As I mentioned in last week’s post about the Laotian feast we recently enjoyed at DC’s Toki Underground, I’m once again considering becoming a vegetarian. Why? Both for health-related reasons, including reducing my cancer risk, and ethical ones. After all, if I wouldn't eat a dog, cat or horse, I ask myself, why would I decide to eat another type of animal? We tell ourselves it’s different to eat animals we Americans don’t view as pets, but is it really? Honestly, the more I hear and learn about the meat industry, the more it completely disgusts me.
|One of my favorite vegetarian stir fry dishes.|
I actually already eat very little meat, and last year, I even cut it out completely for two months. Where I ran into problems was that during this time, I also gained weight, possibly because I allowed myself to eat more cheese and junk food. (Even if I do become a vegetarian, I will still continue eating dairy and fish.)
Have you made the switch to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, or do you know anyone who has? Are there any tips you can share to help me make the best possible decision?