I go to cookouts, over a friend’s house for dinner, out to a restaurant, or even over my parent’s house with my family, and I get asked various questions…
“What do you mean you don’t eat meat?”
“How do you get your protein?”
“What do you eat?”
“What are you, a tree-hugger?”
“Do you eat leaves for dinner?”
The truth is, I’m sick of answering most of them.
But I get it. We were taught it’s okay to eat meat. I understand that we’ve been eating meat since the cavemen days. (I’d like to point out the average age of death was 25, and whether or not that’s related to eating meat isn’t the point. My point is it’s a stupid point to use people who lived in caves as proof in any argument.)
I do. I get it. I’m the odd-man out here.
The truth is, I’ve thought long and hard about why I no longer eat meat. And the fact that it’s been almost three years means I’ll never go back to being a meat eater. Because I’ve proven to myself that my body feels damn good without meat.
So I thought I’d put down my reasons, somewhat in order of importance. And some based on my lack of scientific fact but my beliefs based on common sense and a fair amount of research.
Now, the problem with research — and it doesn’t matter what side you’re on — is to me it seems to be rarely accurate. At least so far. Throughout my life I’ve heard more research findings flip than I’ve seen be proven 100% without-a-doubt-valid.
So I’m going to stick with my common sense and even point you towards some of my favorite sites to at least validate my beliefs enough to keep me from eating flesh (and drinking milk that didn’t come from my own human mother).
Today, I’m just going to touch oHere goes.
#1. I like animals. For the most part, there’s more good in animals than in most humans (what a sucky way to feel, huh?) But the truth is, if you pay a little attention to the animal and not the delicious (I can admit) meat on your plate…you’ll start to see things my way.
Let’s take cows.
The bond of mother and baby are extremely strong and it’s been reported a mother cries when her baby is taken away.
Cows feel. They’re very social animals. They can smell up to six miles away and can remember the faces of 100 other cows.
The thing is, for me, they’re alive, living and part of a family just like we are.
I don’t hold anything against anyone who eats cow…but I’ve decided, for humane reasons, I can’t do it.
#2. It’s gotten too damn expensive!
I’m not saying if it was cheaper, I’d eat meat. That’s not the case.
What I am saying is our grocery bill is very likely 1/3 of what meat-eating families spend. It’s expensive as it is without eating meat. Being self employed, it helps to have a smaller grocery bill.
#3. Factory Farming is disgusting and we should be ashamed of ourselves as a country for letting it continue the way it does.
I don’t need to go further into it if you simply click on any link above.
I’ll give you my 4th, 5th and 6th reasons in the follow-up to this post.