I’ve been asked many times “Why did I choose to become a vegetarian?”. The answer lies in the question. Being a vegetarian is a choice. From the moment you become aware of the environment, of the living beings around you, you can choose. Choosing what you do and what you eat can change the way you perceive life forever. You become a better you because you are considerate. Being a vegetarian shows consideration to the environment, the animals and other people too.
For those people who eat meat, it is hard to understand why would anyone give up on it. Have you ever considered, that us, vegetarians, might think the same? Why wouldn’t someone give up on meat? Reasons… there are plenty. Awareness on the topic… exists. What’s missing then? The conviction that vegetarianism is not a trend, but a means of giving something back to the ecosystem. Annually 53 billion animals (without counting pets and marine) are being killed. There are 7 billion people on earth. You do the math.
Being a vegetarian is not hard; but being seen as one is difficult. Because those around you don’t perceive it as a choice to live a healthier and happier life, but as a struggle. They look at you and say: “You’re vegetarian? That’s so cool!”. When, in fact, they think: “You’re vegetarian? That must be awful! Not being able to eat meat? You lose on so many tasty foods. Why would anyone punish themselves like that?”. I have some news for you. Not eating meat is neither a punishment, nor a burden. It is a reward and a relief. It is a reward on my behalf to the ecosystem for hosting us, people. It is a relief for not falling into the trap of the food industry.
“It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it,
so it becomes a moral choice and one that is having a huge impact on the planet,
using up resources and destroying the biosphere.”
James Cameron, Movie Producer
Being a vegetarian and deliberately giving up on meat is not hard for me. It is hard for the others to understand. For non-vegetarian people this is an added worry. They become unconfortable around those who are different, because they see it is a challenge, like they’re tested for some big exam. If they host a party, they become nervous not knowing what to cook. They believe that not eating meat means eating nothing. If you’re at a restaurant and ask for non-meat food, the waiter stares at you puzzled, like you’ve just asked for the impossible. Newsflash! Vegetarians do eat. They eat anything you eat, just not meat.
Use your imagination. What do you eat for lunch? Cooked meat with a side dish? It’s easy then. Remove the meat or replace it with a soy product. You can also go for Lebanese food or try these delicious vegetarian recipes. Now you can relax. Being a vegetarian is my choice, not your burden.