Today marks the 30 days of me becoming a vegetarian. June 8th was the day I decided to stop eating meat, whether for good or stupid reasons.
The 2 main things, and usually the only things, that many vegetarians tell you is that becoming a vegetarian makes you healthy and saves animal lives. What many vegetarians never tell you are the other good or bad things that come into your life once you become a vegetarian. Since the concept of avoiding any meat involves food, probably the most basic and essential part of any life, changing anything in your daily food style like starting to not eat meat or even starting to eat meat means that your life may start experiencing some big mental or physical changes, or even both.
Today we cover the 5 surprisingly good things about vegetarianism at The Reasoner.
5 Surprisingly Good Things About Vegetarianism
- Teaches you to control your appetite.
Without a doubt, the most surprising thing about Vegetarianism for me has been the control over appetite. While you may be able to actually avoid eating a lot of things, vegetarianism can actually teach you to not be bothered by what others eat and at the same time avoid eating anything you wish. Vegetarians may not tell you about such a thing, but hanging around meat eaters has never been a problem for me. Whether this is my own personality or a feature of vegetarianism is still being decided.
- Makes you realize whether or not vegetarianism is stupid.
A good way to realize whether or not vegetarianism is good is to become one, even if it is temporary. Not being able to eat regular things regularly will definitely put your vegetarian beliefs or ideas to test, since you will have to justify your hunger and your urge to eat meat with some very good anti-meat-eating reasons. In the end, if your reasons are not good enough, you can switch back. For example, “I am not eating meat because I am helping animals!” is a stupid reason.
- Makes you realize the smaller things are not as small as you thought.
Remember all the side orders that come with every fast food meal? Well, vegetarianism means that those side order of fries, onion rings, salad and other weak looking foods become your main source of survival. Many people find comfort in immersing themselves in things other than vegetarianism on a daily basis, so such side orders become very important, whether it is through you getting a meal or through your friends. Your friends may start ordering value meals just to give you the fries. You may start ordering value meals just to get the fries and to give the rest to your friends.
- Gives you the opportunity to really realize your view of animals.
Many vegetarians will tell you that everything they do in this world is about other animals. That can be true, though vegetarianism itself means usually focusing on eating another kind of a living thing: the plants. While we as humans consider ourselves to be more aware of animal rights compared to before, we also have new ways to justify anything we wish in the name of something good. Being a vegetarian makes you realize whether your beliefs have value or if they are based on bullshit. And that latter element comes from animals, not plants.
- Makes you realize that stopping eating meat will not always result in weight loss.
So many vegetarians keep telling everyone else how everyone can lost weight after not eating meat for a while. Probably the most surprising thing I learnt after stopping eating meat and after keeping a track of my weight probably for the first time in my life was that I actually gained weight after becoming a vegetarian. My intake of fast food has been the same or lower since I stopped eating meat. Vegetarianism can make you gain weight, sometimes even more than meat.
Do You Think These Vegetarianism Points Are Cool?
Do you think vegetarianism brings these 5 good things into anyone’s life? Would you become a vegetarian for any of the above reasons?
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