by Abby McLaughlin
Being a vegetarian has been one of the most stressful yet rewarding choices I have made in my 17 years on earth. When I tell someone that I’m vegetarian, the first thing they ask is, “So you can’t eat chicken fingers? How do you survive?!”
When I made the decision to become vegetarian at the start of 2017, this was my first concern. But now, 10 months later, I do not remember the last time I ate a chicken nugget, and I feel fine.
At first, it was difficult because I was so used to eating meat. When I told my parents, they just thought I meant for a month. They didn’t understand my reasons, though they are actually very simple. Cows produce methane, about the same amount as four tons of carbon dioxide. Just thinking about putting that in my body makes me gag. Another reason is slaughterhouses. I don’t think that innocent animals should be killed for our consumption.
One downside that people associate with being vegetarian is that it can be expensive. I’ve come to learn that it is actually the opposite. My family usually will make rice or pasta, which are both fairly inexpensive, then I’ll roast vegetables with different spices depending on what kind of food we’re having, mix it altogether in a big bowl with a different sauce.
There are so many meatless protein sources that actually have about the same amount of protein as your average chicken breast. For example, a three-ounce chicken breast has about 22 grams of protein, compared to the 30 grams of protein in a cup of tempeh, a soybean blend.. It makes you start to wonder why we eat meat in the first place.
If you are thinking of going vegetarian, I 100 percent think you should, but do some research and evaluate your reasons why. At first it can be hard, but once you get through a month, then two, and so on, you’ll realize how easy and rewarding it is.
Have an opinion on going vegetarian? Leave us a reply. Be sure you’ve read the counterpoint to this opinion by Hailie Rydel… https://mariandigitalnetwork.com/2017/11/01/i-love-beef-and-gettin-beefed-up/