I Made The Right Choice

I've now been a vegetarian for almost three weeks; eating my last meat product Sunday, April 1. And I can't begin to tell you how good it feels. It's like my body is thankful, and relieved not having to deal with the dead flesh of other creatures in its system.

I've cut out all meat, including fish and eggs, and over half of all things dairy. Dairy products I consume are yoghurt in modest amounts, some cheese and cottage cheese. The latter because it's an invaluable source of protein in a town where tofu is expensive and hard to come by. But I don't eat dairy every day.

I make "meatballs" out of chickpeas and lentils, and use a lot of garlic for taste. Good thing I'm single, as I love garlic. Other things I eat include salads, there are many kinds of tasty leafies, crispy vegetables and new potatoes. Heart of lettuce with a little mustard sauce! I eat one serving of potatoes, one of bread, one of fat and vegetables to go with every meal. Also, I eat bran, but too much bran as it is very rough on the intestines. Sugar and junk? Only on Saturday. It makes me feel like crap anyway, so I avoid it. I'm not too fond of fruits, though, but I eat some peaches. And bell peppers, tomatoes and avocadoes are fruits. Or berries? I'm not completely sure, but healthy, regardless.

There are no hard feelings if I drink a glass of milk or if there's egg in the sauce. I just won't eat an animal product that requires one to kill the animal. That's cruel and a big waste.

Although there are no eggs and very little dairy on my daily menu, I'm not ready to go vegan. At least not yet. I rely on cottage cheese as well as beans as a source of protein, my coat is made of wool, and I'm sorry to say that my shoes have some leather in them. Then again, they have lasted a very long time. My main reason for going vegetarian is concern for the environment; exploitation of natural resources, sustainable development, and pollution. The ethical and humane treatment of animals are another reason, at the same time it is not a secondary reason.Shoes made of artificial materials are often made to wear out quickly so one had to buy a new pair, and cotton production is just as non-sustainable as chopping down forests for cattle and pig farms. After I've been a vegetarian for a few years, I can try veganism and see if it's the right choice.

I've always known that meat eating is wrong for me. When I was six, my brother and I spent an easter in the mountains, where our grandparents taught us how to ice fish. I didn't get any fish, but my brother did. I saw the fishes, after being caught, Grampa would simply break their necks with the palm of his hand and throw them into a little ditch dug in the snow. One of them lay there without its head. It was such a strong image for me that I started crying. At the time I couldn't explain why I cried. A lot of things have contributed to my vegetarianism. When I was thirteen I watched a horror movie. It scared the crap out of me, and afterwards everything smelled like blood. Absolutely everything; including the cinnamon buns I baked in home ec, the fabric softener, the dog etc. The worst incident was the one with the chicken, it's its own story here. Nothing says "I better just go vegetarian" than a cold, bruised decapitated infant.

I believe that everybody would benefit from going vegetarian. If not for their whole life, at least for a period of time. But you won't see me taking part in a PETA rally; they're ridiculous and based on nothing but pseudoscience and their campaigns centered around shock value that does not add to awareness. And I will never hurl red paint at an old lady wearing a fur coat, or call people having a burger at a restaurant "corpse-eater" or worse names, because that's harassment, and a big reason why vegetarians are regarded as conceited treehuggers by some. If we're gonna create a positive image for the vegetarian cause, tolerance is very important ^^

MargaretMcCormick MargaretMcCormick
26-30, F
Apr 20, 2012