Two years ago, if someone told me I would become a vegetarian, I wouldn’t have believed it. I loved meat my entire life and hot wings were my favorite. I use to think, “what do vegetarian eat anyway” and “why would anyone ever want to become one”? Then, I became one of them. So what caused this drastic change in my life you might ask? Well one of my favorite saying is “ Knowledge brings change.” New knowledge is what brought on the change in my lifestyle. It all started when I was pregnant with my son, I envisioned this wonderful healthy life for my family but I had no idea how to start. One evening, I was looking on Netflix and saw a documentary called “ Food, Inc.” That documentary changed my life completely. After watching it I thought, “No way…no one would intentionally put harmful chemicals in my food…. Would they”? The documentary talked about the torture forced on animals at the factory farm where your meat comes from. The animals live in unsanitary conditions, packed together with no access to outdoors, spending their lives in cages. They also are inject them with hormones and antibiotics to make them grow faster which is unnatural. And after all of that they become dinner on my plate. I thought NO WAY!! As I began to do more research I learned so much about the food industry and where our food comes from. I decided no one should have to die for me to enjoy a meal.
After all of this NEW knowledge, I decided that the best lifestyle change for my family would be removing meat from our diet. As excited as we were to try it out, on August 1, 2012 we completely stopped eating all animal flesh and never looked back. There are benefits to becoming a vegetarian such as reducing the risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and many more.
Many people wonder if we eat salads everyday? The answer is no, there are still so many options after removing meat. Our eating habits consist of beans, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds. One question many people think of when I tell them I don’t eat meat is where do I get my protein. There are many other sources for protein such as quinoa, nuts, tofu and vegetables.
Here I am two years later, very happy because that important decision opened up many other doors in my life. I am a second year Naturopathic Medical Student striving to share healthy nutrition options with my future clients, family and friends. Thanks to my new healthy lifestyle I am learning to make healthier food choices.
If you are interested in learning more about a vegetarian lifestyle or a great informational about where your food is coming from before it gets to your plate, here are resources to get you started:
- Farmsanctary.com- this website is a great informational about how what goes on at the meat industry.
- Documentaries that I recommend: Food Matters, Food Inc and Forks over Knives
- http://www.vegetariantimes.com/, http://www.vrg.org/, – These are great website about vegetarian lifestyle.