I’m seriously considering becoming a vegetarian.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and there is a long list of pro-vegetarian reasons why.  There is also a long list of reasons why I probably couldn’t/shouldn’t. 

  • PRO: A vegetarian diet is healthier than a carnivorous diet.  I know this intuitively to be true for me (I’m not making a universal statement here).  When I eat meat, I feel sluggish and tired.  When I stick to veggies for a day, I feel much lighter and healthier.
  • CON: My husband is a dedicated and enthusiastic carnivore.  He must have meat and a starch at every meal.  My being a vegetarian would make cooking dinner a chore.  I’d have to cook 2 different entrees.  Bob would never eat a vegetarian meal.
  • PRO:  Vegetarians tend to be leaner.  I could definitely stand to lose a few (ok, more than a few).
  • CON: I would probably have to take supplements to make sure i’m getting enough iron and other nutrients.
  • PRO: I would be consuming far fewer pesticides, additives, chemicals, and hormones.
  • CON: It  may not be possible to get a vegetarian meal when we go out, or eat at someone’s else’s house.
  • PRO: I would no longer be contributing to the disease known as the US meat industry.
  • CON: Cheeseburgers are sooooooo good.  The good news: I don’t plan on being vegan, so I would still be able to eat cheese. 
  • PRO: Sometimes, when Im eating an egg or a chicken breast, I think about where the food comes from, and I gag.
  • CON: Fake meat products are usually pretty nasty, and taste nothing like the real thing.
  • PRO: I would likely lower my cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure as a result of going veg.
  • CON: It just seems like so much extra effort.  There, I whined.

Now, looking at my list, the CONS seemed to be getting pretty silly and flimsy.  The PROS seem to put forth a very strong argument for me personally.

I really should just take the plunge and go vegetarian.  I think I might do it!!  Right after I get back from Kentucky on Monday.  I don’t think there will be any vegetarian food at my mother-in-law’s house (too many people coming over to make something special for me).

I’d love to hear from anyone who’s made the switch to a vegetarian diet – Was it hard?  What did you miss the most?  What benefits did you see?  Got any good recipes?

 

Next: I really should try to stop eating high fructose corn syrup.  In light of my research into the US food industry, Sisyphus had  it easy.

Advertisements