Hi, I'm Eric and I'm a vegetarian.
So it seems like taking on a vegetarian or vegan diet is what a lot of people are doing these days, and for a number of reasons. For the most part, people are against the cruelty animals go through to produce meat for us humans to eat - which is a pretty good reason if you really look into that subject. Others start these diets for health benefits, whether they want to just start eating better or if there's some kind of food allergy/irritation going on.
Me? Those weren't either of my reasons for changing my eating habits.
At least, not at first.
It first happened when I was 9 years old that I got sick after eating a good variety of meats at a family cookout - hot dogs, burgers and kielbasa. I'm not sure exactly what it was that caused me to get sick then, but I did. I stayed away from those meats for a good few months. There were about two more times where my stomach felt weird after eating meat, but I didn't get real sick or anything.
It was about two years after the first incident that I got sick when I got a raw burger at yet another cookout. I hadn't really noticed the burger was raw because it was loaded with ketchup and mustard and it was just all over the place. I knew something didn't taste quite right though, but figured it was the type of meat used. Needless to say, it didn't settle well with my stomach and I was up that night sicker than ever.
I haven't eaten meat since.
And that, my friends, is my reason for going vegetarian.
I still eat eggs and drink milk, by no means am I a vegan and I have no intentions of going that far in my diet. I don't try to push anyone towards eating the same way I do - I just do what's best for me and my body.
But, that's just me. I can't speak for everyone else in the world.
©2017 - Eric