First of all, I must stress that, nutritionally, each person requires different variations of a balanced diet. Just by reading from this community of bloggers, this point is clearly demonstrated. While I believe that no human requires meat to survive (i.e. myth that animal protein is essential to health and survival), I ain’t no docta.
In late October/early November of 2007, I became a vegetarian. I completely quit eating meat cold turkey (heh heh). It was just before Thanksgiving, and I told myself I could go back to meat just once for the holiday of dreams… but I didn’t. I just couldn’t do it.
My then roommate at Penn State had recommended and then let me borrow her copy of Skinny Bitch.
I don’t remember much about the book, so I wouldn’t forward the recommendation without a reread. However, there was a chapter on factory farms and animal cruelty. Like most Americans, I was vaguely aware of the situation, but like… burgers, you know? Once I read this fairly short chapter, I was done. It isn’t even as graphic as many other resources on the subject are, but it was enough.
I really, really, really love animals. All animals. As a passionate lover of animals, I have a hard time understanding how one could say they love all animals and then eat a bacon cheeseburger.
Okay, I’m starting to preach, and that is so far from my point.
While my reasons for becoming a vegetarian were based on animal welfare, it very quickly turned into a huge benefit to my health. I was no longer tempted by fast food, fried chicken fingers, greasy bacon, etc. I’m not saying I was strong enough to go from an unhealthy diet to swimming in fresh, whole foods and frolicking through pools of quinoa like our extremely successful health junkie, Matt Maggiacomo. It was definitely a good start, though.
Are any of you a vegetarian? I know we have some vegans in da house. Has anyone ever considered vegetarianism and doesn’t know where to start?
Last week, I finally watched the documentary Forks Over Knives. It’s available on Netflix instant, so if you have an account or you can get your hands on a copy, then that is your homework! Go watch it! It’s so interesting and informative. I loved it. Let me know if you do!