Lately, many people have been asking me why exactly I decided to become a vegetarian. In order to answer everyone at once, and to hopefully clear up anything, I have listed the reasons in which I made this lifestyle change below:
1. I read the Kind Diet. And no, I do not have a shrine to Alicia Silverstone in the back of my 10 foot walk in closet, but the things she discussed in her book really hit home to me. I often feel that the reason many people eat meat is not due to a lack of heart, but rather a lack of knowledge as to what truly goes in when their food (meat) is being "packaged". I truly believe that if meat packaging plants had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians. If you have the time, please check out the documentary "Earthlings". Be prepared to be completely sick to your stomach for three days, heart broken, and a newly found vegetarian. Here is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce4DJh-L7Ys
2. Health. Health. Health. There are so many horrid things that go into the meat that 99.999% of us eat, including hormones, antibiotics, etc. Personally, I don't want to be consuming those chemicals. If you watch the video above, you will see the animals go through an extreme amount of stress in the march to their death so ultimately, when you eat mean, you are eating their pain, stress, and fear.
3. I love animals. It makes my blood boil to even think of someone hurting my cat. And I couldn't justify loving one animal so much and eating another. The thought of what those animals go through when they are killed is absolutely heartbreaking and I did not want to participate in supporting the meat packaging industry any longer.
4. I gave up dairy due to the inhumane process in which cows are milked as well as the health reasons. We are the only species to drink milk from other animals. And milk is designed to grow a baby calf into a 2,000 pound animal. Certainly not something I want in my body. Almond milk tastes better anyways :)
There are so many more things that I could discuss regrading health, the meat industry, etc. But the above reasons are why I PERSONALLY made the lifestyle change.