I’m a vegetarian. There it is. I’ve said it. It’s in the universe now for everyone to know. I have been a vegetarian since February of this year, and — I have to be honest — I really love it. Despite all of the
relentless good-natured teasing from my family of murderers meat eaters .
I made the decision to stop eating meat after reading an article on animal mistreatment. I decided that I didn’t want to contribute to the growth of the meat industry anymore because I became uncomfortable with the realization that there was no real way to truly know if the food that I was eating was cruelty free.
Since I’ve made The Change, I have discovered that it is actually a lot less crazy than I thought it would be. My impression of vegetarianism before I became one of the pack was one of ultimate self-deprivation. I couldn’t even imagine a life in which I wouldn’t be able to eat a cheeseburger anytime I wanted. The thought of going to family barbeques and skipping out on the delicious grilled meats was basically sacrilege. I mean, seriously, the thought of committing to such a lifestyle was so far off of my radar that, even for me, it seemed to come out of left field.
But it’s not like I thought it’d be at all. Overall, I’m living a much healthier lifestyle than I was before. Instead of being able to swing by a fast food restaurant when I’m feeling peckish, I have to exercise a certain amount of self-control and foresight by actually packing my lunch or packing snacks. I can’t even tell you how much rogue fruit has rolled out of my purse all in the name of preparation.
Ultimately, being a vegetarian is a decision you have to make for yourself, and it has to be for reasons that you feel comfortable with. Also, make sure you do your research! For many of us, meat constitutes a large part of our diet, and taking it out without proper research can lead to serious health problems. There are lots of great websites out there to help you on your journey should you decide that vegetarianism is the life for you! If you have any concerns, always consult your doctor. WebMD can only go so far in place of an actual doctor!
I thought I would share with you my FAVORITE recipe. Since becoming vegetarian, this has become a staple in my house. Vegetarian or not, though, you have to give this a try! It’s amazing!