PLATTSBURGH - When Amanda Dagley became a vegetarian nearly 12 years ago, it was a decision that was easy for her - for the most part.
"I think bacon was the hardest thing to give up," she said, laughing. "I think it's one of the hardest things for any vegetarian to give up."
Dagley has taken her experience of "going vegetarian" and put it to use for others practicing the same eating habits and those considering making a change in their dietary lifestyle. She recently unveiled her new blog, "The Pugnacious Vegetarian," designed with the help of friend Corey Collins. The idea behind the site, was simple.
"The Pugnacious Vegetarian blog is my chronicle of my adventures in eating and cooking," she said. "I want to be able to share that with people."
The decision to drop meat from her diet was a personal one, said Dagley, mainly due to concerns over factory farming. However, Dagley also felt it was a decision that would improve her health.
"I would eat a hamburger here or there and I would eat chicken here or there and one day I said, 'Why am I holding on to this? I don't like it. I don't like the way it makes me feel,'" she said. "And, then, one day I just decided I wasn't eating it anymore."
The road to become a true vegetarian wasn't always an easy one, though, Dagley admitted.
"I've learned the hard way, eating some pretty gross things in the process," she said.
However, becoming a vegetarian is something that involves dedicating time to finding foods that are right for you - but healthy at the same time.
"I find a lot of new vegetarians live on the pizza and French fries diet, because it's vegetarian. Really, though, it's not healthy," said Dagley. "And, if you have no idea what to eat, you're going to get sick of it and want to eat like everybody else."