"And God said: "Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit--to you it shall be for food" (Gen. 1:29)
The following is long and most likely over-informative. My apologies.
My choice of following a vegetarian diet, although I do try to incorporate fish (excluding crustaceans) once a week, has been debated amongst my family, friends and ED recovery team. Many feel my motives for choosing a vegetarian diet were associated with the development of my eating disorder, however, I would argue differently.
Junior year of college was a chance for a new start for me. I had broken up with a long-term boyfriend the previous spring, spent 10 days in Israel over the summer and rented an apartment with two of my closest friends. I will be the first to admit that after the relationship ended, I felt lost, empty and undeserving. Although I've always struggled to form a sense of identity, this particular break-up happened with next to none expectation or fair sign of warning. I had sacrificed a lot for the relationship, convincing myself and family that it did not matter to me that he wasn't Jewish. Until that point in my life, I was somewhat blinded by the importance of my Jewish identity. Then in May of 2008, my life took a drastic change-- I was about to embark on a 10 day journey to Israel, on Birthright. Below is an excerpt from Taglit-Birthright's website explaining the mission of the trip: