soup. Being a veggie or vegan is so rewarding when you actually do it right.
I was raised to think EGW writings regarding health were more valid than science and therefore more miraculous since these "truths" were supposedly revealed to her divinely. I now eat pretty much whatever I want without the guilt. I look back with some anger about being indoctrinated to think my eternal salvation could be at risk for eating shrimp or licking a pork chop. What a waste of mental energy.
Lol That's interesting. I actually never fully accepted EGW as a prophetess. The main reason is rather horrible, it's because she was a woman. Lol I guess the sexism that was ingrained in me from the bible ultimately made less religious blocks that I'd have to overcome when leaving religion. Kinda funny how that worked out, isn't it?
I was born into an Adventist family, and raised as such. My family (mom, dad, bro, sis) was vegan for a couple years while growing up, but most of my family is not vegetarian. My family on my dad's side is full of rednecks and hunters -- which I am thankful for, cause they make damn good meals!
Most of the Adventists weddings I've attended were vegetarian, however, one wedding that I went to was a white lady marrying a black guy, and they had so much chicken! Fantastic chicken. Was one of the best weddings ever. Lol
When I was a kid my local church actually had a little civil war. The argument was whether potlucks would be strictly vegan or vegetarian. Lost a lot of my childhood friends from that dilemma... the vegetarians won the war, and the vegans all left the church.
Yeah I like meat, and I eat meat.
I tried bacon for the first time at the Reason Rally in DC. Haven't ate it since. So I still do abide by the old testament dietary laws for the most part, because I am sorta conservative with my lifestyle. I don't like to try new things usually.
My family was never fully vegetarian and furthermore as a young'in I used to go over to a friend's house for dinner, leaving out the fact that they were having pepperoni pizza. So no I am not vegetarian but I do not eat much meat because I figure with beans and nuts I can get the protein I need and some very good fats from the nuts as well. Like all things I find that total abstinence is unnecessary and instead moderation is a more reasonable way to live.
This post brings to mind a South Park episode.