Being a vegetarian is one of the hardest and most wonderful things I have ever done. I bet you're thinking "Hard? You must have a pretty easy life!" And yeah, you are right: I am a wimp so I do try to have an easy life. But really, changing my eating habits over the course of 1 year and 3 months has been an very educational experience.
In the beginning, when people asked why I became a vegetarian I actually answered them. Then when I realized they liked to make fun of me for my reasons, I just started answering the questions with: "Just because." I got funny looks from some people for the short and vague reply but really, what I think is: "I'm not telling you my reasons if your just going to argue with me about them. Do I provoke you into conversations about the downfalls of eating meat?" I like to avoid confrontation so let's just not talk:)
If you are interested, here's what I really think:
- Commercial beef practices are bad for the environment. Cows produce LOTS of methane gas. Take up a lot of space. Use a lot of resources.
- Dead animals don't make me happy.
- Commercial meat practices aren't sanitary, healthy, or in the best interest of consumers.
- Meat isn't really all that healthy for humans.
The many things I have learned while being a vegetarian are:
- Wow, there are so many cool veggies out there to cook!
- Hmm, buying produce that is in season is better for the environment and for me. I really wanted strawberries and shortcake the other day but settled for frozen strawberries in yogurt. GO ME!!!
- Chemicals are everywhere!! Organic is good:)
- Vegetables are much cheaper than meat.
- I like looking down at my grocery cart and seeing it filled with produce. Makes me feel good in my brain.
- I don't have to feel terribly guilty about semis jammed with turkeys, pigs, and cows driving on the highway.
- I try all sorts of new foods!!
- Man, do I eat healthy now(according to who/what I know)!!!
- I am officially a food snob. This is somewhat troubling.
Let me end this by saying: I don't judge you for eating meat (at least not to your face!) so please, show some consideration to the vegetarians!!