This is not what you think. I’m not going to say that one of the great things about being vegetarian is waking up every morning and basking in self-admiration for not causing the animals to suffer. And it’s certainly not about making others feel bad about their lifestyle choices.
This post is not about preaching or trying to convert anyone, it’s just me sharing something good in my life. I did not consider these points when thinking about becoming a vegetarian. My main concern was treatment of animals in the current agricultural system and the confusing labeling on ‘free-range’ or ‘improved animal welfare’ products. You can read more about it here.
1. Energy – this is a great and unexpected advantage, and contrary to the idea of a waif-like vegetarian struggling for calories on vegetable dominated diet. I found that since I stopped eating meat (we do eat fish and shellfish) I don’t have the food-coma after lunch or dinner. I also stopped suffering from the afternoon hang-up. It used to strike every day without fail about 3-4 pm. I struggled to keep my eyes opened. Now my energy seems to be more evenly distributed throughout the day.
I don’t know about Chi and the body energy channels. I simply bring it down to not mixing large amount of protein and carbs in a meal. This makes it harder to digest and so takes away energy we could be using to do something.
2. Less Sodium Nitrite – and other preservatives commonly used in processed meat and bacon. Some interesting information on this here.
It just feels better to know that I have cut out some potentially harmful substances from the family diet. It also means we are less exposed to antibiotic commonly given to animals.
Have you made any lifestyle changes and was surprised with some unexpected benefits? I’d love to hear from you so do leave me a comment!