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!

Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo

Whole Wheat Pizza

Cream of Mushroom Soup – Use vegetable broth to make it vegetarian

Avocado Burrito

3-Bean Vegetarian Chili

Baked Apple and Sweet Potatoes

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  • http://www.refillchinasim.com china sim card

    I admire you.If one day I became a vegetarian, I can only completely understand you.

  • http://www.keepingitoffforgood.blogspot.com Michele Trombley

    I am someone who will try anything new to stay with my healthy way of living. It’s been almost 7 years now that I’ve kept off my weight, 86 lbs. I love the recipe ideas and will try some and let you know how it goes. In the mean time I also have started a blog about keeping it off. You can see my before and after photos at http://www.keepingitoffforgood.blogspot.com
    Thanks again!

  • gayle taylor

    I was a vegetarian about 20 years ago when I was active duty and lived in the barracks,all of my time and focus was on me. My health and espcially my energy was at the top. I loved it, however I have had 1 daugther and am constantlly around one tempting food or another and befor you know it I’m giving in to what I know isn’t good for me.

  • http://www.recipe4living.com AllisonEvans

    @Michele, congratulations on keeping your weight off – not an easy task! Can you post an updated link to your blog. I wasn’t able to access it from the link you provided. Definitely let me know how the recipes workout!

    @Gayle, Yes, I think I can get where you are coming from. Right now, I am in that phase of my life where I can focus on myself. It’s relatively easy to workout, eat properly, when I don’t have a family to look after. I hope to maintain my lifestyle when I have a family one day, however, I know I will have to make some major adjustments! Good luck in trying to be healthy amidst the chaos that families can sometimes bring.

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