Vegetarianism

8 May

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who are moms, which is no one that reads my blog so whatever!

I’m glad you guys all love my puppy. If you don’t love puppies in general, there is something wrong with you. Kittens are just as cute too.

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I wanted to post about vegetarianism . I am not doing this to persuade anyone to become a vegetarian because I am simply going to lay down some facts that shocked me when I read the information. I understand becoming a vegetarian is not for everyone. You want a steak have it, but I think you should think twice about it.

Technically, I am a Pescetarian. I eat fish as well as dairy products even though I would like to give up milk completely. During the summer of 2010, I gave up most meat except for chicken just because I loved chicken a lot.

I first started dabbling in the world of vegetarianism  in the eighth grade when I gave up meat for Lent. It was tough for me actually. I was the biggest steak eater ever.

If you gave me a steak, I would eat it all including the fat. I loved bacon and beef. As I type this, I feel disgusted in myself that I ate the fat off bacon all the time. It was gross, but at the time, I thought nothing of it. I thought it was all right to order a ‘hamburger’ from fast food joints when I’m sure their meat was only 50% meat. Anyway, after Lent, I ate meat again. However, I stopped eating steak at the end of my eight-grade year when I went to a fancy restaurant. My godmother convinced me to order their largest steak and they laid it down on my table. It was so thick and the blood dripped when I stabbed my fork into it. I was disgusted so I stopped eating steak.

I continued to eat meat until last summer. It was mostly because I wanted to be healthier yet it also had to do with my eating disorder. I’m pleased to say, though, that now I don’t eat meat because I love animals dearly and I have found vast amount of information in the dangers of eating meat. These dangers affect us individually and our environment.

More and more Americans are eating meat unfortunately. There is a rise in eating everyday at fast food places where people think nothing of that ‘all white meat chicken ‘ they are eating. According to the Environmental Magazine, “Strong growth in meat production and consumption continues despite mounting evidence that meat-based diets are unhealthy, and that just about every aspect of meat production… is an environmental disaster with wide and sometimes catastrophic consequences.” In addition, “More than a third of all raw materials and fossil fuels consumed in the U.S. are used in animal production. Beef production alone uses more water than is consumed in growing the nation’s entire fruit and vegetable crop.”

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have my diet be based with veggies, fruit, grains, and fish than beef.

Just think about the animals, too. Many of the animals are in high stressed environments and end up dying from stress. Cows, pigs, and chicken barely have any space either. Cows may have a bit more room, but pigs have about 14 square feet of space.

Do I wish more people were vegetarians? Of course I do. If you follow vegetarianism  correctly, you can have a healthy diet. Regrettably, most people who stop eating meat start replacing meat with starches. That’s how I was in eighth grade. Oh, no meat? I’ll just have chips.

Many think that if you’re a vegetarian, you do not get enough protein.

That is not true. I eat Greek yogurt, eggs, quinoa, lentils, cottage cheese, spinach, etc. I get more protein than probably most meat eaters do.

If you eat meat currently, I encourage you to try to eliminate the amount of meat you eat. Possibly have a meatless Monday. If you want more information on the case against meat, visit http://www.emagazine.com/archive/142

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My weekend was uneventful. I spent most of it at the gym, the grocery store, and the bookstore. I spent over an hour in the bookstore because, hey, I’m a geek.

My workouts included…
Saturday: Hour spin class + 37 minutes or so on the elliptical
Sunday: 40 minutes of weights + hour spin class + 21 minutes on the elliptical

I wanted to do a long run today, but I decided since I did something to my knee on Friday I should hold off. It felt fine today, but I just wanted to play it safe.

I did create a training program for my trail race, yet I am not following it. I just run. I’ll be adding hills and what not, but I’m not going to get all obsessed with a training program because for me, that takes the fun out of running. I also find training programs to be ludicrous. I just want to do what I want to do. I plan on increasing my running mileage this week! Woooo.

Honorable eats: 


Do you eat meat?

Brag about your weekend. Make me jealous. What did you do?

Do you follow a training program or do you just run how much you want?

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19 Responses to “Vegetarianism”

  1. Jenny May 8, 2011 at 8:38 PM #

    I try to limit my meat intake but I don’t exactly deny myself any food. The thought of going vegetarian crossed my mind but when I was calculating my macros I’d have to consume way too much protein powder just to reach 100g of protein. Whatever works for you 🙂

  2. janetha May 8, 2011 at 9:01 PM #

    I liked reading your side of the story on the meat eating home front. I eat everything and anything.. well, except hot dogs, but I actually had a bite of one of those yesterday.. so hey! I eat it all. This weekend I had two BBQs both of which I am blogging about right now (taking a break to read blogs) and I don’t follow a training program for running.. I run as much as I want, which is not at all. I haven’t gone for a run since March and even then it was on the treadmill. I am not a runner..

  3. crzydjm May 8, 2011 at 9:23 PM #

    I want to go to dinner with your godmother! I love my steak rare. I understand the need for veggies, but I love me some steak and bacon

  4. AlisonM May 9, 2011 at 12:21 AM #

    Really interesting post on vegetarianism. I think even if people cut way back on meat, and based more meals around veggies, grains and pulses it would do the world (and them) a lot of good. We’ve become far too reliant.

    I’m glad you decided to play it safe with you knee too. And good luck with the trail training!

  5. movesnmunchies May 9, 2011 at 12:36 AM #

    no meat or dairy for me! i love being vegan it has changed my life!! nice workouts this weekend girl !!

  6. Allie May 9, 2011 at 3:32 AM #

    I don’t eat meat 🙂

    sometimes uneventful weekends are the most relaxing.

    This weekend I went to a baseball game and ran a 5k

  7. Tara May 9, 2011 at 3:44 AM #

    I’m a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I became a vegetarian before I even knew the impact it had one the world. I really just had an aversion to meat at first, but it’s allowed me to learn so much about the truth behind the meat industry and the environmental costs!!
    I’ve never seen a nugo coffee bar! I really couldn’t stand the carrot cake flavor, but I love the vanilla one.

  8. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) May 9, 2011 at 5:18 AM #

    Nice workouts girl. They look seriously awesome.

    I do eat meat and tend to eat leaner cuts off beef and such. I don’t eat fast food at all and I don’t eat hot dogs and hamburgers but I do eat steak, chicken, ham ect.

  9. Amy @ countrystrong21 May 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM #

    I always feel like I have a unique perspective/position on the whole beef thing because my beef comes from my uncle’s farm. He raises the beef himself so I know what it’s fed and how it’s treated and everything that people seem to have a problem with. While I love animals I was brought up to love them but understand that sometimes they’re a food source for us.

    I definitely respect your views though and I thank you for sharing them with us!

    No awesome events from the weekend for me to share with you and make you jealous. And I’m not currently running so no training plan for me to share with you. I am going to be biking this summer and want to come up with a plan so eventually I should be able to share that with you 🙂

  10. my little celebration May 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM #

    I eat meat, but not every day. I try to stick to chicken and fish, but occasionally I’ll have red meat.

    I come from a family of hunters and eating meat, especially wild game, was considered good. My dad even explained it as good for animal population control – especially deer since they get overpopulated where we live and end up getting hit by cars A LOT.

    As far as animal mistreatment goes, I’m totally not OK with that. And that is why I try to be conscious about the eggs, meat and dairy products I buy, sticking mostly to organic, cage free, hormone and antibiotic free. And although I live in KS where “buying local” hasn’t quite caught on yet, I try and look for those options when I can too!

  11. sarah May 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM #

    This was really informative. Iv been pescetarian since I was 6 and have toyed with both vegetarianism & veganism- but for me the complete elimination of meat/dairysjust means missing too many important nutrients- especially with my exercise & workouts.
    I don’t follow a running plan- ideally I’d run all the time, but my feet/ankles/shins have other ideas.
    I WANT that carrot cake!
    Xxx

  12. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM #

    I honestly believe that you can eat meat in a healthy and responsible way. I limit how much meat I actually eat and I only eat it from sources that I approve of.

    I don’t approve of eating meat excessively, but any diet should be plant based. There is nothing wrong with a grass fed burger once or twice a week. Just sayin’ 😉

    • lifttorun May 10, 2011 at 6:41 PM #

      Oh yeah, and I definitely agree. If you eat the ‘right’ meat, I don’t have a problem with it.

  13. Jess May 9, 2011 at 6:44 PM #

    I eat meat, but do not rely on red meat for my protein. I ADORE fish (especially salmon!!) and would eat it more if it were readily available. But I live at home, obviously, and eat what my mom cooks most of the time 🙂 I usually use veggies as a base and then add some protein!

  14. Ma Ma Megan May 9, 2011 at 7:13 PM #

    I’m meat dairy and egg free. It’s worked amazing for me.
    I love animals and the thought of eating meat just grosses me out. I was like you though I used to eat steak all the time and thought nothing of it, until I finally made the connection.
    Okay I’m starting to sound like a hippie. 😉

    I want that mango butter!

  15. pumpedforpumpkin May 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM #

    I do not eat red meat. There’s no real explanation I just don’t! but i do love chicken, turkey, and occasionally pork! and i try to limit how often I eat them
    Unfortunately my weekend consisted of just studying so absolutely nothing to brag about there!

  16. keepnthefaith May 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM #

    I dont eat meat because 1) its expensive and 2) I dont care for it that much!! Ill eat chicken on occasion or have a burger every now and then, but I could easily be a vegetarian! I dont eat fish AT ALL, so thats not a problem either!
    BTW, your puppers is adorable! Love the eyes 🙂

  17. Brittany May 10, 2011 at 8:23 PM #

    Yahhooo for a post about going vegetarian. If you are into reading, I strongly suggest the book “Eating Animals” by Johnathan Safran Foer. So good.

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