Why I Became A Vegetarian

If you haven’t already been informed, I went vegetarian over the summer. While I see it as one of the best decisions I’ve made for me as a person overall, I understand that some people often have questions about “why” a person decides to go down the meatless path. So, I’m here to tell why I decided to change my eating habits and become a vegetarian.

1. I Wanted To

    As simple as that. I wanted to do it. Me. Myself. I. I’m a firm believer that when it comes to things I can control, that if I don’t want to do them…I don’t. I decided to stop eating meat because it was what I wanted to do. I wasn’t pressured by another person or felt “obligated, I just did it…for me. When people ask me “why?” I try to think of this answer. I did it for me. My body. My decision.

2. The Animals
    I have a soft spot for animals and the treatment of many animals used for our food is disgusting, to say the least. I figure that by not eating meat I am, in some way helping the animals. It is also nice to know that I am contributing to less suffering by not consuming meat products anymore. I am still eating eggs and dairy products though. What can I say? I love cheese.

3. Health
    Health is a big reason I decided to give up meat, and so far I think it’s helping, just not a whole bunch. Still, it’s definitely nice to not be eating so much meat anymore.

4. My Meat Consumption Was Dropping Anyway…
     The amount of meat I ate five years ago is way, way, WAY more than the amount I ate six months ago. I just have not had much of an appetite for it lately. In my opinion, if I’m not going to be eating it that much anyway, why not cut it out?

5. It’s What I Need Right Now
    It might seem silly, but going vegetarian seems to be doing me quite a bit of good. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but I am happy with my decision to transition to eating no meat.

6. I Don’t Know If I Will Always Be One…
    Forever is a long time, as they say. So, I cannot promise here and now that I will always and forever be a vegetarian. For right now, it is what I want to do, and what I feel I need to do, but in a year? Two? Five? Ten? I don’t know. All I know is that for right now I will continue to be meatless and to see where that takes me on the journey of life.