Five Reasons For Being A Vegetarian

vegetarianI never thought I’d be saying this, but my New Year’s Resolution this year was to become a vegetarian.  I loved being a carnivore – beef, chicken, turkey, pork, buffalo, whatever…but then I had a heart attack and started noticing some things.  Every doctor I knew was a vegetarian. Maybe there was something to this.  Well, I did some research and here are the reasons I decided to switch sides of the food pyramid.



number1Above all, my health came first.
For years I read that red meat is bad for you, but when you take into consideration all of the chemicals (like hormones and antibiotics) they pump into animals, you start to wonder what is being added into your system.  Meat has cholesterol – something vegetables don’t have – and it contains higher concentrations of saturated fat.  Vegetarians also have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  With these bits of information, it sounded like a good idea to change my habits.


number2Eat Less Meat. Save the World.
OK, I care about the environment, but I never thought that being a vegetarian would help the planet.  It turns out that to produce meat, it takes up to 78 times the energy it takes to grow a vegetable.  Part of that reason is that the meat has to eat plants while its growing up, so it is taking a lot more energy to make your hamburger than it takes to wolf down a Boca Burger.  If that isn’t enough reason, think about the high prices we pay for gasoline each summer and see if eating a steak is really worth it.


number3The Wallet
Some people say they can’t get full off of “rabbit food” but I wonder if they consider the lack of fullness they feel in their wallets?  Meat has a tendency to cost much more than non-meat products. For the same cost as a head of lettuce, a couple of carrots, and some salad dressing, you don’t get a very large cut of meat. What’s more, since your health is affected by your diet, consider the cost of a heart attack or the medication you need to purchase in the case of diabetes?  Suddenly that burger and deep fried chicken doesn’t seem so appetizing.


number4The Little Animals
I love animals and I would never hurt them.  Then why is it OK for us to wholesale slaughter them?  Maybe it is me trying to clear my conscience of what is happening to these animals in the “Factory Farms” or maybe it is the fact that we treat these animals with the utmost disrespect.  Knowing what is happening and continuing to eat meat doesn’t seem like the right thing to do.


number5The Counter Test
What is all of this meat doing to us?  It attracts bacteria, that is harmful, and is made up of body wastes.  When you are getting ready to eat that hamburger, remember that what you are consuming, along with the flesh, is cooked blood, adrenaline, uric and lactic acids.  In fact, before you throw on some extra bacon and cheese, the contributing flavors to your burger are the leftover blood and urine. Yum!  Take this test:  Put a head of iceberg lettuce, a loaf of bread, and a steak on your kitchen counter and walk away for three hours.  Come back and see which of the three makes you sick?  I think I am going to stick with the bread and lettuce.

If you have any compelling reasons why you are a vegetarian or why you’ll never be a vegetarian, please feel free to add to the conversation.

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