Guest post: Kim’s meatless year
Hello friends! While I am still gathering my thoughts and photos on what to post next for myself, please welcome my friend Kim! Kim is a foodie and blogger who has recently decided to go meat free for an entire year and document her journey in a new blog: Meatless 365
I know many of you who read my blog are vegetarian or vegan, but I just ask that you keep an open mind and respect another opinion that may be differing from yours. I know you will :) Thanks!
Hi! My name is Kim Davidson. Sarah and I have been friends for about 2 years now and she has been such an encouragement to me. I am a writer, cook, and photographer in Raleigh, NC. In addition to Meatless 365, I also post recipes, writings, and photos at my regular website, Kd316 and you can also follow my Tweets @kd316.
1. What made you decide to go meatless?
Honestly, I woke up one day and said, “what would make people go meatless for a year?” and posed that question on social media forums. Got a bunch of answers, but mostly: “for real? You gotta be kidding me!” So, that really challenged me. I said, “I can do this!” And after that initial moment of pure will power, I knew it would be a challenge for me, a chance to spice up my kitchen, and get me excited about cooking and eating again. Sometimes, you just get bored – even someone like me, who loves being in the kitchen!
2. What are you hoping to gain from going meatless for a year?
A new love for my kitchen and things that grow in the ground. A new love for my kitchen: sometimes, even though I love meat, I get bored with the same things. So, I want to try new healthy things and healthy foods in different ways. And, things that grow in the ground: I don’t want to survive on processed foods for a year either (granola bars, etc). I want to get natural foods in my body to help me feel and move better! I know there are so many vitamins and minerals and other good “things” in foods that grow in the ground, so cool how God made things that would help us live better lives! I also want to strengthen my food photography skills. I would love to write for food magazines and use my photos to bring out the brilliant colors in vegetables and food. There is beauty in food. As Emerson said; “Beauty is God’s handwriting.”
3. Do you think at the end of 365 days, you will continue to abstain from meat?
I have already considered that; and I probably won’t. But, I will eat meat a lot less than I do now (or did), but I don’t feel any food is BAD for you, but just eaten in moderation. I will hopefully have found wonderful recipes to keep eating and trying new recipes in the years to come. I like bbq, steak, and bacon too much to cut it out entirely for the rest of my life, and I don’t want to be kicked out of my family (my family loves meat!)
4. Has anyone asked you “but where will you get your protein?” yet?
One of the first questions I got. Amazing, isn’t it? Like there isn’t any protein other than meat. I told this person, “why yes, I am!” I love raw nuts, greens, legumes, cheese, dairy, nut butters, seafood, eggs. So many ways to get healthy sources of real protein without going to meat or “fake meat”.
5. What do you think will be your biggest challenge in this experiment?
I love to cook for other people. I think I will have to be creative when doing that and maybe even cook meat meals for them, which isn’t a problem. Also, eating with my family. My brother grills a good steak and we love bbq. But, for this year, I’ll have to be prepared and have salmon when they have steak. All those healthy fats and vitamins! :)
Any last words?
Happy food journey – whatever you eat.
Thanks, Kim! I look forward to following you on your journey and can’t wait to see what all you experience throughout. I hope you will do a follow-up for us at the end of the year!
Is anyone else out there going meat free this year? Want to write about it?