Vegetarianism & I

Andrew on the right, and an awesome pamphlet (that inspired my next post)
on the left!

On June 1st, 2013, I went to Cleveland Vegfest (a vegan festival) with my lovely boyfriend Andrew. We have both been vegetarians for a while for various reasons. Once you open your mind to it, vegetarianism doesn't seem too bad. Quite frankly, it seems pretty ideal. What triggered it for me was: 1. Health, 2. Research, 3. Morals, and 4. Spirituality. Let me elaborate. (Just a little side note: I am not trying to convert anyone and I fully respect everyone regardless of what they eat. I get asked a lot about why I'm a vegetarian and here is my logic.)

1. Health: For some reason, people think they NEED meat to survive and be healthy. I constantly get asked questions, "Are you getting enough protein? What do you eat? Are you healthy?" Let me make it simple: I get more than enough protein. I eat a variety of food. And yes, I'm VERY healthy. Eliminating animal products, especially meat, from your diet increases your health and decreases your chances of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and so on. Keep in mind, it's not just the meat itself that does this, it's the way the meat is made. My health is very important to me and I just don't want to eat something that I consider equal to me.

My delicious vegan "chicken" salad sandwich. It came with quinoa salad. Yummy!
2. Research: If you do research on vegetarianism or veganism, you will find nothing but good results; of course if you use a credible source. The documentary Forks Over Knives really triggered some thoughts for me. It tells you the straight up truth about how animal products affect your diet and how we really don't need them. After attending Vegfest, I retained even more information.

3. Morals: I love animals, people, and the entire Earth. I consider animals my equal. It seems hypocritical to have a pet like a cat or dog and then eat pigs and cows. The way animals are killed is vicious, and I do not want to support that. When I look at an animal, I see a soul. They are absolutely defenseless and cannot make a choice. Humans have a higher consciousness  and morals, so why can't we make the choice to spare an innocent animals' life?

4. Spirituality: I once heard a quote from Native American culture stating, "When an animal is killed, it feels anxiety, fear, and pain. And when you eat that animal, you are consuming anxiety, fear, and pain." I thought of this more metaphorically. God created everything on this earth, and I believe we should treat everything with kindness! Some animals have gone extinct because we kill them for clothing or food.

Want to know more in detail? Read my next article: 25 Reasons to Try Vegetarian.

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