Over the past couple of years I’ve heard about (and talked with) more and more people who are choosing to go vegetarian and in some cases, vegan. Recently, actress Alicia Silverstone raised a few eyebrows when she claimed her sever year old son has never had an illness thanks to the vegan diet she has him on. She went on to say that yes, he gets the sniffles from time to time, but nothing that has stopped him from going to school.
I admit I am a meat eater and enjoy it very much. I like it all! Steak, chicken, ground beef, pork, ham, and all kinds of fowl. I respect those who make the decision not to eat meat, having tried a vegetarian diet in the past. I wanted to see what it was like to be a vegetarian and to know if it was really better.
“I feel better and I feel like my carbon footprint is smaller by being a vegetarian” said one close friend of mine.
While I learned that there are many delicious vegetarian, and in some cases, vegan dishes there was just something I felt I was lacking in my diet. Being a farm kid may have had something to do with it since we had meat for meals all the time. It also reminded me of family gatherings. Birthdays, Easters, Christmases, Thanksgivings and all those those special occasions were celebrated with various kinds of meats on the table. Good food, good meat, and good friends and family make for lasting impressions. In other words, I personally feel better when I eat meat. I went off the vegetarian diet and started enjoying my carnivorous diet once again.
I simply could not do a vegan diet. I love eggs, cheese, dairy, and meat way to much to even entertain a vegan diet, however if it’s what makes others feel good and they’re able to maintain their diet than who are we (or I) to judge that decision?
How about you? Are you a vegetarian, a vegan, or a meat eater?