All arguments I’ve seen for becoming a vegetarian have always presented the case as being purely binary. You’re either vegetarian or you’re not. You care about the environment or you don’t. You love animals or you don’t. Well, I don’t think this needs to be the case, so I decided to become a part-time vegetarian.
Why I Became a Part-Time Vegetarian
Long story short: I saw this video by weekday-vegetarian, Graham Hill.
Meat is Bad for the Environment
I think we’re at the point where it’s unanimously accepted that meat consumption has a negative impact on the environment. To learn more, I highly encourage you to watch Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic’s documentary on climate change. It covers how mass-farming, crude-oil consumption and other human-caused issues are harming the planet.
Why Eat a Cow but not a Cat?
We are extremely desensitized to the goings-on of the meat industry. We know the animals aren’t treated well, and there is no way in hell we would ever let someone treat our own pets this way. So why does there seem to be such a disconnect?
For me, something seemed to click recently – and it wasn’t the horrible, sad videos that convinced me. Nope, it was cute animal videos. Cows playing and jumping, a duck going to the park with his human, a turkey running to get a hug. Somehow, my brain finally realized that most animals aren’t so different from Jenko and Liri.
Meat Isn’t Particularly Good For You
Though high in protein and minerals, meat – especially red meat – comes with a whole slew of other issues, including increasing your risk of cancer and heart disease. Of course, I don’t believe that eating a hamburger here and there is a death sentence. I do, however, believe that moving towards a more plant-based diet is a good move for overall health.
Also, meat is extremely high in calories compared to other proteins. For example, 100 grams of steak is 271 calories, while 100 grams of chick peas is 164. Logically, this leaves more room in your daily calorie intake for awesome things like cake 🙂
Extreme Dieting Doesn’t Work
Just like suddenly deciding to stop drinking coffee or giving up on baked goods, quitting something cold turkey usually doesn’t work. The first few days are awesome. You feel proud, accomplished…but then the cravings kick in. And this is if you even tried to begin with. Giving something up completely is a big ask.
And Last But Not Least…
Also, if Arnie can do it, why can’t I say hasta la vista to at least some meat (oh yeah, I wen’t full-tacky on that one).
And this is where I am for now, a part-time vegetarian. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll fully adopt a plant-based diet.
I’ll be writing another post soon explaining exactly what my version of being a part-time vegetarian is. Until then, I challenge you to do these 3 simple things:
- Watch Before the Flood. It’s only $4 on National Geographic’s YouTube Channel.
- While you’re on YouTube, follow up with as many cute farm animal videos as you can.
- Consider removing some meat from your diet. Start small and see where you can realistically limit your intake.
Stay tuned for more!