I've been wanting to write an article about being a vegetarian for ages because people keep asking me why I became one and how I'm still alive after three years of not eating meat. The first question is an easy one to answer. I've alway hated eating meat, I found it disgusting how animals were slaughtered for food. I mean, hasn't every being on this planet the right to live? And then I always thought, what if it were the other way around? You can roll your eyes, but that's always been in my head. Anyway, I stopped eating meat because I always saw the animal standing in front of me, I imagined them running around and being happy. Crazy but true. I realised that eating the muscles of an animal wasn't something I wanted to keep on doing. So I stopped.
It had always been in my head, the tought of no longer eating meat. The 1st of January in 2012, I stopped eating meat and I have not yet in all three years of not consuming meat, regretted my decision. I honestly hate it when people tell me 'oh, I wouldn't be able to not eat meat, it's too delicious' and then I usually respond 'yeah, I'm just not really a fan of eating animal muscles'. That's when they start thinking and realise that eating meat isn't something to be extremely proud of.
Another thing that really bothers me is the fact that not every restaurant offers a meal without meat. I mean, how can it be so normal to eat animals? People need to start accepting that there is a life without meat and it's easier than you think.
How do I survive not eating meat? It's easy, eat enough vegetables and meat-replacers. I don't know what you call them, but just go to the vegetarian section in your local store and grab whatever looks delicious. If your local store doesn't have a vegetarian section, tell them and ask why not. I've done it before and they were understanding. Larger foodstores usually have them. :)
I feel like I've been ranting long enough about overconsuming meat and why you could give it a try. Even if you just try to not eat meat every single day, you're saving some innocent lives. Need a good intention for 2015? Here you go: stop overconsuming meat. If you're already a vegetarian, hello there, partner in crime ;) Hope you kind of understand what I've been trying to say. Have a happy 2015!