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No Beef, No Turkey, But I’d Love Some Pumpkin Pie!



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“Beef.” I don’t miss it. Not one bit. I don’t miss pork either. I stopped eating those things in my early twenties. Maybe I was twenty. If so, I’m coming up on being beef and pork free for 40 years!

I’m not comfortable with today’s stream of consciousness post being “beef.” It does give me an opportunity to share, to encourage, movement toward vegetarianism. But I don’t want people to think I’m being judgmental. I don’t want to force my eating habits on anyone, anymore than I want to force my religious beliefs. But they are mine, and this is my blog, and this is my stream of consciousness post on “beef.”

I have to be honest. I’m not a perfect vegetarian. I still eat fish. Not often, but sometimes I get tired of nuts as my main protein source. I’ve gotten way better at abstaining from chicken. And during lent, I am able to be a strict vegetarian, moving toward being vegan on some days. In case you don’t know, a vegan is someone who does not consume any animal products at all. No eggs, no cheese, no leather goods. I know that it’s quite possible to do. But I haven’t gotten there yet on a consistent basis.

The chicken was a challenge for years, especially barbecued chicken, when the sauce gets a little burnt….okay lets step away from that. It’s also a challenge when there’s a really good casserole with just a little chicken in it. Guess I might need to refresh my memory with some videos about what happens to chickens on factory farms, especially the little baby boy chicks discarded in heaps, like pieces of trash and not living things. But I don’t have to watch the videos. I have a good imagination. I can remember.

Here’s a link that seems to just have photos and words, a little easier than the videos:

If you’re on the fence, the videos help. But they are hard to watch. Interestingly, I never had that much trouble not eating cows and pigs. Because lets be honest, beef comes from cows, and pork comes from pigs.

It all started in the late 70’s, in college, when I read an article by a hunter who wrote that anyone who opposes hunting and eats meat is a hypocrite. I thought about it. And then quit. I am aware that animals hunted and killed quickly after living a natural life have it much better than animals on factory farms. But most of us have enough other options available to us, that neither is necessary.

I’m thankful that there will be plenty of alternatives to turkey this Thanksgiving. Like pumpkin pie. Mmmmm!

Today’s Stream of Consciousness post prompt was the word, “beef.”

If you’d like to jump into the stream, start here:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “No Beef, No Turkey, But I’d Love Some Pumpkin Pie!

  1. No meat… so that’s your beauty secret. I enjoyed immersing myself in this stream of consciousness. I grew up with vegans so I feel like I was trained to not crave meat. Sometimes, though, I try out a bean and mushroom burger to capture that savoury atmosphere. Have a lovely Saturday, Joanna of the Forest. xo

  2. Hey, that’s what I was going to write about! Similar post is coming…..

  3. I take that back. I forgot and started editing.
    Even though I’m vegetarian, I would not like to go without dairy. No one wants to give up what they like.

    • I admire your honesty. Dairy would be hard for me to give up permanently. I love pizza and have a weakness of ice cream. Sometimes I’ll get almond milk fro yo and vegan pizza….but…always something to work on….baby steps toward progress, not perfection.

  4. Thanks for the ASPCA link JoAnna; it looks like an interesting organisation. Have you ever watched the documentary Food Inc.? It is available on YouTube and is an exceptionally well-made appraisal of industrialised food production and the inhumane techniques deployed within it, as well as being an expose of Monsanto’s scandalous policies.

    • I believe I watched it a few years ago when I went to vegetarian meetings. They showed a few powerful documentaries about the food industry, and it seems like that was one of them. Thanks for calling attention to it.

  5. When we make pumpkin pie, we use eggs and milk, which I know you do eat, but I wonder if there are vegan versions, too.

  6. I love pumpkin pie! We don’t eat a lot of meat, but we can’t seem to manage without one small dose a day. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

    • One small dose of meat a day is better than a lot of people. If you wanted to stretch it, there’s something called Meatless Mondays. But we do need to listen to our bodies. There’s a theory that certain blood types need more meat than others. I love spicy pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. My husband doesn’t like clove much. I’m thinking it’s a chemistry thing. ❤

      • I’m one of those people, JoAnna. I have to have a least one small serving of meat a day. James and I have never been big meat eaters, but he does better with a small amount once a day too. I’m not wild about nutmeg, but I love cinnamon and cloves. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  7. Bonjour
    Un rêve , quoi de plus beau
    Le réaliser serait encore plus beau
    Afin que ce rêve devienne réalité
    faut-il le vouloir, y croire, le souhaiter
    Y penser sans cesse

    Cela pour notre plus grand plaisir
    Je sais que quelque part tu es là
    Prés ou loin , qu’importe la distance
    Ton amitié est parmi les plus grandes
    Du bonheurs dans ma vie, un réconfort dans les moments
    de doute et de chagrin
    Toute mon amitié

    Belle fin de semaine et la semaine à venir ,bon week-end


    • Merci, for the beautiful picture, Bernard! My high school French is tres rusty, but I appreciate the lovely compliments I detect in your comment and will work on translating. Merci beaucoup. 🙂

  8. So you have a beef with beef? 😉 Haha. Great post, JoAnna. I’m glad you posted even though the prompt made you uncomfortable. I expected it would be a touchy subject for a few, though I do always try to prompt with a word that has more than one use in the English language.
    I’ve been known to ask people why they chose vegetarianism. I’ve learned a lot over the years. 🙂

    • Sometimes the prompts that initially feel uncomfortable lead to interesting posts. Pushing through discomfort can help us grow…when we feel like it. I look forward to your prompts, Linda 🙂

      • Thank you, JoAnna. 🙂 It really is great the way stream of consciousness writing can take us from one perspective to the next, isn’t it? I just come up with a word – it’s all of you who provide the awesomeness. 🙂

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