Surviving the world as a vegetarian

The only real downfall about being a vegan or vegetarian is the amount of rude comments people make or the “advice” they give you NOT to do it. If you are considering going meat-free or completely cutting out all animal products; let me tell you, it is NOT the end of the world. You will survive!

As a vegetarian for four years now, I’m perfectly fine. In the beginning however it was rough not only because I was trying to get use to not eating meat (I loved chicken!) but my body took a turn as well.

Some of my hair fell out, my iron levels dropped and I was tired all the time. That was only because I didn’t make up for the lack of protein I was losing. I never really thought it would take a toll on my body and quite frankly I didn’t have much knowledge about being a vegetarian. I just kind of did it.

After being sick I did a lot of research and learned how to maintain this new lifestyle. Now four years down the road I feel amazing and feel as if I take in more protein then while I was eating meat.

The reason I decided to become a vegetarian was because after I saw the documentary “Food Inc.” in my high school science class. I was pretty much traumatized.

My whole life I was iffy about eating animals and well this just pushed me over the edge. As a little girl I would not eat meat because it freaked me out. The only animal I did eat was chicken and that was because my parents told me it came from the ground (don’t ask me why on earth I believed that, I was very, very naïve).

I know people say that eating meat is good for you and humans have been hunting animals since the caveman ages- blah, blah, blah. I know!

My only issue is the way the animals are killed. Almost all distributers kill their animals in dirty factories and in an inhumane way. It is actually repulsive to me how they kill these animals; I do not find it acceptable in anyway. That is my personal choice and I respect other people’s choice that eat meat on a daily basis.

So for those who are considering the transition…BE SMART! Eat other types of foods that have protein in it (tofu, veggie burgers, nuts, real protein bars, etc.)

You should eat half of your body weight in grams a day for protein. Say you are 120lbs, you should then eat about 60 grams of protein each day and if you are 150lbs, eat 75 grams of protein and so one.

Count the amount of grams you take in and maybe create a log journal to help you in the beginning. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake!

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