I took the vegetarian turn 7 years ago, and I’ve never look back. But revealing you’re a veggie to strangers comes with many different responses, from ‘Yeah but you eat chicken right?’ to ‘ But what do rabbits eat, if you’re feasting on all their food?’
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I meet so many people who say I’d like to give it a try. So if you need a little push into the veggie patch, maybe these 5 reasons will help you out!
First Of All, Some Veggie Definitions
It’s unbelievable how much confusion there is surrounding a veggie diet. So let me spell it out:
Vegetarian: A person who does not eat meat or fish, but will eat diary and animal by-products such as milk, eggs and cheese.
Vegan: A person who does not eat meat or fish, and does not eat any animal by product.
Pescetarian: A person who does not eat meat, but will eat fish.
It Spares Animals
My main reason for being a vegetarian is simple: I can’t stand the thought of eating something that was once living and breathing. Ten billion animals are slaughtered for consumption every YEAR and most of these animals are crammed in cages that are too small for them to even turn around. Is eating a burger worth a suffering animal?
And you’ll save humans too! To keep that much livestock alive, you have to produce a lot of grain for them to eat. Cutting down the amount of animals we have to feed and sending this food overseas could aid populations who are in need and help stop world hunger.
It Helps Out The Environment
Think we’re losing precious tropical rainforest for wood? Think again! Many beautiful forests have been flattened for cattle in order to keep up with the demand of meat from the western world!
Humans eat 230 tonnes of animal each year, which not only creates a lot of physical waste, but also heats up the planet due to the amount of methane and other greenhouse gases they produce. Not only that, taking meat from farm to plate takes a lot of power, and using electricity means burning oil, using up vital resources that we are trying so hard to cut down on.
Veggies Can Taste Yummy
When you think of veg, it’s easy to remember desperately trying to hide soggy sprouts under your left over’s as a child so you could still have some jelly and ice cream. But veg doesn’t have to be a pile of tasteless mush. With the right flavours, and a bit of practise, sweet corn can become scrumptious, turnip can become tasty and mash can become mouth watering. Don’t believe me? If you are ever in Central London, have lunch at Tibits, an award winning vegetarian and vegan restaurant, which is said to be one of Gordon Ramsey’s favourite places to grab a bite to eat!
Happy and Healthy
If you have health problems like high cholesterol, risk of heart disease or strokes cutting out meat, especially of the red variety can decrease these risks dramatically.
Healthy Heart: Doctors have reported that a vegan diet has had a 100 percent success rate when treating patients who are trying to prevent or reverse heart disease.
Concerned About Cancer?: Studies have shown that animal protein is a big factor in causing cancer in humans. Cutting this out can help the prevention of certain cancers.
Live For Years To Come: If you say yes to veggie, you can add up to 13 years to your lifespan!
In addition to this, eating veg for every meal means it’s so easy to hit your five a day target, and eating fresh fruit and veg instead of processed foods, can reduce your fat and salt intake considerably.
Also, eating fresh veg will also reduce your intake of toxic chemicals that can be found in meat and fish.
Fitting into your ‘Skinny Jeans’
Forget that no carbs, no fat, no fun diet and switch it for vegetarianism. Meat eaters are a third more likely to be obese than veggies, and if you cut out diary and animal by-products and become vegan, you are 90% less likely to be obese, on average. And it gets better! If you stick to it, you are not only likely to lose weight, but keep that weight off, giving you a bikini body all year round.
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