Hi friends! Today I’m going to talk about something I’ve probably mentioned in passing before – being a vegetarian. I don’t really talk about it too much but I’m nearing my 10th year now and I’ve seen a lot of interest in vegetarianism and veganism on the Internet recently. I’m going to give a bit of a background and address some common concerns with vegetarianism ☺
Why I Went Veggie
I was around 10 when I decided to be a vegetarian. To be quite honest I’ve never been one for meat. There were few types of meat that I enjoyed eating as a child and I wanted to become a vegetarian as soon as I found out what meat was. Even as a child I had a very strong connection with animals, I just loved them so much and I loved all of them so much even though we didn’t have any around the house. For me, personally, it felt wrong to be eating them. Don’t get me wrong here- I know we, as humans, are supposed to be eating meat. I get it. This is just a personal “me” thing, I just can’t stomach it. It grosses me out too much.
Does It Affect My Health?
Absolutely. In positive and negative ways. The biggest positive is that I don’t eat incredibly unhealthy things. If I’m craving a McDonalds I end up with a large fries not a large fries and a Big Mac, etc. (And I’m almost always craving fast foods let’s be honest). I also miss out on all the chemicals and steroids and such that they put into meat to make them look better and last longer (oh darn!). In Canada I don’t think it’s too bad (I’m not sure though), I know we have more regulations than in the USA but I’m not sure how much better it really is. The biggest negative for me is the anemia. If I don’t pay attention to my body and recognise signs and symptoms I could end up quite unwell. Most vegetarians can stay on top of this by taking iron tablets and eating properly but my body doesn’t absorb the iron tablets very well and during the school year it sometimes gets too much to stay on top of my diet. I’m healthiest around this time of the year- the down time between school and summer work where I can focus on my health (ha).
How Hard is it to Manage?
Not as hard as I just made it sound! It helps a lot that I’ve never been a big meat eater so I never feel like I’m missing out. Also, maybe it’s just my town but a lot of restaurants have vegetarian if not vegan options and more and more locally sourced veggie & vegan food shops are opening up. It makes you focus more on your diet and what you’re putting into your body to make sure that you’re getting enough of what you need which is great and not hard at all. There are plenty of veggie & vegan bloggers and recipes on Pinterest that I can always find something to eat with what we have at home AND I tend to get quite creative at times (especially that last day where you really should go to the grocery store but you put it off and just ‘eat what’s in the house’). There are plenty of resources to tell you as a new vegetarian what you need (iron, protein, vitamins) , what you might be missing and how to get it.
What Do I Hope to Get Out of It?
NOW FOR YOU IN THE BACK: I kind want to make a video about this because I feel like it’s something that both vegans and meat eaters are often getting wrong on social media. Eating meat does not make me feel like I am a better person than someone who does eat meat. I do not feel smarter or kinder or more compassionate. It is a completely personal thing. I do not look at meat eaters and thing “oh, if they only knew then they would be a vegan too”. NO. I do encourage EVERYONE to educate themselves on how the corporate industrialisation of the agriculture industry (big companies running agriculture) have affected our environment, our own health and mechanised animals. However, I do not expect everyone to disagree with it no matter how much it disgusts or disturbs me. That’s a personal thing, it’s not a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ thing. Right and wrong are completely subjective here. Some people see this process as natural selection and I respect that, that’s their opinion. Their opinion however, will not make me start eating meat again or will not change my mind and suddenly make me agree with them – vice versa. I will always encourage education but I will never endorse the idea that I am better or smarter than someone because of my personal decisions. I am a vegetarian because that’s what feels right to me but I do not expect everyone in society to agree or to join me, I expect them to respect my decisions as I respect theirs.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been thinking of doing this week’s video on vegetarianism, whether it be tips for new vegetarians or a Q&A type of deal, maybe start a vegetarian tag?? Who knows! If you have ANY questions/comments/thoughts/anything please leave them in the comments! Thanks so much for reading!! ♡ ♡ ♡