12 days!

26 May

so i’ve been a vegetarian for approximately 12 days (this is a lifetime record, btw). have not eaten any red meat or chicken in 12 days. giving up red meat’s pretty easy because i really only like ground beef…i’m gonna miss cheeseburgers, meatballs and beef tacos. but i hate steaks, phillies and hot dogs and am not a fan of cold cuts and bacon anyways so nbd. but chicken. i LOVE chicken. i probably have eaten chicken almost everyday for years…chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, grilled chicken, bbq wings, sandwiches, chicken parm, chicken gyros, chicken salads, buff chick…you get the idea. it was kind of a bummer when i went to matthew’s diner for the first time in months and i couldn’t order the chicken fajita panini (m’s FAVE sandwich there) and when i went to panera and had to ask for the asian chicken salad..sans chicken. also kind of depressing when i think about how i won’t be able to go to white manna anytime soon and get their delicious burgers. also at work today i had to get cod instead of my usually chicken sandwich. (did not finish it..fried cod is not my favorite thing). i have to admit it has not been as hard as i thought it would be at first. i have always wanted to go vegetarian, especially after reading “skinny bitch” (yep, my dream to be one…) but never could because i’d be too tempted by yummy chicken. or even worse turkey. i love turkey. especially thanksgiving…if i make it til then i guess all i’m gunna be eating this year is stuffing and corn. fun stuff. however, going veg has given me the excuse to eat carbs and sushi..tons of yummy sushi, salmon and shrimp! ok, so i’m not REALLY a vegetarian because i still eat fish. i’m a pescatarian. but hey, gotta start somewhere! i love salmon and have been eating it a couple of times a week…hopefully i won’t get mercury poisoning. ordering seafood at restaurants = not good for my wallet. OH and cottage cheese. i’ve been eating tons and tons of cottage cheese. before you judge, try it. (i just tried it 2 months ago because my friend jeannie forced me to!) it might look un-appetizing but don’t hate before you try it because it’s delicious and has 12 g of protein or more for about an 100-calorie servings.

there’s definitely some reasons to go vegetarian including:

Eating Meat Supports Cruelty to Animals The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that is natural and important to them. They won’t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter. every vegetarian saves about 100 animals a year

**disclaimer** this video is disturbing, so if you don’t want to feel guilty every time you bite into a cheeseburger, don’t watch this please.

Eating Meat Is Bad for the Environment A recent United Nations report entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow concludes that eating meat is “one of the … most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” In just one example, eating meat causes almost 40 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world combined. The report concludes that the meat industry “should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.” 20 vegetarians can live off the land required by one meat eater

If You Wouldn’t Eat a Dog, You Shouldn’t Eat a Chicken Several recent studies have shown that chickens are bright animals who are able to solve complex problems, demonstrate self-control, and worry about the future. Chickens are smarter than cats and dogs and even do some things that have not yet been seen in mammals other than primates. Dr. Chris Evans, who studies animal behavior and communication at Macquarie University in Australia, says, “As a trick at conferences, I sometimes list these attributes, without mentioning chickens and people think I’m talking about monkeys.” pigs have the intelligence of 3 year old children and can even learn to play video games.

and i’ll stop now because i’m not trying to convert people to stop eating animals considering i’ve eaten and enjoyed them for 2o years. plus i’m not sure how long i’ll last before i cave in and eat a buff chick sandwich or something. i’d like to say that i’m going to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life but that would probably be a lie since it’s not realistic at all. plus my grandma would have a heart attack if she found out i couldn’t eat her lamb anymore…she’d never understand (she’s greek.)

-Mary

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