What do the above celebrities have in common? Other than being insanely rich, of course. If you guessed, “they are all vegetarians”, you’re right! Others include Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Alanis Morisette, and Fiona Apple, to name a few. How cool is that? I mean, Andre 3000? He may be the coolest example of a vegetarian.
I was a vegetarian for many years, including my high school years. I have to be honest with you, the reason I became a vegetarian wasn’t because of animal rights, or environmental issues. Frankly, it was because I had an eating disorder, and becoming a vegetarian allowed me a valid, respectable excuse to cut out many foods.
Now that I’m older, and have recovered from my eating disorder, I can focus on what I believe in. In an earlier post, I wrote about how important it is for us as human beings to stand for something. BE what you believe in, rather than just talking about it. So because of that, I’m going vegetarian again. I’m not going to get into the cruelty of animals, because many of us already know so much about that. But, if you’re interested, I highly, highly recommend watching the 2008 documentary Food, Inc. Be prepared for some extremely disturbing images. It’s real life, and it changed mine. If you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian or changing your eating habits, I also highly recommend Michael Pollan’s books In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
I texted my boyfriend about going vegetarian, as I would for anything I’m really jazzed up about. His reaction, which typically would be incredibly supportive and proud, was actually one of disappointment. Now, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because I know he loves his chicken wings, and bacon, and steaks, as most men do.
My question for you readers, especially the vegetarian ones, is how do I stay strong in my convictions without seeming all high and mighty? I’m not pushing my beliefs on anyone else, but I want to be able to have an eloquent but firm answer for when people find out I don’t eat meat, or that I’ve transitioned to a vegetarian lifestyle. Please comment, I’d appreciate your thoughts and personal experiences!