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5 Reasons For Becoming Vegetarian - From Someone Who Once Loved Meat

Updated on June 12, 2014
Can You Eat Meat After Visiting A Slaughterhouse?
Can You Eat Meat After Visiting A Slaughterhouse? | Source

1. Becoming Vegetarian Out of Compassion

It took me half my life to understand with my heart, the importance of vegetarianism.According to a study conducted on behalf of the Vegetarian Society, large numbers of people have taken to vegetarianism because they find the way animals for their table are treated and killed disturbing.

Human Beings Are Naturally Vegetarian
Human Beings Are Naturally Vegetarian | Source

2. Becoming Vegetarian For Reasons of Diet

Others are adopting a vegetarian diet because they are constantly being told about the positive effect of low fat and high fibre on their health by dietitians and doctors. Some are concerned about the effect their culinary preferences are having on the environment.

Many Are Converting To Vegetarianism
Many Are Converting To Vegetarianism | Source

3. The Face on the Plate

Until I was forty one, I relished meat and seafood. I would even chew chicken bones for the marrow. I loved my crab curry, but I would never buy the live crabs in the fish market, although it was said that live crabs made a better curry. I must admit, it made me rather uneasy to even cook the dead crabs, but I avoided dwelling on the thought because I love animals.

I've always had pet dogs and sometimes cats and once a loris. I have sacrificed my lunch at work for starving stray dogs on the street outside my place of work; I have rescued abandoned dogs and donated to animal shelters.

I think that I empathise more with animals rather than with the human race. After all, animals can't fend for themselves. They often suffer in silence. I never thought about the face on my plate.

Check out a review of the famous book The Face on Your Plate and avideo interview with the author on . I'm certain that if I'd had the courage to see things as they really are instead of living in an illusionary world where the delicious non veg dishes I ate had nothing to do with the animals that were killed just to appease my greed, had I ventured into a slaughterhouse, I would have stopped eating the flesh of helpless animals.

It was simply a matter of understanding with my heart.

4. Converted to Vegetarianism By Spirituality

Eventually, I discovered a great and ancient spiritual path and once my Guru (who did not insist on my becoming vegetarian) told me about the importance of becoming vegetarian, I finally understood not just with my mind but also my heart. I saw what vegetarianism had done for her, how radiant she looked, how happy and content she was, how simple her lifestyle, how free of desire, the root of suffering. I wanted to be like her.

5. Slimmer, Younger Looking Because of My Vegetarian Diet

Today at age 57, I weigh only 50 kgs. I have gained just 5 kgs since my college days and was a successful fashion model for at least 10 years. People say I look 15 years younger. I don’t even eat onion or garlic. These vegetables have been proved to cause anemia due to their destructive effect on red blood cells.

Onion and Garlic Can Harm Organs
Onion and Garlic Can Harm Organs | Source

Vegetarians Should Avoid Onion and Garlic

Onion and garlic also create adrenalin in the body, inciting emotional chaos. I no longer get angry. Each event in my life is a joy, whether positive or negative because I have understood that we create our world. Every circumstance is designed to teach us something about ourselves.

I can promise you that apart from losing weight, adopting a vegetarian diet (whether or not you give up onion or garlic) will make you smell and look better.


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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you CrisSp for the comment. I hope you become even more vegetarian!

      Thank you divacratus! Yes it was tough. I still love to eat stuff that tastes like meat - soya alternatives.

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      Kalpana Iyer 3 years ago from India

      For someone who is addicted to non veg dishes, I have to say that it must have taken a lot of strength from your part to convert to vegetarianism completely. Hats off to you for that!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I am not completely vegetarian yet but on the process. I have eliminated red meat from my diet for more than 20 years now and never miss them. I do eat fish and chicken at times and in moderation.

      I just can't look at the fresh red meat anymore. Crazy as it may seem, they remind me of human flesh. However, I do serve them in the house because hubby and daughter love steaks! It takes courage to take them out of the fridge and prepare them. Lol!

      Good, educational and useful hub.

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thank you for reading and your kind comment. I do drink soya milk and eat soya products to ensure I have enough protein and I have a very simple and effective way to look after vitamin and mineral intake - I eat a banana, an apple and a carrot every day. No need to pop vitamins!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Conversion from meat based diet to vegetarian diet is not an easy process You definitely deserve compliments for achieving your goal on health, inhumane meat production etc issues Although such conversion is based on good reasons it is difficult to get sufficient vitamins and nutrients,DHA fatty acids in and as such one should consult a dietician before altering the diet which should be effected preferably slowly. Further onion offers tremendous benefits to heart patients. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and encouraging many others who may be seriously contemplating the change over