by Nick Andrea
I am a vegetarian, it feels great, and I don’t do it for moral reasons. Do I think you should be one, also? No. I think you should listen to your body. It will decide what’s best for you. However, if you think you might actually be a vegetarian and you’re thinking about embracing it, read on.
I have many friends who’ve toyed with the idea of going meatless for years. The chief complaint I hear, however, is that somehow if they stop eating flesh they’ll become a vegetarian ghost, withering and blowing away in the wind.
It’s bogus. It’s totally bogus. I live an active life, exercise, and drum regularly, and I haven’t had a shred of animal protein (including meat, fish, and eggs) in nearly two and half years. Before that, my intake was slowly dwindling for ten years. When I first moved to my current location I lived and worked at a vegetarian retreat center for a summer. Day-in and day-out I worked very hard, chopping down trees, clearing overgrown brush, and fixing up an old house. Not only did I not lose any muscle or strength, I gained both.
So, my main point here is a lot of people would like to become vegetarian but they’re AFRAID. There’s something about flesh that makes them think it’s somehow healthier for them to eat, but that’s not true. Your body is completely capable of assimilating vegetable proteins. Do you have to eat smart as a vegetarian? Yes. Do you need to eat complete protein combinations? Yes. But, this is as easy as rice and beans, mac and cheese, or tempeh. It’s not that hard.
So, if you’d like to become vegetarian but you’re afraid, I’m here to tell you that you need fear no longer. After all, I’m living proof. 🙂