I’ve been a vegetarian for almost nine months now and have loved every second of it. However, similar to what happens when you make any major lifestyle change, a wide array of questions have been shot my way.
Most of these are harmless inquiries from people just genuinely curious as to why I chose this dietary change, but there’s also a bit of judgement thrown in there from time to time as well. 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 explain why I chose to go vegetarian and share some of the glorious benefits that have followed!
What do you eat?
To my surprise, I’ve gotten asked this so so so many times. I think what people don’t realize is that there are just as many vegetarian options as there are meat ones! I’m not at all a picky eater, so I will eat pretty much anything: fruits and veggies of every color of the rainbow, different types of grains, eggs, beans, dairy products, and all other meatless items that everyone else eats.
There’s bean bowls, buddha bowls, protein pancakes, tacos, burritos, soups, salads, smoothie bowls, stir fries, pasta, sushi, and too many more vegetarian dishes to list!
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. Though, to my surprise, protein is a lot easier to find than one may think! I get my protein from beans, tofu, tempeh, eggs, quinoa, Greek yogurt, nuts/nut butters, oatmeal, and spinach, just 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 that usually accompany 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 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 an entire 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. At this moment in time, I have no desire and truly do not miss the taste of meat at all.
However, since I also made this change to help the environment, I definitely won’t be reverting back to meat anytime soon if our planet stays the way it is.
Although this may not have convinced 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 :’)