Staffer shares experiences of vegetarian lifestyle

Molly Johnson, Photo Editor

Becoming a vegetarian sounded really hard, and it took me a long time to finally commit, but I do not regret it at all. I thought I would miss meat a lot, but I don’t. There are so many options for recipes to use in place of meat or meat-based products. Instead of using chicken broth, use vegetable broth. A great source for meat-free products is Morning Star, a vegetarian and vegan brand. They offer divine veggie burgers and have a large variety.
Getting protein wasn’t a big concern for me when I decided to become vegetarian, but it’s apparently a big deal for a lot of people. There are many ways to get protein without eating meat. While meat offers more amino acids than most vegetables, if you keep a variety in what you’re eating, you will be fine.
Many vegetables even offer more protein than meat. Veggie burgers are a great source of protein if that’s something you’re concerned about.
Animals have done nothing to you — I don’t understand how hunting is okay. I don’t understand how killing animals is considered a legal sport. You killed the deer with the longest antlers? Here’s a trophy and a scholarship to the college of your choice.
How does that make sense? How does violence earn a reward?
Even if you don’t hunt or fish, but you eat meat, you are supporting violence.
You don’t lose anything by attempting to be meat-free. If you feel like you can’t do it, try giving up meat one or two days a week, and gradually decrease your consumption of meat. Maybe you’d hate being a vegetarian, and maybe you’d love it — but you won’t know until you try.

By the Numbers:

  • 4.3 million Americans are vegetarian
  • 59 percent are female
  • 41 percent are male
  • 42 percent are 18-34 years old
  • 3 billion animals were slaughtered in 2013