Why I Stay Vegetarian
I’ve been a vegetarian for just over five years now. Who knew that an experiment to demonstrate my will-power to avoid college foods like fried chicken and cheeseburgers would have resulted in a complete lifestyle transformation. After becoming a vegetarian, I decided to keep the progress going and tried to find the campus gym. Well, as luck had it, I lived right up the street from the gym. This was where my love of running and all things health and fitness-related began.When I returned to the Midwest after college, everyone wanted to know why I had become a vegetarian.
“You must’ve attended one of those liberal schools,” some would say.
“Is it because you love animals?” others would ask.
“Nope, although I do love animals,” I’d reply.
I never knew how to explain the extreme transformation in my eating habits and lifestyle. My answer always sounds something like, “I just want to be healthy.”
I’ve always hated that answer because it does little to truly explain how important the decision was and still is to me. I am at a place now where I am happy with my overall health. Now that I have established healthy eating habits, I’ve been told that I should go back to eating healthier meats like chicken breast and turkey. But I like the challenge of being a vegetarian. I went from eating no veggies, to eating 5 different kinds of broccoli dishes. Being a vegetarian keeps eating healthy on my mind so that I don’t revert back to my unhealthy ways. It also makes trying new foods a necessity, which is something I was never good at doing, but has had a tremendous benefit to my overall health.
If you’re interested in becoming a vegetarian or just want to explore delicious vegetarian options, these are some of my favorites!
Cream of Mushroom Soup – Use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian