Happy National Hug a Vegetarian Day from your fellow veg
That’s right, today you all get to give me virtual hugs
According to the site:
Adopting a meat-free, vegetarian diet can save up to a hundred animals per year. That’s a pretty hefty toll when you add it up over the course of a lifetime, so here’s to those who stick it out as vegetarians – Hug A Vegetarian Day aims to combat the stigma of vegetarianism and to recognize and reward those who undertake the challenges of maintaining a vegetarian diet.
Pretty cool, huh?
I get asked a lot, mostly from new people in my life about my diet and choice to become a vegetarian.
It was something that I was always considering growing up, and something that I knew one day I would follow. When I was 20, that’s when I decided to make the change. It was the perfect time in my life, and although it was a hard decision it’s something I’m very happy about.
Some of the most asked questions I’ve gotten throughout the years are:
Why vegetarian? Easy! I love animals and I hated the thought of contributing to (for lack of better words) their death.
What do you eat? I eat food! I anything that didn’t have a face (what my boss likes to say).
Does that mean you eat fish? Fish are friends, not food
What about chicken? Chickens= meat in my book.
Do you eat eggs? Eh, yes and no. For a while, as you guys saw, I was eating eggs on occasion, but not anymore. They’re just not my thing.
Are you vegan? No. Vegans don’t eat anything animal products. I love Chobani too much. Greek yogurt is actually the only thing holding me back from being vegan lol. There are days on end that I will eat full vegan but I consider myself vegetarian because like I said, I like my greek yogurt too much
Do I miss meat? Nope. I was never a huge meat eater anyways. I would eat it when my Mom made it for dinner, but it was never something that I craved and felt I couldn’t live without.
How do you get your protein? I get my protein in veggies! There’s protein in anything and practically everything. You just have to check I also use a vegan protein powder for when I want to get an extra amount in. My choice? Sunwarrior!
Would you ever go back? Honestly, no. I like the idea that even though I’m just one person, I’m one more person in this world that is helping an animal
Is your family vegetarian? Nope, they’re carnivores.
Can I eat meat in front of you? Sure. My family eats meat, my ex boyfriends all ate meat. With boyfriends I only asked they brush their teeth after before kissing me lol
Do you want to raise your kids vegetarian? I think this would have to be something I talk about with with my future hubby, but I think in the end, I’d want my children to make the choice on their own. I’m sure I’ll raise them vegetarian but if Daddy is eating meat and they want to give it a try I wouldn’t stop them. It’s a personal choice.
Any tips for newbies? When I first started, I took it as steps. Month 1 I gave up red meat. Month 2 I gave up poultry, and month 3 I gave up fish. I felt it was better this way because my body was able to adjust to things. I would say to just have fun and enjoy the new recipes you’ll find! Take it as a fun challenge
So there you have it!
Happy Vegetarian Day to all my fellow Vegs!
Hugs all around