As a starter point, this post is not trying to convince anyone to become vegetarian, it is just a personal perspective on what it is like to take this route and why people do it. So if you did not already know I am vegetarian, but I will get to why I became one later. First lets look at why many other people become vegetarian. One major reason many people choose this route is to ‘save animals and the environment’. Usually they see an Instagram video of a cow being beat and than decide it is time to switch. I am happy to save some animals but honestly I don’t really care about these videos. I already knew this was happening, and it is not going to stop. It is a problem in this world but with all due respect there are so many more important things to worry about than some farm animals. So we covered the animal lovers but why else do people become vegetarian? Well some people believe it is just more healthy and will help them loose weight. While in some ways this is true, you can still be a very unhealthy vegetarian. If I only eat cookies, ice cream, and chips I am still on a vegetarian diet. So in my opinion if you switch just for that reason, it is not a very strong one. There are many things in meat that can be bad (especially red meat) but there are thing you are also missing out on, like iron and protein. So this brings me to my reason. As a kid I always pushed the meat off my plate when my mom made it for dinner, and whenever we went out I would never order anything with meat. The reason for this, it made me uncomfortable. I didn’t (and still don’t) like the idea of eating a once living and breathing creature. I hate the texture and feeling of the meat itself. Personally it just looks and tasted unappetizing. What really got me was bones and being able to see the structure of the animal (ex. thanksgiving turkey). It was just a unsettling feeling. Around the age of late 15’s maybe 16 I told my mom I wanted to be a full vegetarian. This really messed with her dinner plans but she accepted it. I have not regretted this decision at all, and personally I find it really easy to have this lifestyle because I don’t enjoy meat in the first place. Some of those people who switched to this way of eating off of other reasons have a hard time not eating meat because they still enjoy how it tastes. With me that urge is just not there. There are many factors that are required to be a healthy vegetarian and finding good meals at restaurants, but that is for another post.
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