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Become a Vegetarian - Top 10 Reasons Why

Updated on April 13, 2012

1. You magically transform from "plain and boring" to "unique and interesting."


2. You join the ranks of many famous, cool, and esteemed vegetarians: Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Buddha, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Brad Pitt, Alanis Morissette, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Clinton,....Bob Barker....um.....Pamela Anderson....uh.....Ru Paul........Mr. Rogers........Mr. Spock.......Clark Kent?


3. You can select your entree from a standard restaurant menu in no time at all.


4. Your mama will fuss over you and make you special meals at all family functions just to make sure you get enough to eat. (Your siblings can only sigh and roll their eyes.)


5. Finally - you get to be the center of attention and conversation! (at every single meal)


6. E COLI


7. You have an excuse not to try Aunt Bessie's *Surprise* Meat Pie.


8. Airline food upgrade, if you can call it that.


9. What if reincarnation is really true, and you come back as an unsuspecting member of a tasty Angus beef cattle?


10. Brain Power! Your vocabulary skyrockets to include tons of new words: casein, rennet, seiten, tempeh, vegan, ovo-lacto, pescetarian, pesco-pollo, fruitarian, freegan, flexitarian, xerophagy1, ......borborygmus2,.........nidorosity3,.....witzelsucht4.

Definitions

1 - xerophagy - a diet of bread and water.


2 - borborygmus - a rumbling of gas in the intestines.


3 - nidorosity - belching with the taste of undigested meat.


4 - witzelsucht - a lame attempt at humor, especially due to an abnormal medical condition, such as schizophrenia!!


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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Yes, I think we have the same approach on all that. I know one older couple (man vegetarian, wife not) and he says, "I have no problem watching her devour a big steak..... I just ask her to brush her teeth before she kisses me!" ha ha

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sorry about my delayed response...I try to steer clear of leather and fur products. I was never very conscious about it until a few years ago. I also don't preach my values. If someone else eats meat, that's fine with me (my boyfriend is also very meat and potatoes). But if someone asks me about why I don't eat meat, I have no problem telling them. Sometimes it seems hard to say something, because as you said, the meatball hits their lips and then they look at it as though it makes you uncomfortable. It doesn't make me uncomfortable to watch you scarf down a steak, just don't ask me if I want a bite.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Thanks, Debby. This hub was a little different from my usual style as well. It was fun, anyway!

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Very cute, Chaplin. Clicked funny and this truly was a very "personal" list, not the usual or expected top ten. Blessings, Debby

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Marlena, I never have preached vegetarianism. I made my decision as a young adult and figured my kids could make their own decision. My husband is pure "meat and potatoes" and would NEVER consider vegetarianism. I cook meat, but must admit I used to wear latex gloves when cutting up raw meat!!

      I actually get uncomfortable when someone asks me about not eating meat, because I don't want to preach or say something gross about what they are eating - right as the meatball hits the lips! haha

      Question for you - how do you feel about leather products, fur coats, skin shoes and belts? - and do you say anything about that to others?

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Chaplin, John reminded me of something...do you preach vegetarianism? I'm curious (and fascinated) because you and I seem identical in our vegetarian ideals. My family eats meat and I even cook it for them, but I don't do or say anything to sway their opinion. And my boyfriend has gotten so amazed at what I cook that he has recently thought about going vegetarian, although he can't stop eating bacon. Do your kids ever not eat meat because of you or do you plan on eventually raising them as vegetarians? I'm sorry if I am prying to much, but I am curious to know how you view those things. :)

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      And we still love you, Carnivore-John! Thanks for stopping by.

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      John 6 years ago

      I love eating meat and animal products.So delicious!

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      That's very interesting. I didn't eat fish for about two years, but I did before (when I stopped eating meat), and now that's the only "meat" I eat. I think your logic makes sense, and quite honestly, I'd never thought about it that way before! Thanks for the insight.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Marlena, I would always tell my kids that I didn't eat anything that had a face, but my daughter corrected me by saying "but what about all the little shrimps? They have faces" Uhhh. So I changed my mantra to - I don't eat anything that is warm-blooded like us. Does that work?

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Too funny, RV. There has to be a word for folk like you! Carnivore, opportunist? I'm not sure!

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Chaplin, I believe it is pescetarian, as that is defined as one who eats fish (but no meat), eggs, dairy, honey, and all fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This is exactly what I would define myself as. It's nice to know there are others out there who also eat fish. So if you don't mind me asking, how do you fend off people who say things like, "Well, fish are an animal, why do you eat them?" I have a hard time defining my reasoning. :)

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      RVDaniels 6 years ago from Athens, GA

      Hilarious! I love it. Is there a term for folk like me? If it can't get away we eat it. Good hub.

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Yes, you are right, Marlena. Vegetarianism is becoming much more common these days. Your diet sounds exactly like mine. I believe we are called pescetarians, though there may be an additional term to add in there for the eggs! Pesco-ovo? Have to look that one up. Thanks for reading and posting.

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      Marlena Oechsner 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very humorous! I am a vegetarian and I find that I have encountered a few of those things on the list. Although, at family functions, my grandmother will still try to slide a burger onto my plate as though I wouldn't notice. I haven't eaten red meat, pork, or poultry in over 8 years (although I occasionally eat fish and still eat eggs). It is incredibly difficult ordering at a restaurant, especially when you ask if the soup of the day has chicken stock in it. I do find that as vegetarianism becomes more popular (especially in larger cities), people don't find you interesting, they just accept you. Which is a good thing. :)

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