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The Frugal Homemaker - Why Choose A Vegetarian Diet?

Updated on January 3, 2014

Homemade Vegetarian Chili

Homemade Vegetarian Chili
Homemade Vegetarian Chili | Source

There Are Many Reasons Why People Choose A Vegetarian Lifestyle

Some of these or none of these reasons are why some folks choose a vegetarian diet at any given time. I'm vegetarian for all the reasons listed below.

  1. Environmental
  2. Health
  3. Frugality
  4. Sustainability
  5. Religious or Philosophical

All the above aside, meat is expensive not only for your wallet, but the environment and this precious world we share. Commercial farming is not sustainable, one of the main reasons why scientist are exploring In-Vitro-Meat and alternatives created in a lab. Meat is not a cheap source of protein!

'My biggest nightmare would be if the kids ever came up to me and said "Dad, I'm a vegetarian". Then I would sit them on the fence and electrocute them.' ~ Gordon Ramsay

Vegetarian Corn Chowder

Vegetarian Corn Chowder
Vegetarian Corn Chowder | Source

Eating A Vegetarian Diet Can Save You Money

Eating a vegetarian diet can save you money, how you shop makes the difference.

Many urban dwellers can save money growing vegetables in their yards, creating a vertical growing space if the size of the plot is limited. Roof top gardens, garden shed roof gardens, pot and container gardening, indoor gardening are all viable options for many folks. People living in urban areas may be allowed to keep chickens, which could provide a sustainable source of eggs as protein. Joining a co-operative buying club like the "Ontario Food Co-op" where several individuals and families combine orders to create a wholesale order to reduce the cost of purchasing organic foods. Getting involved with a local farm and buying shares in a CSA are an excellent cost effective way to be assured your getting fresh healthy and produce.

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash with Lime Dressing
Roasted Acorn Squash with Lime Dressing | Source

Green Eating

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”~ Albert Einstein

Consuming meat is expensive! Not only does it inflate your grocery bill, but the cost to the environment is difficult to reconcile. Animals take a lot of resources to raise and slaughter. Growing food/grains to feed livestock is hard on farm land depleting nutrients in the soil, and may require irrigation. Land that is used to grow food for livestock could be used to grow grains and vegetables to feed humans. Water pollution and overuse of water harms all of us. Water is heavily used in factory farms and in the slaughtering process. Energy used in all areas of growing animals to eat impacts on our communities locally and globally. Carbon dioxide and methane emissions from livestock are some of the most damaging green house gases!

"Cows are very inefficient, they require 100g of vegetable protein to produce only 15g of edible animal protein," ~ Dr. Mark Post

Chayote & Tofu Soup

Chayote & Tofu Soup
Chayote & Tofu Soup | Source

Feeding People

When you consider that the USA livestock population eats more than 7 times as much grain as the entire human USA population, there is a problem. Do the math, how many folks can be fed vs livestock? Meat is a financial luxury as well as an ecological nightmare.

"The amount of grains fed to US livestock is sufficient to feed about 840 million people who follow a plant-based diet."(Pimentel & Pimentel, 2003)

Veggie Pot Pie

Veggie Pot Pie
Veggie Pot Pie | Source

Not only is mortality from coronary heart disease lower in vegetarians than in nonvegetarians, but vegetarian diets have also been successful in arresting coronary heart disease. Scientific data suggest positive relationships between a vegetarian diet and reduced risk for…obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and some types of cancer. —American Dietetic Association

Patti Moreno - Garden Girl TV

I've watched all of Patti's videos. It's amazing how much you can grow in a small space. I love looking at all the postage stamp sized gardens in downtown Toronto. So many vegetables being grown in a very small space. In our neck of the woods in the city you are allowed to keep up to six egg-laying hens!

Check out Home and Garden TV - Organic Vegetable Gardening for the City Garden hosted by Patti Moreno.

Garden Girl TV: Vertical Gardening One(How to Grow Vertically)

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The average age (longevity) of a meat eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)


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  • earthybirthymama profile image

    earthybirthymama 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Cutting back on meat consumption is helpful. My husband eats meat, usually holidays or while visiting folks who have prepared a meal consisting of meat. He doesn't buy meat very often, it's not part of the grocery budget. Its better for your health to avoid eating meat or reduce the amount. It's amazing how inexpensive and great tasting vegetarian meals can be.

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    Shelley Watson 4 years ago

    Vertical gardening video was extremely interesting - I have a friend who grows vegetables in exactly the same way. Thank you for this well presented article - voted up, interesting and useful.

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    CWanamaker 4 years ago from Arizona

    Some of these meals look pretty good. I could probably do that vegetarian chili or even that veggie pot pie. I don't know that I could ever cut meat completely from my diet though. I just enjoy it too much! This was a nice read - I appreciate the quote from Albert Einstein as well.