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Why I Went Vegetarian (+ Commonly Asked Questions)

I never thought I would go vegetarian. Even just four months ago I never planned on making the switch. I was still the person who loved when broccoli slaw came with bacon, always wanted ham, and ate chicken basically every day.

Now I’m a vegetarian and can barely stomach the idea of eating any of that. Basically I made a huge 180 twist. All of this started because of one simple word.

Flesh.

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I’m gagging and cringing inwardly just typing that out. Like doesn’t the word remind you skin and muscle that was skinned off of an animal, or even a person? Maybe that’s just me and I’m watching too much Supernatural. (Sorry for that nasty imagery.)

Anyways, the story behind the word. So one of my favorite YouTubers ever is MarissaLace, and she is actually a vegan. She’s not preachy about her lifestyle at all, but she often refers to meat as flesh, and it just really got to me. I couldn’t eat lunch meat or a turkey burger without my stomach churning and thinking about that nasty imagery from my last paragraph.

So that’s why I made the switch to a vegetarian diet. It’s been a little over two months since I made the switch officially, and I feel great. I’ve definitely noticed that I don’t break out as much and that I have lost a little weight. Nothing extreme or anything, but I’m not complaining about either one.

I’m not sure if this is going to be a permanent thing or if it’s just a phase I’m going through, but as of right now I’m not eating any meat and I feel great.

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I thought I’d also address some of the common questions I get about my diet here as well:

“You don’t eat meat?! Then what do you eat?”

This question makes me laugh. People ask this question like meat is the only thing you can eat, and obviously there are so many different foods! My diet currently consists of a lot of vegetables, fruits, beans, potatoes, rice, cold and hot cereals and veggie burgers. Basically, carbs on carbs on carbs.

“Doesn’t eating all those carbs make you gain weight?”

I get pretty worked up when people ask me this question for two reasons: 1) I didn’t make the switch to lose or gain weight, and either one shouldn’t make me feel bad, and 2) the questions sets up carbs as a villain. Carbohydrates are not the villain. Overeating and eating little amounts of fruits and vegetables are villainous.

So no, eating all those carbs doesn’t make me gain weight.

“How do you get enough protein?”

I don’t mind answering this question, but I feel like no one ever believes my answer. So, the average American actually consumes more protein than they need in a day — only 45 to 65 grams a day. I’m able to easily obtained this amount by eating eggs, dairy products, legumes, beans, soy, tofu and seeds.

Also, just a little disclaimer. I didn’t write this post to convince people to drop meat or to preach about the vegetarian lifestyle. I just wrote this post because I got some interest in the idea from you guys!

Have you ever considered going vegetarian? Or are you vegetarian? Why did you make the switch? Would you ever try it out just for fun or to challenge yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

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