Going Vegetarian

February 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Having tried being a vegetarian before (long ago) I know how difficult it is. I love eating chicken, even more then that I love seafood. The thought of giving up chicken is actually less scary then not ever being able to eat shrimp, prawns or crabs again. Still, I’m thinking of going vegetarian. Here’s why:

1. If you haven’t already, watch “Meet your Meat”. It’s a 12 minutes documentary about how the animals we eat are treated, and absolutely horrible. I couldn’t watch a large part of it. I know that that may not be how animals are treated/butchered in Pakistan, what with the whole halal thing, but I know that conditions are far from ideal, and I don’t think that something we should support. 
2. It’s healthier. Every freakin‘ vegetarian I know is really healthy. They have lots of energy, they glow (literally!) and what with the whole health thing I’m on, I wonder if this is the way to go. 
3. I don’t eat a lot of meat as it is. I eat the occasional chicken when it’s made in some nice form, not being a big lover of the general home-cooked meals. And I haven’t eaten much seafood since I got back from Karachi. I’m thinking I won’t even notice the change.
4. I don’t want to eat Daisy. So you’re wondering, who the hell is Daisy. Well, when I was a kid and read Enid Blyton, she had all these stories set on farms and there was always a cow named Daisy or Buttercup. I’ve always remembered that, and now (after watching Meet your Meat) all I can think is that I don’t want to eat Daisy. 
So, I’m going to try and see if I can be a vegetarian. Usually I only tell people I’m doing something after I’ve done it (giving up soda, working out, eating healthy) so that no one laughs if I fail, but this is something I think I want to let people know about in advance so I don’t get any shocked “you’re what!” comments at the next family dinner. I’m going to try this for 30 days first, and if I feel like my reasons are valid after that then I’ll keep going till as long as I can. 

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