Disclaimer: this post is not me forcing my lifestyle choices on anyone. I think everyone should eat how they want and not be told there is a right way to eat. Everyone’s body responds differently to foods. Everyone has different opinions. And everyone has different tastes. This is just a little post about my experience being vegetarian! Also, the cover photo is a beet based veggie burger and it’s so yummy!
As some of you may know, I am vegetarian. I have been since sometime in middle school, so a little over 10 years. It was a gradual process for me for two reasons.
1. My parents wanted me to keep some meat in my diet while I was younger to make sure I was getting enough protein.
2. I only ate chicken for awhile before becoming officially vegetarian.
Being vegetarian is something that I love and is a lifestyle that I will always live. The initial reason I stopped eating meat was because cows were my favorite animal (I feel like that’s a very middle school reason to become a vegetarian, but I’m pretty happy with middle school Ellie’s decision). They still are my favorite animal too! Then I began thinking of all of the other animals and that gave me the nudge to give up meat completely.
Besides caring about animals, I never actually liked meat. I remember not wanting to have it at dinner. I don’t think I have ever had steak or many burgers in my life. I liked chicken nuggets but I don’t even know if the nuggets I was eating in the cafeteria were really even chicken. Just kidding, but it’s still questionable. So the fact that I didn’t like the taste or texture of meat helped too.
Those are basically the reasons I stopped eating meat. Something else I wanted to talk about a little bit in this post is slip ups in being vegetarian or times where I accidentally ate meat. I obviously never try to eat meat and look out for it in my meals. But I have made some mistakes and eaten things that I didn’t realize had meat in them which made me feel really bad each time.
One time I had a potsticker that I thought was vegetarian, but it turned out to have meat in it. I felt really bad about it and didn’t want to finish my other vegetarian meal. Another time, I ordered a veggie burger and the waitress brought it out and it was actually a real burger. I took one bite and immediately spit it out when I realized it wasn’t a veggie burger. It’s pretty easy to tell as most veggie burgers I eat have beans, quinoa, veggies, etc. in them. That burger was definitely the real thing. I was sad I took a bite but glad I caught myself. I was disappointed that the restaurant didn’t seem to care that they brought a real burger to a vegetarian, but that’s probably a bit selfish of me.
I guess what I want to say is that I have made mistakes as a vegetarian and felt bad about them, but these slips ups don’t make me a bad vegetarian and I shouldn’t dwell on them If anything, I just make sure I read menus even better at restaurants. Being vegetarian should be something you love and a lifestyle you live. Not all lifestyles are perfect even if you try super hard or have been living that lifestyle for a long time. Most of the instances where I accidentally had meat were in the past 4 years after being vegetarian for most of my life.
I know this was kind of random, but hopefully a little interesting. Have you ever tried being vegetarian? Do you have friends or family members who are vegetarian? If you are vegetarian, why did you choose the lifestyle? Have you ever had a slip up in the way you choose to eat?