Posted on January 21, 2012
It’s officially been one year since I’ve become a vegetarian. Happy veggieversary to me. It’s been quite the year, filled with plenty of kale, pickles, and leafy greens. Let’s not forget about all the cheese fries either. And a few slip-ups along the way.
Before fully committing myself to becoming a vegetarian, I read a few books that opened the doors to the world I knew next to nothing about. I also trudged my way through some sticky family situations that added the majority of the weight to my decision. At that point, it was kind of a no-brainer.
Living in NYC, it has obviously been difficult staying away from the latest and greatest new restaurant. I read the NY Mag rave reviews of these restaurants serving their praised pork bellies and bacon-wrapped goodies, but I have to say, it’s been worth it. I feel like I enjoy everything I eat now, because not only is it delicious, (bear with my as I go hippie for a second) but because I know I am not contributing to the drastic environmental, ethical, and health effects that eating meat has on the world, and on my body.
I feel cleaner, I feel lighter, and I feel happier. I dare you to give it a shot – even if it’s just for a day, a week or even just for a meal. Make it a conscious decision and I promise you, you won’t hate it… because the grass really is greener over on my side.