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Why Go Veg? Learn about becoming a Vegetarian

People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’'s natural resources or because we’'ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.

Thanks to an abundance of scientific research that demonstrates the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, even the federal government recommends that we consume most of our calories from grain products, vegetables and fruits. And no wonder: An estimated 70 percent of all diseases, including one-third of all cancers, are related to diet. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.

Why go veg? Chew on these reasons:

You'll ward off disease. Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average American diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer. A low-fat vegetarian diet is the single most effective way to stop the progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it entirely. Cardiovascular disease kills 1 million Americans annually and is the leading cause of death in the United States. But the mortality rate for cardiovascular disease is lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, says Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful because vegetarians consume less animal fat and cholesterol (vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol) and instead consume more fiber and more antioxidant-rich produce——another great reason to listen to Mom and eat your veggies!

You'll keep your weight down. The standard American diet—high in saturated fats and processed foods and low in plant-based foods and complex carbohydrates——is making us fat and killing us slowly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a division of the CDC, the National Center for Health Statistics, 64 percent of adults and 15 percent of children aged 6 to 19 are overweight and are at risk of weight-related ailments including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A study conducted from 1986 to 1992 by Dean Ornish, MD, president and director of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, found that overweight people who followed a low-fat, vegetarian diet lost an average of 24 pounds in the first year and kept off that weight 5 years later. They lost the weight without counting calories or carbs and without measuring portions or feeling hungry.

You'll live longer. If you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life, says Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat. "People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive and sexual dysfunction at a younger age."

Want more proof of longevity? Residents of Okinawa, Japan, have the longest life expectancy of any Japanese and likely the longest life expectancy of anyone in the world, according to a 30-year study of more than 600 Okinawan centenarians. Their secret: a low-calorie diet of unrefined complex carbohydrates, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, and soy.

You'll build strong bones. When there isn'’t enough calcium in the bloodstream, our bodies will leach it from existing bone. The metabolic result is that our skeletons will become porous and lose strength over time. Most health care practitioners recommend that we increase our intake of calcium the way nature intended——through foods. Foods also supply other nutrients such as phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D that are necessary for the body to absorb and use calcium.

People who are mildly lactose-intolerant can often enjoy small amounts of dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and lactose-free milk. But if you avoid dairy altogether, you can still get a healthful dose of calcium from dry beans, tofu, soymilk and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, collards and turnip greens.

You'll reduce your risk of food-borne illnesses. The CDC reports that food-borne illnesses of all kinds account for 76 million illnesses a year, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States. According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), foods rich in protein such as meat, poultry, fish and seafood are frequently involved in food-borne illness outbreaks.

You'll ease the symptoms of menopause. Many foods contain nutrients beneficial to perimenopausal and menopausal women. Certain foods are rich in phytoestrogens, the plant-based chemical compounds that mimic the behavior of estrogen. Since phytoestrogens can increase and decrease estrogen and progesterone levels, maintaining a balance of them in your diet helps ensure a more comfortable passage through menopause. Soy is by far the most abundant natural source of phytoestrogens, but these compounds also can be found in hundreds of other foods such as apples, beets, cherries, dates, garlic, olives, plums, raspberries, squash and yams. Because menopause is also associated with weight gain and a slowed metabolism, a low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian diet can help ward off extra pounds.

You'll have more energy. Good nutrition generates more usable energy——energy to keep pace with the kids, tackle that home improvement project or have better sex more often, Michael F. Roizen, MD, says in The RealAge Diet. Too much fat in your bloodstream means that arteries won’'t open properly and that your muscles won'’t get enough oxygen. The result? You feel zapped. Balanced vegetarian diets are naturally free of cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging animal products that physically slow us down and keep us hitting the snooze button morning after morning. And because whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are so high in complex carbohydrates, they supply the body with plenty of energizing fuel.

You'll be more 'regular.' Eating a lot of vegetables necessarily means consuming more fiber, which pushes waste out of the body. Meat contains no fiber. People who eat lower on the food chain tend to have fewer instances of constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.

You'll help reduce pollution. Some people become vegetarians after realizing the devastation that the meat industry is having on the environment. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams. Runoff from farmlands is one of the greatest threats to water quality today. Agricultural activities that cause pollution include confined animal facilities, plowing, pesticide spraying, irrigation, fertilizing and harvesting.

You'll avoid toxic chemicals. The EPA estimates that nearly 95 percent of the pesticide residue in the typical American diet comes from meat, fish and dairy products. Fish, in particular, contain carcinogens (PCBs, DDT) and heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium) that can'’t be removed through cooking or freezing. Meat and dairy products can also be laced with steroids and hormones, so be sure to read the labels on the dairy products you purchase.

You'll help reduce famine. About 70 percent of all grain produced in the United States is fed to animals raised for slaughter. The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the American population. “If all the grain currently fed to livestock were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” says David Pimentel, professor of ecology at Cornell University. If the grain were exported, it would boost the US trade balance by $80 billion a year.

You'll spare animals. Many vegetarians give up meat because of their concern for animals. Ten billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption each year. And, unlike the farms of yesteryear where animals roamed freely, today most animals are factory farmed: —crammed into cages where they can barely move and fed a diet tainted with pesticides and antibiotics. These animals spend their entire lives in crates or stalls so small that they can'’t even turn around. Farmed animals are not protected from cruelty under the law——in fact, the majority of state anticruelty laws specifically exempt farm animals from basic humane protection.

You'll save money. Meat accounts for 10 percent of Americans'’ food spending. Eating vegetables, grains and fruits in place of the 200 pounds of beef, chicken and fish each nonvegetarian eats annually would cut individual food bills by an average of $4,000 a year.

Your dinner plate will be full of color. Disease-fighting phytochemicals give fruits and vegetables their rich, varied hues. They come in two main classes: carotenoids and anthocyanins. All rich yellow and orange fruits and vegetables——carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, pumpkins, corn—owe their color to carotenoids. Leafy green vegetables also are rich in carotenoids but get their green color from chlorophyll. Red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables——plums, cherries, red bell peppers——contain anthocyanins. Cooking by color is a good way to ensure you’re eating a variety of naturally occurring substances that boost immunity and prevent a range of illnesses.

It’'s a breeze. It'’s almost effortless these days to find great-tasting and good-for-you vegetarian foods, whether you're strolling the aisles of your local supermarket or walking down the street at lunchtime. If you need inspiration in the kitchen, look no further than the internet, your favorite bookseller or your local vegetarian society'’s newsletter for culinary tips and great recipes. And if you’'re eating out, almost any ethnic restaurant will offer vegetarian selections. In a hurry? Most fast food and fast casual restaurants now include healthful and inventive salads, sandwiches and entrees on their menus. So rather than asking yourself why go vegetarian, the real question is: Why haven'’t you gone vegetarian?

Comments on this Article

I have been a vegetarian for my whole life, and I am 71 years old(I hate to say) ! I absolutely feel great, and everyone says I look great, too! I still jog every day and swim with my grandkids at the beach. I couldn't care less about killing a cow, but I LOVE being so healthy!!!!!

LIfe long vegetarian. stop eating meat, but don't pester people preaching...just be a good example. Look at all the famous vegetarians. bet you will be amazed at who's on the list

I am trying to go vegetarian for the past 4 months, I hjave decided to still eat eggs and dairy but I will only buy organic and free range. I only eat meat once a week and it is usually chicken. I tried to eat beef this past weekend and I thought I was going to die. What a disgusting flavor in your mouth. But the reason I decided to give up meat is because of the "Meet your Meat" video by Peta! I cried for hours about the cows! I was so sick to my stomach for days! If you need a reason to go Veg....watch that video....you'll never eat it again. Someday soon I want to go completely Veg...but I am still working on cutting out other dairy products from my diet. All I can say is going Veg has really helped my digestive tract...espceially since I don't have a gallbladder anymore, foods don't bother my stomach like they used to. There is not grease in veg cooking...just yummy goodness! :)

I have always thought that eating healthy means eating more vegetables. I have always wanted to be vegetarian, but it is hard making my family go along with me. Maybe this magazine will help me make such good tasting meals that they will never notice!

Sure a low-fat vegetarian diet can ward off cardiovascular disease, but not without consequence. People need fats in order to live a healthy life, and restricting them can result in lack of energy and depression, which in more extreme cases can lead to brain hemorrhaging and suicidal thoughts. I'm not trying to bash any kind of diet. And I don't believe that meat or animal products are even safe nowadays, especially with the mass-production and slaughter houses. I just want to find out what is truly the healthiest diet. And when reading up on the topic, I heard about the dangers of low-fat veg. diets. People need certain fats. And the best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is to not cut fat out of your life, but have it in moderation and exercise regularly.

I am a vegetarian because i not that meat = a dead animal! I will not eat meat for it against my human and moral ethics! All you veg heads out there way to go! you have saved an animal!!!!!!!!!! = )

You guys have really helped me to become a veggie. Why is that you ask? I was always into meat, I;m not going to lie, I loved the stuff. When I first saw "Meet your Meat" it changed my life forever. I wanted to become a veggie I just didn't know how to. So I did my research and came across you guys. Seeing other alternatives to getting my proteins and such. Thank you so much for being around. I'm 19 years old and I have inspired my peers to be a veggie. So, Thank You

i just stopped eating meat 4 days ago.will i need to supplement vitamins?i do not like to cook and my new all vegetable diet consists of bags of microwavable meals.any feedback would be appreciated as this is new to me and i fly solo in my decision,none of my family has joined me.

It is true that the human body needs certain fats. However what many mainstream doctors do not tell you is that ALL necessary fats, protiens, etc can be found in fruits, veggies, and grains. Check out flax! It provides healthy fats, protiens, and fiber and can be mixed with anything. I've been an on/off veg for several years but recently my baby sister decided to go total veg and then I watch Meet your Meat. Today is my first day being 100%. I am hoping that this new diet will also take care of some health problems.

I just chose to start becoming a vegetarian because my husband and daughter died of Coronary Artery Disease. my husband 6 months ago and my daughter 5 years ago.

I read Skinny Bitch too! Loved it! Haven't lost weight yet, but I'm hoping! I do feel healthier and I love that I'm doing something good for animals and the environment. I thought it would be more expensive to be vegetarian, but it's really not!

I've been a vegetarian for a little over a month now.. It started with reading a lot of the Skinny Bitch book.. then one day I was cooped up in my apartment because of the weather and I researched it more.. After forcing myself to watch a couple video clips from factory farms, I instantly decided that I was done eating meat. The more that I researched, the more solidified my decision became. I think that the morality and health benefits are pretty equal in my decision to pursue vegetarianism. I will say that although I've had more energy for the past year and a half due to my working out regularly, I feel that I have even more now. My body feels light and I feel incredible. I am trying my best to cut as much dairy as possible out too.. but I'm taking it slow.. baby steps. :) I'm so happy that I made this choice.

Last year I tried soymilk and tofu for the first time, and really enjoyed them. I've always tried to eat healthy, I don't want to eat meats anymore because they have additives and hermones. This new year 2008 I will go vegetarian.

i'm so proud to see so many people at my school joining vegetarianism. it used to be that i was the only person i knew and i felt alone and now i have so many new friends that are vegetarians and it just puts a smile on my face. every once in a while we will buy stickers from peta and stick them around our school halls. its always great to see the teachers' reactions. just recently my math teacher has became a vegetarian and he thinks it's cool that we post the stickers. i encourage anyone who isn't a vegetarian or who has thought about becoming one to do so. it's simply the best way to live. your skin will glow. you will be healthier. you will also see an huge impact in your weight. etc... please anyone who wants to talk email me at rllr_1350@yahoo.com well it's a pleasure writing to you all.

Vegetarian Times is the best! I love your recipes. The two main reasons I became a vegetarian were to cut back on fresh water usage and because I was afraid of accidentally poisoning my family or guests when preparing meat. I was a "situational vegetarian" for several years, not wanting to inconvenience people, but now I just load up on veggies and side dishes--which are better anyhow! Spread the good word! Fake meat products are also great substitutes - I'm a particularly big fan of Nate's meatless meatballs and Quorn products. Yum!

I am pescatarian (eat fish and vegetarian) and know that I will give up fish one day too. I have not had meat or poultry for about 4 years. It is such a relief not to worry about what I put in my mouth. I agree with Lila...what an odd idea to eat animal flesh...

Another point not mentioned is that you don't need to go 100% vegetarian. You can get many of the benefits, by simply cutting meat/poultry/fish say by 80% (for example leaving the meat for restaurants), and be vegan at home. You will still help the planet.

June 26th made three months of being a vegetarian. It was the best decision I've ever made. I have more energy now then I've had my whole life. Aside from that I feel lighter and hardly ever feel the need for naps. People ask me if I will ever eat meat again and without hesitation I say "no". I am now starting to give up dairy which I find a bit harder.

I'm sitting here eating a bowl of whole wheat pasta with cuban-spiced black beans and chick'n nugget (fake chicken) bits in a cheese sauce, reading this. Okay, not the best recipe i ever invented, but hey. What i love about being a vegetarian (since last August) is that it's caused me to cook more, experiment more, get creative, and broaden my horizons. Meanwhile, i'm not harming one single animal. I'm a vegetarian for moral reasons, primarily, but OBVIOUSLY it's better for my health and the environment, too. LOVE the magazine, btw, as there are only so many hours in a day that i can stare at a computer screen. Print will never die! My sis is a meat-eater, but i'm getting her Veg Times mag for her birthday--i don't think she realizes all the fantastic recipes that can be made without meat!

After spending most of my life as a "flexitarian" I made the switch to full vegetarianism almost a year ago. Boy, what a difference it's made! I have lost weight, have more energy, exercise more now and spend less money on my shopping bill. (though I only ate meat about once a week) Having always loved Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, it was so easy to continue cooking these dishes at home more often as these types of cuisines offer many meatless dishes. My family has benefited as well having cut down on their consumption by virtue of living in MY house too!! Living in a small town is not easy for a vegetarian as the menu options always seem to be meat and potatoes, only pasta or salad offered as alternative veggie entrees. YAWN. I find I am eating at home far more often because of this. Weddings, dinners and workplace social events have proven difficult as pointing out that you cannot eat what is served only makes an outcast of you. On the bright side...my eating habits have infected a few people around work and they are slowly (and quietly) changing their eating habits as well. Kudos! Just doing my small bit.....


At age 36, I'm obviously not becoming any younger - I see the signs of aging already and I don't plan on going gracefully. After some research, you really are what you eat! 2008 is going to be great! I went back to school and will graduate in June. I will quit smoking and eat healthier - I can't wait to see how the changes paid of this time next year!

I became a vegetarian 3 years ago and it is the best decision that I ever made. I only wish that I had done this sooner. I feel better knowing that I am saving animals lives, not contributing to the pollution of the environment. There are plenty of things to eat without eating meat. It's so wrong to eat our animal friends. I also have lost 20 pounds and look better than ever. Plus thanks to vegetarian times magazine there are so many great recipes.

i am going to try.... starting today no more meat for me :)

I have thouroughly enjoyed reading all of these comments. I just ordered this magazine and I look forward to the vegetarian recipies and lifestyle. I love all animals and our environment. I hope to be a good example to others. I tried to go Vegan but was not yet successful. I love being a veggie and I only support cage free and organic/soy dairy. Great website.


For the past 2 months I've been drinking soy milk and boy is it good. I like the plain, didn't much care for the vanilla and my sister says the chocolate soy milk is delicious. I recently started eating tofu, 2 weeks ago. I'm not a vegetable or fruit eater but I made a vow to go 'veggie' in 2008. I read the other comments were they have lost weight, in which i need to do, and hopefully I won't have to take diabetes medication (pills and insulin) thats what my doctor said would happen if I lost weight. He's happy that I am eating tofu and not meat products, except I had some chicken tonight, but I am going to start right back to eating tofu, soyrizo and fruits and vegetables. Thank you for this site. I recently too became a member and hopefully a vegetarian. (Oh, did i mention my brother-in-law is asking about it?)

i am 16 yrs old and ive been vegan for about a month and i feel great!!!! i love being vegan its the healthiest diet

My son decided he wanted to become a vegetarian for the new year. I supported him and have been veggie since January 5th. I love it, I don't crave meat at all. I feel better and have lost 6 pounds so far without trying. I am sad to say though that my son did not stick with it. Hopefully he'll come back around.

After months of weaning myself off meat, I became a veg last December, and I'm happy to say, I don't miss meat at all. My hubby and kids still eat meat, but my 4yr-old says when she grows up she wants to be a vegetarian. I think that's funny b/c most kids want to grow up to be a doctor or teacher or firefighter, etc..., but my kid wants to be a vegetarian :)

I have been "semi" vegetarian for a while now eating only fish and chicken, but have switched over to vegan. I feel healthy and full of energy. My brother is a vegan and he eats a very wide varitey of foods. My husband says he's a carnivore, but I recently made chili with TVP and he loved it! Since Jan 1 of 2008 I have been replacing all "bad" food in our pantry to mostly vegan or vegetarian and just by eating healthy he has lost 12 pounds - and he is not hungry! When I go to my daughters school events I am saddened by so many overweight children. I have the vegetarin food pyramid on our fridge as a reminder that when my daughter comes home from school and is "starving to death" she can have a piece of fruit or some carrot sticks as a healthy alternative to sweets. She now even munches on whole wheat based cereal if she gets a sugar craving! Thanks for being there for us....

I've been a vegetarian for about a year now. I love it so much! I feel a lot better and at peace with myself. Before I always felt a sense of guilt whenever I ate meat, but since I made the change the guilt just went away. VT really helped out. :]

I am trying to learn how to cook vegetarian/vegan and do this on a budget. This has proved difficult due to having to shop at coops and Earthfares, etc which are more expensive than most. Any help on books, tips, etc or ways to save money would be appreciated. I also have a wife that is a meat eater and does not want to go vegetarian, so it is a challenge to fix essentially two meals each day. Thanks in advance for the help!

Great website! I've been a vegetarian for 13 yrs now and it feels really good. I can recommend it to anyone who wants to live a healthy life full of energy!

I have been a vegetarian for about 4 years now. I did it because of digestive problems.I was also influenced by some of my vegeatrian and vegan friends too. I find meat, including seafood, very hard to digest. I still eat yogurt and other dairy products. I feel much better knowing that I am saving money and the planet at the same time. It is moving me closer to have the ability to grow more of my food in my gardens too.

I just turned 14, but I decided to go vegetarian. For lent I decided I had to give all meat up, even fish. I know it will work for the rest of lent, and hoping that I'll decide to go vegetarian for the rest of my life. Meat is a great thing to give up, but I'm finding that dairy products are a little more difficult to give up. Help, please. :]

So...I read "Skinny B!tch" and the first sentence that caused my "ah ha!" moment said that you cannot be an environmentalist and eat meat - and I DO consider myself quite green. Then I went on to read about what they do to these poor, defenseless animals and I can't even walk past a meat counter without my stomach turning. I ordered a veg-starter kit from another website (peta) and watched their "Thirty Reasons to go Vegan" clip and, as an animal lover, it made me depressed for days. I could NOT (and cannont) get the images out of my head. I grew up drinking gallons of milk (my father joked that we should just hook up the cow in the backyard) and never eating a non-meat meal. I quit eating meat "cold-turkey-subsitute" 2 weeks ago. I am SO happy I did. Maisie...the Quorn products are the best! I do need some help with milk alternatives seeing how I'm new to this and I'm allergic to soy products (remember the reaction from the movie "Hitch"? That's me). Any suggestions would be awesome.

i have been a vegetarian for 7 months and 2 days. I LOVE IT!!! IT ROCKS! I will never ever ever eat an animal ever again.

I have been a vegetarian for a few weeks and I find it hard to get the acceptance from my significant other. He doesn't like the idea of me giving up meat (I was a huge meat-eater) because his ex was also a vegetarian and it was really "inconvenient and difficult" to take her out to eat anywhere. Does anyone else have this issue? BTW, I love being vegetarian!

When I was in high school, I was a vegetarian...and drifted away from it and put on a LOT of wt. I slowly went to semi-vegetarinism..and recently as of the lent, I decided to stop eating meat again..I am sure this change will stick past the six weeks of my fast. I forgot how good it make you feel and how much more you can actually eat and still not feel lethargic!!! I am loving it!!!!

I became a vegetarian the day I saw a deer being butchered. The blood was everywhere, and the carnage was not even close to what I imagine a slaughter house to be like.

I'm 47 years old and I was raised a vegetarian. My husband eats meat, he is still not convenced that he can live without it, and we have two children 15 and 17 who were also raise vegetarian. When I was pregnat people were sure that my child would be born without a brain or some other horrible defect; but they were both healthy babies. My son minutes after birth, pulled himself to the side of the warming table and tried to "escape" as my husband puts it. Those how were sure that their babies were going to be so much healthier than mine, had sick babies that spent so much time in the hospital for one thing or another, that I never saw them. What a shame. My younger brother started eating meat in his late teens, and today you would sware that he is ten years older than me. My sister who is older is also a meat eater and going blind and has had a heart attack has diabeties and kidney problems. They are so unhealthy, I don't understand why they started eating meat and why they wont go back to eating healthy.

I've been eating veg from 2 months, it feels great to have veg food and save animals...I have also lost weight and my skin is glowing.

I went vegetarian almost a year ago, after my hubby brought it to my attention that he might be interested in going vegetarian. So we began to research all the reasons to be a veggie. Well, I'm still meat free...my hubby decided it wasn't for him. I'm still surprised when my family makes comments like "oh your still doing that?" or "Well fish doesn't really count as meat" I think it's funny they think it's a "phase"...if only everyone tool time to THINK and RESEARCH what they are putting into their bodies! YUCK. Not to mention all the additives, refined sugars, and nasty chemicals they all ingest on a daily bases. If mother earth didn't grow it, and you can't pick it of a vine, plant or tree...we weren't meant to eat it!

Who has written this Skinny Bitch book then? It seems to have got you all motivated, so, I wouldn't mind a read!

I have been a Vegetarian off and on since 16...and I am now 25. This time I'm not turning back!!! I have no craving for flesh...yuck! I love Boca products and soy milk. I have a very unsupportive Husband. He say that, why not eat something God gave us to use. First of all my system doesn't like meat! I have irritable bowel symdrome already. My system has been moving along since I've been a Pesca Vegan (someone who eats Fish and seafood). Question? When starting to become a vegan, did anyone experience acne or Facial irritability during the first couple of weeks. Since I been a vegan off and on since 16 I've always experienced that the first couple of weeks. Repsond to me @Borikenivelisse24@yahoo.com

for years i wondered how anyone could ever be a vegetarian. i loved steak! now even just thinking about eating meat makes my stomach turn. ive happily given up meat suddenly 100% and i will never go back. i absoulutely love it. i encourage anyone who is thinking about it to take the first step. you will be much happier when you do.

I became a semi-vegetarian after the USDA recalled all that beef in February and I've recently decided to stop eating all meat. Even in the past month I've felt noticeably healthier. The more I read about the subject the more I realized this was something I had to do for my health. My family also thinks this is a phase but I'm doing my best to convince them that being a veggie is the healthiest choice.

I went vegetarian for two years back in my teens, and I was doing it wrong. I did it for a combination of reasons, but it wasn't easy being laughed at by your family, nor having the ability to buy your own groceries. Now I'm all grown up, and can actually do it right. I'm now on Day 3 of being vegetarian again!

im now 1 monthh away from meat.i just decided not to eat when i read about vegetarians,how do you feel if you are the [meat ]dish of dinner,i just feel sorry to this animals,