How I Became Vegetarian

Wow, I can't believe I just said that out loud.  Up until now I had just not been eating meat, but I think it's safe to say:

 I. am.Vegetarian.

So how the heck did that happen? Well, it's been a culmination of factors....so let's go back to the beginning.  As a kid I was never a big meat eater.  I would have a bit, but I much preferred fruits and vegetables.  I remember my mom saying that when she was pregnant with me all she wanted was fresh fruits and veggies.  So who knows, maybe it's genetic.
Then time passes....a whole lotta time.  Fast forward a whole lot of crappy food, illnesses and life struggles and that brings us up to a couple years ago.  We had Netflix and a whole whack of awesome documentaries.  I watched so many on so many different topics, but I was really drawn to food and health related films like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Supersize Me, Farmegeddon and Vegucated to name a few.

That's when I really started questioning my meat eating habit.  What were the health consequences? How was this impacting the planet? How could I love animals and eat them? 
So I would decrease my meat intake or avoid it all together for short periods of time.  But I always got sucked back in by those delicious tastes and smells.  Trying to avoid meat while still cooking and preparing it for 3 other people was torture.  We would do meatless Monday and I would sneak tofu into my family's favourite dishes to decrease our meat consumption.  But who was I kidding,  I was still a carnivore, even if it was just 6 days a week instead of 7.

OK, so let's fast forward a little more to September 16, 2015.  I was super excited to see Cowspiracy was now on Netflix.  So I cuddled on the couch with the dogs and watched and learned.  I was surprised, shocked, angered and dumbfounded by what was revealed in this film.  In no uncertain terms, eating meat was destroying the planet.  But I think what the last straw was for me was when the film maker went to visit a backyard farm and witness a duck being slaughtered.  This little duck was happy, healthy  and having a wonderful life in this man's yard.  That was until it was his turn on the chopping block.  I couldn't watch...I knew this poor duck's fate and couldn't bare to see it.  This coming from a girl who used to ask for roast duck for her birthday dinner.  After that graphic scene there was a brief moment with the film maker showing how disturbed he was witnessing that duck's slaughter and he said something along the lines of "If I can't kill it myself then I shouldn't eat it."

And that truly stuck with me. I am not a killer. There's no way I could do it so I think it's completely unfair for me to have someone else do my dirty work.  Not too mention what animal farming is doing our environment and our health.  I saw no other option than to stop eating meat.
Every time I see a piece of meat in the store or on someone's plate, all I can see is that cute little animal looking back at me.  A duck is no different than a chicken, pig or a dog.  I couldn't possible think of eating one of our beloved pets so how could I eat any other animal? They are all living beings with feeling and souls and should be treated with love and respect. 

You may think I'm some wacko or weirdo and that's fine. I'm not hurting anyone by not eating meat. 

In fact, I might just be saving them.

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