A couple weeks ago my best friend was in town and I brought up that I felt I’ve developed more “hippy-like tendencies” since getting more involved in the outdoors. He laughed at me and told me I’ve actually displayed these “hippy-like tendencies” since middle school.
I realized he was right and that it’s really no surprise that for the past few years I’ve had this little voice in the back of my head saying I should give being a vegetarian a try. It sounded like a neat idea, but I LOVE bacon and just couldn’t give up that greasy, fatty, delicious pork candy.
All hopes of me being a vegetarian seemed lost, until a couple months ago.
Late one night I was browsing the TED Talks website looking for new lectures to watch and I stumbled across this one–Why I’m a weekday vegetarian by Graham Hill. Hill basically laid out all the reasons I’d been considering being a vegetarian.
Environmental: Meat causes more emissions than all of transportation combined (planes, cars, trains, buses, etc.). Forests are being torn down to make way for new farms to raise animals for consumption and crops (and even animals) are being raised using GMO’s.
Health Benefits: Some meats are certainly healthy, but they come at a high price and most animals are injected with steroids to promote growth and aren’t fed a healthy diet. We as consumers absorb everything that animal has eaten, like corn, which I’m allergic to.
Animal Rights: It’s no secret that the 10 billion animals that are raised each year for our consumption are raised in factory farm like conditions. I’m undoubtedly a hypocrite when I wouldn’t even think about letting my dog live there for a mere hour, yet I’d gladly eat an animal that called that sick place home for its entire life.
He then continues on with my dilemma, that I’m still a carnivore, eating my bacon (his scenario was slicing into a juicy piece of steak), even though I know all of these facts. His solution–weekday veg–or adopting the vegetarian lifestyle Monday through Friday. Then indulge in as many meats as I’d like on Saturday and Sunday, or take it a step further and only eat sustainably harvested fish (healthier, more humane living conditions for the fish, and does less harm to the environment).
Since I had nothing to lose I gave it a shot and I’ve adopted the weekday vegetarian lifestyle for the past month and a half. I changed what I ate, not my daily routine, and so far I’ve noticed that: I’ve managed to drop a little fat weight, tack on some muscle, and gain some energy, to name a few.
Now knowing what you know–
What are your thoughts on the weekday vegetarian lifestyle?
Would you consider adopting the weekday vegetarian lifestyle?
Next week I’ll go more in depth with my weekday eating routine, in case you’re interested in trying out weekday veg.Pin It