The Accidental Vegetarian: Part II

Did you catch Part I ? The next set of influential books along the accidental vegetarian journey were “Master Your Metabolism” by Jillian Michaels and The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan.  I had been a Jillian fan for a while, and I listened to her radio show while working out.  Little known fact, I actually have a black belt in taekwondo, and JM’s badass, take no prisoners, attitude resonated with me.  As a biologist, I really appreciated Jillian’s effort to get all of the science exactly right in her book, yet still make it accessible to a mass audience.  JM … Continue reading

The Accidental Vegetarian: Part I

I feel fairly certain that when I was in college I didn’t actually know what veganism was, though I probably had a passing familiarity with vegetarianism. I don’t remember any of my friends being vegetarian though. Looking back on the available dining options, I’m also certain that being vegan or even vegetarian at my university would have been a difficult thing. I actually have a pretty good sense of how much meat was in my own diet because I vividly remember that it was difficult for me to give up meat on Fridays in Lent. I remember wishing that I … Continue reading