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29th-Aug-2008 03:44 pm

I'm kind of entertaining the idea of going vegan. Well, maybe vegetarian to start with.

I'm practically vegetarian most of the week anyway. I only have chicken probably about once or twice a week. Roast chicken on Sundays, and maybe spaghetti bolognaise with mince meat, or chicken schnitzel some other day during the week. The rest of the week my mum cooks pasta with various tomato sauces; potatoes; tomato soup, veggie soups; rice and chilli sauces; quite a bit of tofu; veggie burgers. I think I could pretty easily go totally vegetarian. Plus, I don't crave meat at all. You hear people saying they crave a big juicy steak, but I'm not like that at all. I crave pasta and carbs, haha.

This site looks pretty helpful: http://www.vegan.org/going_vegan/eating_vegan/index.html

My mum's become a bit of an organic fanatic - organic  unrefined raw sugar, wholegrain bread, organic toothpaste. Yeah, you heard me. 'Mineral-Herbal Toothpaste with Aloe Vera. No sugar. No Fluoride. No Aluminium. No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate'. It tells me that it contains 'mint oil, eucalyptus oil, cardamom, celery (huh?), caraway, coriander, dill, thyme, rosemary, sage, leaf juice (huh? x2) and a bunch of other odd things found in nature. It tasted pretty foul the first few days, and I'd begrudgingly squeeze the paste out to hesitantly brush my teeth and assault my taste buds, but I'm actually used to it now.

Whaddya know, they have a website too: http://www.lateralfood.com/store/index.php

I'd like to be more organic. When it comes to food, I mean. Toothpaste is going a bit too far. And I don't care what chemicals are in my make-up or whether I'm wearing leather shoes or sitting on a leather couch. I wish I could be absolutely, perfectly healthy, and get the right amount of nutrients and vitamins a day, get enough exercise, enough sleep etc. I know I always say 'I'll start tomorrow', but I will try. I won't put a mountain of pressure on myself, I'll just give it a shot for a while and see how it goes. I have such a bad diet. I don't really eat too much, it's more that I eat the wrong foods. Too many biscuits and cereal/muesli bars! And toast. Faaar too much bread. I think I'm fat from bread. A slice of toast or two for breakfast, two slices for lunch, and then whatever mum cooks for dinner (NOT bread, lol). So basically all I eat, before dinner, is bread, a muesli bar or some biscuits. It's not MUCH, but it's unhealthy food! I'd like to eat more fruit and vegies, but when my stomach's rumbling, those things never seem to come to mind.

I guess I'll try and eat less toast, and more salad or fruits for lunch. Anyway, that's enough about food. I'm still thinking about getting a tattoo, and I think I've settled on this design:

Similar to the triskele designs in my tattoo post about two months ago, but with a hollow triangle. As I said before, I like drawing the designs on my wrist to see what it would look like, and this one looks really, really nice. I liked the first triskele design, - this one:

- symbolising past, present and future, and how it's drawn with a single line to represent a single/ONE life, and then the circle enclosing the design to remind me that life is 'enclosed', that it has an END and does not reach out into eternity (at least, in my personal belief). But somehow it never looked 'comfortable' on my wrist, no matter how often I drew it on and tried to get 'used' to it. Whereas the hollow triangle version one felt 'right' the first time I penned it on. I actually like the meaning I get from the hollow one - the triangle is life, and branching out from this one life are the twisting swirls of past, present and future.

I'm thinking about getting this done sometime soon. I don't how much longer I should wait, to make sure that this isn't an act of impulse. Hmm, my first post about this was on 27th July... I thought it was much longer ago. Well, I'd definitely started thinking about getting a tattoo a few weeks before that... probably end of June, early July. So that's just over two months. Hmm. I think I've put enough hours of thought into this for it not to be an absolute spur of the moment thing. I just want to make sure that I don't rush this in any way, or feel pressure to get it done 'in time for...' or 'to show so-and-so when I next see them'. I've deliberately told hardly anyone. Only my mum, and two or three people from work who are more 'alternative' and into piercings and that kind of thing anyway, just for some advice. I want to make sure that I'm not doing this for ANYONE, I'm doing it for ME. And nothing could represent me better than that triskele symbol - my life is such a jumble of past/present/future, and it's a big part of the kind of person I am, how I live on a day-to-day basis, and the good and bad experiences that shape me.

Maybe I'll book it tomorrow. Maybe I'll actually end up getting it done tomorrow? We'll see.

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