Vegetarianism? (Getting Healthy, part… ?/?)

Okay friends… I’m going vegetarian. Not quite today or tomorrow or even next week, but my love and respect for animals, the evolving nature of my spiritual beliefs and my growing desire to become and stay healthier have been pushing me in that direction for some time. I imagine the transition will be from omnivore to pesco-ovo-lacto-vegetarian to ovo-lacto-vegetarian and perhaps to full vegan, though remains to be seen. What I wanted from you is your stories and perspectives, both of you who do eat meat and who don’t — what led you to that perspective and decision? do you feel guilty? healthier? satisfied? justified? are there things you miss? are there things you would miss?

Look forward to your comments below.

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~ by Benji on 19 March 2013.

3 Responses to “Vegetarianism? (Getting Healthy, part… ?/?)”

  1. I don’t have a strong perspective, but I’m trying to eat vegetarian more often for some of the same reasons. The catch is that I just love meat – not in a I-must-have-it-all-the-time way, but rather if I go out to a nice restaurant, certain meat dishes are just much more satisfying to me than the vegetarian equivalents. I also usually end up having meat at home once or twice a week to balance out flavor profiles. I’m not setting any strict rules, but in terms of my personal shopping, I’m aiming to go organic (which makes me feel better about how the animals are treated) and I try to eat at restaurants that exhibit a conscience about the type of food that they serve. I definitely think it’s had a positive effect on my health.

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  2. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121004093508.htm
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/science/22angi.html?ref=natalieangier&_r=0

    Yet there’s also this to keep you healthy if you will become vegetarian/vegan…
    http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/556369-the-21-best-muscle-building-foods-for-vegetarians/#slide-22

    But then my favorite is http://michaelpollan.com/. Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.

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  3. So there are a couple of things about vegetarianism (and the shift away from meat) that are good.

    1. It going to force you to be inventive with the food you cook, as well as way more aware of what you eat. This brings new harmonies between your body and Nature.

    2. With less “strong” over-whelming flavors like meat, your pallet can develop.

    3. You become more aware of folks’ dietary restrictions.

    I became a vegetarian for two reasons, mostly: a lot of the most charismatic folks I knew in college were vegetarians and they taught me to cook; I wanted to avoid diabetes and shed a lot of weight. It was good on both fronts.

    I went vegetarian at Dartmouth in Winter Quarter 2003. In the summer of 2007, I went vegan — but missed honey and cheese way too much. In winter 2009, I did a raw food kick; now I incorporate raw foodism into all my meals.

    Occasionally, I miss sausage, biscuits, and gravy; jambalaya; and chicken fried steak — when I’m really craving good southern food. Occasionally longing for chilli cheese fries, or a chilli cheese dog creep in there. I also now eat fish for the last few years (since 2011).

    It’s been an amazing food adventure.

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