(US-ca) Vegetarian Victory!
- [Daily Nexus - opinion - comments at full story link]
When I was in sixth grade, I declared to the world that I would eat
"nothing with a face." In addition to beef, pork and chicken, this
included seafood. As a lifelong animal lover - owning cats, dogs,
birds and fish - I could not separate the animals I cuddled and played
with from the slaughtered animals on my dinner plate. I spent three
years as a vegetarian but started eating meat again at the beginning
of high school because I became anemic from not eating enough
iron-rich foods. Now that I cook for myself and understand how to
supplement meat in my diet, I learned how to change my behavior to
make my life more healthy and sustainable by being a vegetarian. In my
earlier years, cutting meat out of my diet was equated with saving
animals, but now, being more environmentally conscious, I greatly
value the energy-saving qualities of vegetarianism.
A preconceived notion about vegetarianism is that it is impossible, or
nearly impossible, to be a healthy vegetarian. That is wholly untrue.
Eating a healthy diet requires paying attention to the minerals and
nutrients put in the body whether meat is consumed or not. People need
a daily average of 50 grams of protein, and this is easily achieved
through eating eggs, grains, cheese and legumes. When reading
"Vegetarianism for Dummies," the author pointed out a misconception
that people think red meat is the only viable iron source available.
However, lentils, soy beans, nuts and eggs all contain considerable
amounts of iron. A daily multivitamin should also be taken to make up
for any further deficiencies.
Two weeks deep into Winter Quarter, I have yet to consume any meat. I
do not believe I will ever dip into the more restrictive vegan diet,
but I feel better knowing fewer animals were harmed fewer energy
resources were used to fill up my dinner plate. By becoming a
vegetarian, I have consequently become more aware of what I eat, and I
feel like I will become healthier because of this growing nutritional
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