Am I a vegetarian? It depends on how you define the word. I got interested in meatless cooking and nutrition in my early twenties, mostly because I never liked the feel or smell of raw meat and poultry. We hear more and more about E-coli, salmonella, and so on. With scary stories like that, who wants to take risks with having raw beef and chicken in the house?
Unfortunately it's only too easy for me to eat too much junk food. That's meatless, but of course regular doses of cookies, candy, and such do not have a place in any proper diet, vegetarian or not. But after seeing the sports nutritionist last week, I'm ready to have another go at whole-foods vegetarianism. If I'm to get the amount of protein she specifies, I've got to use non-meat sources; otherwise this diet will be prohibitively expensive.
I don't expect it to produce a miracle on two wheels for me. I won't suddenly be leaving Froomey in the dust, or even beating the local sprinter into oblivion. I just wanted to get my nutrition on track, and losing five pounds won't hurt.