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How to become Vegetarian

What does it mean to become a vegetarian?

Before you can learn about how to become a vegetarian, it might help to know a little something about its definition including related characteristics. Vegetarianism didn’t gain popularity in western culture until the mid-1800’s. However, with the advent of the refrigerator and factory farming in the 1950’s, meat consumption grew to an all time high among middle and high-class families. Most vegetarians would consider a regular diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains conducive to a vegetarian lifestyle.

Why do people choose to become vegetarian?

If you choose to become a vegetarian, it would be wise to consider your reasons for doing so. Otherwise, you might find it difficult to maintain your commitment in the long run. If you truly are interested in the rationale behind such a lifestyle, I would consider the following for reference and justification:

  • Socioeconomic - With the price of meat rising 2.5% from last year, more and more families are expected to opt out one meal a week as a way to save money. This will more than likely result in awareness on issues like animal welfare and the use of factor farms, which will in turn give light to the interdependent nature of the world. In the long run, to become vegetarian just makes more socioeconomic sense.
  • Environmental & Personal Health – Most factory-grown chicken and beef is produced using unnatural methods like antibiotic diets and growth hormones leading to more drug-resistant germs, increased pollution, and poor working conditions.
  • Spiritual – Buddhists and most eastern religions preach compassion for all living things. For Hindus, reincarnation plays a big role in the avoiding of meat products. If one were to consume meat, then they would be causing harm on another living thing, resulting in bad karma transferring over to their next life.

To what extent can I become vegetarian?

For those who are unfamiliar with how to become vegetarian, there are different classifications from which one may choose from. In my experience, most vegetarians make a point to avoid anything containing anything with animal byproducts like gelatin, some gummy candies, and marshmallows. A semi-vegetarian diet might consist of some fish and poultry, eaten sparingly and from humane sources; never factory farms. The stricter macrobiotic restricts most refined and processed foods including anything containing stimulants like caffeine. Less well known is the “ovo-vegetarian” diet which includes eggs. Many people choose this alternative because they see it as more humane than eating meat and are lactose-intolerant. Similarly, “lacto-vegetarians (or “lactarians”) consume dairy products but avoid eggs.

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