Ha, ha. Just kidding. I really do love love love animals (I can just think of their cuteness right now). But mainly, I'm a vegetarian because I love a challenge. Life is so boring, why not make some changes once in a while?
People ask me why I'm a vegetarian all the time (I come from a big family, and we love our meat). Well, the first time it occured to me is when I watched Food, Inc. Now I know there is controversy and people who believe Food, Inc. twists the facts. I don't really know, but it was enough to get me thinking anyway.
Now, I'm not going to toot my own horn, because I haven't saved up enough yet to even buy the horn itself. I've only been vegetarian for two months. But what a great two months it has been!
My pledge to myself is to try out the Vegetarian lifestyle until January, and from then on out decide on whether or not I want to stick with it. Right now, I don't think I can go back to eating meat.
Truthfully, it hasn't been as big of a challenge as I would have thought. The only problem that presents itself is when chicken wings are in a ten foot radius of me... in which case I feel like the sharks in Finding Nemo -- ready to become a barbarian and eat all the wings in site. So far I've held myself back. Last night was a little rough when my family had roast beef -- one of my favorite meals. Again, I made it through. It's kind of a cool feeling when you have that kind of self control.
Other than that, I feel like I've gained so much more than I lost. The foods I've come across since this change have been delicious and for the most part, a lot healthier. As far as protein goes, I think I'm getting more protein now than I did when I wasn't a vegetarian. I've tried things I never thought I would before -- case in point, General Tso's Tofu?! And tonight, I ate my first veggie burger which I found out is DELICIOUS. I actually found it better than a beef or turkey burger, which makes me feel good since those were two items I was not happy about giving up.
If nothing else, it makes me actually think about the foods I'm consuming, instead of just eating whatever the hell I want.
So case in point, try something new. I did, and two months later, I'm happy as a bee. :)