Why I Became a Vegetarian / Vegan

As those of you who have read my blog in the past, you all probably know, Ive been eating a vegetarian diet for quite some time now. I have strayed here and there but Ive been mostly faithful to the plant way of things. Although, after reading a few books, watching a few documentaries, and experiencing how great I feel, Ive been 90% Vegan for a while now.

I eat a vegan diet pretty much all of the time, except for the 10% (where I eat vegetarian). The 10% is allotted for the times I am at someones home and do not wish to be difficult with my food choices (Ill just tell the person in advance that Im a vegetarian and then let them go from there).. I dont want to make things difficult for the person cooking or stress them out, ya know?

I think with every kind of diet its good to allow yourself 10% breathing room, that way, you dont have to stress too much when going somewhere with an unfamiliar food territory.

I know that food can be a touchy subject, its a very personal choice, and we can all get offended if someone challenges our food choices.

This post is not about challenging any one or offending you in any way. I am just going to tell you why I decided to switch to eating a plant based diet.

The important thing is that you feel good about yourself, and if you are happy, healthy and feel okay about what you eat, then thats great! No judgement here.

.which brings me to reason #1 why I became a plant eating enthusiast.

1) It makes me feel great! 

I have a bunch of energy, I feel happy and healthy. I just feel really good. I used to have tummy issues, and now they have all gone since Ive switched to vegan-ismno more bloating for this gal!

2)Love and respect for the animals.

Its no secret that most food production these days is all about producing as much food, as fast as possible. This has led to terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE means of production. The animals are treated as money making units. They get injected with hormones, tortured, pushed around, left to die, taken from their mothers, castrated with no pain killers, branded, beaten

Any way, you get the point

If you feel brave, feel free to search Farm to Fridge- The Truth Behind Meat Production on you tube, narrated by James Cromwell. Im warning you now though, this 11 minute clip is eye openingly brutal. Its very difficult to watch.

Reading:

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Watching:

FOOD, Inc.

Vegucated

3)Health

There have been many studies done that correlate a mostly whole foods plant based diet to a drastic reduction in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Reading:

The China Study

Watching:

Forks Over Knives

4)Environment

Meat production is the #1 contributor to global warming.

Reading: 13 Breathtaking Effects of Cutting Back on Meat

One of these reasons alone would have been good enough for me to change my diet to plant based, but combing all four reasons is what really made my decision EASY!

As I mentioned before, Im not trying to convert any of you, if youre happy with your diet, Im happy. Although, a little more veggies and a little less meat never hurt anyone

I hope you all have a great Friday!

Stay safe and be good!

– Ellie