I’m a vegetarian, and have been one for over half my life. I have nothing against eating meat, I just don’t enjoy it. In fact, I don’t much like vegetarian versions of meat because they taste too much like meat. Whatever reasons you may have for choosing to try out being a vegetarian, here are 10 reasons why it works for me!
1) Meat just tastes gross. As I said, that’s why I don’t eat meat. I don’t like the bloody taste and all that fat, and being able to see the veins, and skin, and…just yuck!
2) Meat is expensive, and you have to shop for quality and good price. Plus, you have to learn whether a butt roast is better than a “New York” steak, and I’ve seen my guy stand in the meat aisle for 20 minutes picking out a slab of meat. He’ll stand there weighing his options forever, whereas in my case, an eggplant is an eggplant. Grab one and go.
3) You don’t have to worry so much about cooking your food all the way. Sure, every now and then spinach gets recalled for e-coli, but in general the bacterial risks of vegetarian dishes is far less than the raw meat prior to cooking. You don’t have to bleach your counter tops after preparing a salad.
4) Less fats. You don’t get all that saturated fat that solidifies in your arteries when you don’t eat meat, and you don’t get big steak farts that smell disgusting. Enough said.
5) Overall health. Sure, you have to balance out a vegetarian lifestyle (an unhealthy vegetarian is probably more unhealthy than a person who eats meat constantly), but so long as you keep it up with vegetarian substitutes and high-protein nuts and greens and beans, you have an overall healthier lifestyle than even a healthy meat eater.
6) Meat takes a long time to digest, and is typically already rotten or sitting in your intestines forever by the time it gets expelled from the body. A carrot won’t sit there that long, and is fibrous to give you a healthy poo.
7) Vegetarian substitutes aren’t half-bad, and more and more stores and even fast-food restaurants have veggie options (like Burger King) so you can still enjoy your “meat” style foods without actually eating meat.
8) If you’re not eating meat for animal rights reasons, well, there ya go. Another animal not being slaughtered for your mouth. A novel cause.
9) It’s an easy diet to follow. Really. I was 12 and not eating meat. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be a vegetarian. So if you think it’s too hard, you should give it a shot and really see for yourself how easy it is. It just takes a little creativity. Leading me to my top 10 reason for being a vegetarian…
My favorite reason for vegetarianism? You get to try awesome new foods without meat mucking it up! Veggie spaghetti with spinach cooked in the sauce, mushrooms in nearly every dish, soy milk (I like vanilla the best)- all these things I never would have tried without needing a substitute for meat in my dishes.
PS- yes, I am aware that I went up the scale rather than down the scale to number one. 10 is highest, so in my goofy mind, 10 IS number 1! Just thought I’d share, so I don’t end up with a lot of confused individuals.
If you want to be a vegetarian, start small, or go all out, whatever you’re comfortable with. But I guarantee you that being a vegetarian is not hard to do, and within a few months you won’t even remember what real meat tastes like.