Bonjour mes amies! How are you doing today? I hope you are having a fun and relaxing weekend. As you already know from the title of this post, I’m going to be talking about my experience as a teenage vegetarian today! I have been a vegetarian for a year and a half, and I’ve been loving every day of it. I promised a post like this almost six months ago, so you could say this post has been a long time coming.
BTW: I can only talk from my personal experiences since I’m the only person I know 100%. Ultimately your reason for going vegetarian has to be a personal one because it’s your life and your health, so you have to be the one in control. I hold nothing against meat-eaters because its your life, so you get to be in charge of what you eat.
Why do you not eat meat?
I watched numerous documentaries and youtube videos before going vegetarian that really damaged my perception of meat. Honestly, at some point eating meat just made me feel gross; the thought of having a dead animal in my system just wasn’t appealing. What really pushed me over the edge to abandon meat was one day when I had an epiphany; I made the connection between the animals that were my pets, my cute kittens, and the food on my plate, and I felt disgusted by my eating habits. I once heard someone say, “Imagine all the chemicals, stress, pain, and bad energy going into the animals that they kill for meat. All that goes into your body.” which I feel kinda sums up my reasons.
Bonus reason: Each day when I wake up, I know that if all else fails and I have the worst day in the world that at least I did not contribute to the slaughter of a fellow creature or contribute to global warming by eating meat. It’s just a little reminder each day to be grateful and think about my impact on the world.
How do you not eat meat (in general)?
If you told me 5 years ago that I would become a vegetarian, I would have laughed in your face. I was that kid who only ate macaroni and cheese and chicken. Over the course of my freshman year in high school, I suddenly became very health conscious after reading a lot and watching many videos. Over time, I began to eat healthier and cut meat out of my diet. In August of 2016, I took the plunge and went fully vegetarian. I was amazed by how many new foods I fell in love with, and I discovered a whole new world of spices. It was amazing how much more flavor I tasted in each bite of food when meat was no longer hogging my tastebuds.
Tips To Break-Up With Meat
- Write grocery lists before going to the store (to make sure you get enough protein, vitamins, and nutrients, so you can sustain your lifestyle)
- Follow your fellow vegans and vegetarians on Instagram and YouTube (they will serve as role models and who doesn’t want to look at pretty pictures of food all day)
- Create a Pinterest board or folder where you keep recipes and save pictures of things you want to recreate
- Find substitutes for your favorite food. Hello black bean burgers 😍
I am going to write an entire post on this next month, so stay tuned for more tips to break up with meat (you’re too good for him anyway😉)
Do people judge you for not eating meat?
You are going to be judged no matter what, so just do what you want to do! Live your life to the fullest and let those good vibes flow. My greatest fear is that in my old age I will look back and say, “why did I let judgement and fear get in the way of my happiness.”
Personally, I have not been criticized explicitly for being vegetarian. I’ve had some weird looks or off handed remarks, but I don’t let it get to me.
What do I do if my parents laugh at me or say I can’t be vegetarian?
First of all, I’m really sorry that your family isn’t being supportive of you. I know it can be hard when it seems like the people who matter most are against you. Thankfully, there is a whole world of people on the internet and probably in your community that are here to help you and support you. If your parents make it absolutely clear that you must eat meat, one thing you can do is to just try eating meatless whenever you can. Whether that means ordering pasta instead of steak at a restaurant or eating cereal instead of bacon for breakfast. Little actions are a start.
What do I do if my family and friends aren’t vegetarian?
Especially for teenagers, it can be hard to be vegetarian or vegan if the people around you aren’t. Fortunately, I have my drivers license, so I can get groceries or a meal anytime I want which really helps me to avoid meat. I know that this is not the case for everyone, so I encourage you to talk with your family or friends about your diet change. You never know, they might even think its cool. The best thing that you can do is to take control over what you eat. I recommend going to the grocery store and learning some simple recipes that you can whip up anytime.
Thanks for reading! I hope you learned a little bit about being a vegetarian today. Feel free to leave a comment or question in the comments!