I am a loud and proud omnivore. I love bacon, burgers, chicken, fish, lamb, duck, pork….basically I’m down to eat anything except veal. In my world of yoga, I am the exception. A lot of serious yogis are vegetarian and vegan. I feel like I’ve had to stand my ground as an all inclusive eater, which has put me on the defensive quite a bit. I really do have a blood disorder which renders me anemic all of the time and heme iron, which is only found in animal protein, is the best thing to help me combat fatigue and sickness. That said, I am an huge animal lover and I know that I eat an excessive amount of meat and would like to cut down a bit. Last night after I finished dinner, I realized that I had unknowingly eaten entirely vegetarian meals for two full days. This was totally by accident, and probably due to the fact that I discovered an insanely delicious prepared tofu dish at my local co-op. Noticing that I felt fine, not fatigued at all, I wondered how long I could keep it up. I decided to embark on a month long journey into vegetarianism. Due to my condition, I’ve also decided it’s not worth it to see through to the end of the 30 days if I feel horrible. There is a practice in yoga called “ahimsa”, which translates to non-harming, or non-violence. This is the reason why so many yogis choose to forego consuming animals and animal products. While I grappled with this issue myself, I finally realized that ahimsa works in two ways. Yes, non-harming to others including animals, but also non-harminng to yourself. With this in mind, I am fully prepared to try my best and I am going into the month aware of my needs for a lot of quality, complete proteins, and as much iron as possible. Lentils and I are about to become besties. I am currently on the tail end of Day 3 and holding strong. I’ve only thought about a bacon burger like 4 times today. I’m interested to see how this goes, and would love any questions you might have for me as I go down this path. Anyone care to join? I will be holding strong for as long as I can, as long as I feel physically well enough to continue.