There are lots of valid reasons to become a vegetarian--it's a great way to get more nutrients in your body, for one thing. You can never go wrong with a fruit-and-veggie-based diet!
Many vegetarians choose their lifestyle to
protest cruelty to animals and the way meat is produced; still others
are against corporate management of food (Monsanto, anyone?). Whatever
your reasons, you can have diet that's balanced, healthy, and delicious.
Over the years, vegetarianism has dealt with a bad reputation for
not being enough to sustain someone, but that is not the case.
Eliminating meat does not mean you have to get rid of taste, flavor, or
feeling full. Eating seasonable fruits and vegetables, along with
nuts, beans, and noodles can be one of life's simple pleasures. You'll
soon forget what it was like to eat that tough steak or greasy burger.
Myth: Vegetarians have to eat gross meat substitutes to get protein.
Fact: Protein is present in many foods, not just tofu, from eggs to
beans to nuts. For those who do not want to eat animal products
(vegans), hummus is a great way to pack protein into your diet. Nature
has given us more that enough foods to not get our protein from meat if
we don't want it.
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