I'm not a veggie, but can I add my 2 cents anyways?
I've been toying with the idea of going vegetarian forever - or at least 10 years
. When I was little my mom could never get me to eat meat. In high school I stopped eating red meat for about 4 years or so and even now I rarely eat it - and when I do it's usually because I'm craving iron. When I started eating it again I had a lot of trouble digesting it and it would make me feel sick. I got used to it again, but I still can't eat pork (it gives me migraine-like headaches and terrible indigestion).
At first I wanted to go veggie because of the cruelty thing, but lately it's more about environmental impact and health. I don't like the idea of eating beef from rain forest cattle or having antibiotics and hormones in my food. I hate that the food industry has made it so difficult to choose good foods. A hundred years ago no one had to worry about genetically engineered foods and what sort of strange additives they were ingesting. Although I don't eat much meat, there are three main things keeping me an omnivore: 1. I enjoy eating meat. I like the taste of some meat prepared in certain ways. 2. There seem to be nearly as many unpleasant things happening with veggie friendly foods as with foods from animals (too many foods are made from hybridized corn and soy (something ridiculous like 80%), too many pesticides and fertilizers poisoning the air, water and soil and hurting the farm workers) 3. It seems like it takes a lot of time
to maintain an ethical, healthy diet.
A few years ago I visited a friend who had become vegan in college. She and her friends are pretty radical, PETA, Earth First types and they did a lot of dumpster diving for food vegan foods that stores had thrown away. It seemed to take up so much of their waking hours just to stick with this lifestyle. I know that they were extremists, but it made such a big impression on me. (Incidentally, I also learned that you can smoke pot in a potato from them
But, anyways, would you humor me and tell me how difficult it is for you to be veggie/vegan? And since I'm still thinking about going veggie, can you recommend any good info about how to have a healthy vegetarian lifestyle?