I have been meaning to post about being a vegetarian for a while. So here it is.
People often ask why I made the choice to be a vegetarian. There are five reasons.
First, I have never really liked the taste of meat very much anyway. I remember my parents having to force me to eat it as a kid.
Secondly, the decision happened as a result of my daughter. She was six when she learned where meat comes from. She was very upset and said she would not eat meat anymore. My husband and I decided not to make too big a deal of it and we let her stop eating meat. We thought she would change her mind and go back to eating meat in a couple weeks. We should have known what a determined young person she is. She has not had a bite of meat since. At the time, we did some research about vegetarianism and learned about other sources of protein. I learned how to feed her and soon realized that this was something I wanted to do also.
The third reason is that I am an animal lover. I do not feel right about killing animals or having someone else do it for my food. Honestly, I do not judge anyone who eats meat, just as I hope they will not judge me. It is a personal decision.
Another reason I choose this lifestyle is that I have learned that meat production is extremely detrimental to the environment.
Lastly, I have found that I feel better when I don’t eat meat. I have read that your body uses a great deal of energy to digest meat and it is actually quite hard on your body (especially red meat).
As I was considering whether or not to become a vegetarian, I watched the video Earthlings. That cinched it for me. It is a very difficult video to watch. However, it is extremely informative.
Vegetarianism also fits with the Yoga Lifestyle I have referred to in previous posts.
I believe that being a vegetarian is much easier now than it would have been twenty years ago. There are so many options. Most restaurants have vegetarian menu choices and vegetarian items can be easily found in grocery stores.
The main protein sources in my diet are beans, quinoa, nuts, seeds and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. I really do not like the taste of soy so I avoid it. I have found many delicious recipes on Pinterest. There is always an alternate way to make anything so I never have to miss my favourite foods. For example, I used to love ginger chicken. So I found a recipe to make it using cauliflour. You might think it sounds crazy – but it is delicious!
I would recommend a vegetarian lifestyle to anyone. The next step for me is veganism!
Now, eat your veggies! And feel free to comment!