Why Go Veg?

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What do the above celebrities have in common? Other than being insanely rich, of course.  If you guessed, “they are all vegetarians”, you’re right!  Others include Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morisette, and Fiona Apple, to name a few.  How cool is that?  I mean, Andre 3000?  He may be the coolest example of a vegetarian.

I was a vegetarian for many years, including my high school years.  I have to be honest with you, the reason I became a vegetarian wasn’t because of animal rights, or environmental issues.  Frankly, it was because I had an eating disorder, and becoming a vegetarian allowed me a valid, respectable excuse to cut out many foods. 

Now that I’m older, and have recovered from my eating disorder, I can focus on what I believe in.  In an earlier post, I wrote about how important it is for us as human beings to stand for something.  BE what you believe in, rather than just talking about it.  So because of that, I’m going vegetarian again.  I’m not going to get into the cruelty of animals, because many of us already know so much about that.  But, if you’re interested, I highly, highly recommend watching the 2008 documentary Food, Inc.  Be prepared for some extremely disturbing images.  It’s real life, and it changed mine.  If you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian or changing your eating habits, I also highly recommend Michael Pollan’s books In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

I texted my boyfriend about going vegetarian, as I would for anything I’m really jazzed up about.  His reaction, which typically would be incredibly supportive and proud, was actually one of disappointment.  Now, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because I know he loves his chicken wings, and bacon, and steaks, as most men do. 

My question for you readers, especially the vegetarian ones, is how do I stay strong in my convictions without seeming all high and mighty?  I’m not pushing my beliefs on anyone else, but I want to be able to have an eloquent but firm answer for when people find out I don’t eat meat, or that I’ve transitioned to a vegetarian lifestyle.  Please comment, I’d appreciate your thoughts and personal experiences!

xo Steph

11 thoughts on “Why Go Veg?

  1. Steph,
    You will never totally avoid people’s judgements but….I find that playing it cool, not getting into the either philosophical side or the health conversation about why what there eating is bad will make is so you being a vegetarian will fade from view. If someone really gets on your case about being picky – recite some facts from this interesting story: “30% of meat eaters say they would not date a vegetarian but only 4% of vegetarians say they would not date meat eaters”..now who’s being picky? 😎 http://www.today.com/food/survey-30-meat-eaters-wont-date-vegetarian-866199

  2. I just wrote a blog on this (two or three days ago) please go read.
    I have never been vegetarian but I am in the thinking/ researching process. And people around me put it down often and ask me questions I don’t have answers too. And I watched food inc about a week ago along side no impact man and a bunch of other food documentaries. The one thing that really sucks is I lack support. EVEN FROM my so called FRIENDS that are Vegetarians or vegans,.
    All they say is that it is hard. But for me I have a motive and therefore it makes it easy. But I still lack support :/

    1. Hi Amber, even thinking about going vegetarian, and the fact that watching those documentaries really affected you, means you have a huge heart and can make a difference. I’m disappointed at the lack of support as well, but I think it’s important that we try to find like-minded people (through blogging even!) so we can stay strong!! At the end of the day, if we stand for what we believe in, I think our love ones will be incredibly proud. Hang in there! You definitely have my support, we can do this thing! 🙂

  3. I am in the same boat. I started vegetarian eating as a way to fight my eating disorder, but still eat healthy. I still have some disordered thoughts about food, but I could never be prouder of my decision to stay vegetarian (now close to vegan!). It has certainly become more ethical than before

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience Ani, and keep up the good work! You seem to be such a beautiful person inside and out, don’t like the eating disorder take your joy away! 🙂 p.s. I’m considering going vegan after I get comfortable being a vegetarian for awhile!

    2. Thank you for your kind words! I have found a lot of support along the way 🙂 I have many vegan tips and recipes on my blog if you need some inspiration.

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