One of the things I’ve noticed when it comes to being a vegetarian is that I am asked constantly why. Why did I become a vegetarian? What prompted that change in your diet? Well… for each person it is different.
For some people, they just find they no longer care for the smell or taste of meat. For others, it may be a desire to eat healthier (although as I’ve stated before, you can easily be vegetarian and eat unhealthy foods). And for still others, it may be a compassion issue when it comes to animal welfare.
Many people who are vegetarian and vegan choose the lifestyle because of the way in which animals are treated. To be honest, I’ve been appalled at the way I’ve seen animals being treated by the meat industry. But to be honest, I’m also appalled at the way human beings treat each other—to the point that in all honesty, the way we treat animals doesn’t surprise me, considering we can’t even treat each other correctly. But hey… what do I know?
There are people who choose vegetarianism or veganism for the health benefits. Now I’m going to say, I’ve done research and I’ve seen arguments from both sides about whether or not vegetarianism or veganism is healthier or not. I’ve seen some “experts” (I use this term loosely because these people are not trained dietitians or nutritionists) who state that vegetarianism and veganism will result in nothing but trouble. I’ve seen other “experts” who state that evidence shows that there are distinct health benefits to being vegetarian/vegan. To me, it’s not any healthier unless you choose to stay away from unhealthy foods (and yes, you can make unhealthy foods out of vegetables – hello, FRENCH FRIES??).
For myself, the decision to become vegetarian stemmed from, of all things, the fact that the smell of cooked meat started to make me nauseous. It started with fried/broasted chicken—a food both my best friend and her mom happen to adore. Then I started noticing that meat in general, both raw and cooked, had a nauseating smell to it. I’ve noticed that this particular side effect hasn’t gone away since I became a vegetarian, but it has made me happy that I’m not eating something that smells so bad.
So there are many reasons why a person might become a vegetarian/vegan. I’ve only listed 3 and I’m sure there are many more reasons. Everyone has their own reasons. If you’re curious, just ask… but don’t be rude or obnoxious about it. Rudeness and sarcasm aren’t the way to go about it.