Why Veg?

For two years now, I've been a vegetarian. 
It doesn't happen too often, but occasionally someone will ask me why I don't eat meat.
It's not really a difficult question, but a lot of times I stumble over the answer. Food is a delicate topic - it brings people together, it's part of every person's daily life - and I certainly don't want to offend anyone by insinuating that the way they eat is wrong. 
But I would like to do a better job of eloquently explaining the reasons I no longer eat meat
because being a vegetarian is an important part of my life. 
So, why veg?
The simplest answer is that personally, I feel it's better for my body, for animals and for the environment if I abstain from eating meat. 
There's a lot of conflicting information floating around regarding the way meat in the
United States is farmed now and I won't even begin to claim
I can sort out all of the facts from the myths. 
But if you'd like to read more about some of the reasons I've chosen to eat a meatless diet, these are some resources I've found to be really thought-provoking:
And if you're wondering about the safety of a vegetarian diet, here are a couple of good articles on how to get all of your nutrients as a vegetarian (it's not hard, I swear). One of the best things I've found about going vegetarian is that it has encouraged me to try new foods and to be more conscious of what I'm putting into my body. If I was still eating meat, I may never have tried quinoa or greek yogurt or cous cous, all of which I now love
So, in a nutshell, this is why I'm a vegetarian. 
(I hope that was sufficiently explanatory, thought-provoking and most importantly, non-offensive!)


  1. I'm new to your blog but I'm a vegetarian too. :) Have been all my life. Probably for different reasons than most folks though. From a veterinarians (still in school but learning about all this stuff) perspective and actually knowing what is going on, from raising beef cattle it is totally different than what the media and other people portray things to be. it's really interesting to me to talk to people about this kind of thing. :)

  2. Thanks for your comment today! I am a vegetarian too! My husband and I both are and we love it :)

  3. I'm a vegetarian too! Yay! You explained your reasoning very well here. More people need to read Eating Animals. Good book.

  4. NOT vegetarian, but I totally get it. I was for 7 years, so yes, I can actually say that I totally get it :) I am not today and I feel no shame, but I do eat at least half of my meals veggie, if not more. If done right it is an incredibly healthy way to live. Good for you!

  5. Hurrah, I'm a vegetarian too - we rock, don't we?? I have been for 10 years and actually gave up after reading a book called Not on the Label about what supermarkets do to their meat - shocking. The upshot of giving up meat was my health got so much better - turns out meat was making me ill. I love this article...lovely. x

  6. This is great!! I'm not fully veg, but every few months I'm trying to cut out another category of meat! I'm down to chicken and fish and very rarely turkey now....it's hard! But seeing real life (and adorable!) people who have the discipline to do so makes me more hopeful! I'll be keeping up with your posts on vegetarian recipes and tips for sure! I love your blog!!

  7. Just stumbled across your blog and just adore it! I'm also a vegetarian, and I checked out that vegetarian protein link you posted, and it's just wonderful! Definitely have to bookmark that one!


  8. I love this! I eat a vegan diet, and I think what you're doing is awesome! xo.

  9. Well put lady! My hubs and I are vegetarian and will never go back. We get asked all the time, as well as judged. But it's our personal choice. Can't wait to read that book!

  10. The book is really good. Jonathan Safran Foer is pretty famous so I really hope that lots of people read it and start to think about the meat industry etc.

  11. I knew I would love your blog as soon as I saw the veg link. I just read/heard about Eating Animals like a month ago (I wrote about it here: http://dreamofhometonight.blogspot.com/2012/06/meatless-monday.html) and it just totally changed my mind! My Mom kinda forced our family into being vegetarians for a couple of years while I was growing up because she was really into health food and natural healing but I wasn't into it. Watching "Forks over Knives" gave me the push to start eating less meat and cooking more meatless meals for my hubby. Anyway, I'm really enjoying your blog! :)

  12. I'm a new follower from Erin's giveaway. :)

    I hope you can join my linkup here and my giveaway here.



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