I just felt like writing about this topic today. I come face to face with my choice to become a vegetarian every day. It is truly unusual to be a vegetarian in Monroe, LA. After all, most men in this area are hunters, plus the cattle industry is huge. There are no vegetarian restaurants in this area and when I ask restaurants not to add meat to my salad or pasta dish they look at me like I’m crazy.
I became a vegetarian because of my love for animals. I remember the exact moment that I wanted to stop eating red meat for sure. I was on my husband’s grandfather’ s farm and we were riding four wheelers among the cows. We stopped for some reason and there was a cow standing right in front of us, but I didn’t see her. When I turned around her face was right in my face and it scared me so I screamed. I could see the cows eyes get big and she jumped, because I obviously scared her, too. It may seem strange and inconsequential to most of you, but it was that very moment that I connected with that cow and I realized that she had feelings and a personality all her own. Sure, I knew deep down that all animals had feelings and personalities, but it was that exact moment that made me really recognize it.
I became a vegetarian slowly, and I am still in the process of becoming a “true vegetarian” because I still occasionally eat fish. I first cut red meat out of my diet and after reading several eye-opening articles about the horrid conditions that chickens and turkeys live in and eventually die in, it was no time before I made the decision to exclude chicken and turkey from my diet as well.
Most people have the misconception that it is hard for a vegetarian to get all of the nutrients and vitamins that are needed, but that is in no case the truth. Unless,however, a person who does not like fruit and vegetables decides to become a vegetarian! Anyway, I am truly happy and healthy after my decision to become a vegetarian and hope that I can encourage others who are curious about becoming vegetarians.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Erin Sharplin Love