If you’ve ever wondered why someone would want to give up meat when there are so many flame-grilled burgers, succulent chickens and mouth-watering pork chops out there, then this article is for you.
Check out the following reasons why being a vegetarian is currently the coolest lifestyle choice on the planet!
It may surprise you to know this but taking meat out of the equation actually makes you really have to think about where you’re going to get your nutrients, taste and proteins from. It’s no good being a vegetarian and sticking to a diet that simply deletes meat from your plate without providing a tasty substitute. For example pork chop, chips and beans can’t just become chips and beans, you’ve got to delve a little deeper than that. There are so many recipes out there that require a bucket load of ingredients and once your cupboards are stocked with herbs and spices, pulses and peas, you’ll soon be putting a twist on recipes and giving them your own personal stamp of approval.
Meat contains fat. There you go, I’ve said it. Of course, we do require a modicum of fat to insulate ourselves however, in the main, substitutes such as tofu, aubergine, mushrooms and beans as well as plenty of green vegetables all provide the protein and vitamins that are found in meat. There’s no way that you’re going to get clogged arteries by eating kale, spinach and broccoli and as soon as you find the weight coming off you’ll be more inclined to exercise and live an altogether more healthier lifestyle.
Have you ever given up something for lent or got sponsored to do something out of the ordinary? If you have, you’ll already know the benefits of will-power and if you can never imagine going without sausages for a whole month then imagine how amazing they’d taste when your month of abstinence is up! For sure being a vegetarian can be healthy, empowering and creative however, it can also be hard work and from a tempting burger on a night out to the limp lettuce option on the menu in a restaurant, nobody said that it was going to be easy. The more you want something the more will-power you’ll need to get through. Like any addiction, the best way to give up is one day at a time but at the end of the day the result is down to you. Try stopping for a week or a month or just eating meat at weekends, slowly but surely you’ll get into the groove and before long you may surprise yourself to discover that you’ve actually become a convert.
Brave New World
Throughout the world there are numerous religions and communities that help to promote vegetarianism. From Asia to California, you won’t have to look too hard to find a health food shop or Buddhist buffet that provides everything and anything to ensure you can live a meat free existence. In fact, if you’re planning on travelling or undertaking work abroad, it can be advisable to avoid eating meat to lessen the chances of contracting illness or an upset stomach. Vegetarian stores and restaurants are often a great place to meet likeminded people and notice boards, flyers and a friendly café assistant will often open up a brave new world that you never knew existed.
Peace of Mind
Being a veggie means that you have to stand up for what you believe in because you may get into discussions and have to present your case for an alternative approach to life that someone may never have considered before. Of course, no one likes a preachy vegetarian but if you stand your ground and research your reasons why you’re not eating meat you’ll gain respect and maybe friendships from even the most cavalier of carnivores. Also, you can sleep safe in the knowledge that nothing has been killed for your benefit; after all, live and let live is pretty much the mantra of every wise man that ever walked the earth. From festivals to fetes, to inspiring an office, to undertaking voluntary work abroad, you’ll always find the biggest smiles on the veggies.
About the Author
Chris recently undertook a year’s work abroad in China and discovered the delights of vegetarian buffets and stinky tofu!
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