I’ve been a vegetarian for almost nine months now and have loved every second of it. However, like any other major change in lifestyle, it has come with a wide array of questions shot my way.
Most of these are harmless inquiries from people just genuinely curious as to why I chose to swap over, but then there’s also the people trying to put their two cents in. That’s when it can get a wee bit frustrating- if it makes me happy and doesn’t affect you, then why bother commenting on it?
Anyway, I digress. Because of all of this, I’ve decided to answer a few of my most frequently asked questions to share why I chose to go vegetarian, as well as all of its glorious benefits!
What do you eat?
Surprisingly enough, I’ve gotten asked this so so so many times. I eat pretty much anything: fruits and veggies of every color of the rainbow, different types of grains, dairy, and any other meatless products that everyone else eats. I’m really not a picky eater and there are plenty of meat-free options.
How do you get your protein?
Getting enough protein is something that vegans and vegetarians really have to pay attention to. I personally didn’t just “quit” all meats cold turkey (ha ha what an ironic term). Instead, I did lots of research beforehand to make sure I was going to be able to get all of the necessary nutrients that I need. And, to my surprise, protein is a lot easier to find than one may think! I get my protein from beans, tofu, chick peas, eggs, quinoa, Greek yogurt, nut butters, oatmeal, and spinach, to name a few. However, you aren’t limited to these few foods; there are still many other options out there that are stocked with protein as well. Those are just my favorites!
Aren’t you harming your body by doing this?
On the contrary, going vegetarian is actually extremely beneficial for both short-term and long-term health. Having a plant-based diet means you’re losing a lot of the cholesterol and saturated fats usually accompanying red meats, so you’re helping to reduce your risk of heart disease. Not only that, but plant foods are also higher in fiber, which ultimately can help protect you against things like stomach and colon cancer. Like I said, I did a lot of research before switching over, but that doesn’t mean you have to take my word for it. Do some digging yourself and you may just be surprised with what you find!
Why’d you become a vegetarian?
I originally chose to go meatless, because of the environmental benefits that go with it. Did you know that it takes less resources (including water and farmland) to supply for a vegan or vegetarian diet than it does to simply care for a herd of cows? I fully believe that every single person can make an impact on this planet, so that’s why I decided to make my change happen now- we have no more time to wait!
Would you ever go back to eating meat?
Because I’ve been feeling healthier and better than ever after switching over, I’m not so sure that I would go back. Though, I can never say for certain- whatever happens, happens!
However, since I also made this change to help the environment, I won’t be reverting back to meat anytime soon if our planet stays the way it is.
Although this most likely did not convince anyone to swap lifestyles and go meat-free, I do hope I helped to answer any questions you may have had regarding meatless eating. And hey, who knows, maybe you’ll join the little veggie community at some point in your life.
Thanks for reading :’)