We're almost half way through National Vegetarian Week 2015, I do like these awareness weeks - it's just a good excuse to promote all the positives of that subject.
I have got to say, turning Vegetarian is one of the best decisions I have ever made, for many reasons. Initially I thought it would be majorly hard to cut meat out of my diet, I wasn't a huge meat eater - only Chicken, bit of Beef and some Fish but I thought it would be so hard trying to find a replacement for these things in my main meals. I think in this age, we are blessed with modern times, there are SO many options now in all the supermarkets and it's almost 'trendy' for supermarkets/cafes/restaurants to offer these Vegetarian & Vegan options (which is a huge help!). Vegetarianism and Veganism has definightly taken off in the last ten or so years, the publicity around it has grown which of course has been helped by social media, bloggers, forums etc.
The fact is, it was so easy to find replacements and I love going and trying some new things on every shop. Supermarkets always seem to be adding new Free From items to their shelves, which is how it should be - it's good the food industry has started to cater for this side. An added bonus, i've found not eating meat I don't feel bloated or heavy after my meal, not to mention the tremendous flavours that are in Vegetarian Meals.
This mainly is about my choice & feelings towards animals, I love them. I think they're innocent beings who were here long before we were and they don't deserve to be mass produced, abused & miss-treated, have their babies stolen from them just so I can have a bit of steak on my plate, glass of milk or ham in my sani's! It's so unnecessary, and for me I feel I will never go back.
I think we have DRASTICALLY lost touch with our food, of course human's have eaten meat since the beginning of time (and i'm sure we will forever more) but back in those days nothing went to waste and you had to kill what you were going to eat - you had to to survive. Now, it's all handed to us on a plate, processed, ground up without us having to think about how it got there & whats gone into it. That for me, is sickening. I've watched plenty of documentaries, videos etc of everything (be warned, if you go on this track - and I believe you do need to watch a few to fully get it & get that message & image ingrained on your memory - it will be a few days of intense trauma,but believe me it is hard to forget!). With this shock tactic you to get to see the worst kind of things, but you also get see how similar we are to these lovely creatures. They aren't just objects with no feelings, the feel emotion and are extremely intelligent, maternal, protective and certainly don't deserve to be treated the way they are.
I think everyone would be a lot better if they didn't eat any meat, but as I don't think that realistically is ever going to happen, we seriously need to start thinking about what we're eating, and take responsibility for it. And just think, could you kill the pig that's gone towards your bacon sandwhich? Take a look into where your meat comes from and I guarantee it'l change your mind about something, whether it be to try Vegetarianism or look into where your meat is actully reared & killed. It's an eye opener I think everyone should see.