I'm a vegetarian, again.

by Melissa on November 29, 2010

Here’s my official public on-blog announcement. I’ve decided to be a vegetarian, again.

This would be my third attempt at vegetarianism.

Attempt #1: From end of senior year of high school until the beginning of my second year in college. This attempt at vegetarian began after reading the book, “The Jungle,” for one of my senior AP classes.

Attempt #2: Earlier this year, in May, I tried a pescetarian diet for 14 days.  And it was rough.

And here’s the third attempt.  It all started on the first week of October when I caught a cold and lost my appetite for meat.  After I recovered from the cold, I decided that would just continue on with the vegetarianism.  I’ve lasted the most of two months so far, and going pretty strong.

My reasons for being a vegetarian this time are quite different, and I feel are also stronger than the reasons that I had before:

1. Health reasons
Many people incorrectly assume that vegetarians are weaker than meat-eaters.  But in reality, having a plant based diet offers better energy and better health than having an animal based diet.  For me, I can feel a significant difference when I stop eating meat, I just feel healthier and cleaner somehow.

In the book, “The China Study,” by Cornell professor & nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell writes that people who eat mostly plants contract fewer deadly diseases than those who eat a mostly animal based diet.

Breast cancer runs in my family.  And I feel that it is my duty to take as many preventative measures while I still can.  If eliminating meat from my diet will help with preventing cancer, as well as make me feel better at the same time, I’m going to do it.

Eating red meat nearly doubles risk of breast cancer – Natural News

2. Animal rights
I truly cannot feel right about claiming to be an animal lover and support wildlife conservation without being a vegetarian.  I can’t love my two rescue pups while sitting at the kitchen table eating a hamburger or pork chop.  We as a human race are treating living, breathing things as a product.

Which brings me to this point.  I have no issue with animals raised for food, who are treated with respect.  Which is one of the reason why I love visiting my dad’s hometown of Miaoli, Taiwan.  You can walk down the street and see the chickens, ducks and geese just roaming around freely in their yards, and you can taste the difference between this real free-range, organic poultry and the stuff they sell in the grocery store in the US.

Earthlings – by No Meat Athlete
Animal rights and Vegetarianism
– by Happy Cow

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1 Denise D. December 3, 2010 at 12:07 am

Awesome Blog Melissa!! I’m so glad you decided to do it again, but for the right reasons. Everything you said is the truth!!!

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2 Ashley December 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

I feel the same way. I’ve always claimed to be an animal lover, but can I say that with a straight face when I have a giant pork chop on my plate? And with all the knowledge we have regarding disease prevention, why do we still continue to live lifestyles we know for a fact will lead to an inevitable decline in our health? Congrats on your decision to be a better, healthier you. It’s not as hard as people think it is, and I know this time around, you can do it :) Good luck

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3 Melissa Crane December 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Thanks Denise and Ashley for your support!! I feel that this time around I’m doing the vegetarian thing for the right reasons, and some of those reasons are bigger than just caring about myself. I think it’ll stick this time :)

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