Thursday, March 22, 2007


I have been away from blogger for a loooooong time! It was a growing and learning time. I started medication, suffered severe side effects, changed medications, suffered a flare up of chronic cervical spine pain, recovered, became a closet vegetarian.

First: Started Cymbalta for depression and pain. Made me sick as a dog. Could not take the pain meds for the cervical spine pain as they were contraindicated. Ironic because that was the pain the Cymbalta was supposed to help with. Switched to Zoloft. For as long as I fought it, I think it is incredible. I am living again.

Second: Tuesday Richard emails me a recipe for mexican lasagna (it's on Martha Stewart's website) and the first thing I notice is that there's no meat in it and I get my back up. Then, wait a minute, I've been thinking about going vegetarian for some time and just not ready to commit. Maybe now's the time. Go shopping, get the stuff, go home. Cook. Eat. Delicious. Isaac says "mom, I am thinking of becoming a vegetarian". Total freakout, we're all on the same WAVE LENTH at the same time??? WOW!!

I would like to eat this way all the time, but for now will just do it as often as I can without getting my sweetheart all stressed out. baby steps.


SusanV said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and congrats on your decision to go veg! I just answered your question on my blog, but just to make sure you get it, I wanted to include it here:

Hi Heart on My Sleeve! I hope you enjoy the group--and Madison! I have a list of local restaurants that serve vegan (or veganizable) dishes. It's at this link. It's a little out of date, though, so please call before you drive to any of those places. I've heard that Pan Asia (one of the best) is planning on moving, but I don't know if that's happened yet. If you like Middle Eastern food, I really recommend the Mediterranean Grocery and Cafe, which is in Ridgeland, not far from Madison.

If you're still eating dairy and eggs, you'll find even more options at those restaurants and others in Jackson. Have a good trip!

Kat said...

I've been concerned for you, since you were away for so long, and I knew you had been sick around the holidays last year. I'm glad you are feeling better, and that you found a medication that works well for you. I'm familiar with the challenges of radically changing your diet, as about four years ago I had to take gluten out of my diet, which means that pretty much anything convenient went out the window!! However, there are so many wonderful resources and supports online, and so many wonderful cook books these days, that I have managed to make the transition with actually far less difficulty than I would have imagined. I'm not a vegetarian, but I can recommend an absolutely fabulous vegetarian cookbook that I use all the time for both main dishes and sides. It's Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone. I have never made anything from this book that didn't turn out splendidly, and many of these vegetarian dishes have become staples in my non-vegetarian household, completely satisfying meals that have never left us missing the meat. Some of them might win your husband over. :-)