I made the decision to become a vegetarian about 2 years ago, completely cutting meat out of my diet, and I've continued with the vegetarian life ever since... and I love it. There were a lot of reasons I made this decision, so I thought I would share a little bit with you about why I went vegetarian and why it's been a great lifestyle for me personally. Also, before I start, this post is not meant to target people who eat animal products or disagree with my ideas on vegetarianism. I totally believe you should eat what makes your body and soul feel happiest and healthiest! This is just my personal story about how this lifestyle works for me.
PS. get ready because this post might get a little lengthy.
Let's start with a little background.
If I'm being honest, I have never been a big meat eater. Ever since I was little, I would eat meat if it was served, but would rarely have big meat cravings or straight up ask for meat. It was always there, but I wasn't the biggest fan or anything. That wasn't a reason for going vegetarian but it did make for a pretty easy switch from eating meat to eating no meat. It also kinda made the idea of cutting meat out of my diet more real and accessible.
So now that you know that, let's get to my "whys".
Helping out my Mama Earth.
One reason I went vegetarian was because it helps the environment, and I love the environment a whole lot. Connection to nature and the earth is very important to me, and keeping our earth clean and green is a big part of that respect for mother earth. Meat production creates a lot of issues for the environment, from a big contribution to global emissions (which leads to climate change and other problems) to a large waste of water resources. Meat production also causes water pollution, air pollution, and land pollution.
Saving animal lives.
Another reason I chose to take meat out of my diet was to save animal lives. I absolutely love animals and want to know that I'm not contributing to animal slaughter. Commercial meat production typically treats animals terribly, cramming them into unsanitary living conditions, overfeeding them (and feeding them food they wouldn't naturally eat), as well as slaughtering them in a massive scale and inhumane fashion. Personally, the research I did and the fact of the matter made me uncomfortable, and formed another reason why vegetarianism is important in my life.
Changing my relationship with food.
This may be one of the biggest reasons I decided to go vegetarian. I struggled with self confidence for awhile (especially related to insecurity about food and eating habits). I didn't view food as nourishment, but as an enemy. During this, I decided to change my perspective on food, and started to eat healthier and take better care of my body. Along with this change, I had a strong want to give up meat and adapt a plant based eating style. This changed my relationship with food big time.
Becoming a healthier eater.
Like I mentioned, I became very interested in clean eating, and really being mindful about the food I was nourishing my body with. I care a lot about organic ingredients, as well as buying from local vendors when possible. For me, becoming a healthier and happier eater included giving up meat in the description. And no, not because it's the healthiest option for every person, but because it was the healthiest option for me.
Overall, I have really loved living a plant based lifestyle. Being vegetarian has made me happier and healthier, not just in my body, but in my soul. It has also made a lot of cool impacts on me... just to name a few:
So, the moral of the story is, choose the kind of eating style and lifestyle that makes you your best self! Also, before jumping into any new diet, do your research and make sure it's the right fit for you! I hope this post gave you a peek into my story with being vegetarian, and it's benefits, but I also hope it encourages you to be the happiest version of yourself!