I have been Vegetarian now for around 9 years. I don’t remember the exact date or year but it’s been long enough for the idea of eating meat to be quite foreign to me now. I don’t miss it, I don’t get lulls of tiredness from not getting enough food and I generally feel very healthy. Being Vegetarian really isn’t all that hard once you get started.
One thing that is weird about being a veggie is the amount of defence you have to put up. Generally I don’t judge or comment of anyone’s need to eat meat but the minute it’s found out that i don’t I am often immediately called upon to explain my rational!
Well last night I watched a documentary that pretty much summed up why I am a non-meat consumer.
The documentary is called Earthings and can be seen in full below. I urge you to watch it and then comment here….
Earthings is a 2007 documentary that is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix (The Emperor from Gladiator and he played Johnny Cash) and with music from Moby. It covers the main areas in which we rely on animals and highlights the way we abuse them and give utter disrespect to their being…. In return we are reaping the ill effects in the form of many diseases and illnesses….. Basically the message is you reap what you sow!
I became Veggie mostly because of bad farming methods and decided initially I would eat well farmed meat only….. After my weekly budget could not afford this kind of meat I found myself almost exclusively vegetarian and bar a few minor (mostly drunk) slip ups I have been that way ever since.
Economical Benefits of Being Vegetarian
As I mentioned above my weekly shop did not have enough budget to include well farmed ethical meat, so I found myself filling up on veggies, grains and related things. I actually started to realize that my shopping bill was coming in under budget. If you stay away from the processed veggie food (apart from for treats) you will find the savings coming thick and fasr. Here are just some of the ways being Veggie saves me money:
- Being Vegeatarian encourages me to buy a lot more raw un-prepared food.
- Having less ready made options my interest in cooking from scratch has greatly grown.
- Dried foods such as beans replace proteins from meats but work out much much cheaper.
- Some veggies are just easy and practically free to grow yourself.
- Meat dishes at restaurants are often almost twice the price of veggie meals (often hidden in side dishes).
Also for many being Veggie reduces the chance of cholesterol and could theoretically save on medical bills in later life. Basically if you contorl your diet it can be great for your health and your wealth.
Let me know your thoughts on all this…