i go vegetarian
i stop eating meat
i do the right thing to be in good health
i save money
i reduce my carbon footprint
It’s been a few days since I tried to demonstrate the impact of meat consumption on the environment and on your own health, and I’m doubling down in this article. To be honest with you, I already made this choice a few years ago, even though it took me a few months to get completely rid of meat in my menus. This has more to do with my entourage than the actual taste of meat.
In a few weeks, I adopted new habits in this order :
1. I watched a lot of documentaries on the subject
2. I planned a meat-free day in my week
3. I replaced menus containing red meat with white meat
4. I kept one day per week to eat high quality meat
Regarding fish, it’s a bit more tricky since I lived in developing countries for a while. Getting rid of meat and fish too often meant I didn’t have access to restaurants where people would invite me, so I had to carry on eating those from time to time.
Today, it’s been 7 years since I stopped eating meat and my diet is 99% vegetarian because I’m having fish one or two times per month. I know people love to put labels on each other, so I define myself a ‘pisci-vegetarian’. I don’t really bother, and most of the time I just say I don’t eat meat.
If I decided to radically change my diet, it’s more because of my environmental conscience and to protect animals, but I have to admit my awareness on this issue is increasing, especially after seeing so many slaughterhouse videos on the Internet lately.
I say it’s ‘radical’, but really, it’s more radical for others than for me. It’s always quite interesting to see reactions when I say I’m vegetarian, and I generally get positive and comprehensive understanding on this.
To summarize this 7 year-long experience, I’d say that choosing this new "diet", has changed my life in many respects. First of all, I eat better! I really control my way of eating, something I challenged a lot. I prefer having higher quality products in my plate and I favor local and seasonal ingredients. Also, my health is way better : I’m practically never sick and after undergoing a series of medical tests, I have absolutely no deficiencies!
It’s true that less than 5% of the French are vegetarian but I feel like more and more people around me are taking the leap and that we’re close to the snowball effect. All the better, because I’m persuaded that this is one of the most decisive actions that we can take to make this world a better place!
So, friends, God save our vegetables and long live our vegetarians!
- interesting links -
Cowspiracy - official trailer :